The Elite program was established in July 2012 by Director and teacher Kahlia Mehmet-Smith. The Elite program is a professionally run dance program, which is aimed at students who wish to pursue a career in dance and who are looking for the right guidance and training to do so. At Premiere Elite we provide training in all fields of dance and look to help each student on the right path to succeed in their individual goals. Not only do we look for students who have a strong talent for dance but students who have the passion, drive and determination.
At Premiere Studios we believe every student is individual and deserves a catered training program to suit their standard and ability. The Premiere Elite programs are comprised of set training classes alongside the option of additional various styled classes. Students are expected to partake in all set program classes but can manage their own program by adding addition classes at their leisure.
Students accepted on an audition process in which all students are assessed for placement into the course. Not only does Premiere Elite have highly qualified staff to train and guide the students, we also have numerous industry experts who are here to support and mentor the students. These experts visit the studio on a regular basis to give advice to the Premiere Elite students on their dancing and career paths as well as holding workshops for inspiration.
Previous mentors and guest industry experts included: Renee Ritchie (So You Think You Can Dance, Brent Street Studios), Carly-Cooper Smith (So You Think You Can Dance), Jason Winters (Choreographer), Mitch Hatton (Eve and Bow Full Time) Hassan Sheta (Cairo Ballet Company, Tanya Pearson’s Classical Coaching Academy), Stephanie Starret (English National Ballet School), Alexandra Crownie (How To Be A Ballet Dancer), Joshua Horner (Dancing With The Stars, A Chorus Line), Lashaun Price (LA based Choreographer), Xander Ellis (Tap Dogs, Rock of Ages), Rebekah Conry (Western Australian Ballet Company) Loredo Malcom (LoCREAdo Dance Company), Betty Dargie (Dargie Entertainment), Kieron Kulik (Jeep Management, Garage Management), Stephen Tannos (Dream Dance Compnay), Tim Farrar (Australian Ballet), Michael Demeski (So You Think You Can Dance), Mitch Hatton (Ev and Bow), Ashlee Winmill (Dargie Entertainment), Michael Boyd (Grayson Boyd),Tahlia Fowler (So You Think You Can Dance) and more.
Students are assessed twice annually by our panel of experts to determine places in the course for the following year. At the discretion of the panel and staff students may be asked to re audition for the following year’s intake. Students not meeting the standards of the course physically or attitude wise may be asked to leave the course. Those students will be eligible to re apply at the following year’s auditions.
Graduating students have had offers both Interstate and Internationally. Students have been accepted into the following: Australian Ballet School Associate Programme, Australian Ballet School Full Time Course, Western Australian Performing Arts, Western Australian Ballet Company, Queensland Ballet Professional Year, Queensland Ballet Guest Associate Program, New Zealand Ballet School, Melbourne Ballet Company, Ballet West (UK), Central Ballet School (UK), Joffery Ballet School (USA), Ajkun Ballet Theatre (USA), Queensland Dance School of Excellence, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Performance Contracts (INDIA), Atlanta Ballet 2 (USA), Brent St Studio Full Time Course, Knight Cheerleaders, Dance Academy (ABC) Complexion Contemporary Ballet (USA), Washington School of Ballet (USA), Cirque De Solei, Disneyland Paris, Stardust Circus Australia, MSC Cruises, Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Magic Mike Live, Pittsburg Ballet Theatre Pre Professional and more.
This program operates on a four term structure.
Monday 1st February - Saturday 3rd April (9 weeks)
Monday 19th April - Saturday 26th June (10 weeks)
Monday 12th July - Saturday 18th September (10 weeks)
Monday 4th October - Saturday 18th December (11 weeks) pending Concert date
CLASSES ON OFFER
Premiere Studios follows the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus. Classes are available for examination preparation as well as open ballet classes for non exam students.
For students over a certain age progressing through their ballet technique.
Commercial Jazz style.
CONTEMPORARY / LYRICAL
Slow modern style incorporating expression and movement.
Street style Hip Hop.
Boys only. Mix of different hip hop styles.
Tap shoes required. Focusing on rhythm and style.
Acrobatic class. Focusing on gymnastic elements to coincide with dance combinations.
This class is designed to work on flexibility and strength. Useful to keep dancers body supple.
Dance class focusing on steps and music from musicals. NO SINGING.
Focusing on turns, kicks and leaps.
Mix of dance aerobics, cardio strength and stamina.
One on one lessons for students wishing to have extra coaching or to learn a solo to perform in competitions or extra technical work. Students must be partaking in at least one ballet class per week to be eligible to book these lessons.
By invitation only. Students will learn group routines to be performed in competitions or other various performances. Students must be partaking in at least one ballet class per week to be eligible to partake in these lessons. All students will work towards a performance for our Mid Year Display and End Of Year Gala Concert.
