WA dance company turns isolation into inspiration

How do you encourage local dancers to stay in WA instead of seeking career opportunities on the east coast? By bringing world class choreographic talent to Perth.

STRUT dancers in rehearsal. Photo credit: Emma Fishwick.

It goes without saying that behind every great work on stage sits the mountain of work it took to get it there. This time and effort spent in development is the invisible rock supporting the eventual triumphs we witness under lights.

An organisation with artistic development at its core is STRUT Dance, a choreographic development centre based in Perth. STRUT’s work supporting local independent dancers and choreographers is primarily about creating opportunities for them; exposing them to a suite of development tools as a gateway for their own artistic growth.

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Jo Pickup
About the Author
ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for WA arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at WAAPA.