2017 SUMMER SCHOOL
Join us for a week of incredible classes with Australia’s Best Teachers.
Dates: 16th – 20th January, 2017
Suitable for 10+ to Pre-professional
Kirsty Martin – Australian Ballet School
David Mack – Sydney Dance Company
Early Bird offer: $50 off prior to 30th September, 2016
Book via: www.trybooking.com/MMRV
MEET OUR GUESTS
KIRSTY MARTIN – Australian Ballet School Ballet Instructor Level 4 and Level 6 Full Time Females
Kirsty train for three years at The Australian Ballet School, under the direction of Gailene Stock, before graduating in 1995. Kirsty joined the Australian Ballet Company in 1996, where she performed a wide range of classical ballet and contemporary works, before being promoted to soloist in 1998, and to senior artist in 1999. In 2000, Kirsty joined Nederland’s Dan’s Theater in Den Haag, where she worked with the renowned choreographer Jiri Kylian. She performed an extensive range of contemporary ballets, and worked with choreographers’ such as; Johan Inger, Jorma Elo, Paul Lightfoot and Ohad Naharin.
Kirsty returned to the Australian Ballet Company in 2002, and performed in the world premier season of Graeme Murphy’s ‘Swan Lake’, and the following year was promoted to Principle Artist. She performed most of the traditional classical ballets, as well as new works throughout her time as a dancer. Kirsty was awarded the prestigious Benois de la Danse award in 2009, and was invited to perform in Moscow at the Bolshoi Theatre. During my career Kirsty became a mother to two beautiful children, and resumed back to the stage each time, and continued for several years balancing a career and motherhood. She decided to retire in 2011, after having a successful and fulfilling career on the stage.
After some time away from dance, Kirsty has undertaken a teachers’ course (Graduate Diploma In Elite Dance Instruction- Australian Ballet School).
In 2013/2014 Kirsty was a part time ballet instructor at The Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS), and also The Victorian College of the Arts Tertiary. In 2015, She was offered a full time position at The Australian Ballet School and is currently enjoying her role as a ballet instructor to both Level six and four full time female students.
DAVID MACK – Guest Artist, Dancer, Teacher and Choreographer
David is one of Australia’s leading Dancers. Having trained at Victorian College of the Arts between 1998 and 2001, David joined Western Australian Ballet company in 2002. Performing many soloist role, David left WA to join the prestigious Rambert Dance Company as a principal and soloist in 2004. Adding to his extensive career David ventured overseas and as a principal guest artist for Pheonix Dance Theatre later guest teaching for them, Australian Dance Theatre and Norther School of Contemporary Dance. In 2009 David rejoined Western Australian Ballet performing numerous principal roles. In 2014 he joined Rafael Bonachela’s Sydney Dance Company, which lead to David being one of the Hero’s of the Lexus Into the Future Campaigns
This is an incredible opportunity for students to experience the unique style of Matthew Bourne’s choreography from the masters!
Date: Sunday 31st July, 2016
Time: 12pm – 2.30pm
Venue: National College of Dance – 151 Young Road Lambton (Crn Lloyd and Young)
Suitable: Students 14 Years to pre-professional
Cost: $50.00 per person
Principal Dancers Ashley Shaw and Adam Maskell from the prestigious Matthew Bourne Company, New Adventures will be in Newcastle on Sunday 31st July to present an incredible 2.5 hour workshop and Q&A.
Matthew Bourne is described as one of the world’s leading choreographers who style is unique, seamless and contemporary. This is an incredible opportunity to learn Matthew Bourne’s style from two of his principal dancers.
Ashley & Adam have spent the last 7 years with Matthew Bourne’s Company – New Adventures. Since 2010 they have been Principals and have performed a variety of roles around the world across different genres.
Ashley’s roles include Cinderella, Princess Sugar in The Nutcracker!, Lana in The Car Man, Kim Boggs in Edward Scissorhands and Aurora in Sleeping Beauty. In October she will play Victoria Page in Matthew’s World Premiere of The Red Shoes.
Adam’s roles include; Doppelganger in Dorian Gray, The Angelin Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Tony in Play Without Words and Carabosse/Caradoc in Sleeping Beauty. He has also performed in West End shows and at The National Theatre in London.
WORKSHOP WITH ACCLAIMED PRINCIPAL ARTIST
Tuesday 23rd May, 2016
Principal Artist Damian Smith of San Francisco Ballet Company will provide the students of the National College of Dance and intimate day of ballet class, questions and answers, partnering class and private lessons.
