Term Dates 2022

Term 1

Mon 31st Jan – Sat 9th April

  • Monday 31st January – SRB commences for 2022
  • Monday 7th March – Labour Day (Public Holiday)
  • On Stage Dance Comps – April 8th – 14th (School Holidays)
  • RAD Vocational course for senior students – during the April school holidays — To be confirmed

Term 2

Tue 26 April – Sat 2 July

  • Monday 25th April – ANZAC Day (Public Holiday)
  • Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June – RAD Festival of Dance
  • Monday 6th June – WA Day (Public Holiday)
  • Second Week School Holidays – APDA Exam Holiday Program (Dates/Times TBC)

Term 3

Mon 18 July – Sat 24 September

  • ADPA Jazz Mock Exams – Date/Time TBC
  • APDA Jazz Exams – Date/Time TBC
  • Spring Grade school – RAD
  • October Holidays (2nd week) – SRB Pre-Primary–Grade 8 Holiday Program

Term 4

Mon 10 October – Sat 10 December

  • RAD Graded exams (Hamilton House)
  • Monday 12th December – SRB Concert 6pm (Rixon Theatre, Penrhos College, South Perth)

Ballet Exams

Royal Academy of Dance

Exam Dates

RAD exams are held in Term 4 at Hamilton House.

RAD Holiday Program

All exam-preparation Holiday Programs are conducted in the second week of the school holidays. Please keep this in mind if your child is registered for an exam.

The Holiday Program should be attended by all those participating in the exam session.

Jazz Exams

Asia-Pacific Dance Association

Congratulations to all our 39 jazz students who did the APDA Jazz exams in 2021. The results have arrived and you all did extremely well, and you should be proud of your effort and determination in dance. Results will be handed out at the end of class.
A special thank you for Ms Avie for all her hard work preparing the students for their APDA exams this year.

APDA Jazz exams will be offered again in 2022 in Term 3, with the holiday preparation program to be held in the second week of the school holidays. Please keep this in mind when planning holidays.


At Swan River Ballet our focus is teaching the joy of dance with secure technique. We enter students in various competitions to increase their stage experience and to build confidence. This enables us to work with a student on a one-on-one basis to develop their skills further.
Please note that coming 1st or ‘placing’ is a great achievement but is not a priority.
We encourage students to view competitions as an indicator of personal progress. They can be rewarding for students as it provides them with feedback from industry professionals.

Congratulations to all our students who performed wonderfully at the On Stage performing arts Competition.


  • Students must be enrolled in 2 or more classes including one ballet class, as ballet technique is vital for all styles of dance.
  • It is important that students have experienced at least one exam of any genre at SRB to ensure they can demonstrate the commitment and discipline necessary. At this stage, there is no minimum result that a student needs to be eligible for competitions.
  • Overall attendance rates, attitude and presentation in classes will be taken into consideration. This includes consistently being on time and properly attired for class.
  • Private lessons are $25 per 1/2hour. At this stage, there is no charge for choreography. Students are expected to continue practising in their own time.
  • Entrance fees can vary (usually $15 – $50 per performance) depending on how many events the student is entered into. Payment of this fee will confirm registration.
  • All choreography taught for competitions, in class, for concerts, open classes or any other performance opportunity, belong to SRB and MUST NOT be performed elsewhere at any time.
  • Upon learning their dance, students are welcome to find their costume or hire from SRB.



4 – 6 private lessons are recommended to learn and complete a solo.
Students will continue to perform their solo for a year or until they are ready for new choreography. When a student places in a section they move from Novice to Intermediate or Open depending on the placement. Students must continue to practice their solos in their own time if they are wanting to continue to compete.

Duos & Trios

Students must have experience in solo or ensemble competitions.
As costuming and concepts with duos & trios are more complex we must be notified of the potential entrants 2 or 3 months in advance.
Parents must come up with an arrangement for private lessons before entering. We suggest at least 6 lessons to be sufficiently prepared.
Although the idea of performing a duo or trio is fun, they require more preparation and understanding of competitions.


Ensemble dances require 5 or more dancers of a similar age.
In addition to the above prerequisites’ students must attend at least 80% of rehearsals.
The rehearsals for the groups will be available from January 2022 and students MUST enrol before Week 1 of each term.
More information about ensembles will be available at the end of the year.

Own Choreography & Improvisation

Own choreography is a great opportunity for students with stage experience to present their creative work.
As no privates are necessary for ‘Own Chorey’, it is important that students take time to clean their routines and organise their costumes. Please be aware that teachers will help and give advice or will ask to see your ‘Own Chorey” help build confidence in your creation.
Improvisations are a fun opportunity to perform under pressure and challenge the performer. Depending on the competition, students are advised to wear a leotard and shorts or leggings, although some competitions specify a colour.

