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About Us

The Graduate College of Dance established in 1973, is one of Australia’s leading vocational dance schools. The College trains students to excel both nationally and internationally, and continues to produce elite dancers for leading dance schools and companies in Australia and around the world.

Talented students are prepared for the profession in a supportive and encouraging environment, and are trained by distinguished, internationally recognised teachers, including ex-professionals.

A progressive system of training from age 4 has been developed by drawing upon valuable traditions from different schools of classical ballet, retaining the best, while embracing the demands of classical dance technique as is required of professional dancers today. The final three years of study are endorsed by the Department of Education’s Schools Curriculum and Standard Authority. Students completing each of these years of study gain points towards their final WACE.

The Graduate College of Dance believes it is necessary that all students have a broad-based comprehensive education, that equips them to pursue vocations not only in dance and the allied arts, but also in areas outside dance.

The Graduate College of Dance offers a range of performance experiences, with a major public season held each year in Perth.

For over 45-years, The Graduate College of Dance remains committed to providing elite dance training, nurturing passion and inspiring growth.

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DIRECTOR

The Director
Nathan Coppen Dip ABS

Nathan received his early training in Melbourne at the National Theatre Ballet School under the direction of Gailene Stock CBE AM, before going on to study at The Australian Ballet School where he received the Primrose Potter Scholarship. During his time at the school, he was asked to play the role of Tadzio in the Australian Opera’s production Death in Venice, in which he was applauded for his ‘magnetic stage presence and ability to induce emotional responses from the audience’. Nathan then went on to be accepted into the Australian Ballet Company as its youngest member at the time, under the direction of the Artistic Director Maina Gielgud AO. After an exceptional grounding with the company, he decided to expand his horizons, where he travelled to London to join the English National Ballet under the direction of Derek Deane OBE. While in the company, Nathan flourished and shortly became the image of the English National Ballet, appearing in posters and magazines all over England, being photographed by some of the world’s best photographers.

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Director Nathan Coppen with Tamara Rojo CBE

After an illustrious career with the company, in which he had many performance highlights as Principal Dancer, including Romeo in the company’s Australian Tour of Romeo and Juliet and the Prince in both Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, he then went on to join the infamous Royal Ballet. Nathan made his mark on the company in the title role of Onegin and continued on to have great success with the company. He had the great honour of meeting and performing for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip at the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002, following on from his previous performances for Princess Diana at numerous gala events throughout his time with the English National Ballet. Nathan returned to Australia in 2004 to join the West Australian Ballet as Principal Artist, where he was nominated that same year for a Helpmann Award for Best Male Dancer for his role in La Bohème - The Ballet.

Some career highlights for Nathan include dancing with Marianela Nunez in William Forsythe’s In the Middle Somewhat Elevated, Tamara Rojo CBE in Three Preludes, Belinda Hernandez in The Nutcracker and performing in the International Ballet Festival of Miami, in the Pas de Deux Perpetuum Mobile with Tamara Rojo, which was choreographed on them by Christopher Hampson, current Artistic Director of the Scottish Ballet.

Throughout his varied career, Nathan has gained a broad knowledge of professional dance training and standards worldwide and is passionate about passing on his experience to the next generation of aspiring dancers.

STRUCTURE

Not-for-profit Incorporated Association on the Register of Cultural Organisations

(Deductable Gift Recipient)

DIRECTOR

  • Nathan Coppen Dip ABS

PATRON

  • Kate Stokes

BOARD OF MANAGEMENT

  • Jacqueline Macliver (Chairperson & Acting Treasurer)
  • Emiliya Peneva (Secretary)
  • Louise Chalwell
  • Nathan Coppen
  • Sarah Fairweather
  • Melissa Koo
  • Kate McDonald
  • Milos Mutavdzic
  • Robyn White

TEACHING FACULTY

  • Milos Mutavdzic
  • Genevieve McCourt
  • Claire Hill
  • Rachel Andrew
  • May Greenberg

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

  • Susana Gvozdenovic

BALLET SUPPORT GROUP

  • Sarah Fairweather (Chairperson)
  • Katie Tucker (Vice-Chairperson)
  • Jen Cashion (Secretary)
  • Emiliya Peneva (Treasurer)

Committee Members:

  • Victoria Khong
  • Deborah Kruger
  • Kate McDonald
  • Samantha Pitchforth
  • Michelle Rogers
  • Veronica Rowley
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FACILITIES

The Graduate College of Dance is located within the grounds of Perth Modern School, Subiaco. The purpose-built facilities are considered to be amongst the best in Perth, Western Australia. Our ballet and dance classes are held in spacious dance studios with change-rooms, shower facilities, Pilates room and lecture rooms.

BALLET SUPPORT GROUP

The Ballet Support Group (The “BSG”) is run by volunteer parents of The Graduate College of Dance. The role of the BSG is to support the students through facilitating communication between the College and the parents, and to fundraise for the benefit of the College and its students. The BSG Committee organises events and activities throughout the year including a number of opportunities for parents to meet each other, along with a variety of fundraising activities such as sausage sizzles, raffles, photo sales and various social functions.

Funds raised by the BSG support the opportunity for students to be taught and assessed by guest examiners, teachers and choreographers from interstate and overseas, in addition to facilitating the engagement of a guest artist for the end of year performance, as well as other events and resources that benefit the students throughout the year.

Coffee mornings are regularly held on Saturday at the dance studio and full details of events and details about how to get involved are available to parents in the regular BSG newsletter.

For further details about the work of the BSG or to get involved, please email: bsg@tgcd.com.au

The Ballet Support Group sell The Graduate College of Dance T-shirts and Tracksuits as a fundraising initiative for the College. To order, please contact the administration office at info@tgcd.com.au.

Ballet Support Group 2019/2020

  • Sarah Fairweather (Chairperson)
  • Katie Tucker (Vice-Chairperson)
  • Jen Cashion (Secretary)
  • Emiliya Peneva (Treasurer)

Committee Members

  • Victoria Khong
  • Deborah Kruger
  • Kate McDonald
  • Samantha Pitchforth
  • Michelle Rogers
  • Veronica Rowley