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Our Philosophy

Yarra Valley Ballet believes that children experience optimal learning when their environment is safe, nurturing, team-oriented, and fun.

Our Children's Program covers the practical study of classical ballet and other forms of dance, but also includes lesson components that address:

  • Positive Self Attitude

  • Mindful Body Conditioning

  • Nutrition

  • Personal Goal Setting

  • Dance Theory & History

  • Professional Networking

  • Auditioning

  • Career Exploration and Planning

Classical ballet is the primary focus of our school, however we offer additional classes in complimentary styles including Jazz, Contemporary and National Character.

Secondary Students can elect to progressively advance their studies or pursue dance in a more recreational fashion.  Recreational dance is designed for students who wish to dance without the pressure of examinations, multiple classes per week, and/or a high pressure competitive environment.

YVB's Adult School fosters joy, creativity, collaboration, friendship and life-long learning.  We offer a professional, yet inclusive working environment, where you are encouraged to ‘check out’ of your everyday life and manifest a little you-time magic.  

Performance Opportunities

Dance is a Performing Art and we strive to give our students opportunities to shine during the year.  We provide a traditional theatre experience on a bi-annual basis, alongside community performances that encourage collaboration and adaptability.

Theatre Events

Each year we hold two theatre events.  Our first theatre event takes place at the end of Term 2 and is an informal theatre presentation.  Students are introduced and guided onto the stage, the curtain remains open throughout and lighting is simple and unrefined (ie, no blackouts).  The purpose of this event is to ease students into the feel of the theatre, build confidence and encourage positive anticipation for future performances.

Our second theatre event is a fully costumed, stage-lit, curtained and formal performance.  This event takes place towards the end of Term 4, in late November/early December.  This performance represents the culmination of the years work and is usually a highlight of the year for teachers and students alike.

Community Events

Students of Yarra Valley Ballet are lucky to perform annually at the Yarra Glen Christmas Carols.  This event takes place in mid-late December and is a casual, relaxed atmosphere - a bit of a last hurrah before we head into holidays.

We are also delighted to offer students the chance to perform at Park Lane Residential Aged Care Facility in Croydon, which takes place on the first Tuesday of every school holidays.

YVB continues to keep an eye out for performance opportunities and welcomes your input or invitation to perform at a public venue or event.

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Examinations

Yarra Valley Ballet offers formal external examinations through the Ballet Conservatoire (formerly known as the Australian Ballet Conservatoire). Website: http://www.acbaustralia.com.au

At the end of Term 1, teachers assess each students suitability for exams and provide a recommendation to the Leadership Team.  A number of factors are taken into consideration when assessing exam readiness and we will not recommend a student for exams unless we are confident the student will pass their exam.  It is our intention to set students up for success at all times.

In early Term 2, Parents/Guardians are provided with a written recommendation regarding exam readiness.  Thereafter, we encourage each family to make a decision regarding exam entry.

Exam registration and fees are due 2 months prior to the examination date.  Fees are non-refundable if a dancer changes their mind or is unable to complete their exam for any reason.

YVB agrees with and supports the process of Examination.  It is a wonderful opportunity for a dancer to receive objective feedback on their technical and artistic development.  It is also another performance opportunity.   Indeed, every class is a performance opportunity and you never know where a job offer will come from - it could come from a well performed class or well executed exam.

From one Dancer to another, never turn down the opportunity to perform!

"Being a Dancer will never end, because the lessons you learn in the studio stretch a lifetime."

 
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