The timeless principles of grace, balance and line handed down and developed from the courts of the 17th century. Ballet today goes far beyond tutus and pointe shoes. The repertoire is huge and varied. A tried and true method of training ballet is in fact the backbone of all forms of dance. It adds a special finesse and intangible quality to to a well rounded dancer.
We teach the Cecchetti method, one of the more common methods in Australia today. Whilst the basic principles of ballet remain the same the world over this is simply a specific style and syllabus of Italian origin with a strong Russian influence. (developed by the late Enrico Cecchetti in the early 2oth century). We use his wonderful method as a guideline to train our dancers. They are also encouraged to take open classes and broaden their horizons as they progress. Cecchetti examinations are available where the required standard is achieved.
Mime and movement
For those children 3-4 years who are not yet ready for the physical and mental demands of a structured dance session. This class allows them to experience a class situation while responding and moving to music. It enables the creativity so prevelant at that age to shine through. Only a sugar coated version of dance technique is presented, with the emphasis on fun.
Developed in the mid 20th century contemporary dance although originally a breakaway from the rigid structure of ballet is now a natural progression for trained classical dancers which allows in some ways a greater freedom of expression and movement. Emphasis is on the torso rather than the limbs, movement in and out of the floor, lots of direction change and often irregular rhythms.
Pilates is an overall body conditioning programme developed by Joseph Pilates who originally worked with dancers and gymnasts. It has very real benefits for stretching and strengthening appropriate muscles for dance as well as improving posture and alignment to keep our young students safe and injury free. It is of great health benefit to non dancers also. The beauty of pilates is that it can be as intensive or gentle as you want to make it and usually results in greater body awareness for individuals who practice it.
Choreography and other genres
Although we are specialists in classical ballet and related disciplines we do encourage students to branch into other areas. Opportunities exist to choreograph for performances and participate in musical theatre and jazz numbers on occaisions.