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Swan River Ballet Jackets New

Our school jackets are back in stock. We are selling them at cost-price ($100) in our shop. These high quality jackets are warm and last the test of time (just ask our teachers!)

Enter the Stage Competition in July School holidays - times to be confirmed New

Please consider supporting your peers at this competition
Brooke (7 yrs) - Sunday 4 July
Charli (12 yrs) - Monday 5 July
Millie (12yrs) - Sunday 4 July

More information about competitions can be found on our Events page.

July School Holiday Program Updated

Preparation classes for APDA Jazz & RAD Ballet exam students will run from Wednesday 14th - Saturday 17th July.
Payment is due by 1st July.

Check the events page for details

Parent & Guardian watch days

We are bringing back parent watch in 2021, with extended dates over Term 2 & 3.

Check our schedule for dates

Second Adult Class with Ms April

New Adult Ballet class starting Wednesday 19th May 10.45–11.45am.

Enrol in Adult Ballet class

COVID-safe guidelines

Our studios are open, but with additional COVID-19 safe procedures in place, as required by the WA government.

  • Masks no longer mandatory from Saturday 8th May
  • Only 1 family at a time in the shop
  • Everyone should check-in with the QR code in the courtyard, before entering the building
  • Parents are to wait outside in the courtyard, teachers will come out to collect & return children to guardians
  • We have a beautiful open space in our courtyard to make this possible

Uniform Shop

Our Uniform shop will be open on Saturdays between 9am – 12pm and weeknights 3 – 4pm.
A list of those with money to collect for your 2nd hand items is available on the Uniform page.

Browse our Uniform page for up-to-date information
Three ballerinas sitting outside Hamilton House
Two young students watch senior students at the barre in Studio One
Two male students sitting outside Hamilton House


Junior School

Two Dance & Performance students practicing their fairy wings

Dance & Performance (D&P) classes are for children 3–5 years old. These classes enhance a child's imagination, expression, musicality, spatial awareness together with socialising and performance skills. These are especially fun classes that are structured to build confidence in the young person. The carefully designed D&P program has been highly successful for many years and has proven to be an excellent grounding for entry into Pre-Ballet or Ballet 1.

Pre-Ballet classes are for children 4–5 years old and are offered to children as a stepping stone into Ballet 1. This class is designed to teach the fundamentals of ballet and help children who have started school to prepare for the RAD Syllabus.

Contact Ms Emily

Ballet 1-4 students stand in a line showing their degage devant

Ballet 1 – 4 are classes for 5–9 year olds in the classical ballet style. Children commence in either Ballet 1 or 3 depending on age. They will be assessed to do additional classes in Ballet 2 or 4 if the Principal feels they would benefit from participating in the RAD Presentation Award or Exams.

Primary Jazz 1 & 2 are classes for 5–7 year olds. These Jazz classes aim to enable students to relax through movement and develop co-ordination & strength in modern dance. Following the APDA Jazz syllabus, students learn Musical Theatre, Classical Technique, and modern dance steps.

Intermediate School

Grades 1 – 4 are classes for students 8 years old and over in which they study ballet, character and free movement in the RAD syllabus. All students at this level are required to attend the standard class (1.5hr class) for their level of ballet to develop the necessary skills as well as attending the extenstion class (1hr) for those wanting to work towards an exam. The Principal will assess the students on the set criteria to determine eligibility for either an exam, presentation or class award.

Character students stand posed, standing and kneeling

Junior Jazz 1 – 3 are classes for students 8 years old and over to expand on their Jazz style and develop performance, strength, flexibility, technique and confidence. Following the APDA Syllabus, students learn different styles of modern dance including Musical Theatre, Commercial, and Lyrical. Examinations are optional and usually take place at the beginning of Term 3.

Junior Contemporary is for students 8 – 10 years old wanting to learn basic contemporary technique, floorwork, turns & leaps while building strength and confidence. The contemporary genre is very broad allowing students to learn a range of styles, with a focus on feeling and lyrical movement at this level.

