How much are classes?

How are the fees calculated?

For your convenience, payments are all inclusive of: Yearly Tuition, Performance Fee for all THREE performances, Performance Costume hire for three Performances, Props hire for all performances, Accident Insurance for your child AND Professional Performance Pictures of both productions delivered to your inbox!

All fees above are calculated on one class a week for four school terms of the year to make 41 total classes in 2016. We’ve added a special bonus 2 classes into your package (total 43 classes) for you to use at any time during the year with a booking. (Take an extra class for fun or try a new class, like jazz or choreography to see how you enjoy it).

Gumnut and Blossom Ballet classes do not take part in the performances but have special open days on the last class of each term. Therefore there is no performance/costume fee for them.

The jazz and choreography classes can only be taken as an extra class for those already taking ballet with us as the classes will build on ballet skills and broaden the dancer’s scope and repertoire of dance.

You have the option to pay for the entire package at once OR choose the 10 monthly direct debit payments.

Can classes be taken casually?

No. Ballet and dance build slowly, laying foundations, building skills and progressing systematically. Therefore casual classes would disrupt the established group and leave the casual student feeling out of their depth.

What should my child wear to the first class?

Students should wear something comfortable that’s not too baggy for their first class. For girls/women an example would be leggings and a t-shirt and socks. For boys/men, shorts and a t-shirt and socks will be fine. In winter a long sleeved t-shirt and long pants that are form fitting is recommended. Many young girls will often have something ballet related in their wardrobe (such as tutu or leotard) and they’re welcome to wear this for the first class.

Does my child have to wear the school uniform?

Yes, all students are required to wear the full school uniform to class. Classical Ballet is a strong tradition and a discipline. When dancers wear the same attire, it minimises distractions for students and creates an atmosphere of focus and energy.  Dress codes are also extremely important in helping instructors see mistakes in a student’s technique and body positioning, therefore allowing for better corrections and education. Dress codes are a form of “dancer discipline”.

Is there sewing involved in the performances?

No, we provide all costumes for you. There might be some crafting involved in making headdresses or embellishments for the costumes and all the costs are included in the one off concert participation fee.

How do we tie long hair in a ballet bun?

There are many links on YouTube that you could have a look at. Start with a pony tail, twist it around and wind it around the ponytail band. The secret is MORE bobby pins and horseshoe shaped pins. The more, the merrier! About 15-20 is generally a good amount. Thick hair might need more. Also a bun net to cover the stray hairs in the bun is a good idea, too.

How do we tie ballet shoes?

Most young children and adults will wear shoes with elastic over the instep, however young dancers entering exams will have ribbons. Teachers can happily show you how during your first class. In the meantime, have a YouTube search and you’ll find plenty of videos.

Do you offer exams?

In 2016 we will begin offering exams though the Cecchetti Society of Australia, a world recognised syllabus of great distinction. Students must be first asked to become an exam student and it is not mandatory but encouraged. Exams give students concrete goals to work toward achieving and really bring their dance education to the next level. There are extra costs involved in taking exams, for example: private lessons and workshops and masterclasses through the Cecchetti Society.

Here is some information taken straight from the Society’s website if you’re interested:

“The timeless Cecchetti Principles of grace, balance and line form the basis of a sound training syllabus that has been developed to meet the needs of today’s modern child – teaching co-ordination, poise, confidence, rhythmical sense and musicality while ensuring that the process is still fun!
The fully qualified, carefully trained and registered teachers of Cecchetti Ballet Australia are committed to providing a stable and secure foundation for each student’s training – whether for purely recreational enjoyment or as the beginnings of a career in dance. The Cecchetti teacher training courses prepare them to teach with a safe and secure technical base, sound knowledge of anatomy and basic physical faults, good teaching practices and the historical background of the art of classical ballet. The syllabus has been carefully structured to ensure that the student receives a well-balanced training, with each grade for younger dancers designed to build progressively to the senior levels.”

Does my child have to participate in the concert performances?

Yes, all students are required to take part in the performances. Performances are the culmination of our hard work during the ballet year and the children look forward to them immensely. In class they throw in their ideas and their enthusiasm is enormous! Performance is an important part of learning ballet. It’s a chance for the students to see how steps learned in class and at the barre are gathered together to create a dance. It gives them something to work toward, a reason to try hard and improve, a goal and a sense of achievement. It’s a chance for the students to get creative themselves, to dress up, to proudly show their families all that they have learned through the year. It also builds and strengthens friendships within the school and helps children get a sense of the wonderful collaborative team work involved in the theatre. You never know where these valuable performance and leadership skills might take them in life.

Of course we understand that often families will have other commitments these days and sometimes it cannot be helped. Notice is required in writing as soon as possible if a student is withdrawing from a performance as learning the dances may already be underway and it can be disruptive to the group. Note that no refunds are given. Classes are geared toward building skills for performance and we are a Performing Arts School.

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