THE JUNCTION PUBLIC SCHOOL
SCHOOLS DANCE PROGRAM
Friday 20th May 2016
Presented by the National College of Dance Full Time program, the Schools Dance Program provide the opportunity of young primary school students to experience the world of ballet and contemporary dance at their school.
Students who have an interest in dance have the opportunity to watch the full time college students complete a warm up ballet barre, ask questions of the dancers and Artistic Director and then watch 3 competition pieces.
If your school is interested in having a schools dance program day. Please contact Vicki Morgan on 02 49529294.
ROSE WALTON MEMORIAL BENEFIT FUND
Sunday 5th June, 2016
DATE: SUNDAY 5TH JUNE, 2016 at 4.30pm
VENUE: St Phillips Christian College
TICKETS ON SALE: Monday 9th May via www.tickets.spcc.gov.nsw.au
The Rose Walton Memorial Benefit Fund proudly presents the National College of Dance and Junior Academy showcase concert. This showcase raises valuable funds each year for the Rose Fund which in turn reduces the cost of costumes and goes towards wonderful scholarship for students each year. The annual showcase concert displays a selection of the College and Academy’s outstanding competition and examination pieces as well as displaying the incredible choreographic talent of their creative team and teachers. This showcase is an afternoon for all family and friends to enjoy.
WINTER RAD WORKSHOP
20th – 24th June, 2016
DATES: 20th-24th June, 2016
The Winter RAD Workshop is designed for students who are studying the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus and will be completing their RAD exams this year.
Each grade has a 3 day x 1 hour workshop with RAD Examiner, Elise Frawley and the RAD qualified Teachers of the National College of Dance Junior Academy. In each class, Ms Frawley will take the students through their exam work with 2 Junior Academy teachers in the room assisting each individual student to achieve their best.
These 3 day x 1 hour workshops are excellent intense training needed to gain the confidence needed to walk into an examination at their best.
To enquire about prices and timetable please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
CLICK BELOW TO SEE OUR PAST EVENTS
- Past workshops
- 2016 Summer School
- Winter RAD W'shop
- Winter School
- BOYS ONLY
- Open Days
- 2015 Productions
GUEST WORKSHOP – GRAEME MURPHY AND JANET VERNON
The iconic Graeme Murphy and Janet Vernon will be visiting us on Monday 16th November to provide our College and Intensive Training Students with a private and exclusive workshop. Mr Murphy and Ms Vernon will offer 2 x 45 min workshops and will then remain to watch a “work in progress” for our incredible end of year production of Romeo and Juliet.
An amazing opportunity for our student to receive.
GUEST WORKSHOP – JOSEF BROWN.
11-15 years old.
Date: 21/22 September, 2015
We are always excited to offer our students the opportunity to be coached by outside guest teachers. In September, Josef Brown will be conducting a two day fun and intensive workshop concentrating on Classical, Contemporary, Drama and Stage Craft. Through his Masterclass Program, Josef has developed a broad range of techniques and artistry, building on student’s skills in contemporary, classical, drama and choreography. The program further provides time to engage with professional repertoire and for an in-depth Q&A with Josef.
Register by contacting National College of Dance reception on 02 49529294 to have a registration form emailed to you.
Click below to see brochure.
Josef has been part of the cast of the beloved TV drama Neighbours playing Matt Turner for over two years. He began his tuition at The McDonald College of the Arts in Sydney before continuing his training at The Australian Ballet School in Melbourne. Josef later accepted an offer to join The Australian Ballet Company where he became a Soloist. He left to join Modern Dans Toplulguu in Ankara, Turkey before returning to Australia to take up a contract with Sydney Dance Company.
He has choreographed and performed in musical theatre playing the male lead, Johnny Castle in, Dirty Dancing – the classic story on stage throughout Australia and New Zealand, in the record breaking West End, London production and throughout the United States as part of the pre-Broadway Tour.
He played Patrick on Series One of the Logie award winning ABC TV drama, Dance Academy, Auctus in Spartacus – Gods of the Arena (U.S Starz Network), established Cinemoves – a forum for dance and movement on screen and was a sitting member on the NSW Arts Council – Dance Board.
Bookings: please register with the National College of Dance on http://www.trybooking.com/152458 or complete the below registration form and email to email@example.com
Summer School Classes – a must of every dancer!!
Our Summer School increases in popularity every year, and is a must for students who have a passion for dance. This workshop continues to grow in reputation with many students travelling from around Australia to take part.
