For Dance Students

For Dance Students

Creating opportunities for future ballet stars to share the studio and stage with their heroes


“Just wanted to say thank you for all the great education programs and the warm and inviting atmosphere that everyone at WAB has managed to cultivate”



Download our 2017 Access Brochure here.

Download our 2017 Booking Form here.

Winter School

10 – 14 July 2017


A full week of professional-level training for aspiring young dancers. Held during the WA July school holidays, WAB invites dance students aged 13 years and over to join us for a full week of classes in classical technique, contemporary technique, men’s and ladies’ coaching, classical and contemporary repertoire, mime and performance, conditioning, improvisation, and choreography. In addition, all students will participate in sessions on performance psychology, nutrition, and injury prevention. The week will conclude with a day of class viewing for teachers, family and friends.


Our elite group of teachers ready to share their knowledge and experience with passionate dance students include:


Han Kee Juan: Principal, Singapore Ballet Academy

Alessio Scognamiglio: Demi-Soloist, West Australian Ballet

Polly Hilton: Demi-Soloist, West Australian Ballet

Natalie Allen: Freelancer / ex-Sydney Dance Company

David Mack: Freelancer / ex-West Australian Ballet and Sydney Dance Company


Click here to download the teacher’s biographies.





Step 1: Follow the booking prompts on Trybooking by clicking here.

Step 2: To redeem your discount enter your unique code in the promotion box at the checkout. Discount codes apply to current 2017 Great Leaps members and 2017 Masterclass students only. Great Leaps members only need to enter the first two letters followed by the second two numbers of your membership code e.g. GL12 (if you enter the full code it will not work).


Registrations must be received in full by close of business on Friday 30 June, 2017.


Click here to download the full registration and participation guidelines.






Full rate: $620 (inc. GST) per student.

Great Leaps discount rate: $590 (inc. GST) per student.*

Masterclass Student discount rate: $550 (incl. GST) per student.**

All fees must be paid in full upon registration.

Registrations and fees must be received in full by close of business on Friday 30 June, 2017.


* This rate is applicable to current Great Leaps members only. The code to receive this discount is the first two letters and first two numbers of your Great Leaps membership number.

** This rate is applicable to students of West Australian Ballet’s 2017 Masterclass Program only.






Classical Ballet Technique – Barre and centre work in an open ballet class structure. Focus will be on refining and strengthening all aspects of ballet technique such as posture, alignment, coordination, and balance while incorporating musicality, presentation and expression.


Ladies’ Coaching – A classical class specifically tailored to female dancers. Students will improve technique, alignment, strength, flexibility and presentation specific to the requirements of a female ballet dancer. The class will include working to improve pirouettes, ankle and foot strength for pointe work, batterie etc.


Men’s Coaching – A classical class specifically tailored to male dancers. Students will improve technique, alignment, strength, flexibility and presentation specific to the requirements of a male ballet dancer. The class will include working to improve pirouettes, tours, turns in second, jumps, ballon etc.


Contemporary Technique – Based on the teacher’s experience in various contemporary dance techniques. The classes will be structure to include centre work and floor work with emphasis on release, momentum, connection to core, and individual interpretation.


Classical and Contemporary Repertoire – Students will be taught solos and/or group dancers from well-known productions. The students will work gradually over the 5 days to learn the sequences and perfect the technique, while emphasising musicality, quality of movement and presentation. Students will have the choice between either classical or contemporary repertoire.


Mime and Performance – Dance is about expression and characterisation as much as physical technique. Students will be taught sequences with specific characters, intentions and expressions, as well as be guided in how to develop their own characterisations.


Improvisation – This class will build students’ capacity to improvise in a number of different contexts including rehearsal processes, improvising to create movement, and improvisation for performance.


Conditioning – This class will increase students’ ability and knowledge of techniques to maintain strength, flexibility, alignment and stamina, to complement dance training.


Choreography – This class will increase students’ ability to create movement using various choreographic approaches and techniques. Students will have the opportunity to create their own movement sequences.



For any queries please contact West Australian Ballet’s Access Team by emailing or calling 9214 0707.


To access WAB’s activities for young dancers aged 5 to 17 years, become a Great Leaps member!

Membership is free for all dance school students in Western Australia, benefits include $15 tickets to performances at His Majesty’s Theatre, access to workshops, and direct information about all our activities. Click here for more information about the programme and how to become a member.


To become a Great Leaps member, click here.



Designed to complement student’s regular studio classes, the Masterclass Program is a fantastic way for talented young dance students to take their dancing to the next level and gain a deeper connection with WA’s ballet company. Entry to the program is by audition, held in February each year. Classes are taught by WAB’s artistic staff, dancers and international guest artists and are accompanied by exclusive behind-the-scenes activities including watching rehearsals and Q&A’s with special guests.


Entry into the program is by audition only. Auditions have closed for 2017. Auditions for the 2018 Masterclass Program will be held in early 2018.



2017 Dates

Monday 6 February

Monday 27 February

Monday 20 March

Monday 1 May

Monday 12 June

Monday 7 August

Monday 4 September

Monday 16 October

Monday 6 November

Masterclass Audition (Free)

Masterclass #1

Masterclass #2

Masterclass #3

Masterclass #4

Masterclass #5

Masterclass #6

Masterclass #7

Masterclass #8



Click here to read our Frequently Asked Questions, or email for any further queries.


School Holiday Workshops are a fantastic activity for young dancers to keep dancing over the holidays, to make new friends, and watch the professional dancers at work right in the heart of WAB HQ. You might even meet a real ballerina!


Each session consists of a ballet workshop with one of our specialist teaching artists and time spent in the studio watching our company dancers at work. Parents may watch or help themselves to tea and coffee in our heritage foyer. Please note, this is not a “drop off & leave activity. Parents or guardians must stay on premises whilst their child is in the building.



2017 Dates

17-19 January

10,12 & 13 April

10-14 July

3-5 October

(Dates subject to change)



Students can book in for one, two or all three days, in the following age groups:


4 – 6 years olds: 9.00am – 10.30am

7 – 9 year olds: 10.00am – 11.30am

10 – 12 year olds*: 1.15pm – 3.00pm

13 – 15 year olds*: 2.30pm – 4.30pm


*Minimum 1 year of ballet experience necessary for 10 – 15 age groups.



4 – 6 year old sessions:   $25 per child / $20 for Great Leaps members*
All other sessions:           $35 per child / $30 for Great Leaps members*


*At the checkout please enter the first two letters followed by the first two numbers of your Great Leaps membership number to receive the discounted price. You must have a valid 2016/2017 membership.


To become a member of Great Leaps apply here.



1. All bookings will be made via Try Booking click here.
2. Select the workshop you wish to attend.
3. Choose the correct pricing option.
4. Enter the details of the child attending.
5. This item is now in your shopping cart. Click on “continue shopping for this event” to add another day for the same child, or another age category for a sibling.
6. Please read the terms and conditions and event terms which includes West Australian Ballet’s Disclaimer Form. By proceeding past this point you are acknowledging you have read and agreed upon both documents.

Learn From the Masters

A professional development activity for dance teachers and high-level students to learn from WAB’s special guests working with the company in 2017. Held in partnership with Ausdance WA, participants have the opportunity to meet, watch, talk to, and learn from, some of the most prominent dancers and teachers from across the world.


Keep an eye on the website for further details throughout the year, or contact the Access team directly on to be added to our mailing list.