The StAC Ballet Academy offers classical training for new and experienced dancers from Pre-School to Middle School and beyond - focusing on technique, musicality and the joy of performance.
Introducing Artistic Director and Tutor - Dr Carolyn Cairns
Artistic Director and tutor, Dr Cairns, trained under Lorraine Peters (QSM) and Russell Kerr (ONZM) in Classical Ballet (RAD, BBO), Modern Jazz (NZAMD), and Character and National (ISTD). She danced with Southern Ballet, its companies and Dance Arts, winning numerous awards including a student guest scholarship to the New Zealand School of Dance. She was the Ballet Mistress for Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. and has undertaken management, teaching and stage production responsibilities with Southern Ballet Theatre and School.
Dr Cairns is also a qualified high school and special education teacher (B.Sc, DipEd, M.Ed), who has worked in both Australia and the USA. Returning to New Zealand, she achieved her Doctorate in Education specialising in understanding the expert practice of teaching ballet and worked closely with international ballet masters within the RNZB and Australian Ballet. She also works as a ballet critic and article writer for DANZ Quarterly.
StAC Ballet Programme
The StAC Ballet Academy is run exclusively for students of St Andrew's College. Students are placed into ballet grades based on year groups, and each grade takes one technique class per week during the school day. Year 3 and above take a second lunchtime class each week - focusing on performance choreography.
All students undertake an annual exam in Term 3 and enjoy the experience of performing in the annual ballet production during Term 4.
New dancers who join later in the program, with no or limited ballet experience, are supported with an additional Beginners class. This introduces the basics of ballet, allowing these students to quickly catch up with their peers. Offered in Term 1 only, this class provides a solid and safe head start to their training (taken in conjuction with their grade level classes).
The 2014 timetable is available for reference in the sidebar. The 2015 timetable will be available in January.
"Ballet lessons are always fun and enjoyable! I love being in the end-of-year production too!" – Tehya
"Dr Cairns is a fun teacher. She never shouts and has helped me obtain 'Gold with Excellence' in my ballet exams two years in a row. I hope to get another one this year!" – Maya
"Dr Cairns is a really brilliant teacher. Thanks to her, I have now started Pointe Classes...which is every ballerina's dream!" – Shea
"Holly cannot wait to get back to school next week, so she can start ballet again….. thats all she talks about! Thanks once again for all your hard work and the end of year show." - Mother of Holly
"Brier will love to continue your classes, it's one of the highlights to her week during term time." - Mother of Brier, pre-school dance student
Two Pointe Classes are offered - Beginner and Intermediate - with entry available to any experienced dancer (training with the Academy or elsewhere). Beginner Pointe introduces the art of pointe work – starting with strengthening and development of correct technique. Intermediate Pointe continues strengthening, with advanced barre and centre work.
Pre-school Beginners Dance
A 30 minute per week fun-filled class to encourage imagination through creative and expressive movement. Using favourite songs and colourful props this class helps develop self-confidence, co-ordination and musical awareness. It also introduces the ballet basics to those planning on entering the junior petite ballet programme.
Preparatory School Ballet Scholarship
Two scholarships are offered, a junior one for students aged 7-9 years and a senior one for students aged 10 and over, each receiving a 50% reduction on ballet term fees for the year obtained. For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To enrol in the StAC Ballet Academy, please complete the registration form on the sidebar, or for further enquiries please email email@example.com.