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Term 1 commences Monday 31st January 2022

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2022 Enrolments

Please read carefully as we have made a few changes to our enrolment process.
Term 1 Term 1 commences Monday January 31st 2022. Enrolments for Term 1 CLOSE at midnight Sunday 30th JANUARY.
Term 2 & 3 New enrolments will only be accepted before the term begins.
Term 4 No new enrolments.

Saturday 29th January – 1/2 hour free trial classes for 3 to 6 year olds

3 & 4 year olds (D&P & Pre-Ballet) 10 – 10.30am
This is your chance to meet the teachers, Ms Avie & Ms Emily, and have your child take part in our specialised dance & performance class. We think your child will love moving with music, and signing some favourite children’s songs.

5 to 6 year olds (Ballet 1 & 2) 11 – 11.30am
For children who have started school and want to try a ballet class. It is a lot of fun with many small challenges, we use music to influence the mood and encourage expression & performance over technique at this stage.

Please note that we aim to develop independence and confidence, therefore parents are asked to wait outside the studio during the 1/2 hour class.

We will no longer be offering trial classes during the Term. Further trial classes will be offered prior to Terms 2 & 3.

Concert success!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our 2021 End of year Concert: Coppelia. It was a beautiful performance and all the students should be proud of their hard work. Information on the concert video will be out shortly. Thank you for your patience.

Adult Classes

Classes will resume from Wednesday 2nd February 2022. Miss Emma will continue taking these classes in Term 1.
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Uniform Shop

Our Uniform Shop will be open on Saturdays between 9 am – 12 pm and weeknights 3 – 4 pm.
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

Classes

Junior School

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 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.

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 range of styles within the contemporary dance genre.

Senior School

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.

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 supporting them to develop their own style & choreography.

Pre-pointe classes

Pre-pointe is offered for one term each year, students eager to begin pointe must enrol now.
The Pre-pointe course takes 8 – 10 weeks before the students are assessed to go en pointe.
Only students enrolled in Grade 4 RAD or higher can enrol in the Pre-Pointe class.

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

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.

Contact Ms Emily

Adult Classes

Adult Ballet classes will commence Wednesday 2nd February 2022. Please ensure you enrol before the term begins.

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 run on:
Wednesday 9.30 – 10.30am
Wednesday 10.45 – 11.45am

Fees per term: $160 for 1 class OR $280 for both.
Casual rate is $20 per class OR $32 for 2 classes on the same day.

Emma graduated with an Advanced Diploma of Dance (Classical Ballet) from the National Theatre Ballet School under the direction of Beverly Jane Fry. Shortly after she moved to London working with Vienna Festival Ballet performing in Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty directed by Peter Malik.
Emma briefly returned to Perth and trained with Beth James at the Western Australian Conservatoire of Classical Ballet before returning to Melbourne in 2012.
During her time in Melbourne Emma worked as an independent artist with Melbourne Dance Theatre (now known as Victorian State Ballet) and was a founding company member of Melbourne City Ballet. Her career highlights have been performing at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and in the Sydney Fringe festival twice as well as sharing her passion for dance with the younger generations for the Melbourne City Youth Ballet.
During her time with Melbourne City Ballet she performed soloist roles in Carmen and Coppelia as well as being the lead dancer during the Melbourne season of Placebo in ‘Grief’ and ‘Catharsis’.

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Competitions

For information about competition classes and private lessons refer to our Events page.
Or contact Ms Avie to discuss options for you or your child.

Contact Ms Avie