We prepare you for the demands and challenges of a professional career in dance. We work with highly motivated, disciplined and creative people who are interested in shaping the future of dance.

Study Dance at VCA

Our program emphasises artistry, performance, choreographic practice and research. We foster creativity and innovation along with critical analysis of dance practice.

As an undergraduate you will be trained in an intensive, collaborative, studio-based learning environment in key areas of classical and contemporary dance, choreography and performance. At graduate level you will specialise in choreography or in dance research with a practical focus.

Specialist lecturers, guest lecturers, visiting choreographers and associations with a range of professional dance companies keep students in contact with the wider dance and performing arts sector.

Dance courses

Physicality, movement, embodiment, presence – call it what you will – are such critical parts of any performance based practice. What you are physically involved in, how and why you are invested in it, where, when and how it is shared with others are vital components of constructing the vehicle for expressing your ideas.

Helen Herbertson
Senior Lecturer in Dance
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Upcoming events

Chinese Music Ensemble and African Music and Dance Ensemble Spring Concert

Friday 8 Nov 2019 at 7:00pm
Royal Parade
Dr Wang Zheng-Ting directs the Chinese Music Ensemble in a performance of traditional and modern pieces for silk-and-bamboo ensemble. Followed by traditional West African music performed by the African Music and Dance Ensemble, directed by Chris Lesser.


12 Nov 2018 | PRECINCT

In Pictures: Folio Live

Over five evenings in November, Interactive Composition students from the University of Melbourne took over Grant Street Theatre with collaborative sound and media works which incorporating …

17 Sep 2018 | PRECINCT

VCA Dance – on board with the Travelling Dance Studio in Berlin

Some 22 VCA Dance students recently took part in the annual Travelling Dance Studio program in France and Germany, honing their knowledge and skills in ways …

04 Jun 2018 | PRECINCT

Four decades of VCA Dance artists and where they are now

As the VCA Dance 40th Anniversary Celebration (10 June) approaches, we ask some former students about their memories of the Victorian College of the Arts, and what they’ve …