Master- Class Series

Catapult Dance Choreographic Hub engages Australian dance and arts professionals to create, mentor and work with young dancers (7-26) to develop performance skills, increase confidence, develop technique and teach repertoire.

Come and be part of this amazing opportunity for dance students to work with nationally renowned choreographers on a skills development, dance technique choreography and performance confidence.

Upcoming Master – Classes

Omer Backley – Astrachan in January

Contemporary Technique,Repertoire and Choreographic Process
Take this incredible opportunity to take class with one of Australia’s finest choreographers and performers

10am – 2pm
14+ years – Intermediate/ Advanced
$50 (non members) $40 (members)
limited places available


*** Parents are invited to enjoy a showing at the end of the workshop.


Catapult Dance Choreographic Hub hosts HSC workshop:


Produced by Bangarra Dance Theatre (2012)

Choreography: Frances Rings

Monday 16th March
9am – 3pm
Catapult Dance Choreographic Hub: 880 Hunter St, Newcastle West
Only 25 places available

Working with a Yolande Brown, former senior artist and original cast member of Terrain, we will explore this core appreciation prescribed work, from the perspectives of the creative team, while acknowledging the work of the Cultural consultants who guided the process. As a work that is often described as an homage to Country, this work is relevant to a number of learning areas, including Arts (dance, design, music), Humanities and Social Sciences.

This workshop will include film excerpts, presentation, discussion and practical tasks.

Frances Rings was born in Adelaide and is a descendant of the Kokatha people. A graduate of NAISDA Dance College, Frances performed for many years as a dancer with Bangarra, and has choreographed six works for the repertoire, several of which have received Helpmann and Australian Dance Awards. She has also created works for West Australian Ballet, Tasdance, Legs on the Wall, NAISDA Dance College and Leigh Warren & Dancers, as well as Kahawi Dance Theatre and Atamira Dance Company in New Zealand. In 2019, Frances was appointed Associate Artistic Director at Bangarra.

Yolande Brown is a descendent of the Bidjara clan in Central Queensland and is also of Celtic/French extraction. A Bangarra dancer from 1999 to 2015, Yolande has been involved in the creation and performance of many Bangarra repertoire pieces, touring across Australia and internationally. She has also choreographed for the company, most recently creting sections of the 2018 work Dark Emu – along with co-choreographers Bangarra’s Artistic Director Stephen Page and senior artist Daniel Riley.

In 2018, Yolande was appointed to the role of coordinator for Bangarra’s new digital archive Knowledge Ground and has been instrumental in developing the company’s professional learning program, Winhanga-rra.