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Newcastle Ballet Theatre Newcastle Ballet Theatre is an approved  Active Kids & Creative Kids Provider

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Mr Rider  0401 214 042   *   Ms Kristy  0434 417 454   *   Miss Amelia  0414 220 654

Quote from BC Syllabus creator Christine Walsh A.M:

"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"



Private tuition is available for beginners through to Pe-Professional levels. Classes are tailored to suit the needs of the individual student.
To enquire about availability, please contact us.


BC Exams will be held annually. These exams are not compulsory but are encouraged as we feel it gives the students something to work towards and a sense of accomplishment. Examinations are conducted annually either in person with the examiner or via zoom with Ms Walsh.


Students wishing to participate in eisteddfods are encouraged to do so, however they must have one private lesson each week, to learn and rehearse their dances. All dances must be choreographed by a faculty member, or guest teacher, and all costumes must be approved by a faculty member.


NBT holds an annual concert each year where all students are invited to participate & showcase what they have learned throughout the year.

It is a great chance for students to gain performance experience on the stage and at the same time have fun.


We ask that parents do not watch classes as we feel this can be a distraction for the students. However, the last week of Terms 1 & 3 we have an observation week where parents/grandparents are welcome to come and watch any of their childs classes. We will not have an observation week in Term 2 or 4 as we will be working on their performance dances.

The Contemporary & Lyrical styles of dance use 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, fluidity 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.

Teeny Dancers for ages 2-3 yrs is a great intoduction to ballet. Smaller class sizes mean the teeny dancers get a lot of individual attention and build their basic ballet skills using beautiful music & props. Tiny Dancers, for ages 4-5 yrs, are designed as preparation for our after school classes; lots of fun & creative use of props ensure our Tiny Dancers learn the basics they need to progress.

The Little Dancers class is for ages 3-6yrs and is a combination of ballet, music apprecition & a little bit of Jazz or Free dancing added in.

A fun, friendly, and informal class for men and women who have always wanted to learn ballet, Contemporary or Jazz, or those who may want

to re-learn after a bit of time away. Open to all levels of fitness and experience, these classes offer improved flexibility, strength, and body awareness, and are a fantastic way to get fit and toned while experiencing the joy of Dance.  

Adult Pointe - 7:00 - 7:30pm   MONDAY

Beginners Ballet Class - 7:30 - 8:30pm   MONDAY

Contemporary & Jazz will alternate each week -  6:30 - 7:30pm   THURSDAY
Open Ballet Class - 9:30 - 10:30am    SATURDAY

These  classes start with a warm up consisting of strength training and some flexibility work followed by  progressions down the mat.  
Some skills the students will work on are:
Forward/backward rolls, handstands, cartwheels, walkovers &  round-offs and progressing to more challenging skills from there.
This is a really fun class that focuses on learning ACROBATIC skills safely and with spotting.

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.

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 - turning and leaping - often at the same time. If you have a boy interested in ballet, this is the class for them!  


Pas de Deux translates to “step for two”, and is a term for partnering work in classical or contemporary work. 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 basics are taught to our Intermediate students so by the time they become Senior dancers, they have the correct foundation & the confidence to attempt more difficult steps.


Musical Theatre is a style of Jazz that evolved from Broadway, which was popularised to a large extent by Bob Fosse.  The kind of Jazz you would find in musicals such as “West Side Story”, “High School Musical”, “Legally Blonde”, and “Hamilton” just to name a few.  Commercial Jazz is found more commonly in music videos and on TV and is a stylised fusion of Hip-Hop, Funk & Pop.

BC SYLLABUS CLASSES (Formerly 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.  This training and assessment program emphasizes correct placement, dynamics and performance quality which are all inherent in the Vaganova method. This Syllabus also encourages the use of Open Ballet classes, helping prepare dancers to be fast thinking and expanding their ballet vocabulary.

Ballet Conservatoire Levels   (Please note these ages  are approximate and may vary depending on students level & dance experience.)


Ages 6-7 Years


Ages 7-8 Years

Preparatory Level 1

Ages 7-10 Years

Level 1

Ages 8-11 Years

Level 2

Ages 9-12 Years

Level 3

Ages 10-13 Years

Level 4

Ages 11-14 Years

Level 5 and Senior Level

Ages 13-16 Years

Excellence Level

15 Years and over

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