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.

Trish Wargell

The outcomes for graduates from Spectrum Dance speak for themselves. The faculty will not apologise for working you hard and for expecting perfection. In the end as a parent we only want the best for our children. If my child was researching for their future I would think the outcome would be Spectrum Dance. Why? Along with many other alumni we have witnessed such success locally and internationally.

So Chookas for all of you going down the amazing, crazy, incredible Spectrum journey at auditions.

Trish Wargell
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2020-09-06T08:43:35+10:00
The outcomes for graduates from Spectrum Dance speak for themselves. The faculty will not apologise for working you hard and for expecting perfection. In the end as a parent we only want the best for our children. If my child was researching for their future I would think the outcome would be Spectrum Dance. Why? Along with many other alumni we have witnessed such success locally and internationally. So Chookas for all of you going down the amazing, crazy, incredible Spectrum journey at auditions. Trish Wargell

Kiara Kieser

Spectrum Dance is the perfect place that bridges the gap from pre-professional to stepping into the 'real-world'. With the incredible faculty, timetable and facilities, Spectrum Dance provides the unique opportunity to meet and learn from some of Australia's best industry, choreographers, directors, musical directors and many more. Spectrum Dance provides a safe environment to learn, train, grow and encourages an excellent work ethic. Directors Trish Squire and Katie Rappel uphold and instil key elements that not only teach us how to secure a job in the industry but maintain constant work with a constant drive, determination and personal motivation.

A valuable lesson, that our overall work ethic is a fundamental key to success!

Kiara Kieser 
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2020-09-06T08:41:49+10:00
Spectrum Dance is the perfect place that bridges the gap from pre-professional to stepping into the 'real-world'. With the incredible faculty, timetable and facilities, Spectrum Dance provides the unique opportunity to meet and learn from some of Australia's best industry, choreographers, directors, musical directors and many more. Spectrum Dance provides a safe environment to learn, train, grow and encourages an excellent work ethic. Directors Trish Squire and Katie Rappel uphold and instil key elements that not only teach us how to secure a job in the industry but maintain constant work with a constant drive, determination and personal motivation. A valuable lesson, that our overall work ethic is a fundamental key to success! Kiara Kieser 

Glenn Hamilton

Hi Trish, the purpose of my email is not to discuss my son but to express my gratitude to you personally and your Spectrum Dance staff for what they did for him over his 3 year training period… you showed him the need for discipline, determination, and desire that not too many young people have these days. When we first met you, you, told us that you prepare people for a career in entertainment, and all I can say is that you certainly do! I was always comfortable knowing that my son was getting the tough, honest, school of hard knocks and whether he made a career in dancing, or whatever I knew that he was always better off at Spectrum Dance than with any other place that I knew about.

I wish there were more people in this world like you!

Glenn Hamilton
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2020-09-06T08:40:16+10:00
Hi Trish, the purpose of my email is not to discuss my son but to express my gratitude to you personally and your Spectrum Dance staff for what they did for him over his 3 year training period… you showed him the need for discipline, determination, and desire that not too many young people have these days. When we first met you, you, told us that you prepare people for a career in entertainment, and all I can say is that you certainly do! I was always comfortable knowing that my son was getting the tough, honest, school of hard knocks and whether he made a career in dancing, or whatever I knew that he was always better off at Spectrum Dance than with any other place that I knew about. I wish there were more people in this world like you! Glenn Hamilton

Shaelea Harrison

When I was accepted into Spectrum Dance’s full time course I believed that I would graduate a better dancer, I had goals and dreams for my future career but I only saw them as ‘dreams’. I never would have believed that I could ever sing in front of anyone, I just didn't think I had the talent, and that path was just not for me. Now I proudly announce that I have been contracted with Royal Caribbean International for the incredibly groovy musical production of ‘Saturday Night Fever’. Spectrum Dance brought so much talent out in me that I didn’t even know was there. At Spectrum Dance I experienced first-hand so much variety of performance through Industry Based Training that I could never have experienced without attending this full time, industry based, performance course. Spectrum Dance has given me the tools to personally perform as a contemporary dancer, a showgirl, a children's entertainer, a jewellery model, a corporate commercial dancer, a cheerleader and now a musical theatre dancer/actor/singer.

What more could you want!

Shaelea Harrison
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2020-09-06T08:33:41+10:00
When I was accepted into Spectrum Dance’s full time course I believed that I would graduate a better dancer, I had goals and dreams for my future career but I only saw them as ‘dreams’. I never would have believed that I could ever sing in front of anyone, I just didn't think I had the talent, and that path was just not for me. Now I proudly announce that I have been contracted with Royal Caribbean International for the incredibly groovy musical production of ‘Saturday Night Fever’. Spectrum Dance brought so much talent out in me that I didn’t even know was there. At Spectrum Dance I experienced first-hand so much variety of performance through Industry Based Training that I could never have experienced without attending this full time, industry based, performance course. Spectrum Dance has given me the tools to personally perform as a contemporary dancer, a showgirl, a children's entertainer, a jewellery model, a corporate commercial dancer, a cheerleader and now a musical theatre dancer/actor/singer. What more could you want! Shaelea Harrison

Emily Ryan

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.


Emily Ryan

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2020-09-07T16:04:25+10:00
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. Emily Ryan

Laura Parker

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.


Laura Parker

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2020-09-07T16:11:04+10:00
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. Laura Parker

Kaitlyn Deliyiannis

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.


Kaitlyn Deliyiannis

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2020-09-07T16:18:46+10:00
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. Kaitlyn Deliyiannis
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