FULL-TIME CLASSICAL BALLET COURSE
The Full-time Classical Ballet Program was established in 2010 and is designed for students wishing to pursue a career in classical ballet. Due to the standards of classical ballet around the world, these days it is imperative that students are training at an elite level and are prepared to the standards expected when coming to the auditioning stage. At Premiere Studios we provide the training necessary for students to reach these goals. Entry to the course is by audition only and class intake is kept to a minimum to ensure students receive more intimate training.
The course is open to students in academic year 7 and above and any student wishing to continue their academics can do so by the Distance Education Program. Opportunities to study in Certificate and Diploma courses are also available on request. Classes take place 9am - 3pm, Monday - Friday with afternoon classes open to full-time students but not compulsory.
Students train in Classical Ballet, Pointe, Pas De Deux, Variations/ Repertoire, Stretch, Contemporary, Pilates, Theory, Active Flex, Strength and Body Conditioning, Progressions Ballet Technique and RAD Technique. Students have access to fully qualified staff from both Sydney and local areas.
Students are assessed twice annually by our panel of experts to evaluate the students progression. 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. A fee will be issued for both mid-year and end of year assessments.
This program has had continuos successes with students advancing on to professional schools and companies such as Australian Ballet School, Western Australian Performing Arts, Western Australian Ballet Company, Queensland Ballet Professional Year, New Zealand Ballet School, Melbourne Ballet Company, Victorinan State Ballet Company, Ballet West (UK), Central Ballet School (UK), School of Washington Ballet (USA), Joffery Ballet School (USA), Ajkun Ballet Theatre (USA), Queensland Dance School of Excellence, Atlanta Ballet 2 (USA), Sorbisches National Ensemble (GER), and such summer programs as Rambert Ballet, The Rocks School of Ballet, The Harid Conservatory, The School of American Ballet, The American Ballet Theatre, The Bolshoi Ballet School, Princess Grace Academy and The Royal Ballet School.
Classes take place 9am - 3pm, Monday - Friday with afternoon classes open to full-time students but not compulsory.
Monday 31st January - Saturdy 9th April (10 weeks)
Tuesday 26th April - Saturday 2nd July (10 weeks)
Monday 18th July - Saturday 24th September (10 weeks)
Monday 10th October - Saturday 17th December (10 weeks) - pending on Concert date.
CLASSES ON OFFER
Open Ballet classes focusing on classical ballet technique.
For students over a certain age progressing through their ballet technique.
PAS DE DEUX
Classical ballet technique focusing on partnering. Male and female repertoire and traditional classical ballet pas de deux are covered in this class.
Classical ballet solos from famous ballets focusing on classical ballet technique.
This class is designed to work on flexibility and strength. Useful to keep dancers body supple.
Slow modern style incorporating expression and movement.
Taught my a qualified pilates teacher, the class focuses on core strengthening, stability, toning, line, technique and injury prevention.
Active flexibility focuses on heightening neuromuscular control and muscle extensibility.
STRENGTH AND BODY CONDITIONING
This class includes a combination of body strengthening, as well as focusing on technique, line, placement, coordination and injury prevention.
PROGRESSIONS BALLET TECHNIQUE
An innovative program developed by Marie Walton-Mahon for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best in classical ballet.
Premiere Studios follows the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus. Classes are available for examination preparation as well as ballet open classes for non exam students. These classes are charged at an extra cost.
Class focusing on dance history and notation study.
All students enrolled in the Full-time Classical Ballet Course are accessed in classical ballet and lyrical/contemporary by our panel twice a year. The outcome of these assessments will determine their progress throughout the course. Assessments are great indication to staff as to where a student is sitting and what adjustments, if any need to be made to their course. A fee will be issued for both mid-year and end of year assessments. 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 course. Any student found to be slacking in class or missing numerous amounts of lessons will be dropped from the course. If you going to be absent from any classes, please make sure you make contact with our office. Students may be asked to be involved in performance group work. These classes usually run in the earlier hours of our afternoon program and are at no additional cost.
2022 FEE LIST
GST NOT INCLUDED
FULL-TIME CLASSICAL BALLET COURSE FEES
$2500 PER TERM
(Approx $9.80 an hour)
Our Full-time Classical Ballet Course currently runs on 9am - 3pm, Monday - Friday with afternoon classes open to full-time students but not compulsory.
