"First impressions are everything and my first impression of Rider and Kristy was that they are dedicated, energetic, friendly and easy going which made my decision easy about which Ballet Company to place my daughter in. I was quite excited to enroll my little girl who is 6 years old into their Ballet Company, after meeting Rider and Kristy and seeing how passionate they are about Ballet, but they understand that little people need nurturing and guidance, I felt that they would offer this to my daughter and therefore continue to feed her want of becoming a Ballarina without the pressure. I would recommend Newcastle Ballet Theatre to anyone and am excited to share my daughters Ballet journey with them."
"Thank you Rider & Kristy and Suzanne for such a great opportunity to join you at your amazing new studio. I had a wonderful time at the ballet and stretch classes and gained a lot of advice about technique which has made me feel more confident about my dancing.
The Saturday session with Jason Winters was inspirational and lots of fun,how lucky we were to work with someone so well known in contemporary dance. When he asked us to fold ourselves like origami, I found myself thinking about how such ideas could improve my dance!! Both days were certainly worth the travel from Mudgee and yes Rider , I promise to grow ! Thanks again, I'd love to visit Newcastle Ballet Theatre again soon."
"We have been at this school for 4 months now. It is like a breath of fresh air. Both Kristy & Rider are very experienced in their field. They have been very caring encouraging and highly professional in the way they teach. Our daughter has gone from strength to strength in her ballet pursuits."
"My daughter is in the tiny tots class and has such a ball! The teachers ( miss kate, miss kristy and mr rider) are not only fantastic teachers, but are decicated to created a fun, safe and comfortable enviroroment for all the student there. Prices are very resonable which is great and they have classes for all ages and dance levels. definately worth a look!!!"
"Thank you for this opportunity for Olivia. She is really enjoying her classes and I can't believe all the new moves she has been sharing with her family. Am looking forward to a long and happy experience for her with you both and hope this new journey for the two of you is a successful and happy one too. (For our sake as well !!!!!) "
"We LOVE NBT!!! My daughter started at the school this year and will be doing the full time course next year. So far, the teachers and facilities have exceeded our expectations. It is a wonderful treat for Newcastle to have such amazing dancers coming to teach in the area."
Bernie July 23, 2012
"Thank you so much for a wonderful first year of ballet. It has truly been a memorable year & an extraordinary experience that i will never forget. I really appreciate all the hard work, dedication and intricate details everyone at the studio puts into the year to make it so enjoyable and the concert such a tremendous success.
It has been amazing to have such incredible and inspiring dancers as teachers and I am grateful to be part of such a unique environment and i am looking forward to the new year :) "
Thank you ♥ xx Bianca
"This week has been the best week of these holidays !! Our NBT summer school. Just would like to thank my wonderful ballet teachers for a amazing year. You've taught me lots and I've enjoyed every minute of everyday I've been with you. I'm really excited to start ballet again with you this year. You all have your way of teaching and everyday I come to dancing you make me a better dancer then i was before. Your amazing teachers and all of the NBT students love you and we all love being apart of NBT"
"Congratulations to NBT and all involved with tonight's show. I enjoyed every performance. You all should be very Proud. I think NBT has just stamped its mark on where the future of Newcastle Dancing is headed."
"Congratulations on a fantastic performance! Such a high quality and full of extremely talented dancers. Very inspiring for the little ones to be a part of it too and then watch the big kids and see what they can achieve if they work hard! Congrats to all the dancers and teaching staff you did a fantastic job."
"My family and I had such a nice time, Thank you to all of you for a wonderful night. My Tiny Tot could not stop saying how beautiful everyone was. She was so tired and battled to stay awake but loved every minute."
"Congratulations kristy and rider you guys are amazing the way you are able to Make every Student a star on the night. "
"Congratulations on a great show! It was a privilege to watch so much talent on stage. You should be so proud of what you have achieved. Absolutely amazing show put on by the most beautiful people. So many talented dancers who have all had the best training. We feel so privileged that our daughter has found the perfect place for her at NBT !!"
"Thank you Miss Kristy, Mr. Rider and Miss Jenna for an absolutely wonderful concert!!!!! It was definitely the best concert I have ever done (and you for all of your hard work."
