Dance Composition Workshop - Romeo and Juliet Reimagined

Romeo and Juliet Reimagined will give up to 12 government school students, studying Dance in Years 9-12, an opportunity to improvise, rehearse, direct, compose, and collaborate under the guidance Susan Rix and Courtney Horton in collaboration with London Symphony Orchestra animateur, Paul Rissmann. The workshops will culminate in a simultaneous public performance of the music and dance students' group composition.

The students will explore thematic material, space, time, dynamics, and movement generation and organisation in relation to Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet score.

It is important to stress that the project will not exclusively focus on composition. Irrespective of previous dance experience, the group will be encouraged to achieve the highest possible standard in their performance too. 

Program outcomes

Students will solve complex choreographic problems and create movement together, thereby gaining confidence in dance teachnique and personally. During the workshop, the group of students will devise a composition which can be later performed.     

Students will develop skills in:

  • Sequencing
  • Transition
  • Repetition
  • Variation and Contrast
  • Formal Structures
  • Unity
  • Appraisal and Evaluation
  • Making artistic decisions together thereby gaining confidence and learning from one another.

Through the workshop activities students will further develop skills in performance, composition, movement generation, motif development and phrasing.


Students attending government schools and studying Dance in Years 9 to 12

  • Are proficient in dance technique to an advanced level
  • Have a keen interest in composition
  • Must be committed to the entire program and available for all dates and times required


There is no fee for these workshops. All participating students and families will be responsible organising meals, travel, accommodation, etc and meeting associated costs.

As part of The Arts Unit's support of the Department of Education's Rural and Remote Education blueprint for action, we are excited to be able to offer a participation subsidy of up to $100 each to students from rural and remote schools (download full spreadsheet to check the status of your school) to participate in this workshop. Please note: If interest exceeds available funds, allocation of the participation subsidy will be prioritised based on remoteness. Subsidies will be confirmed with acceptance notification.

How To Apply

Students may apply to the program through the website application page and supply a 1 minute video of their ability for review.

  • Students must be available for all of the workshops and performance dates in May. 
  • Tuesday 8 May, The Arts Unit, Lewisham   9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9 May - Friday 11 May, The Village @ AMPA 4/85 O'Riordan Street, Alexandria 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • AND   Saturday 12 May, Sydney Conservatorium of Music    10:00 am to 5:00 pm

There are only 12 positions available in this project – selections will be based on:

  • equity of access
  • dance ability
  • ensemble balance

Applications open Monday 12 March

Applications close Friday 13 April

Permission materials will be forwarded once selections have been made.

Further information: Courtney Horton,

Apply here