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Pre-pointe classes in Term 3 Updated

Please ensure you have enrolled before attending class.
Monday 4.30 – 5.00pm Pre-Pointe
Pre-pointe is offered once each year, so students eager to begin pointe must enrol now.
The Pre-pointe course takes about 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.

APDA Student Zone

APDA Jazz Exam students now have exclusive access to syllabus videos for home practice. Cost is approximately 7.90 AUD per month, subscriptions can be cancelled any time.
Register online through the APDA Student Zone.

Concert preparation New

Concert Announcement will be made on 12 August (the day after the APDA Jazz exams).
There has been a decline in hair and uniform standards towards the end of Term 2. Please note that a bun is required for all ballet classes.
Some students have not been following the hair & uniform expectations, this will be a determining factor in who will be selected for the many solo parts in our Annual Concert.
Our shop is open each afternoon from 3–4pm and Saturday 9am–12pm. Hair packets for buns are $8.
Our teachers are looking forward to seeing well rested and presented students for another term of dance.

Adult ClassesUpdated

Adult Classes start back 21st July.
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.
No need to re-enrol for next term, however please let Ms April if your enrolment details change. More information in our Adults section.

Make-up classes available in Term 3.

  • Ballet, Contemporary & Acro Dance any week in Term 3
  • Ballet 1 – 4 have multiple classes to choose from
  • Jazz classes after Jazz exams (11th August)
  • D&P / Pre-Ballet any similar class anytime in Term 3

If unsure please ask your teachers for the most appropriate make-up classes when you return in Term 3.

COVID-safe guidelines Updated

Our studios are now open with the following government requirements:

  • Only 1 family at a time in the shop
  • Strictly 1 member of each family may enter studio for Parent Watch (due to 2 meter rule)
  • Everyone must 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

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!)

Swan River Ballet Jacket from back
Swan River Ballet Jacket from front

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

Classes

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.

Contact Ms Avie

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.

Contact Ms Emily

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.

Contact Ms April: 0433 565 656

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Competitions

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

Contact Ms Avie