The Sydney Dance Company is one of Australia's most successful and well-known dance companies . It was formed by Graeme Murphy and fellow dancer and collaborator Janet Vernon 1976. Murphy has been compared to the dance and choreographer Jerome Robbins because of the way he and his company has marketed dance to a wider audience, and brought contemporary dance into a more commercial arena.
Sydney Dance Company has launched the careers of several highly successful Australian dancers and choreographers, including
- Gideon Obarzanek , now director of Melbourne dance company Chunky Move
Paul Mercurio who has gone on to make several movies including Strictly Ballroom which was directed by Baz Luhrmann.
- Stephen Page , now choreographer and director of Bangarra Dance Theatre