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Welcome to Developing Dancers Melbourne (DDM), Melbourne’s leading private coaching studio for classical ballet and healthy movement, located the heart of Windsor and online. Private classes for ages 8 to 100.

My mission is to inspire and empower each student to recognise their own potential, and to support them with technical education, professional advice and ongoing mentorship to achieve their goals. – Kate Reilly

Private Classical Ballet Coaching 

Personalised Russian Vaganova ballet classes taught by Kate Reilly, to suit ages 8 to adult.

The perfect solution for after-hours ballet classes including Sundays, school holidays and public holidays when many other ballet schools are closed. Children/teen dancers – Late starters or injured dancers catch up, elite dancers get ahead. Train privately to improve technique or join like-minded students for holiday classes. Adults – all ages/fitness welcome!  Adult ballet improves wellbeing, either through through targeted body conditioning work or traditional ballet class. Easy online bookings available.

Having lived & breathed dance most of her life, Kate Reilly 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 also taught hundreds of adult ballet students, and wrote a specialised adult ballet curriculum. She takes a highly intuitive approach based on over fourteen years of teaching, closely monitoring her students’ progress and adjusting course as necessary.  Kate brings genuine care, technical expertise and an infectious passion for dance to her coaching, as well as postgraduate qualifications in ballet pedagogy and certification with the Ballet Conservatoire and International Character Dance examination syllabi.  

Personalised Coaching in Movement for Health & 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, usually only practised by dancers, may significantly improve the health and wellbeing of men and women of all ages.  Kate is currently studying a Masters of Occupational Therapy and has a special interest in improving health, wellbeing and quality of life through her decades of experience in ballet, human movement, Pilates, body conditioning and stretching. The exercises can be very gentle and slow, thus suited to even the most fitness-challenged individuals, and those experiencing various health conditions. 

Welcome

Welcome to Developing Dancers Melbourne (DDM), Melbourne’s leading classical ballet coaching service located the heart of Windsor.  Russian (Vaganova) lessons on-line, on-site & hybrid arrangements. The perfect solution for after-hours training including Sundays, school holidays and public holidays. Late starters catch up, elite dancers get ahead – and adults of all ages/fitness welcome!  Adult ballet improves wellbeing, either through through targeted body conditioning work or traditional ballet class. Easy online booking available for Zoom lessons, with the option for in-person or hybrid arrangements once lessons once restrictions lift.  

My mission is to inspire and empower each student to recognise their own potential, and to support them with technical education, professional advice and ongoing mentorship to achieve their goals. – Kate Reilly

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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