Sydney Dance Company

Sydney Dance Company is one of Australia’s leading contemporary dance companies. Established in 1969, the Company has cemented its reputation as a creative powerhouse, with an acclaimed group of dancers presenting new work by Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela and guest choreographers, designers, composers and musicians. SDC is recognised as one of the world’s strongest forces in contemporary dance, with a broad community beyond the practice and performance of the lead dancers. SDC has the largest public dance class program in Australia, with over 70,000 people a year connecting with the grace, strength and creativity that lives within us all.

Since 2014, The Balnaves Foundation has supported Sydney Dance Company to create opportunities for the next generation of choreographers through the New Breed program. New Breed is an annual production and presentation program that gives emerging choreographers a platform to create brand new works for SDC dancers. Each year, four choreographers, some of whom are drawn from Sydney Dance Company’s ensemble and student body, are chosen to develop an original choreographed work under the mentorship of Bonachela. New Breed has provided nearly 40 choreographers with the opportunity to create for a world-leading dance company, with some of these going on to tour as part of SDC’s mainstage season. These include Melanie Lane’s WOOF and Gabrielle Nankivell’s Wildebeest.

 Find out more about New Breed here.

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