Classes for adults ranging from beginners to advance ballet, contemporary dance and pilates. All classes are held at the West Australian Ballet Centre on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the school term.
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Our esteemed teachers include:
Perth-born Jacinta trained at the Terri Charelsworth School of Ballet and the Graduate College of Dance before graduating from the Academie de Danse Classique Princess Grace, Monte Carlo. Jacinta won a cash prize at the 'Prix de Lausanne' in 1991 in Lausanne Switzerland before taking a position with the Bern Stadttheater and Basler Ballet, Switzerland, where she danced the lead role in Sleeping Beauty created by Youri Vamos. After many years in Europe she returned home to join West Australian Ballet in 1995 where she danced for 11 years and worked with a wide range of choreographers and performed many soloist and principal roles. Jacinta was nominated as Outstanding Female Dancer in Le Corsaire Variations at the 2003 Australian Dance Awards. She also won the 2006 West Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Female Dancer. Jacinta retired in 2006 and apart from being a full time Mum she also teaches and coaches at WAAPA. She also guest teaches and examines for Checchetti ballet WA, Royal Academy of Dance and various other schools around Perth. Jacinta absolutely loves passing on her experience and love of dance to the students she teaches.
Donna commenced fulltime ballet training with the Australian Ballet School. After graduating with a diploma in ballet she began her professional career with West Australian Ballet under the direction of Barry Moreland. Donna danced with the company performing solo and principal roles in both ballet and contemporary productions in Perth and throughout Australia. After 4 years with the company she ventured overseas and obtained a contract with the Deutche Oper Berlin, (later the Berlin Ballet) in Germany under the direction firstly with Gertrude Reinholm and then with Peter Shaffaus. Here, she danced a variety of traditional classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Giselle, Les Sylphides, La Sylphides, Romeo and Juliet, Paquita, The Nutcracker, Firebird, Serenade and Symphony in C. The company also toured throughout Europe, the United Kingdom and Russia. In 1992 she returned to Australia to start a family, at which time she completed a Bachelor of Business degree at ECU as well as beginning to explore her teaching capabilities as a Ballet Teacher. In 1999 she was offered a casual position teaching ballet at the Academy of Performing Arts and she has been teaching there ever since. Presently she is core teacher for first year ballet students and more recently has extended her teaching of ballet to musical theatre students at WAAPA and fourth year Link students within the dance program.
Aimee Smith is an award winning choreographer and dance artist who has been creating, performing and collaborating on dance works in both Australia and overseas since graduating from WAAPA (Bachelor of Arts Honours 2004). Aimee’s works have been performed in Japan, Taiwan, India and Australia. Her choreographic works include Wintering (2012), Borderlines (2012), Accidental Monsters of Meaning (2011), Breakings (2010), Courageously Heroic Gallantry (2007), Refund Policy (2007), Alpha.Beta. (2006) and Press Play (2006). In 2007 she was named as the WA Dance award’s ‘Most Outstanding Emerging Artist’ and in 2011 she was nominated for ‘Most Outstanding Choreography’ for her work ‘Accidental Monster’s of Meaning’. Aimee has also been recognised as the ‘Most Interesting Australian Artist’ in the 2007 and 2010 Dance Australia Critic’s Survey. As a performer Aimee has worked with international choreographers Paul Gazzola (Berlin/ Australia), Didier Theron (France), engaged in short term developments with Melbourne-based choreographers Gideon Obarzanek (Chunky Move), Gerard Van Dyke (KAGE) and Phillip Adams (Balletlab), and continues to work with local WA choreographers including Sue Peacock, Bianca Martin and Sam Fox. Most recently Aimee has pursued her artistic practice and research through a Masters of Arts in Sustainability at Murdoch University WA, and through numerous international artist residencies including Taipei Artist Village, Taiwan (2011) and Kyoto Arts Centre, Japan (2012).
Upon graduating from WAAPA in 2005 Jacqui began performing in the UK for Neville Campbell and Densemble Contemporary Dance Company. Since returning to Perth in 2008 she has worked with Buzz Dance Theatre, Strut Dance and as mentor to Link Dance Company. Jacqui has also worked with independent choreographers and directors such as Sally Richardson, Danielle Micich, Brooke Leeder, Alice Lee Holland and Chrissie Parrott. In 2010 Jacqui was the winner of the Western Australian Dance Award for Emerging Artist as well as nominated for Best Performance by a female dancer for her role in Parrots Cyg.net.
More recently Jacqui was nominated for the 2012 Perth Fringe Emerging Artist award for Richardson’s Standing Bird. As an accredited Pilates instructor (Alianz Australia, Pilates School of WA) and dance teacher, Jacqui has taught for Buzz Dance Theatre, Strut Dance, WAAPA and Link Dance Company as well as various dance schools and high schools across Perth. Jacqui teaches a slow and controlled Pilates class with a strong focus on eliminating momentum using the core instead to control all aspects of movement, particularly the speed and fluidity.
Ballet for Beginners & Intermediate Ballet
Andries Weidemann is a South African born dancer, educator and choreographer. He worked as a principal dancer for several companies in Southern Africa and Europe and, during a distinguished career, received two FNB Vita Awards and two Niemann/van Rheede Awards for best male dancer. In 2001 he founded the South African Ballet Theatre School (later the School of Classical Ballet, SA) and served as advisor to the South African Ballet Theatre on its dance education prgrammes for disadvantaged children. He is a member of the faculty of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), guest teaches for the Royal Academy of Dance and the Cecchetti Society and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Australian Institute of Classical Dance (AICD) in WA.
As a choreographer, Andries has created original works for companies, festivals and schools and also creates stage movement for plays and operas. Previous engagements include executing choreography for the Rake's Progress at the State Theatre Centre of WA, choreography for several WA Opera productions, choreography for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), 2011, as well as freelance work in the Middle East.
As founding Director of the School of Classical Ballet, SA, Andries returns regularly to the State Theatre, Pretoria, to work with students of the school and also facilitates bi-annual dance tours to Australia.