Adult Dance Classes
Our classes encourage adult learners to discover the strength and artistry within their own bodies. Whether you want to try something new for fun and fitness, or dust off an old pair of ballet shoes, WAB offers a huge range of classes for every level. With 22 classes each week and levels ranging from Ballet Basics to Advanced and Pointe, you’re sure to find a class suitable to your level and needs. All classes take place in our state of the art studios in Maylands and 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.
Classes for 2017 commence Tuesday 10 January 2017. We do not adhere to school terms.
Studio 3 6.15pm-7.30pm Beginners Ballet Level 1 (Florence Leroux-Coleno)
Studio 1 6.15pm-7.30pm Advanced Ballet (Meg Parry)
Studio 2 6.15pm-7.30pm 5-Week Ballet Basics Course (Andries Weidemann)
Studio 2 7.30pm-8.45pm Intermediate Ballet Level 2 (Andries Weidemann)
Studio 1 7.30pm-8.45pm Intermediate Ballet Level 1 (Florence Leroux-Coleno)
Studio 3 7.30pm-8.45pm Stretch and Strengthening (Meg Parry)
Studio 1 6.15pm-7.30pm Beginners Ballet Level 2 (Donna Salmin)
Studio 2 6.15pm-7.30pm Intermediate Ballet Level 1 (Andries Weidemann)
Studio 1 7.30pm-8.45pm 5-Week Ballet Basics Course (Kim Hopkins)
Studio 2 7.30pm – 8.45pm Beginners Ballet Level 1 (Donna Salmin)
Studio 2 6.15pm-7.30pm 5-Week Ballet Basics Course (Claire Voss)
Studio 1 6.15pm-7.30pm Intermediate Ballet Level 2 (Rob Mills)
Studio 2 7.30pm-8.45pm Beginners Ballet Level 1 (Claire Voss)
Studio 1 7.30pm-8.45pm Beginners Ballet Level 2 (Rob Mills)
Studio 1 9.00am-10.15am 5-Week Ballet Basics Course (Rob Mills)
Studio 3 9.00am-10.15am Stretch and Strengthening (Victoria Maughan)
Studio 2 9.00am -10.45am Coaching Intermediate 2 /Advanced (Meg Parry)
Studio 1 10.15am-11.30am Beginners Ballet Level 2 (Rob Mills)
Studio 1 10.00am-11.15am Beginners Ballet Level 1 (Melissa Boniface)
Studio 2 10.00am-11.15am Intermediate Ballet Level 1 (Victoria Maughan or Florence Leroux-Coleno)
Studio 1 11.15am-12.30pm 5-Week Ballet Basics Course (Melissa Boniface)
Studio 3 11.15am-12.30pm Pre-Pointe (Victoria Maughan or Florence Leroux-Coleno)
No ballet experience needed what so ever, this class is for complete beginners. Generally run as a five week introductory course, Ballet Basics is being offered for a limited time as casual classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 29 November – 15 December 2016.
During the 5-week course the classes will repeat class content and build on previously learnt content from week to week. Exercises and class structure will refresh and change at the commencement of each 5 week block. New students will not be permitted to join mid-way through a five week block. Students will still need to discuss their progression from this class to a higher level class with their teacher. As a general rule we advise students to repeat this course a minimum of 4 times before progressing to Beginners Ballet.
For start dates of our Ballet Basics Introductory Course please go to our online booking site.
Beginners classes are suitable for people who have some level of ballet experience, even if many years have passed since participating in a ballet class. Which level you participate in depends on your experience and your current level of fitness.
Level 1 – We recommend at least one year of ballet experience for this level. This class is ideal for those who want to move up a level/progress from the Ballet Basics Course.
Level 2 – We recommend at least two years of current ballet experience for this level. This class is for those who are not yet ready to progress to the Intermediate level.
This class is for those who have several years of recent experience in ballet and have a sound understanding of ballet technique.
Level 1 – This class is ideal for those who wish to move up a level from the Beginners. This class requires moderate cardio, strength and flexibility.
Level 2 – This class is for those who are not yet ready to progress to the Advanced level. This class requires a moderate to high level of cardio, strength and flexibility.
