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Dance Classes

If you love to dance – or you’d love to try – The National Theatre Ballet School welcomes students of all ages, genders and skill levels. Experience the thrill of learning and performing on The National Theatre’s very own beautiful heritage stage and reap the rewards that come with taking part in the performing arts. You will build confidence and self-expression, meet new friends and enjoy a sense of achievement.

The National Theatre Ballet School has been training dancers for over 80 years. Our supportive, creative teaching staff are some of Australia’s most experienced industry professionals who are passionate about teaching and preparing the dancers of the future. Classes include the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus, contemporary, jazz and tap from junior to senior levels; we also hold regular Extension and Elite programs and intensive courses during the holidays.

If you’d like to check which class is right for you, please talk with our friendly staff and arrange a free trial or if you know the class you would like to try please use the button below to submit your request. *Trials are subject to availability of space in the class requested:

Term Dates 2021

Term 1: Monday, 01 Feb –  Thursday  01 April

Term 2: Monday  19 Apr – Saturday, 26 Jun

Term 3: Monday, 12 Jul – Saturday, 18 Sep

Term 4: Monday, 04 Oct – Saturday, 18 Dec

2021  Classes

All classes must be paid for in full by the first class of each term; payment plans are available upon
request.
Discounts are available for Early Birds, as well as when booking for siblings and when booking
multiple classes types (e.g. RAD + Tap).

PRE-SCHOOL CLASSES

Little Nashies (3 – 5 yrs) Tuesday 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Term One – 9 weeks $162

The Little Nashies Dance Theatre Classes are the ultimate dance theatre sessions for 3 to 5 year olds. They are inspiring a mixture of dance, musical theatre, storytelling, drama, and singing.

The Little Nashies is a unique class that brings musical appreciation with a combination of music introduced, and this could be the presence of a pianist or an introduction to a musical instrument that helps stimulate the students’ imaginations with a wide range of sounds and musical styles.

 This holistic program is developed for strong engagement, musicality, confidence building, imagination, exploring ideas together, and expressing creativity, all while having fun and making new friends. 

 These programs are an introduction to all aspects of performing arts at the National Theatre Ballet School and National Theatre Drama School. Both schools have built this program together as a stepping stone into further exploration of the organisation’s offering.

Dance Play – (4 – 5 yrs) Mon 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Dance Play – (4 – 5 yrs) Sat 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Term One – 8 weeks $144

This preschool program will introduce children to the basics of classical ballet through creativity, storytelling, and imagination. The class is tailored to the young child who has already had their 4th birthday. These classes prepare all students to enter into the Junior school.

Royal Academy Of Dance (RAD)

Royal Academy of Dance RAD Pre-Primary (5 yrs +) Sat 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Term One – 8 weeks $204

*Prerequisites: Must be five years of age to enrol 

Your young dancer will learn the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Pre- Primary ballet, which will give them a solid foundation and introduction to learning classical ballet. This class is designed for students who can attend once a week and have had their 5th birthday.

 *One class per week

Royal Academy of Dance RAD Primary (6 yrs) Thur 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm & Sat at 11.00 am – 12:00 pm

*Pre-requisites: The recommended age is from 6 years or in Grade 1 at school.

Primary ballet students will learn the syllabus through two carefully constructed lessons per week. This level will educate the student in a more formal way and build on the skills to be able to  perform a series of prepared ballet exercises. They will learn the basics of  secure posture, correct weight placement, coordination, control, line, spatial awareness, and dynamics of classical ballet.

*Two classes per week with a minimum of 40 hours of training to be eligible for the first formal examination of the Royal Academy of Dance.

*All  Junior Level  classes will be involved in two productions per year on the home stage of the school The National Theatre, Melbourne

Prices vary based on the number of classes enrolled in. See enrolment form for current term fees and applicable discounts.

Royal Academy of Dance RAD Grade 1 (7 yrs) Mon & Wed at 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

*Prerequisites: Must be 7 years of age to enrol or in Grade 2 at School

Grade one ballet students will learn the syllabus through two carefully constructed lessons per week and attend an intensive study workshop to prepare for an Examination or Class Award.

