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The TPA Elite Academic Program (EAP) is an extensive classical ballet training program designed to nurture talented and dedicated students during academic education years 5 to 10, by offering these students who have an exceptional talent a pathway for a career in professional dance, while continuing to study at their academic school.

Selected students will be provided with elite training in Classical Ballet, Pointe Technique, Contemporary Dance and Repertoire (depending on level), working in conjunction within the NSW Government Elite Artists Exemption policies.

This program will be in conjunction with their existing after-hours program including the TPA after-hours Transition Programs, to support and provide the foundations necessary for students to prepare for our full-time course in the future and potential careers in ballet.

The 2022 Program:

Students are accepted into the TPA Elite Academic Program by audition only and must meet the selection criteria, deeming a student as exceptionally gifted in the field of classical ballet.

TPA selection criteria includes:


Physical proportions and suitability

Turnout/rotation and use of it

Foot & ankle mobility


Musicality & coordination

Strong Classical Ballet foundations & technique appropriate to their age


Focus, drive and passion

EAP Students will have their own uniquely designed program of training in addition to their existing part-time ballet studies, including after-hours Transition programs.

The 2022 EAP is scheduled as follows:

EAP Junior


2.30 – 4:30pm           

Variations/Repertoire coaching

Classical Class-Technique

EAP Senior/Advanced



Classical Class-Technique

Pointe Class – Technique

Variations/Repertoire coaching

EAP Senior



Classical Class-Technique

Pointe Class – Technique

Repertoire coaching

Contemporary Class-Technique

EAP Advanced


12.30 – 4.00pm        

Classical Class-Technique

Pointe Class – Technique

Variations/Repertoire coaching

Contemporary Class-Technique

The program will be overseen by TPA Artistic Director Lucinda Dunn and students will work with Lucinda Dunn and the TPA full-time faculty.

Students will be formally assessed twice a year by Lucinda Dunn.  Entry into this program does not guarantee direct entrance into the TPA Full Time program. The program and a student may remain in the EAP program for more than one year.

Audition Requirements

Complete EAP Audition Form – available on our website https://tanyapearsonacademy.com.au/elite-academic-program-eap-form/

Supporting Photos Required:

1x Head Shot

1x Tendu a Terre a La Seconde

1x 4th Position Croise (En Pointe for girls)

1x Arabesque En L’air (side view)

Attendance at the audition is preferred. Students unable to attend the Audition may submit DVD / Video Link Audition Application. Video application is due by Monday 31st August.

Non TPA students are welcome to audition for the TPA Elite Academic Program. This program will supplement a students’ existing training program at their current ballet school/Academy.

Requirements by Video Audition:

Ballet Barre comprising plie, tendu, jetés , fondu, adage, grand battements

Centre – tendu, adage pirouettes, small allegro, petite allegro and grand allegro

Pointe work (For those currently en pointe)

Classical solo or syllabus variation

Contemporary solo or contemporary phrase

20 minutes maximum content.

Video submission accepted by Youtube/Vimeo link or DVD.


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