Newcastle Ballet Theatre teaches the
Christine Walsh quotes:
"Most professional ballet companies
give classes in the Russian Style
because of its acknowledged strength and performing qualities, it is therefore more logical to teach students this method from the early stages right through their training years"
In addition to the above classes we also offer:
Private Tuition: -
BC Examinations -
Eisteddfods: Students wishing to participate in eisteddfods are encouraged, however they must have one private lesson each week, leading up to the eisteddfod, to learn their dances. All dances must be choreographed by a faculty member, or guest teacher, and all costumes must be approved by a faculty member.
Annual Concert: -
Open Days: -
ADULT BALLET CLASSES FOR MEN AND WOMEN
A fun, friendly, and informal class for men and women who have always wanted to learn ballet, or those who may want to re-
See further details on our Timetable page
TINY TOTS BALLET: FOR BOYS & GIRLS
For ages 2 -
ACRO & PROGRESSIONS CLASSES:
These classes start with a warm up consisting of strength training and some flexibility work.
Then we do progressions down the mat with. Some skills the students will work on are:
forward/backward rolls, handstands, cartwheels, walkovers and round offs. And progressing to more challenging skills from there. It’s a really fun class that focuses on learning acro skills safely and with spotting.
MASTER CLASSES: (Link to master class by Damien Smith)
NBT Regularly holds master classes with special guest teachers. Most recent guest teachers have been
Michael Braun, Damian Smith, Herman Payne,
Aaron Shaw, Lana Jones & Daniel Gaudiello
Former NBT Student Lewis Formby accepted into the Australian Ballet School Level 7 intake for 2017
2020 Jette Parker Young Artist Program -
BOYS BALLET CLASSES:
The basics of ballet technique are the same for girls and boys. But, like girls with their pointe work, boys have their own particular steps and physical demands. Boys not only have a different energy than girls, they can also learn differently. Each ballet class must work through the basics, but the emphasis in Boys class is on those steps that define the male technique -
PAS DE DEUX:
Pas de Deux translates to “step for two”, and is an umbrella term for partnering work in classical ballet. As a dancer’s technique improves, this skill becomes necessary. Learning to trust and communicate with a partner is a vital component to the growth and development of a dancer.
Pas de deux is open to Senior female dancers en pointe
Contemporary dance uses the body in a variety of ways, being influenced by both classical ballet and modern dance. It encourages freedom of movement and creativity as well as core strength and control. Students may learn choreographed works, or be encouraged to improvise.
These classes emphasize musicality, rhythm, energy, and performance. Full of personality, Jazz is most often seen in the commercial and entertainment industries.
OPEN CLASSICAL BALLET:
These classes are a great compliment to the Syllabus work. As most auditions are conducted in an open format, with each combination new and taught during class, open classes are an excellent learning tool. While needing to think quickly and maintain proper technique, the student has the opportunity to express themselves through the movement and grow as a dancer and performer.
EXTENSION OPEN BALLET AND POINTE CLASS:
Newcastle Ballet Theatre's Extension Program is designed as supplemental training for the serious ballet student and is generally taken as an option to replace for School Sport time. Taking place in the afternoons one day a week, the Program consists of an Open Ballet class followed by either a Pointe or Boys coaching class, giving young dancers an extra opportunity to gain strength and knowledge within their Classical Ballet technique. As the classes occur during the day, the Extension Program is also a wonderful chance to see NBT's Full & Part Time dancers in the studio.
Each dancer is considered individually, regardless of experience with pointe work. Please contact Rider on
0401 214 042 to arrange your trial class.
In Addition to our after hours classes NBT holds a
Full Time & Part Time Program
as well as our school hours Extension Program:
(Formally ACB Syllabus)
This Syllabus uses a Russian Vaganova based method of classical ballet training.
The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet has now officially changed it’s name to Ballet Conservatoire. This change has come about as the Syllabus now has a rapidly growing International presence.
The Ballet Conservatoire Syllabus was created by former Australian Ballet Principal Dancer Christine Walsh AM.
As a 12 year program, it is designed to meet the needs of ballet students who are unable to take full time dance training from a young age. This training and assessment program emphasizes correct placement, dynamics and performance quality which are all inherent in the Vaganova method. The program aims to develop in the student a professional attitude which will assist them in their pursuit of a career either as a professional dancer or dance teacher.
Photo by Taylor Ferné Morris
NOW TAKING ENROLMENTS FOR 2020
NBT conducts Summer Workshops each January with International & National guest teachers.