Contact Developing Dancers Melbourne

Coaching FAQs

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Why coaching?

Ballet class is usually taken in groups, practising a common choreographed class.  However, different backgrounds, bodies, minds and motivations means that no two dancers are exactly alike and each requires supplementary training in a various areas to achieve & maintain the high standards that are 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. 

Why choose Developing Dancers?

Developing Dancers is recommended for serious students who are dedicated to developing their dancing.  Kate’s breadth of teaching experience and continued passion for dance comes across to her students, inspiring and motivating them to achieve new heights. Having lived & breathed ballet most of her life, Kate brings a wealth of personal & professional experience to her coaching.  Moving from Australia to train under the Russians in Germany at age 16, she soon developed 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.  Kate has now trained a great number of students from beginner through pre-professional level, seeing many accepted into professional academies in Australia, Europe, Canada & USA and still mentoring several today.  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.  

How does it work?

Developing Dancers is a private coaching service designed to compliment a dancer’s core training program.

Dancers should attend the full program required at their regular dance school, and book lessons with DD after-hours. For this reason, our lessons are currently offered on Sundays & weeknights. 

Consent from the Director of your regular dance school should be respectfully sought, where appropriate.    

Which ages is coaching suitable for?

Miss Kate specialises in teaching ages nine through pre-professional.  Occasionally, a younger child may be suitable if they are mature for their age, with good focus and the parental support necessary to practise in between lessons.

Can two dancers share a lesson?

Yes, it can sometimes it can be advantageous to share coaching sessions (semi-privates).  For example:

– Two students who work well together may benefit from sharing a 2h session regularly (rather than each having a 1h session)

– This way we can cover a greater variety of technical areas!

– With two students they will both still receive an extremely high level of personal attention

– Sometimes seeing a correction on another student makes all the difference!

At other times, students will get more benefit from learning alone.  If in doubt, please discuss with Miss Kate.

Attendance & Progression FAQs


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Must I attend every week?

Coaching is designed for dancers who are serious about improving, and consistency is key!  In most cases weekly lessons are recommended through the school terms. Intensive weeks may be booked during school holidays, or at other mutually convenient times. 

If faster progress is required, more intensive coaching may be recommended throughout the term and this can be discusses on a case-by-case basis.  

How long does it take to see results?

Improvements will start to be visible as soon as the dancer is able to comprehend, remember and apply corrections.  Small improvements can be almost instant for a dancer with a good mindset and can take a little longer for students who are yet to fully develop their concentration and memory.  Mastering more challenging techniques can take months or even years of strengthening.  All changes in technique first require a change in thought patterns, so a flexible mindset and good motivation will greatly assist the rate of improvement!  The dancer will be the first to notice the changes – perhaps a different feeling in their muscles or a clarity in their understanding – followed by their teacher, with an eagle eye for the smallest details, and eventually their family & audience – it is not unusual for parents to barely recognise their young dancer after 12 months of serious training!  Small improvements must continuously accumulate over many years to result in the flawless dancing that is expected at a professional level. 

Will you allow my child to go en pointe?

It is good to remember that even for the most talented child, it takes eight to twelve years of careful, consistent training to build a professional classical ballet dancer.  At DD we are not in the business of rushing children’s development and respectfully ask parents to honour our professional expertise when it comes to your child’s readiness to progress onto pointe, or any other aspect of their training.   The child’s long term development is our priority.

An intelligent dancer never rushes her pre-pointe training because she knows that the stronger she is before she goes en pointe, the more likely she will stand out for all the right reasons once she’s up there!   Spending the time whilst young to develop correct muscle recruitment, a healthy mindset, humility, determination and perseverance will stand dancers in better stead than pointe shoes and fouettés at age 10.  

Do you offer intensives?

Yes – during school holidays, or at other mutually convenient times.  Keep an eye on Miss Kate’s calendar to see any potential opportunities for school holiday intensives. For extra lessons during the term, please reach out to me directly to discuss. 

Venue, Bookings & Term Dates FAQs


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When & where is coaching held?

Our studio is located in Windsor and is easily accessible with public transport (1min walk to tram).  

Address details will be emailed to you prior to your lesson. 

All bookings are made through our online booking system where you can check Miss Kate’s availability.

How do I book?

Booking is fast & easy with our online booking system.  Just follow these simple steps! 

1. Select your session length (note – session length will remain the same all term). 

2. Select the date and time of you FIRST class (note – day and time of lesson will remain the same all term! Please make sure it suits).

3. Click REPEAT THIS BOOKING to reserve for the term ahead.

4. From the calendar, select the date of the LAST lesson of term. The system will now automatically select all the lessons throughout the term for you.

5. Confirm booking with 50% deposit, payable via credit card. 


What is the cost?

Coaching is priced at $100ph.

In some circumstances, it may be suitable to share lessons & cost with a friend (semi-privates). 

50% deposit is payable to reserve your lessons & the balance will be invoiced by email. 

What are your term dates?

Term Dates 2020-2021

Term 3:  Mon 3 August – Sun 20 September

Vaganova Intensive (Spring) – group & private sessions: Mon 28 September – Fri 2 October

Term 4: Mon 5 October – Sun 20 December

Vaganova Intensive (Summer) – group & private sessions: Mon 4 – Fri 8 January 2021

How do I pay?

50% deposit is payable by credit card through our online booking system & Stripe.

The balance will be invoiced by email and can be paid by Stripe or EFT.   

Please email us proof of payment before your first class of the term.

Can I have Zoom lessons?

Yes, lessons can be taught over Zoom.  Please book using the usual process, and then send a note to let me know.

Get in Touch

PO Box 477
South Yarra, VIC 3141

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