Levels 2 - 7
Children ages 8-18 enter the Student Division by audition. If accepted, the student is placed in one of curriculum levels. Students learn progressive levels of ballet technique following the school syllabus for each age-appropriate level. Classical classes are taught using principles from French, American, and Russian technique and styles. Taught by classically trained instructors, students are instructed in classroom etiquette, attire, vocabulary, wellness, injury prevention, nutrition, ballet history, career paths, and ballet conditioning to fully round out the dancer.
Yearly advancement is based on faculty evaluations of the individual student’s technical ability, physical aptitude, strength, classroom effort and attendance.
Born in the U.K and raised in Australia, I studied classical ballet on the Gold Coast from the age of 12 with Kathleen Gorham, Joy and Dawn Ransley, and Avril Binzer. One of the highlights of my dance education was auditioning for and dancing with the Australian Youth Ballet for a few years as a teenager and performing in cities around Australia. Locally, Youth Alive around the Gold Coast, and the Arts Centre in Bundall was where I enjoyed dancing in musical stage productions. Queensland University of Technology’s Associate Diploma of Arts (Dance) course was another excellent source of education and I was moulded into a more mature dancer. My last and most recent port of call has been the Royal Academy of Dance where critical thinking and teaching skills were sharpened whilst attending the Dance Education Diploma.
I have enjoyed sharing my dance education knowledge and technical skills to students on the Gold Coast, Australia and in the U.K.