2018 NEWSLETTER

2018 NEWSLETTER

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WELCOME

A warm welcome to newcomers to the Goulburn Valley Academy of Ballet and welcome back to our families who are already part of our school.

I was once again so proud of the fantastic performances by our students which helped make our concerts last November truly memorable. It was wonderful to see how much the students have improved. Thank you once again to our teachers, students and parents for their efforts. We can now add the 2018 Concert on 24th and 25th November at Eastbank to our calendars and 18th & 21st November Dress Rehearsals.

DVDs of the 2017 Concert will hopefully be available mid-February.

 

SCHOLARSHIP

Congratulations to Harry Watson and Erin Hicks for being our scholarship winner and runner-up respectively. We can look forward to a solo from these dancers in our next concert.   Shakaya Nickson was a deserved winner of the Encouragement Award.

 

SUMMER NEWS

Nicola Coats, Sarah Tolliday and Dayna Williams had a great start to their dance year at the live-in Cecchetti Summer School at Melbourne University. They danced five classes each day and a choreographic workshop in the evening culminating in a concert on the last evening. Nicola had the opportunity to choreograph for a group of 30 students and did a fantastic job. A DVD was made of this, and it is amazing to see what the students achieved in five days. The students mixed with other dancers from all over Australia.

Congratulations to Paris Pellegrino, Gemma Cerasi, Taylor Parker and Ruby Shannon on gaining their VCE while keeping up their ballet and jazz classes and concert work. Well done!

 

COMMUNICATION

The gvballet.com website is now up and running again, so timetables, upcoming events, dates, notices and other information have been posted there. There are also photo galleries.

We would strongly encourage everyone to join Goulburn Valley Academy of Ballet on Facebook to keep up with ballet news and updates and see concert videos and pictures.

Text Melanie on 0407042098 to report absences.

Email Melanie stevemel8306@bigpond.com if you have any queries.

 

 

 

 

DANCE NUTRITION

All students need a healthy snack/ meal containing protein and water before class to help the brain and body work, to get the most out of their lessons.

 

UNIFORM

All our dance wear, shoes and uniforms can be bought at

‘Bella & Mim’ 85 Fryer St 58313287. They stock all hair accessories for a ballet bun too! Head bands/scrunchies are not needed. Target leotards are not acceptable for exams or concerts.

 

CLASSICAL

Beginner, Pre-Primary, Primary Uniform.

Pale pink cotton sleeveless leotard, pale pink circular skirt, ballet shoes with pink elastic (jiffies are not ballet shoes) and tights/ballet socks. In cooler weather, a crossover is needed.

Uniform is optional for dance play.

Skirts

Gr.1 to Adv. These students no longer hold their skirts out, so they require small neat skirts that just cover the leotard. (Student length not teacher length)

Grade 1( 1st & 2nd year)& Grade 2

Lilac leotard, crossover top, georgette wrap skirt, hair bow. Standard pink ballet tights & ballet shoes with elastic.

Grade 3 & 4 Uniform:

Cerise leotard, crossover & georgette wrap skirt, hair bow, Pink tights, & ballet shoes with ribbons for Gr.4 and elastic for Gr.3.

Grade 5 & 6 Uniform:

Aubergine leotard, georgette wrap skirt, hair bow, pink tights & ballet shoes with ribbons for exams.

Dance Spectrum, Intermediate, Advanced 1&2 Uniform:

Navy cotton lycra leotard, pink tights, body stocking & ballet shoes and pointe shoes, navy georgette wrap skirt.

Boys Uniform:

Navy /black tights or bike pants, white/black singlet/t-shirt, white/black socks, black/white ballet shoes.

 

JAZZ

Black leotard (sleeveless), Black bike shorts, leggings, or jazz pants (no skirts) & black jazz shoes. Jazz shoes (not Jazz sneakers) are needed for the concert.

  1. ALL CLOTHING WORN IN CLASS IS TO BE TIGHT FITTING TO HELP TEACHERS ENSURE STUDENTS POSTURE IS CORRECT.Classical students may wear their classical colour leotard in jazz classes.


 

 

HAIR

Classical Hair:

Styled off the face and in a bun at the back of the head. Teachers can demonstrate a bun if you ask or look it up on Youtube.

