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Published November 16th 2011
It's one thing when you sit in your comfortable seat and watch the ballet, but quite another if you're trying to practice it. Hard work, but it's so beautiful that those who engage in this beautiful dance often think it's worth it. In Sydney, you can learn how to do ballet dancing at various locations and at different levels. Whilst you might not be the next Anna Pavlova or Maya Plisetskaya, you are still able to get quite good and get a mean workout while you're at it.
If you're more interested for ballet classes for your kids, you might want to consider Big Steps Little Feet. There are classes for children aged between two and eight. Children from the age of six have the option of learning classical ballet. The classes at this academy are themed for the term and weekly. The example given on the website is "the sea" as a team theme, and "Mermaids, Sea Horses and Pirates" as a weekly theme. As well as keeping fit, your child can have a lot of fun at these classes. Classes start at $195 a term. There are also "Dance for Baby Feet" classes for babies and their carers, which are designed to promote nurture and support.
Studio Dance NSW provides dance classes for four days of the week – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. In addition to ballet, there are also jazz, tap, hip hop, singing, Zumba and pilates. This dance studio is located in Kings Park, Sydney. Everyone is welcome to join, kids from three through to adults. There is also a yearly concert and a concert photo day.
Bondi Junction's Expression Dance School offers a myriad dance styles, including classical ballet and you can actually get a free trial class if you choose casual drop-in classes. Otherwise, there are many different fee options such as the 5 Class 5 Week Pass at $75 per person, or the 10 week 10 Week Pass for $145 per person for adult classes. You can even have Expression Dance parties, which include your choice of theme.
If you're interested in Russian ballet, Anastasia's Russian Ballet School offers adult ballet classes on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 pm for beginners and 6:45pm on Wednesdays for intermediate. The studio is in Castlecrag, which is a fifteen minute bus trip from Wynyard. Private lessons and kids classes are also available. Anastasia was a pupil at the acclaimed Bolshoi School in Moscow and has had many principal roles and major performances in her time as a ballerina. She used to tour at the age of just sixteen and performed with the Russian State Ballet as well as the Bolshoi Theatre. For high quality ballet classes, you can't go wrong here.
As you can see, there are many options for those who want to learn ballet in Sydney. From the more creative and fun side of things, to the more serious and professional level – there is one thing which none of us can deny. Ballet is a beautiful, gracious and artistic dance. If only it was as easy as it looks.