30 minute private - $40 (max 4 routines)
45 minute private - $60 (max 5 routines)
1 hour private - $80
Private lessons are available for personal coaching, technique and performance solos. Any student wishing to partake in ballet solos must have a separate technical private lesson on top of their scheduled private (minimum 30min). 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 the equivalent of 5 x 30minute 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.
RAD BALLET CLASSES
Please note RAD Ballet classes are not included in the Full-time Classical Ballet Course term fees. These classes are charged at an additional higher rate due to expenses laid out by our teachers to be qualified for examinations.
30 mins RAD Ballet Class - $10 per class
45 mins RAD Ballet Class - $12 per class
1hr RAD Ballet Class - $15 per class
Over 1hr - $17 per class
Full-time students can attend afternoon program classes at no additional cost.
1 x Open Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, Tech, Stretch, Contemporary and Fitness.
All additional extra classes are open to full-time students at an additional cost with which are charged at the hourly rate. Crew/Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Acro, Singing, Pointe Class, Tap and Concert Ballet Class.
30-45 mins - $10 per class
1 hr class - $12 per class
1hr 15mins or longer - $15 per class
Unlimited Afternoon classes and Full-time - $3000 (not including RAD/privates)
Part Time 1 Day - $50 per week
Part Time 2 Day - $110 per week
Part Time 3 Day - $150 per week
A $40 once a year fee 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 performance invoice.
METHOD OF PAYMENTS
PAYING BY TERM
• Direct Deposits available (Preferred payment). See office for bank details.
• Cheques made payable to “Nicole Seggie”.
• Cash - $500 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 two 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 mid term. 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 Premiere Studios Policies and procedures.
Premiere Studios accepts Creative Kids and Active Kids Vouchers. One voucher per term. A copy of the 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 vouchers will only be redeemable if presented to the studio prior to final invoice being paid. No refunds will be given in the event that a voucher has been received after final invoices have been paid.
Students are required to be in correct ballet attire in a neat and presentable fashion. Please make sure you have the following items on this list.
• Theatrical pink ballet stockings • Black leotard of choice • Demi pointes with ribbons • Split sole canvas ballet shoes with elastics • Black half tutu
• Chiffon skirt optional • Pointe shoes - own choice • Black footless stockings (contemporary class) • Black studio 7 leotard for Assessments
• White leotard and black tights or black unitard • Black or white canvas ballet shoes
All students are required to be neat and tidy all the time with their hair in a bun with no wispy bits. 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 available to for purchase at the studio office.
Jackets - $95, Pants - $65, Studio t-shirts - $40.
CONCERTS & PRESENTATION DAYS
The studio holds both a Mid Year Showcase Display and End Of Year Gala 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.
A professional studio photo day is held close to the end of year 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 performances and mid-year showcase displays.
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.
Students wishing to complete R.A.D examinations will do so at the discretion of the teacher. Workshops for exam preparation 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.
2022 exam dates will depend on the RAD's schedule. 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. 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. Students should take a second copy of their music to all eisteddfod performances as a backup. Students are encouraged to have their music on a device 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 of 2022 we have implemented an Eisteddfod fee to all students participating in group eisteddfod performances. The cost of this fee will determine the cost of group entry and divided equally among the students. This fee will be invoiced.
Full-time Classical Ballet students will be working towards the following competitions.
January - Australasian Ballet Challenge (Wodonga)
February - Australian Classical Challenge
March - Isobel Anderson Awards
March - ADC/IBC Florida
March - Brisbane International Ballet Grand Prix
April - Alana Haines Australasian Awards (New Zealand)
May/June - Brisbane Performing Arts Challenge
June - Australian Ballet Scholarship Awards
July - McDonalds Ballet Scholarship
October - Beijing International Ballet Competition
October - Youth American Grand Prix
Amongst other events.
As a member of an elite program, students are to make themselves available for all rehearsals and performances.
Students enrolling in the Full- time Classical Ballet Course have the option of continuing academics through various institutions. It is highly recommended that students take into consideration the extra time needed to complete academics along their dance studies. Students at Premiere Studios are currently continuing their academics through the following distance education programs.
Cairns School of Distance Education
Sydney Distance Education Highschool
Each school comes with different fees and enrolment criteria. It is strongly recommended that you discuss your options with the Premiere staff before enrolling in a school. Premiere Studios will provide supervision through the full-time course at no additional cost. It is recommended that you keep communication between parents and staff in regards to the progress of the students academics. Students requiring tutoring should do so in their own time.
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.
Applications close February 1st 2022.
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 accomodation 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.