"Wow another amazing performance NBT, SO so proud to be a part of such an amazing ballet school, thank you again, you can see the amazing nurturing environment by watching these performers! Amazing. So glad you guys chose to open a studio in our back yard!"
"Thank you for a fantastic year these kids are truly blessed to have such talented and loving teachers and friends
The concert once again exceeded all expectations and we can't wait till next year."
"What a wonderful concert tonight from a very competent company. Congratulations to all of your dancers for a memorable evening and a big shout out to Rider and Kristy. Special mention to Jenna for some innovative and exciting contemporary.
Newcastle Ballet Theatre has every reason to be applauded. Well Done!"
"Thank you miss Kristy and Rider What a wonderful performance by all the dancers."
"Thank you Rider D. Vierling and Kristy Tancred for a truly outstanding production tonight. We are so proud of Ben and the NBT students and cannot wait for next year already!"
"What a fabulous concert!!! I am so proud of all the performers!!!! Congratulations Miss Kristy , Mr Rider and Miss Jenna !!"
"You have done extremely well to have put this professional performance together! So much hard work and dedication has gone into this which could not be overlooked from all the fantastic mums including my mum and miss Suzanne Tancred thank you to everyone who was involved xx"
"What a stunning night!!! Everyone was shining!"
"Thank you so much from one Mum who would have loved to stay and help ! I am soo excited and proud to be part of NBT. This week is just going to be the best week !!! Cant wait to see our beautiful children on stage and witness another success for our talented Principals."
"Just a quick email to say a big thank you for the time and kindness you have provided Lacey with throughout the year.
She is such a shy little thing and myself and Matt were amazed at how well she did during her first ever concert (we were so proud of her, she had us both in tears....). It is a credit to yourself and the ballet school that you are able to support and nurture such students. Please pass on our thanks to Miss Brid who was also fantastic with Lacey...... She adores you both and speaks of you often. As for the concert itself – myself and my family were so impressed with such a professional production full of such beautiful dancers. We are proud to have Lacey attend your school and while ever she shows an interest in ballet I hope she can continue with NBT. You and Rider have done an amazing job and now I am sure you are eager to have a well earned rest and wait the arrival of bub. "
"Congratulations to you, Rider, your Mum and Dad and the friends of NBT group & other helpers for such a wonderful concert on Friday night. It was a pleasure to watch the dances & see how much the students have improved over this last 12 months & the costumes and various sets looked fantastic. I am so glad that it all worked out for you all and is a tribute to all of your hard work and dedication – thank you so much for your care and patience – it is truly appreciated by the parents.
Our Inaugural Annual Concert December 2012 -
Reviews from our 2nd end of year performance -
"Thank you Kristy and Rider for the most wonderful concert ever! It was just perfect -
"A most impressive end of year concert last night! Not only is it incredible what you have achieved with these children after only one year, but I was impressed above all by the stagecraft, unselfconscious discipline and total absence of any immodest or inappropriate conduct of these children and teenagers. It is difficult to imagine how anyone seeking ballet training of the highest standard for their children would find a better school at which to learn it. You have my highest praise."
"Congratulations Kristy and Rider on a superb concert tonight. We enjoyed every moment of it. Your pas de deux was beautiful to watch – and the standard of dance in all the performances that followed was very high, the costumes were wonderful, the stage looked fabulous. The students looked very happy too, many of them couldn’t stop smiling as they danced. It was truly a delight, thank you. We look forward to the next one."
"It was just the loveliest night of entertainment from beautiful, well trained students. The costumes were lovely and the stage sets were inspiring . The way that Rider and Kristy treat their students is very evident from the appreciation they expressed to each other at the end of the night. Beyond excellent work for a school in its first year !"
"Congratulations to everyone involved in last night! I had a wonderful time dancing with the beautiful students at NBT, hopefully i can get back to Newcastle soon to visit! And a big thank you to Rider, Kristy, Sue and Don for another opportunity to dance!!!"
