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  • Ballet
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  • All Levels

Classical Ballet Coach - Russian Vaganova method - Windsor studio and/or online. Ages 8 to adult.

Methodology

For detailed info, see developingdancersmelbourne .com.au

The Vaganova Method of ballet training is widely regarded as the best training system in the world. My ballet classes are based on this method, yet adapted to Australian students. Whether you seek to improve your ballet technique or gain fitness and vitality, my breadth of teaching experience combined with an infectious passion for dance and movement inspires and motivates students of all ages to strive for improvement. I have trained numerous students from beginner through pre-professional level, seeing many accepted into professional academies around the world.

Young Dancers
Having lived & breathed dance most of her life, Kate brings a wealth of personal & professional experience to her coaching. A move to Germany at age 16 to train under the Russians at the acclaimed John Cranko-School, led to a deep respect and appreciation for world-renowned Vaganova method of ballet teaching and a determination to make this method accessible to her future students. In her 12 years as Artistic Director of the Melbourne School of Classical Dance, Kate trained numerous students from beginner through pre-professional level, seeing many accepted into professional academies around the world. She takes a highly intuitive approach based on over fourteen years of teaching, closely monitoring her students’ progress and adjusting course as necessary. With genuine care, technical expertise and an inspirational manner, you can be assured that your child will be in capable & caring hands.

Adult Ballet & Wellbeing
Ballet exercises can relieve pain, improve circulation and bring a new lease on life at any age! A huge repertoire of body conditioning exercises and stretches, normally only taught to dancers, may significantly improve the mobility and wellbeing of men and women of all ages with regular practice. The exercises can be very gentle and slow, thus suited to even the most fitness-challenged individuals. If a traditional ballet barre is more your thing, we can work on that too!

Method
Kate specialises in the Russian Vaganova method of classical ballet and is certified with the Ballet Conservatoire and International Character Dance examination syllabi. Combined with decades of experience in human movement, Pilates, body conditioning and stretching.

Devised by Christine Walsh AM, The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet’s 12 year program is designed to suit the needs of all classical ballet students who are unable to take full-time dance training from an early age. The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet training and assessment program emphasises correct placement, dynamics and performing quality which are all qualities inherent in the Vaganova method.

“Natural talents are great, but they don’t appear often enough to fill our theatres with good dancers. There has to be a method… ” – Gabriela Darvish on the Russian method.

Background

Former professional ballet dancer, and founder/former Artistic Director of the Melbourne School of Classical Dance. Now teaching independently, I am excited to open up my diary to the public for the first time in over twelve years. Perfect for busy ballet students seeking supplementary private training, as well as adults of all ages looking to improve vitality and fitness through gentle body conditioning work or traditional ballet class. Easy online booking available for Zoom & in-person lessons, we can also use a combination of online & face to face lessons if that suits.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $100/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $95
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : $90
Lesson formats available..
One-to-one
Group Lessons
Lessons can be held..
at their place
via webcam
Subjects taught
  • Dance
  • Ballet
Levels
  • All Levels

Kate's CV

At a Glance:

• Professional, punctual & reliable
• Russian Vaganova specialist teacher
• Specialist in floor barre
• High degree of personal attention
• Motivates students to strive for excellence
• Registered with Australian Conservatoire of Ballet
• Registered with the International Character Dance Syllabus

Career Summary:

2017 - 2020: Artistic Director, Melbourne School of Classical Dance
2008 - 2017: Owner/Artistic Director: Melbourne School of Classical Dance
2001 – 2008: Professional Classical Dancer: Vienna State Opera Ballet (Andre Rieu Australian Tour), Out There - The Australian Ballet in Schools Program (Melbourne & regional tours), The Stuttgart Ballet & The Stuttgart Opera, The Rostock Ballet (Rostock, Germany), The Meiningen Ballet (Meiningen, Germany), Malaika Kusumi Ballet (Frankfurt, Germany) Ballet Compagnie Deutschland (Berlin, Germany).

Tertiary Education in Dance:

- Certificate of Classical Ballet Pedagogy (2012), Bolshoi Ballet Academy
- Bachelor of Dance (2007), VCA
- Postgraduate Diploma in Classical Ballet Teaching (2006), VCA
- State-Examined Classical Dancer (2001), John Cranko School, Germany

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