Adult Dance Classes



Whether you want to try something new for fun and fitness or maintain your love for dance, we have a range of classes available for every level. Public classes for adults are held on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and include contemporary dance as well as basics, beginner, intermediate, pointe and advanced ballet classes. All classes are taught by professional teachers and dancers, as well as some well-known WAB company members. Please note that you must be at least 18 years old to attend these classes.


TERM 3 SCHEDULE july 22 – SEPTEMBER 24 2014



6.15pm-7.30pm            Ballet Basics (Andries)

6.15pm-7.30pm            Advanced Ballet (Meg)

6.15pm-7.30pm            Intermediate Ballet (Florence)

7.30pm-8.45pm            Intermediate Ballet (Andries)

7.30pm-8.45pm            Beginners Ballet (Florence)

7.45pm-8.45pm            Pointe (Meg)



6.15pm-7.30pm            Beginners Ballet (Donna)

6.15pm-7.30pm            Intermediate Ballet (Andries)

7.30pm-8.45pm            Contemporary (Laura)

7.30pm-8.45pm            Ballet Basics (Donna)





6.15pm-7.30pm            Ballet Basics (Andries) *Participants require one term of ballet experience

6.15pm-7.30pm            Advanced Ballet (Meg)

6.15pm-7.30pm            Intermediate Ballet (Florence)

7.30pm-8.45pm            Intermediate Ballet (Andries)

7.30pm-8.45pm            Beginners Ballet (Florence)

7.45pm-8.45pm            Pointe (Meg)



6.15pm-7.30pm            Beginners Ballet (Donna)

6.15pm-7.30pm            Intermediate Ballet (Andries)

7.30pm-8.45pm            Advanced Ballet (TBC) *New class

7.30pm-8.45pm            Ballet Basics (Donna) *For total beginners




Level Description

Ballet Basics – Tuesday class requires one term of experience in Ballet Basics. Wednesday class requires no experience what so ever, this class is for complete beginners.

Beginners Ballet – This class is for those who know the basics of ballet but are not yet ready to progress to the intermediate level.

Intermediate Ballet – This class is for those who have experience in ballet and have a sound understanding of ballet technique.

Advanced Ballet – This class is for participants with a strong knowledge and considerable experience in ballet technique or those advised by WAB teachers to advance from the Intermediate level.

Pointe – This class is designed for those who have considerable experience with ballet technique and have worked en pointe before or have been recommended for the class by WAB teachers.

Contemporary – For those that have existing dance experience (for example at least two terms of any dance style). Contemporary dance has an emphasis on release, momentum, floor work and individual interpretation. Contemporary will not be continuing in term four.



2014 Term Dates

Term 1

Ends Wednesday 9 April 2014


Term 2

Ends Wednesday 18 June 2014


Term 3

Term Dates: 22 July – 24 September 2014


Term 4

Term Dates: 14 October – 17 December 2014

Bookings Open: Tuesday 16 September 2014


Have a read of our Frequently Asked Questions document, that covers everything you need to know about public classes for adults.

For further enquiries about public classes please call 9214 0709 or to email please click here >



Our esteemed teachers include:


Meg Parry

Advanced Ballet & Pointe Class

Born in Brisbane, Australia, Meg began her training at The Dance Works in Brisbane and then continued her training at Queensland Dance School of Excellence. In 2004 Meg was accepted into Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), to continue her ballet training. Her career highlights to date include working with Kim David McCarthy and dancing the role of a virus in Ivan Cavallri’s The Nutcracker, the role of Girlfriends from Don Quixote, Green Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty and performing in Timothy O’Donnells The Games We Play . In 2008 Meg worked with the Company as a Young Artist, at the end of that year she was promoted to a full time artist for the 2009 season.







