“Dancing is creating a sculpture that is visible only for a moment.”
~ Erol Ozan
Our Aspirant Professional Program offers trained dancers age 18-22yrs the opportunity to fine-tune their technique and artistic skills in preparation for a company placement. Aspirant trainees must have graduated high school and successfully attained an Advanced 2 level (or similar) qualification in Classical Ballet. They need to show proficiency in Contemporary styles of dance and have knowledge and experience in one or more body movement patterning methods such as: Pilates, Gyrotonic or Gyrokinesis, Feldenkrais, Yoga for Dancers, Myofascial Release, Alexander Technique to name a few.
Our faculty is proactive in assisting Aspirants in selecting suitable options for audition throughout the year. This may be for Post Graduate placement, Trainee positions or Company contracts around the world. Our teachers and resources are extensive in the genres of classical ballet, contemporary ballet and contemporary and stretch from North and South America to Europe.
The Aspirant Professional Program fosters young talent on the bridge of entering the professional world of dance. This program is designed around the individual dancer and supports one to two years of additional training and performance experience.
Our Advanced Professional Training Program is for the serious/full-time dancer aged 15yrs+ who is training to improve technical ability and artistic performance. This program offers young dancers the opportunity to showcase themselves as part of a Corps de Ballet or as a Soloist or Principal Dancer in our seasonal performances/productions. Students gain experience similar to that of a professional ballet company, working together with choreographers, professional artists and directors to produce full-length ballets throughout the year.
An audition is required to evaluate physical, mental and emotional attributes needed for classical ballet together with a healthly medical history. All Advanced students are required to complete the ISTD Imperial Classical Ballet Vocational examinations during their five year training period. Select students are offered the opportunity to participate in provincial, national and international competitions and represent the school on a global platform.
Advanced students are encouraged to register for the Elective Package which offers additional training in Plyometrics, Pas de Deux and Contemporary Ballet Choreography. At this level of training these aspects of dance and cross-training are essential for the progression of development for dancers pursuing a professional career.
The program is divided into two levels:
– Level 5 (Advanced 1 or similar)
– Level 6 (Advanced 2 or similar)
Most students spend two years in each level before graduating in their final year at 17/18yrs. Advanced students in their graduating year are prepared and encouraged to audition for Post Graduate, Trainee and Company positions around the world. Our faculty is proactive in assisting final year students with suitable options for audition in person or via video.
This intense training program prepares boys and girls for a professional career in dance. It is essential that students and parents are fully committed to the teaching and guidance of the program in order to maintain its integrity.
Our Intermediate Professional Training Program is for the serious/full-time dancer aged 10yrs+ who shows potential in developing high-level skills in Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance.
This program offers young dancers the opportunity to showcase themselves as part of a Junior Corps de Ballet or in children’s lead roles in our seasonal performances/productions. Students gain experience similar to that of a professional ballet company, working together with choreographers, professional artists and directors to produce full-length ballets throughout the year.
An audition is required to evaluate physical, mental and emotional attributes needed for classical ballet together with a healthly medical history. All Intermediate students are required to complete the ISTD Imperial Classical Ballet Vocational examinations during their five year training period starting with the Intermediate exam.
The program consists of one level:
– Level 4 (Intermediate or similar)
Most students remain in Level 4 for two years or until they are ready to move into the advanced stages of training and performing. At Intermediate level our students have completed one year of Pointe and are entering into performing enPointe on stage.
This intense training program prepares boys and girls for the advanced levels of dance in both Classical Ballet and Contemporary. It is essential that students and parents are fully committed to the teaching and guidance of the program in order to maintain its integrity.
SUMMER INTENSIVE (19-30 AUG)
Each year students come from all over the world to participate in our Summer Intensive Program. We offer training from both: our Faculty teachers, giving students the opportunity to experience the training received at Ballet Bloch, together with invited Master Teachers. The training, during the intensive, aims to improve Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance. Past years have seen guest teachers including: Stephanie Saland, Aram Manukyan, Monica Proenca, Mariana Moraes and Joshua Beamish.
This year, Stephanie Saland (Former Principal Dancer of New York City Ballet) returns to teach at our Summer Intensive 2019. The two-week training intensive focuses on: Classical Ballet, Pointe, Classical Repertoire, Contemporary Ballet, Contemporary, Pilates, Gyrotonic, Yoga for Dancers and Pas de Deux.
The program is designed for two levels:
– Intermediate (10yrs+)
– Advanced (15yrs+)
In it’s second year of fruition, Contemporary Division continues to provide additional training and performance opportunities in Contemporary Ballet (enPointe) and Contemporary. The program’s Director, Monica Proenca leads the many projects from film to stage and interprets the challenges in today’s society, like Mental Health.
Contemporary Division offers two opportunities:
– Professional (two mornings a week for professional artists)
– Student (one evening a week for professional program students ages 14yrs+ with minimum three years Pointe)
JUNIOR BALLET (7yrs+)
The Junior Ballet Program is for the young dancer age 7yrs+ who is interested in exploring the disciplines of Classical Ballet. Boys and girls are taught in a creative yet focused environment that nurtures young minds and bodies. Children who love to dance and aspire to work on poise, posture, and discipline together with technique, musicality, and artistry are encouraged to participate . A minimum of twice a week is required and students (if ready) are encouraged to enter an ISTD ballet exam each year.
The program is divided into three levels:
– Level 1 (Ballet: Grade 1 or similar)
– Level 2 (Ballet: Grade 2 or similar)
– Level 3 (Ballet: Grade 3 & 4 or similar)
This program is designed to train young boys and girls to a higher level of ability, offering them the opportunity to progress to Intermediate and Advanced levels. We aim to ignite the love of dance in every child and build their self-confidence.
Junior Ballet students participate throughout the year in our seasonal performances/productions which offer them exciting roles that feed their imaginations and dreams of being a dancer.
PRE-BALLET (3-4yrs & 5-6yrs)
Children aged 3-6yrs attend classes once a week. Our young ballerina program encourages age appropriate creativity, musicality, and physicality. Children gain confidence, poise, and a solid frame work on which to build classical ballet technique. The class is 45min and parents are welcome to remain and/or participate in the class to help get their little ones accustomed to being in a group activity.
The program offers boys and girls the opportunity to present informal in-house performances for their parents each term.
Classes take place on Saturday mornings with Ms Nika. The 1st Term dates are:
Sep 14/21/28 + Oct 5/19/26 + Nov 2/16/23/30
Parent Viewing on Nov 30
Programs are available in two age groups:
3-4yrs at 9:00-9:45am
5-6yrs at 9:45-10:30am
Cost: 10 weeks ($147 includes GST)
Please sign up.
SUMMER CAMP (7yrs+)
Our Swan Lake Summer Camps are an exciting opportunity for children to discover their love of dance. Classes in basic body and movement awareness together with classical ballet allow boys and girls to explore their creative side. They will learn about the story of Swan Lake, create crafts related to the ballet, and engage in developing their own steps inspired by the music.
Parents are invited to an informal in-house viewing on the last day of camp and are welcome to participate, take photos/videos and chat to the teachers.
Our Swan Lake Summer Camp is designed for Junior level ballet children, boys and girls:
– Junior Ballet (7yrs+) on 26-30 August at 11am-3pm
Children with two to three years of ballet experience are invited.
Please sign up.
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