WAAPA students reach new heights


“Rise”, the West Australian Academy of Performing Art’s mid-year dance season for Years 2 and 3, will showcase student prowess in classical and contemporary dance.

WAAPA Classical Dance Coordinator, Kim McCarthy, was joined in the choreography for the classical exhibit by guest guest artist, Leanne Stojmenov, a former principal dancer with Australian Ballet. They have created a program of exquisite excerpts from some of the world’s favorite ballets, under the title Right away.

For the contemporary dance component of the To go up program, WAAPA welcomed back two of its former dance students, Laura Boynes and Jenni Large, as guest artists invited to work with the students.

Boynes is an award-winning dancer, choreographer and dance filmmaker who graduated from WAAPA with honors in 2007. Her fascination with the moving image has led her to participate in projects in the genres of dance, theatre, music experimental, site specific and opera. Boynes won a Dance Australia Critics’ Choice Award for Most Outstanding Dancer and two prestigious Australian Dance Awards for her choreographic work.

Mammothhis new work for “Rise”, invites students to explore physical ideas that refer to the “sublime”.

When Jenni Large graduated from WAAPA in 2010, she set the tone for her career by winning the Hawaiian Award for Most Outstanding Dance Student. Since then she has worked extensively in freelance and corporate environments, both nationally and internationally, including as a member of the training ensemble at Dancenorth from 2015-2020. Currently Creative Associate at Tasdance, Large is a passionate independent dance practitioner.

Large collaborates with WAAPA students to create work that develops themes that arise through the creative process.

‘Rise’ takes place June 10-16 at the Geoff Gibbs Theatre, Mt Lawley, Perth. More information here.


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