Each candidate will develop  a well rounded understanding of classical  ballet technique appropriate for their age range while  nurturing the awareness of artistry and dynamics through music. The syllabus will promote the joy of  movement, creative interpretation, and a sense of dance and performance quality. Students will also learn character dance.

*Two classes per week accumulating 60 hours of training to be eligible for an Examination or Class Award

Prices vary based on the number of classes enrolled in. See enrolment form for current term fees and applicable discounts.

Royal Academy of Dance RAD Grade 2 (8 yrs) Mon & Wed at 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm

*Pre-requisites: Grade 1 or equivalent must be 8 years of age to enrol or in Grade 3 at school. 

Grade two ballet students will learn the syllabus through two carefully constructed lessons per week and attend an intensive study workshop to prepare for an Examination or Class Award. Each student will develop  a well rounded understanding of classical  ballet technique appropriate for their age range while  nurturing the awareness of artistry and dynamics through music. The syllabus will promote the joy of  movement, creative interpretation, and a sense of dance and performance quality. Students will also learn a character dance.

*Two classes per week accumulating 60 hours of training to be eligible for an Examination or Class Award

Prices vary based on the number of classes enrolled in. See enrolment form for current term fees and applicable discounts.

Royal Academy of Dance RAD Grade 3 (9 yrs) Mon & Wed at 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

*Pre-requisites: Grade 2 or equivalent, must be 9 years of age to enrol, or in Grade 4 at school.

Grade three, ballet students will learn the syllabus through two carefully constructed lessons per week and attend an intensive study workshop to prepare for an Examination or Class Award.

Each student will develop a well rounded understanding of classical ballet technique appropriate for their age range while nurturing the awareness of artistry and dynamics through music. The syllabus will promote the joy of  movement, creative interpretation, and a sense of dance and performance quality. Students will also learn character dance.

*Two classes per week accumulating 60 hours of training to be eligible for an Examination or Class Award

Prices vary based on the number of classes enrolled in. See enrolment form for current term fees and applicable discounts.

Royal Academy of Dance RAD Grade 4 (10 yrs) Mon & Wed at 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

*Pre-requisites: Grade 3 or equivalent, must be 10 years of age to enrol, or in Grade 5 at school.

Grade four ballet students will learn the syllabus through two carefully constructed lessons per week and attend an intensive study workshop to prepare for an Examination or Class Award.

Each student will develop a higher level and well rounded understanding of classical  ballet technique appropriate for their age range while  nurturing the awareness of artistry and dynamics through music. The syllabus will promote the joy of  movement, creative interpretation, and a sense of dance and performance quality. Students will also learn character dance.

*Two classes per week accumulating 75 hours of training to be eligible for an Examination or Class Award

Prices vary based on the number of classes enrolled in. See enrolment form for current term fees and applicable discounts.

Royal Academy of Dance RAD Grade 5 (11 yrs) Mon & Wed at 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

*Pre-requisites: Grade 4 or equivalent, must be 11 years of age to enrol, or in Grade 6 at school.

At Grade 5 (RAD), ballet students will learn the syllabus through two carefully constructed lessons per week and attend 1-week intensive workshop to be prepared for Examination or Class Award and assessed on their ability to:

  • Perform a series of prepared ballet exercises with secure posture, correct weight placement, co-ordination, control, line, spatial awareness and dynamics
  • Dance in time and respond to the music
  • Dance with expression and communication
  • Perform two dances

Prices vary based on the number of classes enrolled in. See enrolment form for current term fees and applicable discounts.

Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Intermediate Foundation (11 yrs) Tue 6:30 – 8:00 & Fri at 4:30- 6-00 pm 

*Pre-requisite: Must be 11 years of age to enrol 

Ballet students will learn the syllabus through 2 carefully constructed lessons per week in preparation for the first  Vocational Level examination. Students will need to demonstrate classical ballet at a high level including pointe work.  Through the stated elements of assessment, the syllabus will help identify the necessary skills that underpin secure technique, such as core stability, weight placement, turnout and line.  The awareness of artistry, dynamics,and musicality is promoted through inspired set exercises and a Variation that  will motivate students preparing for these Examinations. The student will explore the  joy in movement, creative interpretation, and performance quality.

