Engage: The Studios

Brian Carbee in Stretch class

Dance Mythbusters

05 September 2017

In today’s blog, our teachers give their insight into some of the popular myths about stretching and strength training for dancers, based on their own experience. Brian Carbee, Stretch and Barre Body Workout Teacher:  Myth: Your muscles stretch  “Stretching is a misnomer – flexibility training… Read more

Woman in contemporary dance class

3 Reasons Why Dance is Good for Your Brain

01 August 2017

The physical benefits of dance are well-known. From increased flexibility to greater coordination, dancing does great things for your body. But dance also has many benefits for the brain. In this article, we highlight some of the reasons why you should dance to give your… Read more

Philippe Klaus accompanies Ballet class

Interview with Accompanist Philippe Klaus

13 July 2017

Did you know that our Level 1, 2 and 3 Ballet students enjoy live accompaniment in class? Working with live music helps dancers develop their musicality and artistry. We talk to pianist Philippe Klaus about how he began accompanying Ballet class and the challenges of… Read more

video camera

Our Favourite Dance Music Videos

27 June 2017

These school holidays, we’re offering a NEW Dance Music Video Workshop for students from 12 – 16 years. To inspire young creatives, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite dance music videos, from Michael Jackson to Taylor Swift. What music videos would make it into your top… Read more

Natalie Ayton leads a dance workshop

Interview with Natalie Ayton

15 June 2017

For the first time, our popular School Holiday Workshops will cater for beginner dancers from 5 – 16 years. Natalie is one of the incredible teachers who will introduce young dancers to movement and encourage them to explore their own creativity. Natalie is an internationally… Read more

Theatre Jazz class

Daniel Dolling’s Musical Theatre Picks

31 May 2017

Our Theatre Jazz Teacher Daniel Dolling has curated a list of his favourite musical theatre routines of all time. He also shares his advice for students watching musical theatre who want to improve their own dancing. Daniel’s picks ‘I Hope I Get It’ from A Chorus Line… Read more

Dancers at the barre

Interview with Ian Castenetto

30 May 2017

In this interview, Ian discusses his love of Ballet and what students will learn in Introduction to Ballet 2 – his brand new short course beginning Saturday 3 June. 1. When and how did you start dancing? I started dancing after my sister told me I… Read more

Paul Cordeiro

Interview with Paul Cordeiro

24 May 2017

Paul Cordeiro didn’t begin his formal dance training until he was 23, but he instantly fell in love with the freedom and fluidity of Contemporary. Paul will be teaching Introduction to Contemporary 2 – a new short course beginning Sun 12 Nov that offers an extended learning… Read more

Emma Hawthorne

Mindfulness and Meditation with Emma Hawthorne: Part 2

26 April 2017

In the final part of this series, Emma Hawthorne discusses the difference between mindfulness and meditation. She shares her approach to meditation, and reflects on how yoga has helped her as a professional performer. Read Part 1  Whenever you sit to practice meditation, you are… Read more

Yoga at sunrise on the beach

Mindfulness and Meditation with Emma Hawthorne: Part 1

13 April 2017

In the first of our two-part series, Emma Hawthorne discusses how yoga, meditation and mindfulness have shaped her career and lifestyle. Like many of us, Emma began with yoga classes that focused on mastering the physical poses. It wasn’t until she began training as a… Read more