Adult Dance Classes
Whether you want to try something new for fun and fitness, or dust off an old pair of ballet shoes, West Australian Ballet offers a range of classes available for every level. 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.
Enrolments are now open.
In 2015 we will be running our classes non-stop from January through to December. We will no longer adhere to school terms.
6.15pm-7.30pm 5-Week Ballet Basics Introductory Course (Andries Weidemann)
6.15pm-7.30pm Advanced Ballet (Meg Parry)
6.15pm-7.30pm Intermediate Ballet (Florence Leroux-Coleno)
7.30pm-8.45pm Intermediate Ballet (Andries Weidemann)
7.30pm-8.45pm Beginners Ballet (Florence Leroux-Coleno)
7.45pm-8.45pm Pointe (Meg Parry)
6.15pm-7.30pm Beginners Ballet (Donna Salmin)
6.15pm-7.30pm Intermediate Ballet (Andries Weidemann)
7.30pm-8.45pm Advanced Ballet (Floeur Alder)
7.30pm-8.45pm 5-Week Ballet Basics Introductory Course (Kim Hopkins)
9.00am-10.15am 5-Week Ballet Basics Introductory Course (Robert Mills)
10.15am-11.30am Beginners Ballet (Robert Mills)
Ballet Basics Introductory Course – No experience what so ever, this class is for complete beginners. For more information, see below.
Beginners Ballet – We recommend at least one year of ballet experience for this level. 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 several years experience in ballet and have a sound understanding of ballet technique. This class requires moderate cardio, strength and flexibility.
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. This class requires a high level of cardio, strength and fitness.
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.
If you are unsure which class best suits your skill level, please contact West Australian Ballet.
Casual Class: $18
10 Class Pass: $150
20 Class Pass: $280
5-Week Ballet Basics Introductory Course: $75
All pricing incurs a small 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.
5 WEEK BALLET BASICS INTRODUCTORY COURSE
Ballet Basics is run as a five week introductory course. These 5 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 with their teacher. As a general rule we advise students to repeat this course a minimum of 4 times before progressing to Beginners Ballet.
The Ballet Basics Introductory Course will start on the following dates in 2015:
Tuesday 20 & Wednesday 21 January
Tuesday 24, Wednesday 25 & Saturday 28 February
Tuesday 31 March, Wednesday 1 & Saturday 11 April
Tuesday 5, Wednesday 6 & Saturday 16 May
Saturday 20 June
Tuesday 30 June, Wednesday 1 & Saturday 23 July
Tuesday 4, Wednesday 5 & Saturday 29 August
Tuesday 8 & Wednesday 9 September
Saturday 3, Tuesday 13 & Wednesday 14 October
Saturday 7, Tuesday 17 & Wednesday 18 November
For everything you need to know about Adult Dance Classes, have a read of our Frequently Asked Questions document.
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 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. Meg has choreographed for WAB’s Genesis season and at the end of 2014 after performing the role of the Evil Queen in WAB’s 2014 production of Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs, Meg was promoted in Demi-Soloist.
Beginners Ballet and 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. After performing the lead role of Snow White in WAB’s 2014 production of Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs Florence was promoted to Soloist.
Floeur Alder graduated from WAAPA in 1998 with an Advanced Diploma in Dance and then in 2003 with a Bachelor in Performing Arts. In 2000 Floeur received a Creative Development Fellowship from DCA to study with several of the top contemporary dance companies in Europe, including Cullberg, NDT, Nacho Duato and Rambert. On her return Floeur was granted a Foot in the Door grant to work with Leigh Warren and Dancers where she performed in Like No-one is Watching by Toni Rizzi. Floeur also received a Project workspace grant to choreograph, Rare Earth on her parents Dame Lucette Aldous and Alan Alder of which she received a WA Ausdance award for Outstanding Choreography. Floeur danced with Tasdance from 2005-2010 and with Chrissie Parrott in Cicada and Luminous, Jean Claude-Gallotta in Trois Generation, Carol Brown in Tongues of Stone and Ochre Dance Company. She also choreographed Same but Different for the WAB’s 2013 season of Genesis. Floeur was also voted Dancer to Watch in the Critics Survey in Dance Australia by Rita Clarke. In 2011 Floeur was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to travel for 9 weeks with her Mother to study at the Paris Opera, Stanlowa School in Paris, Royal Danish School and Company, Royal Ballet School, Perm Ballet Academy in Russia. Floeur has taught for the past 14 years in Perth at various places such as WAPPA, West Australian Ballet, Dynamics, Perth School of Ballet, Danzaviva, Perth College, Graduate College and John Curtin College of the Arts. Image credit: Simon Cowling.
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.
Ballet Basics 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.
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.
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.