Kate is a wonderful teacher….My daughter blossomed as a dancer with confidence, a strong mind set, artistry and a pure enjoyment of the art form.  During the 7 years Kate prepared her I saw her mentorship and dedication for all her students pursuing their dance pathways.

– Parent of former student, now a senior student at The Australian Ballet School. 

Classical Technique

A strong technical foundation is a must for serious dancers, and the mastery of the body begins with the right mindset. Dancers who embrace a disciplined approach to their training in the younger years will ultimately be the ones capable of attaining true freedom of expression – artistry – as senior students.  Together, we will work to strengthen all areas of your fundamental ballet technique  from the ground up, so that down the track as a senior, your technique will eventually become second-nature and you’ll be able to focus on enjoyment,  and an artistic performance.

Pre-Pointe

A dancer’s first pair of pointe shoes is a rite of passage, and is a very exciting milestone!  A thoughtful and unhurried preparation will ensure that you can feel confident, dance safely and look beautiful once you eventually get en pointe.  An intelligent dancer never rushes her pre-pointe training because she knows that the stronger she is before she gets up there, the more likely she will stand out for all the right reasons!  In fact, those who take the time to truly master their pre-pointe exercises will often quickly overtake their peers once their teacher gives them the green light to start.  So think about impressing your teacher with your patience, perseverance and diligence, and really earning those shoes…Your dancing will thank you for it in the long run! 

Ballet

Variations

Want to learn a variation for enjoyment, comps or performance? These short showpieces from the classical repertoire are the standard by which all serious dancers are judged. Although very short – usually under two minutes – variations require killer technique and many months of rehearsal to achieve a respectable standard!  But they are also great fun, with delightful music, challenging steps and will really extend you as a dancer.  Variations can be taught on flat or en pointe depending on each dancer and generally suit students of intermediate to advanced levels. 

Floor Barre

In Russia, all ballet dancers practise floor barre, an invaluable tool to have up your sleeve. Consider it cross-training for ballet class!  Benefits are numerous: It’s the easiest way for students of all ages to learn to feel exactly what their bodies are doing due to the immediate feedback from the floor.  It helps develop posture and strength in the whole body, correct the foot and ankle alignment, and trains musicality and co-ordination.  Miss Kate has developed a challenging floor barre program set to music, which has greatly assisted both the technical development of many of her students as well as bringing visible results through sculpting the musculature into the required classical form.

Limber

Weren’t born with natural flexibility? Stretching every day but getting nowhere? With the right stretching techniques, you can substantially improve your flexibility!  Many young dancers use ineffective techniques and become needlessly discouraged because no-one has shown them how to stretch properly.  Everyone can improve their flexibility with right mindset and a little know-how.  

Body Conditioning

Build deep strength from the inside out. Drawing on many years of Pilates study and practise, I will teach you to connect the breath to the body, engage your deep core and develop true control by activating the right muscles. You can expect to feel improvements in your mind-body connection, strength, alignment and muscle tone. I still practise today many of the exercises that I learned as a young dancer – you’re never too old and they are like a daily dose of medicine for the muscles!

Musicality

Are you finding it hard to hear the beat? Tired of hearing your teacher say that you’re dancing out of time? Maybe you lack an inner confidence in your dancing because no-one’s taken the time to explain ballet class music to you? We can work together so you feel confident counting your intro’s, identifying time signatures and counting out your exercises like a pro. Feeling confident with musicality will allow you to dance in the front line with confidence, knowing you are always “on top” of the beat!

Professional Advice

Do you need assistance planning your child’s pathways in dance? For those parents without a dance background, navigating career options in the ballet world can be overwhelming.  It’s important to have access to independent, professional advice from an experienced teacher who knows the ins and outs of the industry so that you & your child can make an informed decision regarding training regimens and next steps.  Professional Advice consultations may be used to explore in detail the student’s suitability for a dance career (physical/mental/emotional), devise elite training schedules, discuss audition procedures & strategies and inform you about important considerations in your child’s next step.  It is recommended that you write down any questions that you may have & email them ahead so that I can consider prior to our meeting.    

It’s an honour to guide my students & their parents.  I regularly mentor former students, offering support and encouragement to each young person as they find their nïche in the world,  whether that is within the wonderful world of dance or elsewhere.

Exam Preparation

A student’s confidence and potential examination results can be significantly improved by private coaching!  Kate is very experienced in preparing & entering students for examinations with the Ballet Conservatoire and the International Character Dance syllabi.  She has entered hundreds of students for exams, with many achieving High Distinctions.  An examination is ultimately a performance from the moment you walk in the door.  All areas of examination procedure and performance should be rehearsed, such as memorisation of the examination exercises, exit/entrance, greeting the examiner, general etiquette, theory work & French terminology.   Artistic development and technical precision are key to an impressive performance. 