We invite the best guest artists from Australia and internationally to take part in the workshop with a program designed to expose students to professional dancers working in the industry and exceptional teachers who bring out the best in our students. Students leave the workshops feeling exhilarated, inspired and with a broader experience of dance and performance.
Student Eligibility: 10 years to Pre-professional level
Venue: National College of Dance
Dates: Week 1 – Monday 18th January to Friday 22rd January, 2016
Bookings: please register with the National College of Dance on http://www.trybooking.com/152458 or complete the below registration for and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
RAD WINTER INTENSIVE WORKSHOP
This workshop conducted prior to RAD exams, is a must for every student preparing for the exam. These workshops are run by our Associate Artistic Director and RAD Examiner, Elise Frawley and assisted by RAD Teachers – Julia Teasel, Isabelle Leonard, Jane Evans and Katherine Foote with accompanying Pianist – Jenny Pickering. Students receive three sessions of intensive revision of RAD classwork, with notes for individual improvement. It often provides the extra confidence needed for an excellent result in the exams.
During the winter school holidays, the National College of Dance conducts specialised workshops to further enhance the skills of Intermediate up to pre-professional dancers. Our workshop classes are available to students of the National College of Dance and Senior Academy Students. Students from external colleges who are studying at RAD Intermediate or equivalent up to pre-professional program are also invited to attend.
The workshop program runs over a 2 week period and includes:
9am to 10am: Stretch / Floor Barre
10am to 12pm: Full Classical Class
12.30pm to 3pm: Private Lessons – Solos
Costs: Week 1: $210 for 5 days full program // $150 for 5 days of open class and stretch/ floor barre (no solos)
Week 2: $210 for 5 days of full program // $168 for 4 days of full program (for students attending Macca’s class in Sydney)
Note: This program is compulsory for students of NCD and MWM who are competing in the McDonalds Scholarship.
Bookings: please register with the National College of Dance on 49529294.
EXCLUSIVE BOYS ONLY WORKSHOP
6 x 45 min classes commencing
WEDNESDAY 24th FEBRUARY, 2016
JOIN professional dancer JAKE BURDEN, in this fantastic 6 week program for budding young dancers.
The boys will use their muscles, leap and turn in this exclusively designed program in a boys only environment.
Dance has many additional benefits linked to other sports due to the strength, focus, co-ordination and multi-tasking associated with learning to dance.
AND…WHO DOESN’T LOVE SOMEONE WHO CAN DANCE?
Everyone thinks dance is cool. Seriously! Even if they pretend otherwise, they are secretly envious of your dance floor moves.
Encouraging boys to enjoy the many creative, social and emotional benefits of dance and giving them the confidence to openly enjoy dance, will give them a gift for life.
Enrol now by completing the form below and ticking the relevant class.
EVERY WEDNESDAY FOR 6 weeks commencing Wednesday 24th February
These workshops are based around beginners to some intermediate experience.
4.30pm – Boys aged 6-9 years old
5.15pm – Boys aged 10-13 years old
ONLY $90.00 per person for 6 week workshop.
What to wear? – Please come in comfortable shorts and a t-shirt.
What to Bring? – Bring a drink bottle and light snack.
Shoes? If you have some dance experience, you may have dance shoes you can wear, otherwise, sports socks are fine.
Who is Jake Burden?
Jake Burden from Bradford, West Yorkshire UK.
Jake commenced his training at The Hammond School for Dance at the age of 13. At 16 he went onto train at Elmhust School for Dance in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet. During his time as a student he danced with Birmingham Royal Ballet in Petrushka, Firebird, Beauty and the Beast and Concerto. He performed at Windsor Castle for HRH Prince Charles. At the end of his training Jake also appeared as a guest artist in Swan Lake for Boca Ballet Theatre in the USA.
After graduation he joined Magdeburg Ballett (Germany)
Where he danced Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, Troy Game,Graduation Ball, Giselle, Wuthering Heights, Manon, Cinderella, Tempus Fugit, Imagine and Heilig.
He then joined Leipzig Ballett (Germany) where he danced
Chaplin, Das Nebelungenlied, A Christmas Carol and Pax.
In 2014 Jake joined Singapore Dance Teatre and danced La Ventana,
Midnight Waltzes, Double Contrast, Schubert Symphony, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, 4Seasons, Bittersweet, Rubies, Allegro Brilliante, Theme and Variations, Fearful Symmetries, Zin, Don Quixote, Opus, The Winds of Zephyerus and Lambarena.
