Studios

Take a class at The Australian Ballet

Studios is our program of drop-in Ballet classes held in the studios at The Primrose Potter Australian Ballet Centre, Melbourne. With class levels for everyone and no class terms or lock-in contracts, they’re a hassle-free path to fitness, fun and focus.

The final Studios classes for 2018 will be on 21 December before we close for renovations. Studios will resume in July 2018, so check back on this page for updates.

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  • Studios shutdown information (December 2017 - July 2018)

    Are classes still running?

    Yes indeed! Classes are still running until Thursday 21 December 2017. All bookings for classes should be made via the Studios bookings page or the app (as per usual).


    What happens after 21 December 2017?

    Studios (at the Primrose Potter Australian Ballet Centre) will be closing down for renovation and will re-open in July 2018.

     

    What happens to my account/ remaining class passes?

    If you still have credit on your class pass on 21 December 2017, you will be able to redeem these classes when we reopen in 2018. They will be valid until November 2018. If you're still unsure about your class credits and expiry, you can login and check your balance under the 'my account' tab.

     

    Is that why you only have single class passes to purchase on your website?

    Yes, single class passes may be purchased until 21 December 2017 and when we re-open next year, all other pass options will be reinstated. 

     

    How will I know when Studios will be reopening?

    We will be in touch ahead of the relaunch date. If you currently receive emails from us about Studios, you don't need to do anything. If you don't currently receive emails from us, you can sign up to our enewletter and we will keep you updated on progress.

     

    I'm sad that Studios is closing down.

    Us too! But we promise new and improved facilities, a great selection of classes, the teachers who you love and admire, the pianists who bring their unique magic to the classes, the same easy to manage booking system and big welcome back hug in 2018.

     

    I still have more questions

    Please be in touch via this address customerservices@australianballet.com.au and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

     

    Thank you so much for joining us this year and we look forward to seeing you again in 2018.

  • Class Types

    Ballet

    In Ballet you’ll take class in the studios used by the dancers of The Australian Ballet, accompanied by live piano. Class will start at the barre and will progress slowly into exercises in the centre of the room (without a barre). Please also note that The Australian Ballet does not offer pointe work classes and that all Ballet and Repertoire Classes are designed for ballet flats only.

     

    Beginner – Adults over 18 years of age with zero or little ballet experience

    This class is for you if you have never done ballet before, or have only attended a small number of classes. This is a fun, step-by-step guide that will help to improve your posture, coordination and strength enabling you to move into one of our more advanced classes. To get a solid foundation we recommend you try one of our six-week beginner series. This course will teach you the fundamentals so that you can move up to one of our higher levels. 

    Level 1 – Adults over 18 years of age with limited ballet-class experience

    This class is for you if you have participated in ballet classes before and are familiar with the basic positions of the arms and feet. The main focus will be on developing your strength and coordination at the barre so that you can advance into centre work. Each week will build on the previous week to re-familiarise you with the basics of classical ballet.

    Level 2 – Adults over 18 years of age with previous ballet-class experience

    This class is for you if you have participated in a series of ballet classes recently and are confident with pliés, tendus, grand battements, ronds de jambs and pirouettes. Classes will focus on technique in a fun environment. Each week will build on the previous week and combine strength, correct body alignment, flexibility, coordination and rhythm.

    Level 3 – Adults over 18 years of age regularly attending ballet class

    This class is for you if you have a solid foundation in classical technique. Class will move at a quicker pace and include longer exercises in the centre. Musicality will be refined and you’ll be challenged to develop the lyricism of your dancing.

     

    Repertoire

    In our repertoire classes, you get to learn the most famous steps and sequences from the most loved ballets; think Swan Lake, La Bayadere, The Sleeping Beauty and Don Quixote. This is your chance to learn them directly from dancers who have performed the roles. You’ll be learning both the technique required to perform these steps but also the stagecraft involved in communicating the story to an audience.  It is a prerequisite that you have completed either a level two or three class on the evening you have booked.

    Please note:

    • Ballet shoes are recommended but socks are also suitable for all classes
    • No late admittance - please arrive at least 10 minutes before class
    • We recommend bringing a small towel and a water bottle

     

    Contemporary Ballet

    A modern take on a traditional ballet class, Contemporary Ballet concentrates more on individual expressiveness instead of the precision of movements. You’ll use classical ballet technique but will use a greater range of movement of the upper body as opposed to the defined body lines found in traditional, classical ballet. You’ll work through exercises at the barre, followed by exercises in the centre that develop and use a more fluid approach to dance; instead of ‘pulling up’ as you’ll establish ‘grounding’ that will allow you to work with principals of counter balance. This class will be set to recorded, contemporary music.

    Please note:

    • Ballet shoes are recommended but socks are also suitable
    • No late admittance - please arrive at least 10 minutes before class
    • We recommend bringing a small towel and a water bottle
  • Prices and Class Packs

    The greater the number of classes you buy, the larger the discount you will receive!

    Single class pass

    $15 – single class pass (Repertoire) 
    $28 – single class pass (Beginner, level one, two and three)

    Purchase a single pass here.

