Learn about our full-time courses in Dance, Musical Theatre and Acting.

The Academy offers courses in dance, musical theatre, acting and dance teaching. Qualifications you attain on completion of any course are nationally recognised and may be used as a bridging course between high school and university. Each course is specifically designed to produce highly skilled & diverse professional performers enabling them to succeed in this demanding industry. Students currently in years 10, 11 & 12 at high school may apply for the Certificate II & III in Dance which may contribute towards the achievement of a West Australian Certificate of Education (WACE).


Being one of the most versatile dance courses offered in Australia, it is aimed, primarily, at those pursuing a future in the musical theatre or cruise ship industry. It fully engages them with a variety of dance genres along with related studies in vocal and acting to provide increased employment options upon graduation. The units undertaken in this major fully prepare students for professional work by integrating the technical, theoretical and creative concepts in performance. A high level and standard of performance is required in all disciplines as students evolve into versatile performers. Dance genres studied include, contemporary, classical, tap, commercial, ballroom, modern, pas de deux and jazz.

Musical Theatre

Principal Academy has a proven record of training musical theatre majors to develop strong technical skills in dance, acting, singing to ultimately produce true triple threat performers for musical theatre productions. It is most important to note that for those seeking a future in the musical theatre industry will without question, require a level of dance expertise to maintain a successful career. Dance units are studied in all genres with the main focus on technique, style and performance. The vocal units concentrate on vocal technique, accurate use of the voice, harmony work and confidence building both as a soloist and in ensemble. Acting focuses on confidence, improvisation, script work, sight reading, text analysis, accents, physicality and characterisation.


For those students that are pursuing a career as actors for musical theatre, stage plays, film and television, this course explores a wide range of acting styles from modern drama and comedy to classical pieces. This combined with relevant genres expected in musical theatre productions enables students to enhance their creative skills as actors. Students will have the opportunity to perform in a full stage play, cabaret and variety productions, to refine their performance skills. Acting majors will study play production & performance, film and television, text analysis, stage combat including sword fighting techniques, acting for theatre, improvisation, voice work, use of accents, Edwardian drama, comedy and Shakespeare. Students studying this major will also be required to acquire basic technique in dance along with confident vocal ability in singing for both ensemble and solo work.

Available Courses

Full-Time Study

Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts – 52749WA

Diploma of Performing Arts – 52748WA

For the above qualifications, students can major in either Musical Theatre, Dance or Acting.

Part-Time Study

Diploma of Dance Teaching & Management – CUA50313

Certificate IV in Dance Teaching & Management – CUA40313

Certificate III in Dance – CUA30113

Certificate II in Dance  – CUA20113

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Semester dates for 2019:

Term Dates:

Term 1, Semester 1:
Monday 4th February – Friday 12th April
Term 2, Semester 1:
Monday 19th April – Friday 5th July
Term 3, Semester 2:
Monday 22nd July – Friday 27th September
Term 4, Semester 2:
Monday 14th October – Saturday 14th December

Courses - Principal Academy of Dance and Threatre Arts