Adult Ballet Classes - Australia
Posted 13 May 2008 - 08:49 AM
I might have the opportunity to go to Sydney for 3 weeks on a business trip.
Naturally I don't want to be stuck in the office for 3 weeks, I want to still keep up my studio time.
I've googled and found 2 or 3 studios. Anyone got any recommendations? Maybe any that are not online?
I'm looking for weekday evenings and weekends. Intermediate / Advanced level, preferably pointe classes on the side as well.
Posted 14 May 2008 - 04:34 AM
Look at the classes at the Seymour Centre. I've did class with Lois Strike (Travers) (ex-AB) at the much missed Bodenweiser Studios, and she's terrific -- detailed, and eagle eye, and takes adults seriously
Adult Ballet at the Seymour Centre
If you want to try some lovely contemporary classes, I would highly recommend Mira Mansell at the same studios. I studied with her for many years, and she is an inspiring & exacting teacher, who works from a Graham basis, which complements classical ballet training well. Wonderful woman & teacher!
Mira Mansell Contemporary classes
Also a good studio, but much more part of a dance fashion scene, and oriented more to jazz & hip hop, are the Sydney Dance Company adult/public classes. Fabulous location & studios on the Harbour, but a real scene !!
Sydney Dance Company Open Classes
I don't know the current ballet teachers, but I did do class there (well, in their really battered OLD studios with holes in the floors!!) back in the late 80s, and the ballet tuition was excellent -- generally retired AB dancers.
Posted 14 May 2008 - 05:43 AM
In fact the SDC and the Seymour Centre classes are the ones that I found on Google. Seems like I'll be paying them a few visits!
Posted 14 May 2008 - 06:08 AM
This almost (but not quite) makes me nostalgic for Sydney!
Posted 10 March 2009 - 12:34 AM
1. Sydney Dance Company: As mentioned by other posters, the focus here is not on ballet, there's 40 people in a class, and I did one class where the teacher drank coffee while wandering around the studio during a barre exercise. Not for me.
2. Adult ballet studio: the pointe work here is very basic, and during regular (not pointe) class when another student asked the teacher to mark a step she'd only marked by hand motions again, the teacher told her to pay more to get it marked again. So... not for me either.
3. Urban Dance Centre: good ballet class, but only one a week. no pointe.
4. Dancestar: Good open class, pointe work with teenagers (RAD exam class) available. Anne Dyer may be adding a class to Saturday afternoon as she also teaches at Mango, but no luck yet.
To make it more complicated, I work during the day and so can't take class with Jodi Rose, though I'd love to. I'm in the inner west, but will travel for good ballet.
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Posted 25 April 2012 - 11:38 AM
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"A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor"- (Currently poking Poseidon in the netherworld with his trident)
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