Guest dancer -
"After sitting through other studio's concerts that go ON and ON and ON with no end in sight can I say that I actually really enjoyed yours? I loved that the routines were clean and well within the dancers' skills-
Feedback from Workshops
This week has been the best week of these holidays !! Our NBT summer school. Just would like to thank my wonderful ballet teachers for a amazing year. You've taught me lots and I've enjoyed every minute of everyday I've been with you. I'm really excited to start ballet again with you this year. You all have your way of teaching and everyday I come to dancing you make me a better dancer then i was before. Your amazing teachers and all of the NBT students love you and we all love being apart of NBT."
"Thanks again for the AMAZING summer school NBT!!! We will definitely be back...LOVED IT!!!"
Dance Unlimited Students -
"Thank you so much to everyone for such an amazing week, I've learned so much! I'll definitely be back :) "
Kaiya Hannifey -
"To our wonderfully talented ballet teachers Miss Kristy and Mr Rider. THANK YOU so much for a wonderful inspiring and lots of fun workshop. I am so exhausted but I learnt so much. "
Love Brid xox
"Just wanted to say that I am having the best time at this workshop and that I can't stop thinking about Puss N Boots.
Hahaha I'm in love with the variation if that's what you call it."
"I know that it is Sunday but I have truly loved this years workshop with Newcastle Ballet Theatre! It was fantastic to learn the four cignets dance and to be able to be taught by some new (to me) fabulous teachers! Every single class was exciting and each afternoon you would go home and look at what was on tomorrow and do something like a happy dance of some sort hahaha. To round it up. Newcastle Ballet Theatre's workshop was absolutely FANTASTIC!!."
Bonnie coles -
"Thank you Kristy Tancred and Rider D. Vierling for providing the past weeks Summer Workshops. Bonnie Coles has come home each day exhausted yet excited. We are both looking forward to another fantastic year in 2013."
"Congratulations to all of you at Newcastle Ballet Theatre for the amazing experience that was your 2013 Summer School.
Stef had a wonderful time and learnt so much from a group of amazingly talented teachers. Thank you and congratulations."
Karne Mannion -
"I would love to thank Kristy Tancred and Rider D. Vierling on behalf of Brinley and myself for a wonderful workshop yet again. She loves coming and is looking forward to more!"
Ballerina Mum -
Awesome studio, fantastic professional staff and friendly respectful students! Brilliant concerts!
Certainly couldn't ask for anything more off a dance school, it certainly is fantastic! :)
Amazing Teachers, Beautiful Facility!
What I LOVE about Newcastle Ballet Theatre -
this really is a great school-
Newcastle Ballet Theatre provides a supportive atmosphere where dance students of all ages are given everything they need to reach their full potential as a dancer -
Brilliant Dance School with talented and dedicated teachers
Small, genuine and very friendly
What a wonderful night at the ballet! The students danced beautifully and the costumes were fabulous. The studio obviously has a wonderful atmosphere. I'm so glad I decided to go and watch.
Sunny has loved ballet this year! I have been so proud of her determination and commitment. I know your minds are full with concert preparation, but I would like to take a little moment to say how much I appreciate what you have done for her. Thanks for your encouragement, patience and expertise. Good luck for this week!
Hi Kristy, Rider and Suzanne
The concert was fantastic! Thank you so much for all your hard work.
It was lovely to watch my kids looking so happy on stage. They have had a really good year. Keely said to me that at NBT she feels as important as the other dancers. Her confidence has improved heaps. Thanks for your care and lovely attitude towards her.
Gala Performance 2014
I just wanted to pass on my Congratulations to you all at NBT for a most wonderful evening on Wednesday night at the concert -
She is a subscriber to the ballet in Sydney & was going to the Nutcracker on Thursday night -
Just got back from Sydney a few minutes ago. Wendy loved 'The Nutcracker' last night ... best production of it she had ever seen! She also commented on how impressed she was with the performances on Wed night and how age appropriate the choreography was. She loved it!
We all enjoyed it so much (even though Olivia slept through the last few dances!) -
I personally loved, loved, loved the 101 Dalmatians (as did we all) but I think my favourite dance was the contemporary with the 4 girls in black -
Costumes were brilliant as usual -