Intermediate 2/Advanced Coaching Class (NEW)
This class is designed for higher level students wanting to refine their movement with particular focus on pirouettes, allegro, stamina, strength and pointe/pre-pointe work. Each week students will be presented with a different focus area with extra time to explore and perfect their skills. This class is longer in duration than our other classes, and capped at 12 students to allow the teacher to provide more individual feedback and coaching.
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. This class requires a high level of cardio, strength and fitness.
This class is designed for students who have at least one year ballet experience but have never worked en pointe before, or students who are returning to pointe work after a number of years and are not yet ready for the Tuesday night Pointe class. This class is done in ballet flats unless otherwise discussed with the teacher. The class will consist of a ballet warm up followed by strengthening exercises at the barre and in the centre, to prepare students for pointe work. This class is most suitable for students at a Beginners level or higher.
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.
Stretch and Strengthening
These classes aim to increase flexibility and strength through various exercises designed to target muscles and alignment used in ballet, and are a great compliment to regular ballet classes.
Suitable for all levels.
If you are unsure which class best suits your skill level, please contact West Australian Ballet.
All classes are 1 hour and 15 minutes. Excluding Pointe which is 1 hour.
2016 pricing is as follows;
Casual Class: $20
10 Class Pass: $165
20 Class Pass: $315
5-Week Ballet Basics Introductory Course: $82.50
All pricing incurs an additional processing fee.
We do not accept payments or enrolments at the door. All payments and bookings must be made online prior to arrival. To book click here.
For everything you need to know about Adult Dance Classes, have a read of our Frequently Asked Questions document.
All WAB Adult Ballet students receive a 10% Discount at Costume & Ballet Centre.
For further enquiries about public classes please call (08) 9214 0709 or to email please click here >
OUR ESTEEMED TEACHERS INCLUDE:
Advanced Ballet and Pointe
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 dancing Tinkerbell in Peter Pan, Girlfriends from Don Quixote, Peasant Pas de deux in Giselle and Evil Queen in Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs as well as working with choreographers such as Timothy O”Donnell, Cass Mortimer Eipper and Ivan Cavallri. In 2008 Meg joined the Company as a Young Artist, at the end of that year she was promoted to a full time artist and in 2014 Meg was promoted in Demi-Soloist.
Beginners Ballet, Intermediate Ballet and Pre-Pointe
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 the West Australian Ballet in August 2013 and since then has performed beautiful roles such as Giselle and Myrtha in Aurelien Scannella’s Giselle and Snow White in Gyula Harangozo’s Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs after which she was promoted to soloist. She has also danced contemporary parts in the Pas de deux of Galili’s Mono Lisa and more recently the famous Steptext from William Forsythe.
Ballet Basics and Beginners Ballet
Melissa was born in Sydney Australia. She graduated from The Australian Ballet School and joined The Australian Ballet Company. She then joined The West Australian Ballet where she performed many main roles including one of her favorite roles Swanhilda in Coppelia. Melissa wanted to get a taste of an overseas company, so she joined the Alberta Ballet company performing many ballets including George Balanchine’s Serenade, Romeo and Juliet, Kirk Petersons Sleeping Beauty,Swan Lake, Edmund Stripes Nutcracker, Christopher Wheeldons A Midsummer’s Nights Dream, Yukichi HattorisTubular Bells, Emily Molnars Songs of a Wayfarer. She has also performed in The Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Elton John’s Love Lies Bleeding, Joni Mitchells Fiddle and The Drum and Sarah McLachlan’s Fumbling Towards Ecstasy. After working with The English National Ballet and The Bolshoi Ballet, Melissa was excited to return to West Australian Ballet in 2012. Her career highlights include playing Swanhilda in Chrissie Parrott’s Coppelia, Miss Drosselmeyer in Ivan Cavallari’s The Nutcracker (2012) and the pas de deux with Christian Luck in Gary Stewart’s The Centre and its Opposite (2012), Olga in Onegin (2013), the pas de trios in Voluntaries at Ballet at the Quarry 2013, Snow White in Snow White (2014) and the peasant pas de deux in Giselle (2014)
Ballet Basics and Beginners Ballet
Born in Hong Kong, Polly began dancing when her family relocated to The Gold Coast, QLD under the tutorage of the Ransley sisters and Fiona Munroe. She was then accepted into The Australian Ballet School in 2007 during which time she received awards for excellence in classical ballet and character dance. Polly was chosen to represent the school on exchange at the School of American Ballet, New York and The National Ballet School in Canada. Highlights included touring with the Dancers Company, working with Kylian and Balanchine trust repetiteurs and in 2010 dancing with the company in Peggy! performing the grand pas de deux. After graduating in 2011 with an Advanced Diploma, Polly joined The Australian Ballet s Education Ensemble and in 2012-2013, after receiving coaching at Prudence Bowen Atelier, danced with The Australian Ballet for Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane seasons of Swan Lake. Polly joined West Australian Ballet in March 2013, becoming a Demi-Soloist in 2014.
