There is a lot to consider when choosing a dance school for your child. It’s also tricky to pick the perfect dance & fitness studio for yourself. Here to help is the ultimate list that should answer why we could be “the one” for you:
1. We have split personality (in a good way)
Dance & Fitness. Recreational & professionally oriented dance classes. Dance classes for kids & for adults. Fitness classes for kids & for adults. So basically the best of both worlds.
2. A lot of choice and it is yours
A variety of styles of both dance & fitness classes to suit any age and any level.
3. You don’t ever have to leave
Start at around 2 years of age, stay for the rest of your life, literally. Our dance program starts from Preparation grades (2 – 5 yo) and goes up to Pre-Professional 2 level. You can take a turn to keep active through kids fitness classes at any time or continue on dancing recreationally. We have adult dance & fitness classes for the all grown up kids (i.e. adults) and even our respected seniors with special Fitness50+ classes.
4. We are unique
Why? Well, for one because we provide genuine, authentic Vaganova method of teaching classical ballet. It is so because Vaganova method is best learned at “the source”, i.e. in Russia and that’s where our classical ballet teachers have learned it, direct.
teaching staff (and pretty much all else). Our teachers go through quite a rigorous formal selection process. Even relief teachers are thoroughly checked before we let them into our class rooms. Our staff must have tertiary education, Blue Card working with children check, prior experience, good reputation and just be caring, enthusiastic and fun loving, positive individuals.
6. Own dance gear band
We’ve searched the world and continue to be on the lookout for best manufacturers of dance shoes and accessories to make our products. We are gradually growing our range to achieve the convenience of one stop shop. This means that if you dance with us you get access to great, affordable dance gear with further student discounts. Also available to the public.
is everything. And we have a great spot! The studio is located in the heart of dynamic, funky Woolloongabba. Nice & close to a lot of primary & secondary schools, a short trip from the city, only a 10 minute walk from Woolloongabba Bus station (warm up before class? Check!), 2 minute drive to motorway entrance, an ample (and ever growing) variety of cafes, restaurants and shops... You get the picture.
studios equipped for dance & fitness. Like they should be.
to try, no charge and no obligation, any class, all year round. Simple. Convenient. Fair.
10. No waste
Missed a class? Don’t worry, you can always make up for it through another class, so the fees you pay are not wasted.
11. Non-stop (almost)
training (and fun). Fitness classes go all year around, except public holidays and of course, everyone’s favourite time of the year – Christmas/New Years, when no one really wants to work out anyway. Dancers have the opportunity to continue on dancing by signing up for Summer & Winter Schools. Intensive daily training for students who want to boost their regular training and get ahead of the rest.
12. It’s personal
Sometimes you just need that one on one time. Be it for dance exam or audition preparation, technique enhancement, solo routine preparation for competitions, or preparation for professional ballet schools, you can always book a private class with your favourite teacher. Fitness lovers can have a one on one with their instructor also. All year round.
13. Challenge yourself
to an annual exam. Dancers are able to progress through clear study program and get qualified, expert feedback along the way. Again, we give you the freedom of choice. Students can undergo formal official examinations taken by highly qualified, reputable examiner. Or, less formal internal examination taken by a panel of our own teachers with the rest of the group, yet still get the benefit of feedback on areas to improve.
Dancers can be sure to always be able to reach out to us for help. Our staff are qualified experts in the field and are happy to discuss student’s progress, achievement, provide quality advice regarding examinations, auditions, competitions, career prospects, make recommendations regarding areas for improvement in technique and assist in preparation for professional ballet schools.
15. Shine bright
Who doesn’t love the thrill of performing in front of a crowd on a big shiny stage? Not us! We never pass an opportunity to get our dancers on stage. All students partake in the big end of the year show and there are also opportunities to perform during the year. A lot of our students have been and are a part of professional dance theatres, such as Brisbane City Youth Ballet and Ballet Theatre of Queensland, for many years. We compete at local Eisteddfods and other competitions, and perform at various exciting events. For example at the celebration of the Bolshoi Ballet season at QPAC in 2013, Lord Mayor Cultural Fundraising event in 2009, and many others. We are able to provide our students with the opportunity to be engaged in these auditions, competitions and events and provide tailored service of preparing our students for such wonderful performing experiences should the student wish to be engaged in any of these.
16. Dream = POSSIBLE
This is for very serious dancers. If you’ve decided ballet = life and no matter what you must get into one of the best ballet schools in the world, then you’ve come to the right place. Russian ballet schools are a dream for any serious aspiring professional ballet dancer. But getting there is major mission (totally worth it though). Not only one needs meticulous training in the Vaganova method, one also must overcome the language barrier (or at least somewhat) and demystify the application process. Think imPOSSIBLE? Yes, we can help with all of this. We can even help you when you get there and your mother cannot reach you on the other side of the world because of time difference or because you are just too busy living your dream in stunning Vaganova Academy classrooms among other best of the best dancers and the only way to actually get a hold of you is through notorious, seemingly very strict, but actually really kind old lady who is like a grandmother to the whole course (you’ll know what we mean when you get there) at the student accommodation reception and who of course speaks zero English. True story. Or we could also help you when you arrive in thongs & shorts and its -30 C outside and your luggage is lost. Also true story.
17. And most importantly...
The art of dance that we live and breathe in the walls of our studio has changed for the better and positively touched many lives in many different ways. People found lifelong friends, met the love of their life and later brought their children to dance with us, discovered their passion for dance and moved countries to follow their dreams, or got their confidence back, improved their fitness and posture, felt graceful, free and alive, and simply had fun!