The Australian Ballet School presents:

SUMMER SEASON 2018 – La Sylphide & Other Works

Enter a world of romance and refinement as The Australian Ballet School presents its highly anticipated end of year performance.

Featuring over 100 students, the program of classical and contemporary works will transport audiences to a realm of artistry and emotion. This season is the result of a year of exploration, learning and inspiring dedication by the talented students, and a unique experience not to be missed.

The Summer Showcase program features:

Wolfgang Dance, choreographed by Simon Dow using Mozart’s wonderful, well-loved first movement Allegro from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.

Waltz from Birthday Celebration, choreographed by Mark Annear, was created for The Australian Ballet School’s 40th Anniversary Gala in 2004 and highlights the flow and beauty of the classical ballet technique.

Heart Strings with choreography by Contemporary Teacher and Resident Choreographer, Margaret Wilson and performed by Level 6 students, is a suite of short dances, each with its own characteristics. The piece depicts “the group” and its dynamics whilst coinciding with one person’s search for identity and belonging.

La Sylphide, choreography after August Bournonville, is an adaptation of an 1832 French ballet of the same name. The original work showcased the technique of the great ballerina Maria Taglioni and announced a new Romantic era of dance.

In La Sylphide, the human realm of a small Scottish community – evoked by folk songs in Herman Løvenskiold’s score – meets a spiritual realm, with James, a classic Romantic hero, bewitched by a beautiful and otherworldly sylph.

The matinee performances have two additional pieces – Character Dance and Haydn Symphonywith After School students.

Character Dance choreography by Christine Vavladellis. Character class is an integral part of a dancer’s training and development. There are many examples of character dances within full length ballets, not to mention adaptations of character dances for ballet which include the national dances of Hungary, Russia, Poland, Italy and Spain; csárdás, mazurka, tarantella, flamenco, etc. Some of the obvious benefits of character dance training are the variety of different musical rhythms and syncopations, flexibility and strength, and stamina development.

Haydn Symphony choreography by Paul Knoblochis inspired by the music of Franz Joseph Haydn, considered the most prolific and prominent composer of the classical period. Driven by the dynamic melody of the score, Paul Knobloch found a way to replicate the music through movement, challenging the dancers to move faster, sharper and with great clarity, at times almost matching each note heard with a movement phrase or step.

Informed by meaningful history and motivated by the exciting possibilities of the future of dance in Australia and abroad, The Australian Ballet School is committed to achieving exceptional student outcomes to produce dancers of the highest calibre for their parent company, The Australian Ballet and companies around the world.

In a unique, nurturing culture that embraces creativity, artistic expression and passion, the School continues to advance the art of ballet, produce dancers with a distinctive Australian style, balancing technique and artistry with educational needs and holistic care, training teachers and developing the artistic leaders of the future.



  • 7.30pm  Friday 7 December
  • 1.30pm Saturday 8 December
  • 7.30pm Saturday 8 December


  • Arts Centre Melbourne Playhouse – 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne


The Academy of Performing Arts, Macarthur is a centre of enjoyment and excellence for students to gain a love and appreciation of the performing arts.

Pauline Hincks, founder and director of The Academy of Performing Arts, Macarthur and her amazing team of talented and extensively qualified teachers, have been introducing and developing children from all ages, abilities and gender to a world of fun and excitement, through music, dance and performing arts for many years.
The Academy of Performing Arts Macarthur is a place where dancers can have fun, feel welcomed and learn performing arts whilst making new friendships.

Have fun, feel welcomed and learn performing arts whilst making new friendships

The Academy’s caring teachers provide children with inclusivity as they welcome and encourage all levels of ability, where each student can experience the magic of stage and performing arts in an inspiring and supportive environment.
It is this support and encouragement that has seen Pauline bring happiness through her teachings for 50 years. This heritage extends to second and third generation families coming back to the studio to learn the art of dance.
Parents can rest assured that their children will receive fun and inspiring classes, whether attending as a hobby, to make friends or wanting to train to a professional level.

Students learn awareness of their bodies and encourage positive development by promoting healthy mind, body and spirit.

The Academy encourages students to express themselves and their individuality through dance. They provide a healthy, enjoyable and professional environment in which students build confidence and self-esteem, creativity and develop as individuals. Students learn awareness of their bodies and encourage positive development by promoting healthy mind, body and spirit.

APAM believes that students always learn best when they enjoy what they do. Therefore, through positive encouragement students can create idyllic childhood memories. Thanks to their caring teachers who create fun classes to ensure everyone can share the love of dance.


Creating the future generations of performing arts audiences

The Academy of Performing Arts, Macarthur provides every student the opportunity to enter the magical world of stage and performance through their annual concerts, where they showcase their talents with age appropriate music and modest costumes.

As a result of The Academy’s philosophy and values, they have produced some amazing professional dancers who have been offered positions within the Australian Ballet School, the Australian Ballet School junior interstate program, the Boston Ballet School just to name a few plus a growing number of professional contracts with dance companies both in Australia and overseas including Moulin Rouge Paris and Disneyland Tokyo.

The Academy of Performing Arts Macarthur, is nurturing a community where students come together to share the love of dance and in turn they are creating the future generations of performing arts audiences.


Developing motor skills, confidence, co-ordination and rhythm as they are introduced to the magical world of dance

Classes at the studio run 6 days per week. Styles include, Ballet, Jazz, Modern Lyrical and Contemporary, Tap, Hip Hop, Singing, Piano, Theatre Arts and Drama, Pre-School and Pre-Primary Classes as well as their very popular mummy and me classes.

Morning classes are perfectly catered for the youngest age groups. They are music and dance classes focusing on fun, exploring movement through music and the use of props and the child’s imagination.

The Magic Rainbow for 18 months to 2 years and Wigglebugs for 2 to 3 years are the mummy and me classes but for the more independent 3-year-old they can join the Buzzy Bees class.

Children enjoy their favourite songs and with its exciting and entertaining activities, they develop their motor skills, confidence, co-ordination and rhythm as they are introduced to the magical world of dance.
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