*Two classes per week accumulating 150  hours of training to be eligible for an Examination 

*All classes at this level will be invited to enrol in the specialist Stretch and Conditioning coaching classes

Prices vary based on the number of classes enrolled in. See enrolment form for current term fees and applicable discounts.

Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Intermediate (12 yrs) Tue 6:30 – 8:00 pm & Fri 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

*Pre-requisites: Must be 12 years of age to enrol 

Ballet students will need to demonstrate classical ballet at a high level including pointe work. Through the stated elements of assessment, the syllabus will help identify the necessary skills that underpin secure technique, such as core stability, weight placement, turnout and line.  The awareness of artistry, dynamics,and musicality is promoted through inspired set exercises and a Variation that  will motivate students preparing for these Examinations. The student will explore the  joy in movement, creative interpretation, and performance quality.

*Two classes per week accumulating 150  hours of training to be eligible for an Examination 

*All classes at this level will be invited to enrol into the specialist Stretch and Conditioning coaching classes 

Prices vary based on the number of classes enrolled in. See enrolment form for current term fees and applicable discounts.

Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Advanced Foundation (14 Yrs) Tue 4:30 – 6:15 pm & Fri 6:00 – 7:30 pm

*Pre-requisite: RAD Intermediate (7 years equivalent training) Must have completed their Intermediate Examination or an equivalent level in another syllabus.

Ballet students will learn the syllabus through 2 carefully constructed lessons per week in preparation for the 3rd  Vocational Level examination. Students will need to demonstrate a more mature and a much higher level of understanding of the classical and pointe work technique  Through the stated elements of assessment, the syllabus will help identify the necessary skills that underpin secure technique, such as core stability, weight placement, turnout and line.  The awareness of artistry, dynamics and musicality is promoted through inspired set exercises and a Variation on pointe.  The student will explore and be motivated by the joy of advanced movements, creative interpretation, and performance quality.

*Two classes per week accumulating 150  hours of training to be eligible for an Examination 

Prices vary based on the number of classes enrolled in. See enrolment form for current term fees and applicable discounts.

Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Advanced 2 (15 yrs +) Tue 4:30 – 6:15pm & Fri 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

*Pre-requisite: RAD Advanced one (9 years equivalent training)

Ballet students will learn the syllabus through 2 carefully constructed lessons per week in preparation for the 5th  Vocational Level examination. Students will need to demonstrate a more mature and a much higher level of understanding of the classical and pointe work technique. Through the stated elements of assessment, the syllabus will help identify the necessary skills that underpin secure technique, such as core stability, weight placement, turnout and line.  The awareness of artistry,dynamics,and  musicality is promoted through inspired set exercises and a Variation on pointe.  The student will explore and be motivated by the  joy of advanced movements, creative interpretation, and performance quality. 

* Two classes per week accumulating 150  hours of training to be eligible for an Examination 

Prices vary based on the number of classes enrolled in. See enrolment form for current term fees and applicable discounts.

Ballet for All

Junior Ballet (7 – 10 yrs) Thurs 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Term One 9 weeks $229.50

These classes are ideal for the student who can only commit to once a week ballet but still would like to take on formal ballet training. The class will address postural alignments, turn- out, port de bras, pirouette and allegro. There will be no examinations for these classes and each student will be placed in an age-appropriate level for a comfortable learning environment.

Classes currently on hold - tbc

Jazz

Primary Tap / Jazz (5 – 6 yrs) Thursday 4.30 – 5.30 pm

Term One 9 weeks $220.50

This combination class encourages our young dances to learn the basics of jazz techniques and the tap sounds of shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. A good class for beginners as it introduces the child to two forms of dance within one class.

Jazz Junior Level 1 & 2 (7 – 8 yrs) Mon 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Jazz Junior Level 3 & 4 (9 – 10 yrs) Mon 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Term One 8 weeks $196

These classes will focus on consolidating Jazz dance techniques such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Focusing on artistry and dance fitness for performance. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz such as Broadway, Street, and Contemporary to help develop a well-rounded dancer.

Jazz Intermediate (12 yrs +) Fri 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Term One 8 weeks $220.50

These classes will focus on consolidating Jazz dance techniques such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Focusing on artistry and dance fitness for performance. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz such as Broadway, Street, and Contemporary to help develop a well-rounded dancer.

