Classes

Classical ballet lays the foundation for professional dancers, including the best jazz dancers. It also provides the discipline required for many of life's other pursuits. Whether ballet is studied for health, pleasure or as a future career, its benefits are numerous and we suggest students study at least two classes per week when they reach Primary level in order to develop a strong, healthy and well poised body.

Our aim is to encourage the pleasure of classical dance throughout the community. By careful instruction we aim to ensure your child's physical and emotional well being, developing confidence, self esteem and a healthy, strong body in a friendly, nurturing environment. Our syllabus, Cecchetti, is recognised world-wide as training for dance professionals and we aim for the highest standards for our young dancers.

Outside workshops and courses are held throughout the year for students and teachers and participation is encouraged.


Branches
Mt Lawley
Banks Reserve Pavilion
Joel Terrace, Mt Lawley

Victoria Park
Scout Hall
Rathay Street, Victoria Park

South Perth

Wesley College Gym
Angelo Street, South Perth

Armadale
Buffalo Hall/Dale Lodge
Forrest & Railway Roads, Armadale

Subiaco
Subiaco Arts Centre
Hamersley Road, Subiaco


Year Overview

Term 1 - Commencing Saturday 31st January 2009
Welcoming new students, settling in, preparatory work for exams, 
Holiday Course (20th to 24th April 2009)

Term 2 - Commencing Tuesday 28th April 2009
Preparation for Exams and Tests, preparing short dances
Exams in June

Term 3 - Commencing Monday 20th July 2009
Trophy Tests, Presentation Day, preparation for the annual Concert

Term 4 - Commencing Monday 12th October 2009
Preparation for the annual Concert to be held on 5th and 6th December at the Quarry Amphitheatre




Timetables

Please note: Timetables are subject to change without notice. Please contact Helene Gowers to check class times. Age recommendations are approximate. Please do not hesitate to contact Miss Gowers to discuss the best class for your child.

Mt Lawley

Monday - Miss Gowers
  3:30pm - 4:00pm Tiny Tots (3-5 years)
  4:00pm - 4:45pm Pre-Primary/Primary (6-7 years)
  4:45pm - 5:45pm Grades 1 & 2 (7-9 years)
  5:45pm - 6:45pm Grades 5 & 6 (10 years and upwards)
  6:45pm - 8:15pm Seniors - Grade 6/Intermediate/Advanced 1 (& Pointe)

Armadale

Tuesday - Miss Gowers
  3:00pm - 3:30pm Tiny Tots (3-4 years)
  3:30pm - 4:00pm Adv Tiny Tots/Pre-Primary (5-6 years)
  4:00pm - 4:45pm Primary/Grade 1 (6-8 years)
  4:45pm - 5:45pm Grade 3 (9-10 years)
  5:45pm - 7:00pm Grade 5 - Intermediate

South Perth

Wednesday - Miss Gowers
  3:30pm - 4:00pm Tiny Tots (3-5 years)
  4:00pm - 4:45pm Pre-Primary / Primary (6-7 years)
  4:45pm - 5:30pm Grades 1 and 2 (8-10 years)
  5:30pm - 6:30pm Grades 3 and 4 (10-13 years)
  6:30pm - 8:00pm Seniors - Grade 6/Intermediate/Advanced 1 (& Pointe)

Victoria Park

Thursday - Miss Gowers
  3:30pm - 4:00pm Tiny Tots (3-5 years)
  4:00pm - 4:45pm Pre-Primary/Primary (5-6 years)
  4:45pm - 5:45pm Grade 1 (7-8 years)
  5:45pm - 6:45pm Grades 2 and 3 (8-10 years)
6:45pm - 8:15pm Seniors - Grade 6/Intermediate/Advanced 1 (& Pointe)
Saturday - Mrs Joannides
  9:30am - 10:00am Tiny Tots (3-5 years)
  10:00am - 10:45am Pre-Primary/Primary (5-6 years)
  10:45am - 11:30am Grade 1 (7-8 years)
  11:30am - 12:30pm Grades 2 and 3 (8-10 years)
12:30pm - 2:00pm Seniors - Grade 6/Intermediate/Advanced 1 (& Pointe)

Subiaco

Saturday - Miss Gowers
  9:00am - 9:30am Tiny Tots (3-4 years)
  9:30am - 10:15am Pre-Primary (4-5 years)
  10:15am - 11:00am Primary (5-6 years)
  11:00am - 12:00pm Grade 1 (7-8 years)
  12:00pm - 1:00pm Grades 2 and 3 (9-11 years)
  1:00pm - 2:00pm Grades 4-6 (12 years and upwards)




Uniform

Good grooming should be encouraged. Students should attend all classes clean, neat and tidy.
Presentation is an important part of developing a sense of personal pride.

Once settled into the school all children are expected to wear the correct uniform.
Most ballet wear is available through the school - see your teacher.

Girls
Black leotard
Pink ballet tights or short pink socks
Pink ballet shoes (not Jiffys) with pink elastic across ankle (sewn in the correct place)
(Ballet shoes should be a perfect fit.)
Pink chiffon skirt for junior students
Black chiffon skirt for senior students
Black crossover in winter
Hair must be off the face and tied back securely in a bun
Pink ribbons on pointe shoes

Boys
Plain white t-shirt
Black tights or shorts
Short white socks
Black ballet shoes with white elastic across ankle (sewn in the correct place)

Adults
Light track suit or aerobics wear
Thick socks or ballet shoes

Examinations and Tests

Examinations and Tests begin at Pre-Primary level in the form of class examinations which are especially designed to encourage and develop young students. Initial exams and tests are informal and gently lead into Standard and Grade examinations which are an individual's record of achievement and ability and are an event to aspire to. These examinations are judged on an international level and standard. Classes are ongoing for students who participate for recreation.

Students will only be entered for exams when their teacher is confident that they have acquired a full understanding of the required level. Children will vary greatly in their development, absorbing knowledge and mastering skills at different rates to each other. It is important that the exam system enhances the learning experience, adding to their confidence and strengthening their self esteem. These qualities will be significant for some children and not for others. Please discuss any concerns with the teacher by phone or appointment. Special exam classes are offered for the more dedicated and serious students.

Classical ballet lays the foundation for professional dancers, including the best jazz dancers. It also provides the discipline required for many of life's other pursuits. Whether ballet is studied for health, pleasure or as a future career its benefits are numerous and we suggest students study at least two classes per week when they reach Primary level in order to develop a strong, healthy and well poised body.

Our aim is to encourage the pleasure of classical dance throughout the community. By careful instruction we aim to ensure your child's physical and emotional well-being, developing confidence, self-esteem and a healthy strong body in a friendly, nurturing environment. Our syllabus (Cecchetti) is recognised world-wide as training for dance professionals and we aim for the highest standards for our young dancers. (Visit www.cecchettiballet.org)