Meet Xanthe Geeves: SYDNEY COLLEGE OF DANCE
How will the culture at Sydney College of Dance nurture each student to reach their potential?
"At Sydney College of Dance, mentors are looking at the whole student as an individual. Our training program will increase a dancer’s chance of having a successful future in the professional dance world. Mentors who believe in you, will give you the right tools to work for choreographers and collaborate with artists with confidence. We do this by creating a company environment to allow students to mature into the role of being a professional with emotional and mental readiness, and make the optimal transition from being a student to becoming a company dancer. Artistic directors and choreographers are looking for dancers who are professional and are immediately ready to work in a collaborative way. At SCD we are passionate about dance as an art form, and value each student on their individual journey to a professional career."
What are you looking for in the audition? How can a dancer stand out?
"Sydney College of Dance is looking for passionate dancers with established clean classical technique and an open-minded approach to new contemporary styles. They should demonstrate the ability to interpret choreographic direction and show their artistic, musical and dynamic qualities to their best ability."
How can dancers best prepare for the audition?
"Applicants are advised to make use of the warm up studio before the audition commences. Dancers are expected to present themselves in a professional manner, be open to new experiences, and be prepared to display artistry as well as technical ability. Female dancers will be required to use their pointe shoes at some time during the process."
If a dancer is accepted to Sydney College of Dance, what can they expect?
"At SCD we believe all dancers have a unique artistic voice and need the guidance to find that voice. We prepare dancers to be highly skilled, creative and adaptable to the many styles of current choreographers. To have input from both contemporary and ballet mentors is so valuable to create a versatile dancer as preparation for entry into modern day companies. Companies want dancers who can absorb the style and language of the choreographer and embody their movements and be one step ahead of the other applicants."