De Pro’s Core Focuses are:
Mental, Emotional and Physical Health and Wellness
Project-Based / Real Industry Experience-Based Learning
I will create and star in 4 shows throughout the year
Learn how to rehearse for professional shows
Learn how to work with a team and a cast of dancers
Work with and be mentored by industry choreographers and artistic directors
Learn what it takes to be a professional dancer in a professional show
Work ethic, resilience, and learn proper rehearsal and show etiquette
Enhance leadership skills to work in a professional, co-creative collaborative environment
Participate and dance in 4 shows.
Develop rehearsal and performance processes
I believe De Pro is immensely beneficial to my emerging artist career. Importantly the program focuses on personal self-care & wellness during my training.
As an emerging Indigenous performer, I have experienced the hardships of qualifying affordable quality dance training that is also within a positive learning environment. I have recently invested time and accrued fee-help debt into a course that was not suitable for me and something that I thought was going to advance my training, however, it turned out to be a negative experience. Through this, I have exhausted my training options to date. I feel my options are limited due to unforeseen family circumstances that prevent my auditioning for training at the only Aboriginal dance college. Thus supporting why I believe that De Pro is not only beneficial but one of the few options I have left as an Indigenous Performing Artist. I have taken the initiative to go out of my comfort zone and audition for two mainstream training opportunities, from this I believe I have achieved the opportunity and provided support to secure my place within this program.
My request for financial support will be utilised for the payment of Program Fees, the self -funded program component of travelling to LA for 7 days to perform & to assist with dance equipment & program resources. The end result will be:
o Invaluable technical training
o Performance skills
o Industry mentoring
o Industry networking
o Future training and career pathways
o Industry exposure to various innovative dance trends
o Enhanced self-esteem and confidence
o A disciplined work/training ethic