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History

Established in 1977 THE VICTORIAN BALLET SCHOOL has recently moved from Fitzroy to a new brightly painted, well- appointed dance Studio in the vibrant suburb of Northcote. Located at Level 1, 86 SOUTH CRESCENT [Cnr Victoria Road] the school is well serviced by public transport, adjacent to Dennis Railway Station, and in close proximity to local schools, a nursery and food outlets.


With a respect for classical dance traditions, our students are helped to become the best dancers that they can be in a progressive, dynamic and friendly environment, with tuition that is best suited to their individual needs and learning objectives.

Curriculum

Kinder

A special course "Dance Beginnings" is provided for kinder aged children providing them opportunities to develop motor skills, for self-expression and to discover the joy and creativity of dance.

Prep



An introduction to dance course is held for prep students which is the first building blocks for students journey into dance. Listening skills, team work, self confidence and fundamental ballet terms and steps are incorporated in this program in preparation for future dance programs.

Primary

At the primary level, students are trained under the Classical Dance Education Centre Syllabus (C.D.E.C)

This curriculum, based on Laurel Martyn Dance Teaching System (L.M.D.S.), has been developed for especially for the 5 to 9 year old age group.

In this system, the principles and purpose of movement and creative expression are recognised as the core elements of the teaching, which is different to the more rigid and standardised syllabus of training often found in the traditional dance teaching methods.

The syllabus teaches all aspects of dance in general including the Basics and Elements of Dance towards Classical Ballet, Creativity, Musicality, Use of Space, Pattern and Folk dance.

As the primary students progress they are also introduced to the syllabi of the Royal Academy of Dance (London)

Secondary School

For Secondary school students the Ballet class is now the formal/dance training, and is further designed to encourage the student’s creativity and self-expression. At present students commence this course with 3 hrs of Classical Ballet training per week, the number of hours in training increasing throughout the Secondary school.

The R.A.D. Syllabus (Royal Academy of Dance London) is offered from Grades to Vocational Classes. Secondary school students continue further studies and training and study Classical Ballet with the addition of choices in other dance styles that are offered.

Students also have the opportunity to commence the R.A.D Intermediate syllabus from 16 years

Advanced Open Classes



Advanced open classes are also offered at an advanced level who wish to take a non syllabus class to improve technique

Other Dance Classes

The Victorian Ballet School also offers classes in various other dance styles including

Spanish, Jazz, Tap, Character and Contemporary depending on the suitability of the age group.

Please refer to class timetable here to find out the classes that are available for primary and secondary students

Adult Classes

Ballet & Tap Classes

You are never to old to learn or return to dancing. Make new friends, wind down from a busy working week, improve posture, flexibility and fitness. Come join one of our casual adult classes in Ballet and Tap.

Fees


CASH CLASSES:

1hr - $25.00 | 1½ hrs - $30.00

PRIVATE LESSONS:

½ hr - $30.00 | ¾ hr - $40 | 1hr - $50

DISCOUNTS: Two or more students in 1 family will receive 10% discount each term.
Fees paid prior to end of each of term 1, 2 & 3 are eligible for a 5% discount for the following term.

Levies

In order to deliver the annual performance to a professional standard and end of year Performance Levy and Costume hire levy is payable for each student and which is spread over the the year as follows:

Kinder
$20 per term

Primary School
$25 per term
Plus $5 per dance style per term

Secondary School
$45 per term
plus $10 per dance style per term

This will be spread throughout the year with each Terms fee.

An Administration Levy of $15 per term is also imposed

Scholarships

A number of Scholarships are awardedannually on merit as follows:


1. Junior Ballet Scholarship
2. Senior Ballet Scholarship
3. Junior Theatrical Scholarship
4. Senior Theatrical Scholarship
5. Boys Scholarship
6. De Luxe Video Special Family Scholarship

Encouragement Awards and perpetual trophies are also awarded for a Senior and Junior Student.

