Dance Media, creative arts, and communication

Dance Media, creative arts, and communication

The language of dance speaks to more than just aesthetics. At Macquarie you’ll start the performance of your lifetime, encouraged to generate your own directions and creative possibilities.

You’ll learn the artistic elements of dance while exploring the broader aspects of theatre and performance, gaining the confidence and practical experience to launch your career on and off stage.

Careers in dance

  • arts administrator
  • arts advocacy officer
  • arts director
  • choreographer
  • cultural events coordinator
  • dance artist/performance maker
  • dance critic
  • event manager
  • journalist
  • production manager
  • public relations officer
  • stage manager
  • talent or casting agent

Professional experience

At Macquarie, learning doesn't just happen in the classroom. Through Macquarie University's practical PACE program, you can add real-world experience to your degree and get ahead in the career queue.

If you're interested in furthering your knowledge and experience in dance, PACE provides opportunities to work with external or internal arts organisations in the creative and performing arts sector and engage with their work, by participating in performance, set or concept design, or much more.

No matter what you decide to study at Macquarie, PACE has an opportunity available for you. Learn more about the opportunities available through PACE.

Students perform in front of an audience for their final presentation

Our expertise in dance

Dr Julie-Anne Long

Dr Julie-Anne Long 

Lecturer in Dance and Performance

Julie-Anne is an award winning dance artist and has worked in a variety of dance contexts including roles as mentor, dramaturg, curator and producer. She holds a PhD and a Master of Arts (Hons) in Performance. 

She has performed and choreographed on a wide range of projects with companies such as One Extra, Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Bell Shakespeare Company and Dance Works.

Mr Jon Burtt

Mr Jon Burtt 

Lecturer in Dance and Performance

Jon Burtt is a director, choreographer and performer working in intermedia performance, and combining dance, physical theatre, circus, interactive technology, video and text. As a graduate of the London Contemporary Dance School, Jon trained with inspirational teachers, such as Viola Farber and Jane Dudley. He has performed in works by some of world's most notable contemporary choreographers including Jean-Pierre Perrault, Per Jonsson, Stephen Petronio and William Forsythe. He was also a company member in the Australian dance companies, Chrissie Parrott Dance Company and Nanette Hassall's Danceworks, touring nationally and internationally.

Our facilities

Dance and Performance studios

Our Dance & Performance studios are fitted with full black curtains and white cycloramas and feature motorised lighting hoists equipped with both traditional tungsten fixtures and state of the art LED lighting, including moving lights, all with full DMX control. Full AV facilities include high speed network connection for web access, HD video and audio playback through 5.1 surround systems . Both studios are also equipped with rigging points for aerial performance work.

The Dance Studio is 18 x 16 meters and is fitted with a 14 x 11 meters sprung dance floor and a mirrored rear wall. The Drama & Performance Studio is 20 x 18 meters, has a specialised performance floor and tiered audience seating. The studio is also equipped with a Steinway grand piano, a live performance PA with digital sound console. The Drama and Performance studio's AV facilities include HD projection. The studio also has the ability to operate as a site for multi-camera shoots in both live and non-live contexts.

Discover media, music, communication and cultural studies at Macquarie

In the home of Australia's first media department, you'll learn from award-winning experts and have access to industry-standard facilities, including our multi-million-dollar media hub with professional screen, radio and dance studios, as well as state-of-the-art digital workstations for all production areas. Immerse yourself in writing, dance, music, screen production, management, games design or communication, and set yourself up for a career in the new media landscape.

Students Veronica Koprivnjak, Mackenzie Burge, Jiwon Han, Jelena Vunic, Jacinta May and Catrina Ralph performed a lyrical contemporary dance for the Macquarie University's Jubilee gala event held in 2014. The dance was choreographed by Mr Jon Burtt, lecturer in dance at Macquarie. The performance was commissioned to celebrate Macquarie's 50th anniversary and was a centre piece of the gala evening.

As part of his creative practice thesis, Mohan composed the music score for a full length bharatanãtyam performance.

The performance, titled ãnanda, was a celebration of joy and happiness, evident by the vibrant colours and rich melodies and rhythms presented to a near full house audience at the Macquarie Theatre.

Hosted by the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies, this performance showcases a growing area of research in the Department.

“Macquarie has had a successful record of creative practice PhD candidates for over fifteen years. Mohan Ayyar’s project continues this fine tradition of combining both performance and scholarship. In addition,the performance showcased Macquarie’s connections with the Indian community in Sydney”, says Dr Andrew Alter, Associate Dean, Higher Degree Research.

Mohan’s research explores the complex choices a composer makes when composing for dance, balancing aesthetics with the grammar of South Indian classical music. The dances in ãnanda portrayed splendid stories of Hindu mythology including the cosmic dance of Shiva and tales from the epic, Ramayana. The dances were choreographed by Hamsa Venkat, a leading bharatanãtyam exponent and teacher based in Western Sydney and the items were danced by seven senior dancers of the Samskriti School of Indian Dancing.

The music was performed live by a talented team of Sydney-based Indian musicians which included Sangeetha Ayyar (vocals), Balaji Jagannadhan (violin), Pallavarajan Nagendran (mrudangam/double headed drum) and Mohan (synthesizer).

Most of the dancers and musicians are full time professionals in other fields but pursue Indian arts as their passion. The audio for the show was provided by technician Ben Nash and others from the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies.

The performance provided a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Macquarie University’s connections with the Indian community in Sydney and the diversity of research being encouraged at Macquarie.

Three reasons to choose media, creative arts and communication at Macquarie

  1. You will learn the skills required to respond to a rapidly evolving media environment
  2. We have strong media-industry ties and a growing internship program
  3. You will gain vocational skills through access to our industry-standard technology

Our programs are designed to keep you up-to-date with emerging media and industry practices while ensuring you have a strong understanding of traditional mass communication.

In the home of Australia’s first media department, you’ll learn from award-winning experts and have access to industry-standard facilities, including our multi-million-dollar media hub with professional screen, radio and dance studios, as well as state-of-the-art digital workstations for all production areas.

Immerse yourself in writing, dance, music, screen production, management, games design or communication, and set yourself up for a career in the new media landscape.

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