Beginners Ballet & Intermediate Ballet

Born in Vannes (France), Florence began training in Brittany and graduated from the Conservatoire National de Région de Nantes in 1999. After finishing her High School Diploma she went to Marseille where Marie-Claude Pietragalla offered her to join the Ballet National de Marseille. There she danced beautiful roles as Myrtha in Giselle, the 2nd pas de deux of Approximate Sonata (W. Forsythe), the first bridesmaid in Don Quichotte, and enjoyed performing some more contemporary pieces from Pietragalla as Sakountala and Fleurs d’Automne. Then, when the artistic direction changed, Eric Vu An gave her the opportunity to dance the leading roles of the Firebird (Fokine), Terpsichore in Apollon Musagète, First and Second violin in Concerto Barocco (Balanchine), and Desdémone in La Pavane du Maure (Limon). In 2002, she met Maurice Béjart and then moved to Switzerland to join the Béjart Ballet Lausanne. During the last seven years, Florence has danced more than 25 different pieces from Béjart’s repertory , including Presbytère, Cantate 51, Serait-ce la mort, The Rite of Spring, Bhakti and Romeo and Juliet. One of her most beautiful memory was dancing Cantate 51 (Béjart) on huge stages as at the Bolshoi in Moscow and at the Marinsky Theater in Saint-Petersbourg. Florence joined West Australian Ballet as a Demi-Soloist in 2013.






Donna Salmin

Beginners and Ballet Basics

Donna commenced fulltime ballet training with the Australian Ballet School. After graduating with a diploma in ballet she began her professional career with West Australian Ballet under the direction of Barry Moreland. Donna danced with the company performing solo and principal roles in both ballet and contemporary productions in Perth and throughout Australia. After 4 years with the company she ventured overseas and obtained a contract with the Deutche Oper Berlin, (later the Berlin Ballet) in Germany under the direction firstly with Gertrude Reinholm and then with Peter Shaffaus. Here, she danced a variety of traditional classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Giselle, Les Sylphides, La Sylphides, Romeo and Juliet, Paquita, The Nutcracker, Firebird, Serenade and Symphony in C. The company also toured throughout Europe, the United Kingdom and Russia. In 1992 she returned to Australia to start a family, at which time she completed a Bachelor of Business degree at ECU as well as beginning to explore her teaching capabilities as a Ballet Teacher. In 1999 she was offered a casual position teaching ballet at the Academy of Performing Arts and she has been teaching there ever since. Presently she is core teacher for first year ballet students and more recently has extended her teaching of ballet to musical theatre students at WAAPA and fourth year Link students within the dance program.






Andries Weidemann

Beginners and Intermediate Ballet

Andries Weidemann is a South African born dancer, educator and choreographer. He worked as a principal dancer for several companies in Southern Africa and Europe and, during a distinguished career, received two FNB Vita Awards and two Niemann/van Rheede Awards for best male dancer. In 2001 he founded the South African Ballet Theatre School (later the School of Classical Ballet, SA) and served as advisor to the South African Ballet Theatre on its dance education programmes for disadvantaged children. He is a member of the faculty of the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), guest teaches for The Royal Academy of Dance and The Cecchetti Society and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Australian Institute of Classical Dance (AICD) in WA. As a choreographer, Andries has created original works for companies, festivals and schools and also creates stage movement for plays and operas. Previous engagements include executing choreography for The Rake’s Progress at The State Theatre of WA, choreography for several WA Opera productions, choreography for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), 2011, as well as freelance work in the Middle East. As founding Director of the School of Classical Ballet, SA, Andries returns regularly to the State Theatre, Pretoria, to work with students of the school and also facilitates bi-annual dance tours to Australia.





Laura Boynes


Laura Boynes is a dancer, choreographer and dance film-maker. Born in Canberra, she studied at the WA Academy of Performing Arts completing her Honours with LINK Dance Company in 2007. Since then Laura has worked with numerous dance artists some of these including Ros Warby, Chrissie Parrott, Joanne Leighton, Clare Dyson, Solon Ulbrich, Claudia Alessi, Brian Lucas, KAGE Physical Theatre, Bianca Martin and Strut Dance Inc. From 2009-2013 Laura worked for Buzz Dance Theatre (under the direction of Cadi McCarthy) performing eight full-length works and spending considerable time teaching in remote communities. In 2013 Laura acted as Artistic Associate for Buzz Dance Theatre, choreographing and co-directing Look the Other Way, carried out a Strut SEED residency of her own work Dark Matter and created Hanging Space on LINK Dance Company alongside Michael Whaites. She finished the year with a creative development for Aimee Smith and performance season with Patrice Smith of Verge.