For one week each term we like to fling open the doors of our studio to friends, parents and all interested to watch our dancers train in a class environment.
Parents and guests are invited to visit and view classes, speak to the teachers and meet our administrative staff. We encourage all parents to attend at least one class throughout year so they get to see behind the scenes of a dance college or academy, and experience a day in the life of a dance student.
In addition, we also hold open days for visiting regional schools. Regional students get the opportunity to sit in on a pre-professional class and also receive open ballet classes conducted by the college teachers.
For information regarding the next open day, please email us on email@example.com or phone 02 49529294
Held at the fabulous St Phillips Christian College Theatre, our mid year showcase is an excellent way for parents and families to experience syllabus and competition pieces that the students have been working towards in their privates and group classes. It also provides an opportunity for students to have a dress rehearsal on stage in front of an audience with costumes, lights and sound.
Join us for an incredible night of dance, drama and music.
In this Triple Bill you will be delighted until the very end and be treated to the World Premiere of composer Prof. Matthew Hindson and Cyrus Meurant contemporary version of Romeo and Juliet performed by the Nexas Quartet.
Saturday 12th December at the Civic Theatre.
Ticket can be purchased online at
www.civictheatrenewcastle.com.au or www.ticketek.com.au
ACT 1 ‘PAQUITA’
The romantic classical ballet, ‘Paquita’ originally consisted of 2 acts and 3 scenes and was first performed by the Paris Opera Ballet in 1846. Marius Petipa reproduced it for the Imperial Ballet in St Petersburg in 1847. He later created additional choreography with extended music by Ludwig Minkus for his 1881 version.
The plot initially was based around young girl of oboe birth who was abducted as an infant by gypsies. She saves the live of a young French officer who has been targeted to be killed. Byway of a medallion, she finds she is of noble birth and is then able to marry the young officer. The plot was diluted however when in 1902 the ‘Paquita grand pas classique’ was added where all the leading ballerinas of the Mariinsky Theatre participated by performing their favourite solos from various ballets. Thus the tradition of including the entire suite of solos for various ballerinas began and it is the version we know today.
ACT 2 ‘AURORA’S WEDDING’
Act III of Sleeping Beauty (The Wedding)
One of the most popular of Act 3 in all ballets is the stunning Aurora’s Wedding.
You will rejoice in this beautiful and colourful adaption for the Junior Academy where a celebration of the marriage of Princess Aurora and her prince comes to life and is attended by the many fairytale characters of the time including the Jewel Fairies, Lilac Fairy, Carabosse, White Cats, The Floristans, Bluebirds, Little red Riding hoods and the Wolf, The Ivans and many others.
Act 3 ‘SHAKESPEARE DANCERS’
DON’T MISS THE WORLD PREMIER!
Live music, Original composition and original choreography.
A commissioned work by Arsmusica Australis and Patron Rev. Dr Arthur Bridge, world renowned composer Prof. Matthew Hindson and his colleague Mr Cyrus Meurant have composed a 35 minute contemporary Romeo and Juliet to the original choreography of Timothy Gordon, Debbie Ellis Linnert, Alfred Taahi and Zoe Jones. Live performance by the Nexas Quartet and Cyrus Meurant brings this piece to a new height.
See snippets of our rehearsals on our Facebook page.
See the footage of previous concerts in our News section.
MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO PERFORM!
We love holding concerts and the students love them too! Our concerts are renowned and highly professional with elements of live music, narration, creative projection and beautifully designed costumes. Each year we aim to enhance our productions by incorporating a new facet of production or theatre.
In 2015 we were excited to announce a triple bill performance for our end of year concert. Through our dedicated patron we have the opportunity to commission a unique piece of music for dance composed and performed live by Matthew Hindson and a small ensemble of musicians. This is an amazing opportunity for students to respond to choreography specific created to commissioned pieces. There is something very special about performing to an audience to live music. Check our news announcements for further information. See Showcase tab below for our mid year performances.
Each school holiday, we hold valuable and not to be missed workshops for students wishing to continue dancing through their term break. The workshops are always different with a host of visiting guest dancers, teachers and professional performers. These programs are delivered to expose our students to a range of diverse dancers and styles to challenge and excite students at every level.
One of the exciting benefits of the College and Academy is the diversity of workshops, performances and special events our students experience throughout the training year. All of these experiences are designed to enhance life long memories of dance and build long lasting friendships along the way.