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Cédric Ygnace

Learning From The Masters is a series of professional development workshops for dance teachers. The workshops will be taught by WAB’s guest ‘Masters’ – visiting guest teachers and mentors with vast experience in dance training.


West Australian Ballet and Ausdance WA present the second Learning From The Masters session of 2015 with international guest teacher Cédric Ygnace. Cédric has had a long and successful career as a Principal Dancer with Dutch National Ballet and will be working with WAB for two weeks taking the company for morning class. For more information on Cedric read his bio here.


This Learning From The Masters is an opportunity to step inside the WAB studios and watch Cédric teach company class, followed by a presentation and Q&A about Cédric’s career. This is a fantastic professional development opportunity to inspire your own teaching practice.
When:              Thursday 18 June 10am-12pm
Where:             WAB Studios, 134 Whatley Crescent, Maylands
Cost:                $15 Ausdance Members, $20 for non-members
Who:                Perth dance teachers. Senior Ballet students (15+) are also welcome to attend with their dance teacher.


To RSVP please email  with the following details for each individual attending:

Ausdance Member Y/N
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Ballet Moves Workshops and Ballet Unveiled Presentations


Would your students benefit from the movement, energy and creativity of a Ballet Moves Workshop? Or would you like them to learn more about the world of ballet in a Ballet Unveiled Presentation? Introducing ballet to your class is not only fun, it’s hugely beneficial to their learning and development. Students will gain a better understanding of ballet and the arts, and the benefits of dance to health, fitness, creativity, self-confidence and social acceptance.


Both activities can be organised either as an incursion or excursion. Not all dates and times are available, please contact the education team to discuss. Teacher resources are available for these activities.


When: Available on Request

Where: At your school or at the West Australian Ballet Centre, Maylands

Cost: Incursion $250 ($200 if booking with a Schools’ Matinee group); Excursion $200 ($175 if booking with a Schools’ Matinee group)



Who: PP – Yr 12

Ever wondered how many hours a day a professional dancer trains? Or how special effects are achieved on stage? And just what is the difference between Romantic and Classical ballet? Ballet Unveiled is an engaging and insightful presentation designed to give students a greater understanding of the history of ballet, the life of a dancer, and all the elements that come together to create a ballet production. Sessions involve costume displays, movement demonstrations, discussions, and question and answer times.


Ballet Unveiled can be tailored to suit educational interests at primary or secondary levels.



Who: Pre-Primary – Year 6

Students work with professional teaching artists from West Australian Ballet, learning basic ballet positions and movements designed to enhance coordination, flexibility, musicality and creativity. Workshops generally run for 45-60 minutes and include a warm-up, centre work and creative movement exercise with a focus on basic ballet technique but also encompassing other forms of dance.



Who: Year 7 – Year 12

With poise, alignment, flexibility, musicality and co-ordination at the heart of the technique, classical ballet forms a solid foundation for all current genres of dance. Students work with WAB’s professional teaching artists on movement and choreographic exercises linked to the Company’s current repertoire. Content can be tailored for beginners through to advanced students.


All our sessions are conducted by WAB’s highly-skilled teaching artists, all of whom possess current Working With Children Checks.


Click here to download the Education Booking Form 2015.










West Australian Ballet presents special matinee performances for students of all ages, performed at the iconic His Majesty’s Theatre. Tickets: $15 per student (one teacher free per every ten students), additional chaperones: $20 (maximum 4 adults for every 10 children).


Teachers Resource Packs are available for all Schools’ Matinees, including extra information and pre- and post-performance activities.


Embraceable You: Ballets by Balanchine

A journey through the works of ‘the father of American ballet’, George Balanchine, who revolutionised the look of classical ballet. This mixed bill highlights the variety and skill of Balanchine’s visionary choreography, and showcases a new work by Jayne Smeulders, one of WA’s own choreographers alongside – a must see for students!

Date: Wednesday 27 May 12 noon

Who: Yrs 2 – 12

Themes: Neo-Classical choreography, 20th Century ballet, Manhattan, George Gershwin, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Johann Sebastian Bach,



Two lovers, a mad scientist and an exquisite life-like doll dance a merry Pas de trois in this stunning new production from Greg Horsman. Coppélia is the story of Swanhilda, her boyfriend Franz, the strange Doctor Coppélius and his mysterious daughter Coppélia, who seems to have caught Franz’s eye. Magic and mayhem ensue in this distinctly Australian version of the well-loved comic ballet.

Date: Wednesday 23 September 12 noon

Who: Yrs 2 – 12

Themes: Young love, mystery, deceit, mechanical dolls, ballet reinterpretations, colonial Australia, sport in ballet.



2015 heralds the return of Jayne Smeulders’ acclaimed Cinderella. All the elements are here: the kindhearted but woefully mistreated Cinderella, the hilariously larger-than-life step sisters, the wise Fairy Godmother, and true love helped along with a little bit of magic. Students will delight in seeing this well-loved fairy tale skillfully brought to life in front of their eyes.

Date: Wednesday 9 December 12 noon

Who: Yrs 2 – 12

Themes: Fairy tales and folk stories, story-telling in ballet


Family Twilight Series

If taking your students on an excursion during the evening is easier for you, WAB has a limited number of school-priced tickets available for Family Twilight performances. All seats are allocated in the Upper Circle at His Majesty’s Theatre and are subject to availability.


Teacher resources are available for these performances.


Embraceable You: Ballets by Balanchine

Date: 26 May 6.30pm



Date: 15 & 26 September, 6.30pm



Date: 26 November, 2, 3, 9 & 10 December, 6.30pm


Click here to download the WAB Education Booking Form 2015.


Click here to download the 2015 Excursion Management Plan.