Further Information

Championships and more advanced competitions will be discussed with individuals as required.
As each competition has its’ own set of rules, please read through the competition information when it is available.
We aim to have at least one teacher present at the competition to assist students. Students must come with make-up and hair done before arriving as there may not be much space to get ready.
As both students and parents represent SRB school, respectful etiquette within the venue is mandatory. Please ensure your child wears their SRB jacket when arriving, this helps organisers to guide you in the right direction and is also a sign of pride and professionalism within the dance competition community.

Next WA Competitions

Enter the Stage

Venue: St. Stephens, Duncraig
Date: Friday 9th July onwards
Entry closed

Evolution Dance Competition

Venue: Newman College, Churchlands
Date: 10th-12th September 2021
Entry Closing Date: 15th August 2021

ON STAGE Performing Arts Competitions ‘Spring Edition’

Venue: Penrhos College, Rixon Theatre, Throssell Street, Como
Date: 24 Sep 2021 – 03 Oct 2021
Entry Closing Date: July 26 2021

Brooke – Jazz solo, Yana – Contemporary solo, Bianca – Slow Modern Solo, Eve – Contemporary Solo, Millie – Jazz Solo.
We wish them well & look forward to seeing them on stage.

KAR (Kids Artistic Revue)

Venue: Newman College, Churchlands
Date: 3rd – 6th October 2021
Entry Closing Date: TBA

Elite Eisteddfod

Venue: Claremont Centenary Pavillion, Claremont
Date: October 6th – October 10th 2021
Entry Closing Date: September 10th 2021


The annual school concert is scheduled for 6pm Monday 13th December in 2021.
The Concert will be held at the Rixon Theatre, Penrhos College, which has a 700 seat capacity.

The concert is not compulsory however, we find that students love to be a part of telling a story. All dancers with varying abilities are welcome to join, as we teach the enjoyment of dance and performing in line with our school philosophy.
This year for the first time students must enrol in all of their concert dances by 15th September. The number of students enrolled in the 2021 Coppelia Concert: 165.

Due to the pandemic, the sourcing of costumes with shipping delays means we required this information much earlier than previous years. Families are asked to consider their commitment to this event and whether they can make it a priority on their calendar in December.
The concert performance is usually 1.5 hours and ends around 7.30pm.
Students have one dance and costume for each class they attend.
Costumes are hired to families at a cost of $40 each and will be transported to the venue on Concert day.

Our past concerts have been:
Coppelia, Nutcracker, Cinderella, Peter Pan and Sleeping Beauty

Concert Photography & DVD

If you would like to order the 2020 Sleeping Beauty DVD or any of our past concerts, click the link below.

DVD Order Form

2021 Term Dates

Please note – There are no classes on public holidays.
Students can make up classes during the week, if a similar class is available.

Term 1

Monday 1 February – Thursday 1 April (9 weeks)

  • Monday 1st February – SRB commences for 2021
  • Monday 1st March – Labour Day (Public Holiday)
  • RAD Vocational course for senior students – during the April school holidays — To be confirmed

Term 2

Monday 19 April – Saturday 3 July (11 weeks)

  • Week 1 – Jazz Exam notices handed out (Due 29th April)
  • Monday 26th April – ANZAC Day (Public Holiday)
  • Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th June – RAD Festival of Dance
  • Monday 7th June – WA Day (Public Holiday)
  • Wednesday 14th – Saturday 17th July (School Holidays) – APDA Exam Holiday Program

Term 3

Monday 19 July – Saturday 25 September (10 weeks)

  • Friday 23rd July 11.10am – RAV Session (Examiner: Anne Fraser)
  • Sunday 8th August – ADPA Jazz Mock Exams
  • Wednesday 11th August – APDA Jazz Exams
  • Spring Grade school – RAD
  • October Holidays (2nd week) – SRB Pre-Primary–Grade 8 Holiday Program

Term 4

Monday 11 October – Saturday 11 December (9 weeks)

  • 11th October – 12th November – RAD Graded exams (Hamilton House)
  • 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th November, 4th, 11th & 12th December – Concert Rehearsals (Hamilton House)
  • Monday 13th December – Rehearsal (Rixon Theatre, Penrhos College)
  • Saturday 20th November – Concert tickets go on sale
  • Sunday 12th December 10am-1pm – Parent Q&A (Hamilton House)
  • Monday 13th December – SRB Concert 6pm (Rixon Theatre, Penrhos College, South Perth)
  • Wednesday 15th December – Online Enrolments open for 2022
  • Saturday 18th December – Re-enrolment Day for 2022 – RAD results handed to students