OurHistory & BackgroundFrom the Ground UpEST. 2008
Spectrum Dance was co-founded by Trish Squire and Katie Rappel in 2008 with the aim of providing a challenging, creative, and motivating dance institution where current industry professionals are the teachers and mentors to the next generation. As the name “Spectrum” suggests we offer a broad range of varied but related dance and performance subjects, the features of which overlap. The outcome being that Spectrum Dance students will become highly versatile performers to ensure a maximum longevity in their chosen career.
What differentiates Spectrum Dance from other institutions is three-fold.
Firstly, all members of the Spectrum Dance teaching faculty are working in the industry. We believe that this is crucial for student engagement, for current skills, and for ensuring that the training in the studios is relevant to the industry. This also allows students to network and build relationships with potential future employers and cast mates. Secondly, we offer our students the opportunity to excel through specialised teaching techniques, focusing on individual student development.
With a limited intake of students each year, Spectrum students receive an individually tailored curriculum to achieve advanced performance techniques in all facets of dance, singing and acting – in other words “the triple threat”. Finally, Spectrum Dance provides opportunities for our students to engage in Industry Based Learning, placing our students at the forefront of their peers. Whilst training full-time, students are involved in many professional jobs and may be sent for auditions and castings.
Since 2011 Spectrum has also offered nationally accredited dance and musical theatre courses which have been tailor designed to meet the needs of our students, which is not merely compliant with national standards, but exceeds institutional expectations. Each student is encouraged to hone their skills and build upon their knowledge of the industry. Trish and Katie work closely with their faculty of highly acclaimed dancers, choreographers and instructors to deliver the most outstanding accredited full time dance course within Australia. Trish and Katie have created a nurturing and challenging environment allowing students to achieve their highest potential as dancers, singers and actors.
Upon graduation students are fully equipped with the triple threat factor.
So Chookas for all of you going down the amazing, crazy, incredible Spectrum journey at auditions.
A valuable lesson, that our overall work ethic is a fundamental key to success!
I wish there were more people in this world like you!
What more could you want!
The moment I entered I felt like I was in a safe space and at home at spectrum. I had a lot of personal goals and I knew I was going to get the right training to get to my dream career. I can honestly say that no matter what job I am doing, I can trust in my training and know I will be successful.
I experienced an intense personalised tuition that prepared me for the professional workforce of the dance industry. The raw and honest nature of the course sees the development of every student into the best performer and professional artist that they can be and with the guidance and encouragement provided within the course, I am continually training and working as a representative of spectrum talent.
I highly recommend Spectrum Dance to anyone considering a full time course in performing arts!
The renowned faculty are simply amazing. They all put so much care, focus and energy into each and every student. Not only do you receive an abundance of knowledge and a vast skill set to prepare you for the industry, but there’s also many opportunities to perform at professional gigs where you put your training into practice before you even graduate! For me it was a no brainer picking Spectrum for my training.
The smaller class sizes mean that you become a family and everyone is so supportive of each other’s goals and dreams. I am forever grateful to my Spectrum family for shaping me into the performer I am today. I go into every audition and performance knowing that I am fully prepared and equipped because I have trained at Spectrum Dance.