New or Returning to Ballet?
We understand that starting dance classes as an adult can be daunting, especially the idea of joining a class where students have already been taking classes, even if only for a few months. To help you overcome this, we have a 6-week BASICS course. These courses are specifically for adults with little to no dance experience. You can join our BASICS courses comforted in the knowledge that others in the class are also complete novice dancers like you.
The BASICS courses are designed to really break things down to the bare basics. Starting with concepts like posture, the names of the different positions, and how the steps relate to each other. Each course runs for 6-weeks, consisting of one 75-minute class per week. Each class builds on from the class before it (hence why term enrolment is required) teaching the student the core fundamentals of that style. We do not allow casual attendance in this class as attending class sporadically will not enable students to really understand the basics, and develop the skills needed to progress and enjoy a Beginner or Elementary class.
After completing a BASICS course, you will have the skills to give you the confidence to join an Absolute Beginners class, or a standard Beginners/Elementary Class. You can choose to do a BASICS course as many times as you like, until you feel confident enough to progress to another level. We advise that you speak to your teacher regularly to touch base on your progress and see when you will be ready to move up. Please remember that everyone learns differently and at a different pace. It is important not to compare yourself to others, and just be patient with yourself, and trust in the process.
Ballet BASICS COURSE
Justin McNamara has been singing, dancing and acting from an early age, undertaking vocal, dance and acting training with many of the most distinguished teachers in their field, both in Perth and nationally.
Daryl teaches and coaches many young dancers from around Perth, as well as taking Adult contemporary and Ballet classes and guest teaching at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
Denise began her dance training in NSW studying both Classical Ballet and Ballroom and Latin Dancing (achieving Solo Star ISFD). Focusing on ballet, she achieved her Solo Seal (RAD) and was awarded the RAD Scholarship for Australia to train at the Royal Ballet School, London.
Vivienne commenced dancing at the age of 5 in South Africa. She graduated from the Johannesburg High School for Art, Ballet and Music, one of the first performing arts schools of the time
We have a timetable of casual drop-in classes for a variety of levels from Beginners to Advanced dancers in various styles. Dancers are welcome to join these classes at any time without any long term commitment.
We have a full schedule of classes. We run day time classes on Tuesdays – Saturdays from 930am, as well as evening classes on Mondays-Thursday from 530pm.
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Classical ballet is perhaps the most formal of the dance styles, and is best known for its unique technical features: turn-out of the legs, extension, its graceful, flowing, precise movements; and its ethereal qualities.
Classical Ballet is the basis for a strong technique to prepare the body for many other dance styles.
Our Ballet teachers are highly qualified and experienced, having danced in companies around the world such as The Royal Ballet London and the Australian Ballet, and have coached many professional dancers you see today.
Class will always begin at the Barre and will go through a series of exercises focusing on technique before students begin work in the centre.
This class is designed specifically for students looking to go into pointe shoes, or continue to develop their strength and technique in their pointe shoes as an extension of their ballet training.
It is recommended that students have AT LEAST five years of ballet experience before participating in this class in pointe shoes. It is also suggested that students begin these classes in soft ballet shoes or “demi-pointe” shoes, and only upon speaking with the teacher consider wearing their pointe shoes in class.
The class is focused on developing foot and ankle strength and flexibility. Students are welcome to take this class in soft ballet shoes to focus on developing their strength and technique.
This class is not suitable for anyone who is not already an experienced ballet student.
The Silver Swans Ballet classes are curated by the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) specially for older learners. However, at Dance Workshop, these classes are open to all of our students regardless of age. Vivienne Stodell has undertaken the RAD training and is now licenced to deliver the Silver Swans syllabus.
Open, fun and accessible, these classes will help improve your mobility, posture, coordination, and energy levels, no matter how old you are. If you can’t make our Ballet Basics classes these are a great starting point for those new to Ballet.
Ballet Barre Workout
This class uses the principles of ballet exercises to focus on developing the strength and flexibility of specific muscle groups at a time. Ballet exercises are used to stretch and strengthening exercises to give your body an all-round conditioning.
This class is open to everyone, even none dancers looking to improve flexibility, posture and strength. If you have a yoga mat, or beach towel bring it with you, as there can be some exercises laying/sitting on the floor.
Ballet Body Conditioning
This class is open to anyone from a dance background and is designed to complement a student’s ongoing ballet training. The class combines specifically sequenced ballet exercises with elements of barre, floor barre with stretch, and centre practice.
The class train’s posture, placement, stability in turnout, fluidity, and musicality to enhance your ballet technique.
If you have a yoga mat, or beach towel bring it with you for the floor barre conditioning section.