Greater Western Sydney Primary Dance Ensemble

Region: Metro South and West Metropolitan North | Penrith
Years 5 and 6
Local arts program Public schools Dance

The Greater Western Sydney Dance Ensemble is an auditioned dance ensemble for talented dance students in Years 5 and 6 from NSW public schools from across Greater Western Sydney to develop their skills above and beyond their local school level.

The aim of this ensemble is to provide students with the opportunity to perform in an ensemble at a potential regional and state level.  The Ensemble is also aimed at catering for students who have limited access to dance ensembles at their school.

Students in the ensemble work with specialist dance teachers and other like-minded students to rehearse and perform dance works for the Western Sydney based dance festivals and audition to perform at the State Dance Festival and Schools Spectacular. 




Applications for the GWS Primary Dance Ensemble have now closed.

Audition details

  • Date: Thursday 2 March 2023 (Term 1 Week 6)
  • Where: Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School
  • Audition time: 3:45 pm to 5:15 pm

Students will be taught choreography for this audition. No prepared dance is required. Students should wear clothing suitable to dance in with hair tied back.  Students should also bring soft jazz shoes and contemporary shoes to wear during the audition. Please bring a water bottle and snacks. Parents will not be able to view the audition class.

Ensemble offers

All successful and non-successful applicants will be notified via email on Monday 6 March 2023 (Term 1 Week 7) via email with ensemble weekly rehearsals to begin on Thursday 9 March 2023 (Term 1 Week 7).

Ensemble information


  • Ensemble rehearsals are held weekly (during school terms) every Thursday afternoon from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm at Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School.
  • There may be some extra rehearsals added leading up to performances.
  • It is imperative that the selected students make a commitment to the ensemble and turn up to all scheduled rehearsals for the full length of time.
  • All selected students will be required to have the endorsement of their school principal for their participation in this ensemble.


  • Ensemble fee - $240 for the year.
  • This fee needs to be paid to your school by Friday 24 March 2023 (Term 1 Week 9).
  • Payment should be made to the student's school under the heading 2023 GWS Primary Dance Ensemble.
  • Extra fees will be required in the case of selection for State Dance Festival and/or Schools Spectacular.


Lucia Parkhill
GWS Primary Dance Ensemble coordinator
Caitlin Ragusa
GWS Primary Dance Ensemble coordinator
Peter Hayward
Arts Coordination Officer
0401 132 410


Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School
115-119 Great Western Highway
Emu Plains NSW 2750

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