    Ten class pass

    $127.50 - ten class repertoire class pass

    $238 – ten class pass (Beginner, level one, two and three)
    Works out to be $23.80 per class or a $4.20 saving per class

    Purchase a ten class pass here. This pass is valid for six months from date of purchase

    Six-week Beginner Series

    $151.20 – six class pass (Beginner only)
    Valid for one class per week for a six week period commencing 31 July

    There will be another six week Beginner series commencing 11 September 

    Purchase a six-week Beginner Series here.

  • Getting Here

    The Primrose Potter Australian Ballet Centre, 2 Kavanagh Street, Southbank, 3000

    Studios are on Level 5. To access them, enter through the main door on Kavanagh Street and take the lift to level 5 (reception). Our friendly staff will greet you, sign you in and show you to the studios.

    You can also enter the building from St Kilda Road. Access is at the rear of Arts Centre Melbourne. Enter via the bridge and take the lift to level 5 (reception). Our friendly staff will greet you, sign you in and show you to the studios.

    Parking is available at The Australian Ballet Centre. Parking usually costs $16; however you can collect a five-dollar discount voucher from reception before class.  

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Is there an app I can use to manage my account?

    Yes.  Simply search in the iTunes or Google Play store for The Australian Ballet Studios app. Using your Studios account details, log in and you will be able to manage your class bookings/cancellations from there.

    I have already been to classes at The Australian Ballet. Do I need to create an account?

    Yes, our new booking system requires you to create an account for booking into Studios classes. You will only have to enter your details the first time you create the account.  The account login will be separate from your Australian Ballet account.

    Can I purchase classes online?

    Yes. Click here to book.

    How much are classes and are there packages?

    Classes start from $15 and there is a 10-class packages. In addition to this, we have six week beginner series. Please click here to book or download our app here.

    Will I receive an email confirmation once I've booked online?

    Yes, all information regarding your purchase will be sent to you once you have completed your booking.

    Is there a membership fee?

    No. Our classes are casual so you can purchase them as one-offs or in packages ten classes. 

    Can I purchase class tickets in person at the studios on the night?

    Yes. You will still need to book through our Studios app (download now), but there are facilities at the reception desk that you can use to set up your account. However, we recommend that you book in advance, as spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

    Will my details that are saved on file include emergency contact and credit card details? 

    Yes, you will only have to enter your details into the booking system once. Just ensure you tick the billing information check box.

    If I buy a ticket/pack, can I share the tickets with my partner or friend?

    No. Tickets are strictly non-transferable.

    Are gift cards available?

    Yes, click here to purchase one. 

    Can I cancel my class?

    Yes, you can cancel your booking via the app or website up until Midday on the day of the class at no charge. Any cancellation after this cut-off time will be charged.

    Do you have terms?

    Classes are ongoing throughout the year, so you can join in whenever you feel like it. It is recommended to check the website or app for up to date scheduling and class times.

    What should I wear to class?

    You can wear whatever you want to our classes. Some people come along in their favourite leotard, activewear or t-shirt and short. We suggest you wear something you feel comfortable in and recommend: 

    • Non-restrictive tights or leggings
    • T-shirt, leotard or sports top
    • Ballet shoes (recommended) or soft sole running shoes.  No socks are permitted to be worn in class

    What should I bring to class?

    A bottle of water and a towel. It’s recommended that you don’t eat a heavy meal in the 90 minutes before class and are well hydrated.

    What is appropriate class etiquette?

    • Arrive at least 10 minutes before class, as there is no late admittance
    • Please book and sign in for all classes
    • Wash your hands before entering the studio
    • Please turn off phones and mobile devices
    • Listen carefully to the teacher’s instructions

    What if I have a medical condition?

    Classes are suitable for most people. We require a letter from your doctor to participate if you:

    • Are pregnant
    • Have a history of heart condition or stroke
    • Have a serious cardiovascular condition including hypertension, hypotension and heart failure
    • Are currently using diuretics, barbiturates or beta-blockers

    Do you have change facilities and showers?

    Limited change-room facilities are available 10 minutes before your class commences. It is recommended you arrive ready for class. We do not have shower facilities.  

    What if I arrive late for class?

    All classes will commence on time, to ensure proper warm-up and prevent injuries, so you will not be allowed to enter if you are late.

    What do I do with my personal items during class time?

    There is ample storage within the studios.

    How old do I have to be to take class?

    The minimum age is 18. There is no maximum age.

    How will charges be shown on my credit/debit card statement?

    All charged made via credit/debit card will show as Ezidebit Health Queensland


    If you have any further questions please contact our friendly customer services team on 1300 369 741.

    Disclaimer: Classes can involve risk of personal injury. While The Australian Ballet takes all reasonable care in the conduct of its classes, it accepts no responsibility for injury or loss caused during classes or while participants are at or near The Primrose Potter Australian Ballet Centre. You are responsible for ensuring that you are physically and mentally fit for the class and during the class you must at all times take care of your own personal safety.