Frequently Asked Questions

These questions relate to the application and audition process required to gain entry to Principal Academy. We have tried to address any issues you may have, but if you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

When and where do the auditions take place?

Auditions for the 2018 intake are as follows:

Dance, Musical Theatre & Acting – Friday 8th December 2017, 9am to 5pm

Dance, Musical Theatre & Acting – Thursday 18th January 2017, 9am to 5pm

All auditions are held at Principal Academy campus located:

187 Carr Place, Leederville, Western Australia

What if I have never studied Classical Ballet?

Don’t worry if you have never undertaken Classical Ballet training before the audition as we just need to see if you have the physical capability to meet the requirements of this unit. We have had many students that have started our courses with little or no prior training in Classical Ballet and are now working as professional dancers.

What should I wear for the dance audition?

For the jazz class and pre-prepared solo we recommend you wear suitable dance attire that clearly shows postural line with either jazz shoes or dance sneakers and your hair in a very neat ponytail. For Classical Ballet, a leotard, ballet tights and ballet shoes with your hair in a tight bun with hairnet and bobby-pinned.

What should I wear for my monologue and song?

How you present yourself is taken into consideration, so we expect you to dress as though attending an interview. In other words not in your dance attire, thongs, tracksuit pants etc.

Do I have to use one of the example monologues?

No, you don’t have to use one of the example monologues. You can use one you have already prepared. We have no preference on style.

Is there a time limit on my song/monologue?

Even though we ask you to prepare no more than 32 bars for your song, you should still be prepared to perform your whole song. Your monologue generally should be no longer than three minutes.  This is not indicative of your skill, it just means we have seen enough to make our decision.

Who will be watching my audition?

A panel consisting of our directors and department heads will observe your audition.

All panel members have experienced auditions and understand that you may be nervous. They suggest you act naturally and ask any questions if you feel unsure.

What are you looking for in a potential student?

Most importantly, we look for enthusiasm, growth potential and a positive attitude.

How do the performing arts courses differ from others?

Our courses have been specifically designed over a number of years to produce highly versatile performers for the cruise ship, resort parks and musical theatre industry. This is achieved by ensuring dance as the core subject combined with vocal and acting. Both the Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualifications contain a wide variety of dance genres to provide graduates an advantage when auditioning in their chosen pathway.

Do I have to pay for the course upfront and is there any assistance?

No, you are not required to pay the entire course fees upfront. You can elect to pay your course fees per term, monthly or fortnightly by EFT or credit card. All full-time students can apply for Youth Allowance, Austudy or Abstudy and are eligible for concession cards.

When will I hear back from you?

All successful applicants will hear from us within 24 hours after your audition.

Should I bring an iPod or a CD for my solo piece?

Either is fine. We have audio equipment in our studios that have the capacity to play music through any device with a 3.5mm headphone jack (i.e. iPod/phone).

Do I need to have my own accompanist for my song?

No, our musical director will play for you.

Do I use a backing track for my song or provide the sheet music?

A backing track will not be accepted; you are required to provide the sheet music for our musical director.

Am I allowed to use props in my solo routine?

No, as we are only observing your technical abilities and performance skills and props have the potential to distract and detract from your number.