This course operates on a four term structure. Course activities may sometimes be scheduled in the holiday breaks. Students will be advised as much in advance as possible of any such activities. All students enrolled in the Premiere Elite programs are assessed in Classical Ballet, Lyrical/Contemporary and Jazz Technique by our panel twice a year. The outcome of these assessments will determine their progress throughout the course. Assessments are a great indication to staff as to where a student is sitting and what adjustments, if any need to be made to their course.
in 2020, we created a new program called Select Elite. Students are divided by age and standard and may be moved up or down a level/class at the discretion of the staff. The devision of programs means that classes can be kept at a desirable size to ensure all students are receiving the maximum training from their classes. Students accepted into the Premiere Elite program will be involved in performance group work and will need to be available for eisteddfod performances.
At Premiere Studios we aim to train students to the best of their ability. In order to do so students must commit to all classes provided in their program. Any student found to be slacking in class or missing numerous amounts of lessons will be dropped from the program. It is recommended that if you intend to have commitment issues that you consider enrolling in our Premiere Dance Program. Students at Premiere Elite will have access to Guest Teachers, Choreographers, Mentors, Industry Experts and more to keep as many doors open for the dancers and their futures.
2021 FEE LIST
GST NOT INCLUDED
30min - 45min class: $10 per class
1hr class: $12 per class
1hr and 15min - 1hr and 30mins class: $15 per class
The following classes are compulsory for all students enrolled in our Premiere Elite program. All classes outlined in the package are to be taken by the student. Packages can not be altered and classes can not be substituted for alternate classes.
Junior Elite - Stretch, Tech, Open Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, Fitness: $650 per term
Junior Select Elite - Stretch, Tech, Open Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, Fitness: $650 per term
Senior Elite - Stretch, Tech, Open Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, Fitness: $700 per term
Senior Select Elite - Stretch, Tech, Open Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, Fitness: $700 per term
All other classes are to be paid as per the class rates above. Please note performance classes are at no charge. Students will be invited to those classes when required.
RAD BALLET CLASSES
Please note these classes are charged at a higher rate due to expenses laid out by our teachers to be qualified for examinations.
30mins RAD Ballet class: $10 per class
45mins RAD Ballet class: $12 per class
1hr RAD Ballet class: $15 per class
Over 1hr: $17 per class
BOYS DANCE FREE
Boys Crew is free to any brothers that have a sibling currently enrolled in Premiere Studios.
UNLIMITED PACKAGE - $1000 PER TERM
All afternoon classes excluding private lessons and RAD classes.
15 minute private: $15.00 (Ballet Tech only, 1 routine permitted).
30 minute private: $40.00 (10yrs and under max 4 routines, 12yrs and over max 5 routines)
1 hour private: $80.00
Private lessons are available for personal coaching, technique and performance solos. Pending availability. Any student wishing to partake in ballet solos must have a separate technical private lesson (minimum 15min) on top of their scheduled private. Students will not be able to learn and perform classical solos without this technical private being booked.
Students may learn a solo in a block lesson but must have equivalent of 5 x 30min private lessons in the lead up to a performance. Solos are performed at the choreographers discretion and students must check with teachers before committing to a performance.
A $40 once a year fee is payable to cover the costs of insurance. No enrolment will be taken and students will not be permitted to commence classes without this fee being paid on enrolment day. Payment via direct debit, cash or cheque payable to Nicole Seggie. If paying by direct debit, please provide receipt upon enrolment. Due to copyright laws, all students will be required to pay a copyright fee (AMCOS) which will be added to your first invoice as well as a concert copyright fee which will be due with your end of year concert invoices.
The timetable is constructed according to the availability of staff and studio space. Whilst every effort is made to suit as many people as possible, no timetable will suit every student. Please be aware that group classes cannot be changed to suit just one student. If you have a problem with the timetable please see Miss Kahlia immediately.
METHOD OF PAYMENTS
PAYING BY TERM
• Direct Deposits available (Preferred payment). See office for bank details.
• Cheques made payable to “Nicole Seggie”.
• Cash - $50 and under ONLY!
PAYING WEEKLY (on request only)
Fees MUST be paid per term. Term fees must be paid in full within first two weeks of term. Term fees not paid within the first 2 weeks of term will incur 10% interest on total term fees and students will not be able to continue classes. Term fees will still be payable. If fees are still not paid you will then receive a debt collector’s letter and will be liable for any fees that are incurred. No student will be able to continue lessons the following term if fees are not paid in full. No fees will be credited for missed lessons. In the event that a lesson is cancelled by the studio, you may receive a credit which will roll over into the following term or the lesson will be made up. No refunds will be given. Once you enrol in a class you are committed to payment until the end of that term. Payments will not be refunded if a child pulls out of a class. If you would like to add a class you must email Fiona Holloway and contact the studio. Cheques and cash to be handed to the office in an envelope clearly marked with your child’s name, term and amount enclosed. No fees are to be given to any other staff member. It is strongly recommended that fees be paid by Direct Deposit if possible. Invoices and statements will be issued out via email through Fiona Holloway (accounts). Any queries regarding fees should be addressed towards Fiona and a copy of your email should also be forwarded to the Premiere Studios email address. Please see Policies and Procedures for the school policy on payment of fees. If you have genuine hardship and are having difficulty paying your fees, please email us. Please note by signing your enrolment form you agree to the above conditions of payment. Premiere Studios accepts Creative Kids and Active Kids Vouchers. One Active Kids voucher per term. A copy of the Active Kids voucher number and date of birth are to be forwarded to the studio. It is not the responsibility of the studio to ask for vouchers. The voucher will only be redeemable if presented to the studio prior to final invoice being paid. No refunds will e given in the event that a voucher has been received after final invoices have been paid.