Ballet Basics, Intermediate Ballet, and Stretch and Strengthening
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.
Beginners Ballet and Ballet Basics
Born in Sydney, Robert trained at the McDonald College and then moved to the New Zealand School of Dance in Wellington where he graduated in 2002. While studying in NZ he performed with the Royal New Zealand Ballet in their 2001 National tour. In 2003 he joined the Singapore Dance Theatre where he stayed for 7 years working with choreographers such as David Dawson, Marie-Claude Pietragalla, Ohad Naharin, Natalie Weir, and Graham Lustig. His repertoire included Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, Jorma Elo’s Glow-Stop, and Von Rothbart in Swan Lake. Robert joined West Australian Ballet in January 2010 and has enjoyed performing roles including the soloist in Petr Zuska’s The Rite of Spring, as well as comic roles in Don Quixote and The Taming of the Shrew. Robert retired as a professional dancer at the end of 2014 to persue a career in teaching and personal training.
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 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.
Kim has a diverse background including training as a dancer and Physiotherapist. Kim’s initial life dream was to be a ballet dancer and she spent many years pursuing this goal. Her study commenced locally including acceptance into the WA Ballet Company Scholarship classes studying under the guidance of Lucette Aldous and also becoming the youngest member of the Youth Dance Company. At 15 Kim moved to Sydney where she studied at the Marilyn Jones and Garth Welch Ballet School before being selected to travel the USA as a demonstrator for Janina Ciunovas and Jurgen Schneider for teacher’s seminars in the Vagonova method. On completion of the tour, she attended a summer school at the San Francisco Ballet School before being accepted into the Academie de Danse Classique in Monaco under the supervision of Marika Besobrasova. Unfortunately, in Monaco, at the age of 18 Kim’s dance career ended when she developed a neurological condition called Guillaime Barre. Kim returned to Perth and underwent a lengthy rehabilitation programme which further sparked her interest in the human body. Kim went on to complete a Physiotherapy Degree including two Postgraduate Diplomas in Physiotherapy. As Kim became older, she realised her true passion in life was still dance, and she needed to be involved in it again, so she commenced teaching dance and theory/anatomy to dance students. Kim has a real passion for teaching and loves integrating her knowledge of anatomy and muscle function into her teaching allowing her to ensure safe execution of exercises.
Deborah is an educator, performer, choreographer and filmmaker. She
graduated from WAAPA in 2003, BA Hon. (Dance), completing her honours as a member of Link Dance Company. Deborah is currently the Education and Access Manager at West Australian Ballet. She has taught contemporary dance technique, improvisation, choreography, ballet, dance for camera, and movement for theatre at private dance schools, public workshops, and numerous public and private high schools, as well as Buzz Dance Theatre, Fremantle Arts Centre, Strut Dance, WAAPA, and West Australian Ballet. Deborah has performed with Hydra Poesis (Perth), Aimee Smith (Perth), Compagnie Felix Ruckert (Berlin), and First Wave (Canberra). She has choreographed live performance and film projects for Link Dance Company, Strut Dance and West Australian Ballet, as well as independently. She received a SPARK mentorship in 2006 with Tracie Mitchell as her mentor which developed her work for dance film. She has worked on the directing team on a number of dance and feature films.