Jazz Hair:

Styled off the face and in a ponytail/bun to help with turns.

In hot weather, it is a good idea to wet hair before putting it in a bun or a ponytail. This method helps the pupils to keep cooler.

Open Week

Parents are not allowed to sit in on classes, as this distracts the pupils, who work better without the presence of parents. Families are welcome to attend open week which will be held at the end of the first term or early term 2 so that parents can see the progress of their children.

Exams

In some years classical students may be chosen by their teacher to take a ballet exam. Exams are not compulsory, but they do help motivate students. Examiners are supportive and positive. To be considered for exams students from Grade 2 and above will need to attend two ballet classes each week.

FEES

Please submit fees in an envelope marked with students name, class and amount. If you require a receipt, please state this on the envelope.

FEES ARE NOT REFUNDABLE.

Payment of fees can be by cash, cheque or direct deposit. Please state child’s name when paying direct deposit.

Bank a/c details: Goulburn Valley Academy of Ballet

BSB 063527

ACCOUNT No. 10106984                    

JAZZ: Price for students also doing classical classes……$60

Term Fees ( inc. G.S.T.)   approx 9 weeks per term

1st class per week………………..$120 per term

Grade 2,3,4,5 & 6 ( 2 lessons) $150

Sister/brothers ………………….. $5 discount.

Beginners/Interm Pointe……….. $35

Advanced Pointe…………………. $55

Senior Open Classical….$90 if doing syllabus classes $110 if it is the only class

Family maximum…………………………………$550

Term Dates for fees

Term 1. Mon 5th Feb to Thursday 29th March

(1st term fees will go until 21st April )

Term 2. Saturday 14th April to Friday 29th June

Term 3. Monday 16th July to Saturday 22nd September

Term 4. Monday 8th October to concert (24th& 25th November)

Classes will be held on all public holidays in term time.

Other important dates for the year will be on another note.

 

 

 

SUMMER SCHOOL 2017

Two of our ballet students enjoyed participating in the Cecchetti Summer School which is held at Ormond College Melbourne University.

This was a wonderful opportunity to work with other teachers and to mix with other dance enthusiasts from all over the world. This year Teagan Menhennet and Nicola Coats took up the opportunity. These two students had a great time and it was good to watch them perform well in the final concert performance.

 

CONTEMPORARY CLASSES

21/3/16
Contemporary classes are adding a new dimension to the dancing of our Senior Students this year. Contemporary works well in conjunction with other genres and adds to a dancers all round skill. We are lucky to have Emma Daniel to teach this fresh from her full time course.

NEW MIRRORS

13/3/16
Students are enjoying the beautiful new mirrors at ballet this week. The mirrors will help students check posture and technique for themselves.

William Carse Awards

28/2/16
There are a number of events conducted by Cecchetti Victoria which give students experience outside their own studio with other ballet students from across Victoria and this helps broaden the ballet experience of pupils. Today we had the William Carse awards at Jason Coleman’s expansive Ministry of Dance in Melbourne. Eliza Flanagan, Eliana Dipietro, Charlotte Collins, Teagan Menhennet and Nicola Coats made the trip and had an enjoyable day. Nicola is pictured with Reiko Hombo a ballerina from the Australian Ballet who shared judging duties with Athol Willoughby.

Cecchetti Society refresher

7/2/16

Tunya and I traveled to the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary (VCASS) in Melbourne today for the annual Cecchetti Society refresher. We saw classes taught by Colin Peasley and Megan Connelly from the Australian Ballet. We learned some adaptations to the syllabus. We also listened to a physiotherapist who spoke about readiness for pointe. All in all a very informative day.

BACK TO BALLET!

23/1/16

Classes start from Monday 1st of February

MELBOURNE UNI. SUMMER SCHOOL.

4/01/ 2013

We have 3 eager students at Ormond College Melbourne University attending the Cecchetti Society Summer School.

Holly Cranefield, Emily Bolton and Nicola Coats have all decided to attend this week long camp where they will have several classes each day from some highly reknowned dance teachers from throughout the country. The will no doubt enjoy mixing with others from around the country (and overseas) who share their love of dance.

Good luck girls!

MERRY CHRISTMAS

24/12/15

To everyone associated with the Goulburn Valley Academy of Ballet.
Best wishes for a fabulous and joyous Christmas.