Elementary Contemporary is for students 10 – 12 years old wanting to learn contemporary technique, floorwork, tasking, turns & leaps while building strength and confidence. The contemporary genre is very broad allowing students to learn a ranfe of styles within the contemporary dance genre.

Senior School

Pointe students stand at barre, stretching their feet

Grades 5 – 8 are classes for students 12 years old and over in which the students study ballet, character and free movement in the RAD syllabus. Students are required to undertake conditioning classes (included within any 1.5hour class) and should study these levels in conjunction with Vocational Graded classes, Open Ballet and Pointe if they wish to pursue a career in dance.

Vocational Graded classes include Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced Foundation, Advanced 1 and Advanced 2. All these vocational levels can require pointe work depending on the syllabus. Students should be doing at least 3 ballet classes per week to be considered for an examination at this level.

Senior students stretching on the floor

Elementary Jazz 1 & 2 are classes for students 12 years old and over to extend their jumps, turns and leaps, improve their flexibility, strength, performance and acting skills. Following the APDA Syllabus, students will learn various modern styles throughout the year including Musical Theatre, Commercial, & Lyrical/Contemporary. Students at this level are given the opportunity to choreograph their own dance in preparation for examinations in Term 3. Exams are not compulsory but at this level are encouraged.

Intermediate Jazz 2 is for older students, 14 years and older, who want to extend their dance training and train in a modern style of dance. Included in the APDA Syllabus students learn different leaps, turns and floor work as well as lyrical, musical theatre, commercial and jazz techniques. Students are given the opportunity to choreograph their own solo dances in preparation for examinations in Term 3.

Intermediate Contemporary classes will be offered to senior students (12 years old and over) to develop modern and contemporary dance skills including floorwork, improvisation, tasking, tumbling and contemporary technique. The contemporary genre is very broad allowing students to learn different styles and repertoire as well as them to develop their own style & choreography.

Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT)

At Swan River Ballet all 1.5 hour Ballet classes will commence with PBT.
This worldwide technique is used to help develop muscle memory and enhance ballet training.

ADPA Jazz Syllabus

Ms Avie, our Jazz & Contemporary Teacher, will be co-ordinating the Jazz Addict Syllabus for all Jazz classes. This syllabus was chosen as it provides each student with solid performance-based technical training, and a platform to create, achieve and grow as a dancer and artist. Each level allows students to experience different modern styles of dance including Lyrical or Contemporary, Musical Theatre, and Modern Jazz.

Examinations are usually held each year in August. Although not compulsory to do exams, Swan River Ballet will be encouraging student to take part, as it is another opportunity for performance with many learning outcomes for students.

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Acro dance

Ms Emily stretching behind an acro-mat

Acro dance is a style of dance that combines classical technique with precise acrobatic elements such as rolls, tumbles, handstands and flips.
Students will learn skills to increase flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, discipline and concentration.
There will be a focus on correct technique in a controlled environment so that students can perform safely on any surface without negative effects to the body.
While class levels will be based on age, with no experience necessary, to get the best out of the classes we recommend that students attend one or more dance classes to assist in their progress. Our aim is to improve student's core & body strength, flexibility and confidence that will then assist them in all styles of dance.

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Adult Classes

Adult Ballet classes are for any adults wanting to join a fun and friendly ballet class. You do not require prior training to attend: we welcome any skill level from beginners to those who have danced in the past.
We also welcome all ages to come and give it a go, as the safe environment allows for people to try something new or for those who wish to revisit ballet again after a long break.
Together you will learn the structure of a ballet class, as well as the terminology that goes with it.

Classes will run 9.30–10.30am and 10.45–11.45am Wednesdays.

There will be a make-up class on Wednesday 7th July (1st week of School Holidays) at 9.30am due to cancelled class during April lockdown.

Contact Ms April: 0433 565 656

Register here


For information about competition classes and private lessons please contact Ms Avie to discuss options for you or your child.

Contact Ms Avie