Jazz Senior (14 yrs +) Fri 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Term One 8 weeks $220.50

These classes will focus on consolidating Jazz dance techniques such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Focusing on artistry and dance fitness for performance. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz such as Broadway, Street, and Contemporary to help develop a well-rounded dancer.

Specialist Classes

Musical Theatre (10-14 yrs) Thursday 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Term One 9 weeks $270

Our musical theatre classes are a must for any student who would like to complement their dance and acting training and develop more performance skills. 

You’ll be given high-level training in voice, acting, movement and dance. You’ll learn to tell a story by using your entire body, and you’ll be taught to develop a broad range of musical theatre styles. This class can be taken as a stand-alone class but it is highly recommended to also attend as many dance/acting classes for any student who has visions to reach Triple Threat Standard!

Time: Saturdays, Intermediate 1.45pm – 2.45pm and Experienced 3.00pm – 4.15pm 

Cost: $200 for 8 week Term, $30 casual rate (email to enquire about casual bookings).

All Boys Ballet” is hosted by Artistic Director Damian Smith. With over 20 years in training male dancers, he is now opening up as a public event his new ‘All Boys Ballet’ workshops.
Join Damian and other male dancers at the National Theatre Ballet School where you will learn the ways of a male dancer in a men’s ballet class and technique. Focusing on presentation, elevation, grand pirouettes and how to play the role of a Prince. Work with Damian and like-minded boys who share a passion for ballet.

Artistic Director’s Intermediate/ Senior Open Class Ages 12 – 17yrs 

Time: Thursday 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Cost: $256 for an 8 week Term, $35 casual rate (email to enquire about casual bookings).

This class gives students an exceptional experience regarding exposure to the Artistic Director, Mr.Damian Smith. Damian brings with him more than 25 years of international experience as a dancer with companies such as the Boston Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, Ballet Du Nord, New York City Ballet and 18 years as Principal Dancer with the highly acclaimed San Francisco Ballet.
Artistry development and technique is a focus on developing the young dancer’s ability. Learn to incorporate musicality, breath, and grace on top of technique development.

Tap

Primary Tap / Jazz (5 – 6 yrs) Thursday 4.30 – 5.30 pm

Term One 9 weeks $220.50

This combination class encourages our young dances to learn the basics of jazz techniques and the tap sounds of shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. A good class for beginners as it introduces the child to two forms of dance within one class.

Tap Junior  (yrs) Thursday 5.30 – 6.30 pm

Term One 9 weeks $220.50

Tap dance uses the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. There are several variations on tap dance including rhythm tap, classical tap, Broadway tap, and post-modern tap. There are several variations on tap dance including rhythm tap, classical tap, Broadway tap, and post-modern tap. 

Tap Intermediate / Senior (11 yrs +) Thurs 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Term One 9 weeks $225

Tap dance uses the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. There are several variations on tap dance including rhythm tap, classical tap, Broadway tap, and post-modern tap.

Contemporary

Contemporary Junior Level 3 & 4 (8 yrs +) Wed 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Term One 9 weeks $220.50

This class focuses on self-expression, awareness of space and body movement, use of body weight, efficiency of muscle use and safe body alignment. Classes start with a comprehensive warm-up and gradually build up more elaborate dance routines.

Contemporary Intermediate (11 yrs +) Tues 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Term One 9 weeks $220.50

It focuses on self-expression, awareness of space and body movement, use of body weight, efficiency of muscle use and safe body alignment. Classes start with a comprehensive warm-up and gradually build up more elaborate dance routines.

Contemporary Senior  (14 yrs +) Tues 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Term One 9 weeks $220.50

Advanced and complex steps are created exploring challenging aspects of the contemporary technique improvisation. This class is highly recommended for students studying VCE Dance. It focuses on self-expression, awareness of space and body movement, use of body weight, efficiency of muscle use and safe body alignment. Classes start with a comprehensive warm-up and gradually build up more elaborate dance routines.