Uniforms

Kinder and Prep

GIRLS
Ballet: Victorian Ballet School cotton Lycra, sleeveless Leotard, Skirt and Crossover in Ballet Blue. Soft pink Leather Ballet Shoes with pink elastic across ankle, with flesh ballet socks or flesh tights.
BOYS
Ballet: Black shorts, White T-Shirt, White Socks, Black Ballet Shoes. Levels 1-4:
GIRLS
Ballet: Victorian Ballet School cotton Lycra, sleeveless leotard, skirt and crossover in Cornflower Blue. Soft pink Leather Ballet Shoes with pink elastic across ankle and flesh tights. Character: Navy Character Skirt and Black Canvas Character Shoes (½ inch heel). Jazz: Camel Jazz Ankle Boots. Tap: Camel Tap Shoes (½ inch heel).
BOYS
Ballet: Black shorts or footless tights, White, short-sleeved cotton Lycra leotard, White Socks, Black Ballet Shoes. Character: Black Canvas Character Shoes. Jazz: Black Jazz Ankle Boots Tap: Black Tap Shoes.

Grades 5-8, Intermediate and Advanced:

GIRLS
Ballet: Victorian Ballet School Jacaranda cotton Lycra leotard & ballet skirt, Purple knitted top, flesh tights, soft pink leather ballet shoes, Purple leg warmers if required. Pointe shoes will be required from Grade 5. Neutral coloured body-stockings or high cut underwear optional. NOTE: Students preparing for 1st year Pointe work will require a Pointe assessment and their teacher will arrange details before purchasing shoes Advanced: Ladies can wear various coloured leotards but must be appropriate and tasteful! – No loose T- shirts or jazz shorts accepted in class. Character & Spanish: Navy Character Skirt and Black Leather Character Shoes (sport/Cuban 1-1½ inch heel). Contemporary: Black footless tights. Jazz: Camel Jazz Ankle Boots and optional Purple jazz shorts. Tap: Camel Tap Shoes (sport/Cuban 1-1½ inch heel).
BOYS
Ballet: Navy footless tights or R.A.D. Shorts, Ballet support, White cotton short-sleeved leotard, White socks, White Leather Ballet shoes, Navy leg warmers if required. Character: Black Character Shoes. Jazz: Black Jazz Ankle Boots. Tap: Black Tap Shoes. NOTE: Victorian Ballet School Leotards, Skirts, Crossovers, Knitted Tops, Leg Warmers, Body-Stockings and Dance Underwear can all be ordered or purchased from the school on Enrolment Days

Secondary School

Grades 1-4:

GIRLS
Ballet: Victorian Ballet School Navy cotton Lycra leotard - R.A.D. style, crossover & ballet skirt, flesh tights, soft pink leather ballet shoes, Navy leg warmers if required. Neutral coloured body-stockings or high cut underwear optional. Character: Navy Character Skirt and Black Leather Character Shoes (sport/Cuban 1-1½ inch heel). Jazz: Camel Jazz Ankle Boots and optional Navy jazz shorts. Tap: Camel Tap Shoes (sport/Cuban 1-1½ inch heel).
BOYS
Ballet: Navy footless tights or R.A.D. shorts, Ballet support, White cotton short-sleeved leotard, White socks, White Leather Ballet shoes, Navy leg warmers if required. Character: Black Character Shoes. Jazz: Black Jazz Ankle Boots. Tap: Black Tap Shoes.


Dance shoes can be purchased from the following stores:

Bloch Dance Wear
Shop M04, Southgate Arts & Leisure Centre, Southbank

Energetiks
166 Buckley St, Essendon

Le Pointe Dance Shop
 49 Sydney Rd, Brunswick East

MDM Danceware
www.mdmdance.com

Performances

Let the show begin! With all the hard work done, the Annual Performance in December is a fantastic opportunity for students to celebrate the year and to demonstrate their personal and artistic development onstage.


The 2016 Annual Performance will be held at the Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre on Wednesday 14th December.