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Welcome to Developing Dancers Melbourne (DDM), a boutique classical ballet and movement studio located in the heart of Windsor, Melbourne.  The studio is run by Kate Reilly, founder and former Artistic Director of the Melbourne School of Classical Dance.  Now teaching independently, Kate is excited to open up her private lesson diary to the public for the first time in over twelve years.  Perfect for busy ballet students seeking supplementary private training, as well as adults of all ages looking to improve vitality and fitness through gentle body conditioning work or traditional ballet class. Easy online booking available for Zoom lessons, with the option for in-person lessons once restrictions lift.  

Whether you seek to improve your ballet technique or gain fitness and vitality, Kate’s breadth of teaching experience combined with an infectious passion for dance and movement inspires and motivates students of all ages to strive for improvement. 

Young Dancers

Having lived & breathed dance most of her life, Kate brings a wealth of personal & professional experience to her coaching.  A move to Germany at age 16 to train under the Russians at the acclaimed John Cranko-School, led to a deep respect and appreciation for world-renowned Vaganova method of ballet teaching and a determination to make this method accessible to her future students.  In her 12 years as Artistic Director of the Melbourne School of Classical Dance, Kate trained numerous students from beginner through pre-professional level, seeing many accepted into professional academies around the world.  She takes a highly intuitive approach based on over fourteen years of teaching, closely monitoring her students’ progress and adjusting course as necessary.  With genuine care, technical expertise and an inspirational manner, you can be assured that your child will be in capable & caring hands.  

Adult Ballet & Wellbeing

Ballet exercises can relieve pain, improve circulation and bring a new lease on life at any age!  A huge repertoire of body conditioning exercises and stretches, normally only taught to dancers, may significantly improve the mobility and wellbeing of men and women of all ages with regular practice.  The exercises can be very gentle and slow, thus suited to even the most fitness-challenged individuals.  If a traditional ballet barre is more your thing, we can work on that too! 

Method

Kate specialises in the Russian Vaganova method of classical ballet and is certified with the Ballet Conservatoire and International Character Dance examination syllabi.  Combined with decades of experience in human movement, Pilates, body conditioning and stretching. 

Devised by Christine Walsh AM, The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet’s 12 year program is designed to suit the needs of all classical ballet students who are unable to take full-time dance training from an early age. The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet training and assessment program emphasises correct placement, dynamics and performing quality which are all qualities inherent in the Vaganova method. 

“Natural talents are great, but they don’t appear often enough to fill our theatres with good dancers. There has to be a method… ” – Gabriela Darvish on the Russian method.

Benefits of Private Coaching 

Different backgrounds, bodies, minds and motivations means that no two dancers are alike and each will benefit from supplementary training in various areas to help achieve & maintain the high standards expected of dancers today.  Through personalised coaching, dancers can work on all sorts of personal goals such as exam preparation, toning the physique, perfecting technique, gaining flexibility, improving musicality, preparing for pointe-work etc.  They also benefit enormously from having the watchful eye of an experienced teacher focusing 100% on them.  No matter where you’re at with your dance journey, personal classical coaching can help you to reach new heights. 

Welcome

Welcome to Developing Dancers Melbourne (DDM), a boutique classical ballet and movement studio located in the heart of Windsor, Melbourne.  The studio is run by Kate Reilly, founder and former Artistic Director of the Melbourne School of Classical Dance.  Now teaching independently, Kate is excited to open up her private lesson diary to the public for the first time in over twelve years.  Perfect for busy ballet students seeking supplementary private training in the Russian Vaganova method, as well as adults of all ages looking to improve vitality and fitness through gentle body conditioning work or traditional ballet class. Currently via Zoom with the option for in-person lessons in Windsor once restrictions lift. 

Young Dancers

Having lived & breathed dance most of her life, Kate brings a wealth of personal & professional experience to pass on to young dancers.  A move to Germany at age 16 to train under the Russians at the acclaimed John Cranko-School, led to a deep respect and appreciation for world-renowned Vaganova method and a commitment to make this method accessible to her future students.  In her 12 years as Artistic Director of the Melbourne School of Classical Dance, Kate trained numerous students from beginner through pre-professional level, seeing many accepted into professional academies around the world.  She takes a highly intuitive approach based on over fourteen years of teaching, closely monitoring her students’ progress and adjusting course as necessary.  With genuine care, technical expertise and an inspirational manner, young dancers will be in capable & caring hands.  

Adult Ballet & Wellbeing

Dance-based exercises may relieve pain, improve circulation and bring a new lease on life at any age!  A huge repertoire of body conditioning exercises and stretches, normally only taught to dancers, may significantly improve the mobility and wellbeing of men and women of all ages with regular practice.  The exercises can start very gently, thus suited to even the most fitness-challenged individuals. And, if a traditional ballet class is more your thing, we can work on that too!

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Kate is without a doubt the reason why my daughter is where she is today in her ballet journey. The quality of training and knowledge she received as a young ballet student was outstanding. Kate‘s intuition coupled with an ability to connect with her ballet students was an honour to observe. The ballet intelligence Kate bestowed upon my daughter was and is still evident today, she made her mark on her that is for certain. I am eternally grateful to Kate for guiding my daughter to her future, she should be very proud.  

 

– Mother,  pre-professional student, now in graduate year at the Australian Ballet School.

Kate is wonderful teacher who is very experienced in training children of all ages in ballet with a strong foundation in Russian technique, artistry and Russian Character Dance.  My daughter started ballet with Kate when she was 5 years old and she blossomed as a dancer with confidence, a strong mind set, technique, artistry and a pure enjoyment of the art form.  During the 7 years Kate prepared her and gave her many opportunities which led her to being accepted into the Australian Ballet School.  In those years I have seen her mentorship and dedication for all her students in pursuing their dance pathways. I am very grateful for all Kate has done for my daughter and its so lovely how she stays in touch and maintains a close friendship… just so special.  

 

– Mother, pre-professional student, now at The Australian Ballet School

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