Students are required to be in correct dance attire in a neat and presentable fashion. Please make sure you have the following items on this list.
• Ballet pink ballet stockings • Black leotard of choice • Demi pointes with ribbons (Intermediate and above RAD students only)
• Split sole canvas ballet shoes with elastics • Chiffon skirt optional • Pointe shoes - own choice • Appropriate shoes for fitness and crew class.
• Tight fitting black attire for all class other than Ballet • Black or tanned Jazz shoes • Black or tanned chorus shoes
• White leotard or black singlet with black tights or black unitard • Black or white canvas ballet shoes
• Tight fitting black attire for all class other than Ballet • Black or tanned Jazz shoes • Appropriate shoes for fitness and crew class.
All students are required to be neat and tidy all the time with their hair in a bun with no wispy bits (ballet only). NO jewellery except small studs in the ear as it is a health and safety issue. For example, long earrings risk getting caught and ripped out of ears.
Studio tracksuit is compulsory and is available to order through the studio.
Jackets - $95, Pants - $65, Studio t-shirts - $40.
Students wishing to complete R.A.D examinations will do so at the discretion of the teacher. Workshops for exam preparation for juniors and seniors will be during the school holidays before the examination. Mock examinations will also be run for all students before their examination, usually during school holidays. Dates of actual examinations are determined by the Royal Academy of Dance, and Premiere Studios has no control over the dates chosen. R.A.D charges exam fees, which are the responsibility of the student. Other fees related to the exam include hire of character skirts, pianist fees and rehearsal/mock exam fees.
Premiere Studios relies a great deal on parental support and fundraising for the studio and its students. For 2021 we are hoping to hold regular meetings and encourage all parents to make the effort to attend. All funds raised for the studio goes directly back into the studio and students. Fundraising benefits everyone and we would like to see just as much support equally from all parents. Please do your best to be involved in your child’s studio and make it a fruitful place for everyone. During busy periods at the studio parents may be called upon for help, and although this is not a requirement, any time given is much appreciated.
Students can enter eisteddfods or solo competitions at their own discretion. ALL COMPETITIONS must be passed by the studio staff before entering. Please send a list of desired eisteddfods/competitions to the studio before making any commitments. Students doing solo eisteddfod dances will need three copies of their music on CD. One is the master copy, one is to be used only at eisteddfods, and the other is to be taken to each solo class. Students should take a second copy of their music to all eisteddfod performances as a backup. Students are encouraged to have their music on an iPod for rehearsal purposes. Students wishing to participate in eisteddfod groups can obtain a list of possible dates and performances through the office. Students may be asked to perform in these groups at the discretion of staff. Eisteddfods are normally held during school holidays.
As a member of an Elite Program, students are to make themselves available for all rehearsals and performances.
CONCERTS & PRESENTATION DAYS
The studio holds both an End Of Year Gala Concert and a Mid Year Showcase Display Concert each year. All students are expected to attend any extra rehearsals that occur in the lead up to the performances. Students should also make themselves available for Petite Mid-Year and End of Year Gala performances. There is a professionally shot DVD of both concerts, which will be a compulsory cost through the school. A professional studio photo day is held close to the concert, usually on a weekend. All students are expected to attend the photo shoot. Students who will be unable to perform in concerts should indicate this to the Director as soon as possible after the date is announced to allow for casting. There will be extra costs involved in purchasing/hiring costumes for performances, although costs will be kept as low as possible. Additional AMCOS and rehearsal fee will be payable for end of year gala concerts and mid-year displays.
As of 2020 we have implemented a compulsory DVD purchase per family per concert (mid-year display and end of year gala performance). This is to ensure the videographer costs are covered and to stop the use of illegal copies being made. These costs will be added to your mid-year and end of year costume invoices.
Please note only program classes will guarantee a performance in concerts. All non program classes are training classes and not guaranteed a routine in performances.
Scholarships may be available through an application system. Please note Premiere Studios has minimal scholarships available and funds will only be awarded if the director and staff deem it worthy. Please ask for a scholarship application form if you wish to be considered.
From 2020 we have implemented a staff travel fee. If a staff member is required to travel with a student or students to a competition, local or international, the student/s will be liable for travel and accommodation costs. These costs will be divided equally between all students involved. In the event that a staff member is missing a significant amount of work, a loss of wage fee may also occur.
ONLINE AUDITION APPLICATION
Premiere Studios will be taking auditions for 2021 via an online application.
Please click the link below to apply.