Body Conditioning

Build deep strength from the inside out. Drawing on many years of Pilates study and practise, I will teach you to connect the breath to the body, engage your deep core and develop true control by activating the right muscles. You can expect to feel improvements in your mind-body connection, strength, alignment and muscle tone. I still practise today many of the exercises that I learned as a young dancer – you’re never too old and they are like a daily dose of medicine for the muscles!

Classical Technique

A strong technical foundation is a must for serious dancers, and the mastery of the body begins with the right mindset. Dancers who embrace a disciplined approach to their training in the younger years will ultimately be the ones capable of attaining true freedom of expression – artistry – as senior students.  Together, we will work to strengthen all areas of your fundamental ballet technique  from the ground up, so that down the track as a senior, your technique will eventually become second-nature and you’ll be able to focus on enjoyment,  and an artistic performance.

Exam Preparation

A student’s potential examination results can be significantly improved by a little private coaching!  Kate is very experienced in preparing & entering students for examinations with the Ballet Conservatoire and the International Character Dance syllabi.  She has entered hundreds of students for exams, with many achieving High Distinctions.  An examination is, ultimately, a performance from the moment you walk in the door.  All areas of examination procedure and performance should be rehearsed, such as memorisation of the examination exercises, exit/entrance, greeting the examiner, general etiquette, theory work & French terminology.   Artistic development and technical precision are key to an impressive performance.   

Floor Barre

In Russia, all ballet dancers practise floor barre, an invaluable tool to have up your sleeve. Consider it cross-training for ballet class!  Benefits are numerous: It’s the easiest way for students of all ages to learn to feel exactly what their bodies are doing due to the immediate feedback from the floor.  It helps develop posture and strength in the whole body, correct the foot and ankle alignment, and trains musicality and co-ordination.  Miss Kate has developed a challenging floor barre program set to music, which has greatly assisted both the technical development of many of her students as well as bringing visible results through sculpting the musculature into the required classical form.

Limber

Weren’t born with natural flexibility? Stretching every day but getting nowhere? With the right stretching techniques, you can substantially improve your flexibility!  Many young dancers use ineffective techniques and become needlessly discouraged because no-one has shown them how to stretch properly.  Everyone can improve their flexibility with right mindset and a little know-how.  

Musicality

Technique in Ballet and dance Are you finding it hard to hear the beat? Tired of hearing your teacher say that you’re dancing out of time? Maybe you lack an inner confidence in your dancing because no-one’s taken the time to explain ballet class music to you? We can work together so you feel confident counting your intro’s, identifying time signatures and counting out your exercises like a pro. Feeling confident with musicality will allow you to dance in the front line with confidence, knowing you are always “on top” of the beat!

Pre - Pointe

A dancer’s first pair of pointe shoes is a rite of passage, and is a very exciting milestone!  A thoughtful and unhurried preparation will ensure that you can feel confident, dance safely and look beautiful once you eventually get en pointe.  An intelligent dancer never rushes her pre-pointe training because she knows that the stronger she is before she gets up there, the more likely she will stand out for all the right reasons!  In fact, those who take the time to truly master their pre-pointe exercises will often quickly overtake their peers once their teacher gives them the green light to start.  So think about impressing your teacher with your patience, perseverance and diligence, and really earning those shoes…Your dancing will thank you for it in the long run! 

Professional Advice

Professional Advice for Ballet and Dance students Do you need assistance planning your child’s pathways in dance? For those parents without a dance background, navigating career options in the ballet world can be overwhelming.  It’s important to have access to independent, professional advice from an experienced teacher who knows the ins and outs of the industry so that you & your child can make an informed decision regarding training regimens and next steps.  Professional Advice consultations may be used to explore in detail the student’s suitability for a dance career (physical/mental/emotional), devise elite training schedules, discuss audition procedures & strategies and inform you about important considerations in your child’s next step.  It is recommended that you write down any questions that you may have & email them ahead so that I can consider prior to our meeting.    

It’s an honour to guide my students & their parents.  I regularly mentor former students, offering support and encouragement to each young person as they find their nïche in the world,  whether that is within the wonderful world of dance or elsewhere.

Variations

Dance Variations Want to learn a variation for enjoyment, comps or performance? These short showpieces from the classical repertoire are the standard by which all serious dancers are judged. Although very short – usually under two minutes – variations require killer technique and many months of rehearsal to achieve a respectable standard!  But they are also great fun, with delightful music, challenging steps and will really extend you as a dancer.  Variations can be taught on flat or en pointe depending on each dancer and generally suit students of intermediate to advanced levels. 

Thanks to Kate, our daughter received the highest quality teaching in classical ballet. We will always be forever thankful to Kate’s professional approach to teaching her craft. Her students, including our daughter have gone on to Europe to continue further ballet training. 

 

– Parents of pre-professional student

 

Kate is the most inspiring, beautiful ballet instructor – I highly recommend, she’s kind, encouraging, and has studied and worked extensively internationally. My son adores her totally (and her amazing cat!)

 

– Annalisa, colleague