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Ballet

Classical Ballet is characterised by a standard vocabulary of steps, poses, and graceful movements including pointed feet, rising, jumping, stretching and spinning. It is strengthening, disciplined and stylised. The class starts with exercises at the barre followed by work in the centre of the floor.

Ballet classes range from Beginner to Level 3. This class is for adults aged 16 and over.

Levels: BeginnerThis class is for adults aged 16 and over. A beginner level class for dancers in their first few years of Ballet.  In a friendly, relaxed and well-structured atmosphere practice the foundations of classical ballet including the positions, alignment, lines and co-ordination required for basic ballet.  The class starts with exercises at the barre followed by work in the centre of the floor. Ballet is perfect for improving core strength, posture, grace and muscle tone! If you have never practiced Ballet before, we strongly recommend you enrol in one of our Introduction to Ballet Short courses, click here for more details. Please discuss with your teacher if you feel you are ready to progress up to the next level. , Level 1 This class is for Adults aged 16 and over. This beginner/elementary class is aimed at participants with a good knowledge of basic ballet technique who wish to progress from our Ballet Beginner Level.  You should have a strong postural alignment and be ready to learn more complex steps and sequences. You will learn more advanced turning and jump combinations and begin to link steps together from the barre to the centre. Please discuss with your teacher if you feel you are ready to progress up to the next level. , Level 2This class if for Adults aged 16 and over. This intermediate class is for participants with a strong knowledge of Ballet technique or those ready to advance from Level 1.  Be challenged by longer and more complicated sequences at the barre and centre and gain confidence performing the more complex adage, pirouettes and jump combinations set for this level.  This class has live piano accompaniment. Please discuss with your teacher if you feel you are ready to progress up to the next level. , Level 3This class is for Adults aged 16 and over. This advanced class is a challenging and more advanced class for those really confident in their understanding of ballet technique and principles. Develop your ballet vocabulary, musicality and artistry. This class is suitable for students who have studied full-time ballet, students who have completed RAD Adv or similar syllabus, ballet teachers, and professional and ex-professional dancers. The class has live piano accompaniment. Introduction to Ballet CourseThis four-week introductory Ballet course will give you a basic but fundamental understanding of Classical Ballet technique. Ballet teacher Cathie Goss has developed this course especially for Sydney Dance Company. No experience required.

 

Sydney Dance Company Studios

Ultimo Studios
385 Wattle Street
Ultimo NSW 2007
Australia

Closest Train
Central station

On Foot
From Broadway, walk up Wattle Street on the left side of the road towards Wentworth Park. The Studios are located beside the service station on the corner of Kelly Street.

By Bus
Any bus travelling along Broadway. Disembark at the Buckland Street stop (if heading west) or the Mountain Street stop (if heading towards the city) and walk up Wattle Street to the Studios.  For updated timetable info click here.

By Car
Metered parking is available on surrounding streets, we suggest travelling by public transport where possible.

Footwear
Ballet shoes (e.g. canvas ballet flats) which can be purchased at our kiosk and retailers such as Bloch, Energetiks or Capezio or cotton socks for beginners.

Clothing
Non-restrictive and similar to something you would wear to the gym e.g. tights with over-skirt or shorts, lycra leggings, leotard and tights, sports top, singlet or t-shirt. It is better to wear something figure hugging for ballet. Track pants/long shorts and singlet or t-shirt for men.

What is Sydney Dance Company’s Drop-In Classses?
Sydney Dance Company offers dance and fitness classes which are open to the public for ages 16 and over.  The classes are for all levels, from absolute beginners to professionals. Classes are offered seven days a week in the morning, evening and on weekends.

Do I need to make a booking or reserve a spot in class?
You can schedule your classes in advance online, or you can buy your ticket at the reception desk on the day and attend a class as a walk-in customer. If the class is already booked out online, you may be asked to choose another class.

Even if you book online you will still need to sign in at our reception desk before going into class.  No ID is required, simply tell the reception team your name or mobile number and they will find you in the system.

