LINK Dance Company
LINK Dance CompanyLINK Dance Company is the graduate dance company, unique in Australia, based at the internationally renowned Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) at Edith Cowan University.
Dancers who have completed a three year tertiary dance course can apply for admission to LINK’s one year postgraduate program. It offers a select group of graduate dancers a unique transition year between training and ‘the profession’ whilst still supported by a conservatory environment.
Originally established in 2002 by Chrissie Parrott as an innovative research project within WAAPA’s Dance Department, LINK evolved into an ongoing resident company with a commitment to the creation of new works; and national and international touring. Since its inception the company has been guided by Artistic Directors Chrissie Parrott, Olivia Millard and Justin Rutzou.
Current Artistic Director, Michael Whaites (2006-present), leads the company which has access to the superb physical and faculty resources at WAAPA, including rehearsal space, theatres, designers, set and costume construction and production staff. LINK Dance Company closely replicates the range of activities experienced in a small contemporary company. Dancers attend daily company class, rehearsals, fulfil production responsibilities and negotiate funding issues to facilitate the annual European tour.