Extension Classes

Junior Ballet Extension (8 years + by invitation) Saturday 12.00 – 1.00 pm

*Prerequisite: This class is by invitation and assessment

This Classical Ballet extension program has been designed for the younger age students who wish to improve their dance technique. These classes explore the harmonious engagement of the upper and lower body through carefully constructed enchainments. To be eligible for this programme students must already be attending at least two other ballet classes. The class is ideal for students wanting more body conditioning and advanced ballet steps.  This class is by invitation and  assessment

For audition requests please email enquiries@nationaltheatre.org.au

Prices vary based on the number of classes enrolled in. See enrolment form for current term fees and applicable discounts.

Intermediate Extension Ballet / Pointe (11 years + by invitation) Saturday 1.30 – 3.00pm

*Prerequisite: All students must be on pointe to attend this level class. This class is by invitation and assessment

This Classical  Ballet extension program has been designed for the Intermediate age students who wish to improve their dance technique. These classes are based on the Vaganova technique exploring the harmonious engagement of the upper and lower body through carefully constructed enchainments. To be eligible for this program students must already be attending at least two other ballet classes. The class is ideal for students wanting more body conditioning and advanced ballet steps. 

Prices vary based on the number of classes enrolled in. See enrolment form for current term fees and applicable discounts.

Senior Open Ballet Class (15 yrs +) Sat 9:00 – 10.30 am

Term One 8 weeks $240

This class is suitable for all  Full-Time & Pre-Professional dancers of advanced level. It is also ideal for professional dancers who want to keep up their training and conditioning.

Senior Open Pointe Class (15 yrs +) Sat 10:30 – 11.30 am
*Prerequisite: must be on pointe min. 4 yrs

Term One 8 weeks $176

This class is suitable for all Full-Time & Pre-Professional dancers of advanced level. It is also ideal for professional dancers who want to keep up their training and conditioning.

Elite 1 Program (Age 11- 14 years +, by audition )

Audition for Elite 1 and Transitional Half Day Programs 

When: Thursday the 10th of December 4.30 pm to 6 pm or by private arrangement via email ballet@nationaltheatre.org.au

Where: National Theatre Ballet School, Studio 5

Audition Panel: TBA

To book your audition class please register below

Elite 1 Program 2021 – 15 hours of training per week

Transitional Half Day Program – 25 hours per week

Participation: The program for internal students requires the regular attendance of all their Syllabus classes and Contemporary Dance classes.

About: The Elite I Program and Transitional Half-Day Program are open to both external and internal students and are designed to offer students with the potential for a dance career to increase their hours of training while remaining at their academic school. Combined with their syllabus work, students will be challenged and developed ready to audition into Full-Time Professional Training Courses

Transitional Half-Day Program is by audition and Interview with Artistic Director Mr. Damian Smith. To inquire about this development schedule, please contact Associate Director Susan Sargison via ballet@nationaltheatre.org.au

Both programs enable our students to prepare physically and mentally for the rigors of our Full-Time Ballet training.

Please see an example of the Elite 1 Program below.

Saturday:

  • Vagonva based ballet focus on technique refinement
  • Private coaching options

Tuesday :

  • RAD and Pointe Work
  •  Contemporary Dance
  • Stretch and Conditioning

Wednesday:

  • Character
  • Private Coaching option

Thursday:

  • Body Conditioning for Dance
  • Artistic Directors Development Class

Friday:

  •  RAD and Pointe
  •  Jazz

These programs also allow internal students to represent the National Theatre Ballet School in competitions nationally and internationally subject to the Directors’ Discretion.

Stretch and Conditioning

Intermediate Stretch & Conditioning (11 – 14 yrs) Tue 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Term One 9 weeks $207

 These very important classes have been set aside so each student can work on elements of their technique in a more holistic way. These classes will improve any discerning dancer who wishes to improve and develop their training. The conditioning exercises will help strengthen the core and refine movement patterns to secure the classical ballet elements of posture, turn-out and weight placements. The flexibility component will help with alignments and body lines.

Senior Stretch & Conditioning (15 yrs +) Tue 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Term One 9 weeks $207

These very important classes have been set aside so each student can work on elements of their technique in a more holistic way. These classes will improve any discerning dancer who wishes to improve and develop their training. The conditioning exercises will help strengthen the core and refine movement patterns to secure the classical ballet elements of posture, turn-out and weight placements. The flexibility component will help with alignments and body lines.