Do you have membership?
Yes we do! We have a dance class membership which gives you unlimited access to all our adult open dance classes. But you don’t have to be a member. You can pre-purchase a single ticket or FlexiPack (6months) online and schedule your classes in advance, or you can purchase a ticket on the day in person at our reception desk.  FlexiPack (6 months) can be used for any class, at any time.

What is a swipe card?
When you purchase your first FlexiPack (6 months), we issue you with a Sydney Dance Company swipe card.  Swipe cards have our Sydney Dance Company logo on one side and a barcode on the other side. The barcode is unique to each student and identifies you in our system. When you come to take a class, with one swipe we can bring up your account details or sign you into class if you have classes in your account.

Can I purchase classes online?
Yes!  Tickets can be purchased in our online store or by using the Sydney Dance Company App.  Our reception team will look up your details and set you up with a swipe card when you come in for your first class (cards cannot be posted out).  If this is your first class and you don’t yet have a login, the system will prompt you to create one.

You can pre-pay for a casual ticket or a 5 or 10 FlexiPack (6 months) at a discounted rate. Flexi Packs (6 months) can be used for any class, at any time.

Please note that there are no refunds, exchanges or extension of expiry date.  All classes are non-transferrable and may not be used by another person.

How do I purchase class tickets in-person at the Sydney Dance Company Studios?
Please arrive at least 15 to 20 minutes prior to the start time of class in order to make a purchase at the reception desk. You can pay by cash, Eftpos or credit card (Visa or Mastercard).  We do not accept personal cheques.

Please note that there are no refunds, exchanges or extension of expiry date.  All classes are non-transferrable and may not be used by another person. Tickets are valid for 6 months from the date of purchase.  This 6-month period is inclusive of any public holidays or Christmas closures.

If I buy a FlexiPack (6 months), can I share the tickets with my partner or friend?
No.  FlexiPacks (6 months) can only be used by one person.  They are non-transferable and you cannot share them with another person.

Do you have terms or start dates?
Classes run continuously throughout the year.  We don’t have terms or start dates, so you can join in anytime!  Different routines are taught each week, so that new students are not left behind.

If I want to attend a class, what time do I arrive at the Sydney Dance Company Studios?
Our reception desk is open 30 minutes prior to the start time of each class.  Please make sure you arrive at least 10 – 15 minutes prior to the start time.

Even if you book online you will still need to sign in at our reception desk before going into class.  No ID is required, simply tell the reception team your name or mobile number and they will find you in the system.

What if I am late for class?
Students will not be admitted into class 15 minutes after the class start time. This is to ensure proper warm-up, reduce injuries and maintain class etiquette.

How do I know if a class is right for me?
Each class specifies a level indicating its relative difficulty. If you are concerned about the level, please begin with a lower level class as a warm-up and then try a higher level class the next time, if appropriate.

How long will it take me to progress to a higher level?
This is a difficult question to answer because everyone is different.  If you are feeling competent about the level you are currently undertaking and don’t find it challenging enough, then please have a chat with the teacher after class and ask them if you could potentially try a higher level class.

Do you have change rooms and showers?
Sydney Dance Company has male and female change rooms, hot showers and toilets. We do not have lockers.

What do I do with my belongings during class time?
Please take your sports bag or hand bag into the dance studio with you and place it against the side wall.

What do I wear?
There is no strict dress code at the studios, simply wear clothes you feel comfortable exercising in.  Each dance style requires slightly different footwear and clothing recommendations, see our dance styles section for more information here  https://www.sydneydancecompany.com/classes-and-courses/dance-styles/

How old do I have to be to take class?
You must be 16 years or older to take any Open Program dance class at Sydney Dance Company.  Unfortunately, there are no exceptions to this rule.

What is the average age of students in the class?
The majority of students in class are aged in their 20s and 30s, however all ages attend from 16 to 60!

Do you have classes for the elderly?
We offer a Seniors Class for ages 55+ on Thursdays at 12.30pm.  This class is $12 and teaches Jazz and Tap.  However, there are other classes offered by Sydney Dance Company that are also suitable for mature age students.  Please call our office on 02 9258 4818 for a recommendation.

Do you have performances or concerts?
No.  The Drop-In Classes classes do not offer performance opportunities.

For all other questions, please call 02 9258 4818.