Children's

Programme

Melbourne Institute of Dance will nurture your child to soar!
 
Whether dance is to be a hobby or a career on the great stages of the world, we strive for the best in every student - as a dancer and a person.

Classes and levels 

Our children’s programme has seven types of classes to cater for dancers from the age of 3 to 17 years old. Please take each level as an approximate guide. Classes are based on age and ability, and after an initial trial, the correct class level will be decided upon.

 

Tiny Ballet 

3-5 years old

Welcoming our students into a creative and inspiring space that will be both physical and fun.

 

We introduce organised game play and creative tasks, balanced by more structured and formal ballet exercises.

 

These dance classes give our tiny dancers an insight into the world of ballet.

Classes are once a week for 30 minutes.

Time, Day & Location: 

 

Tuesday3&4 year-olds combined

4-4:30pm at Deepdene Uniting Church Hall

Saturday

4 year-olds

8:45-9:15am at Deepdene Uniting Church Hall

&

3 year-olds

9:15-9:45 am at Deepdene Uniting Church Hall

 

 

 

Boys Ballet

5-13 year olds 

These classes are designed to help push virtuoso technique in a masculine, physical and artistic way – ensuring boys dance like boys!

 

Designed to complement and extend the student's class work, these must be taken in conjunction with Pre or Junior ballet classes.

Classes are held once a week for 30 minutes.

Pre-Ballet

1,2 or 3

5-7 years old

These classes set a strong foundation whilst expressing the joy of movement to music. 

At this level, a structured ballet class is formed, focusing the mind and body on spatial awareness, correct posture, coordination, strength, flexibility, musicality and artistry.

 

Suggested level 

Pre 1: 5-year-olds 

Pre 2: 5-6-year-olds 

Pre 3: 7-8-year-olds 

 

This will vary depending on ability, and learning style. 

Pre Ballet 3 also includes a 30min Jazz class per week to get the students moving in a more energetic and diverse way. 

Juniors

8-9 years old

This is where formal ballet classes, based on the Russian (Vaganova) method, begin.

 

Complimented with body conditioning classes, this training will strengthen the student’s range and quality of movement.

 

Our Jazz class for these Junior students will allow for more energetic, dynamic and versatile 

 

Exams are offered to students whom teachers feel are committed and ready.

 

Classes are held twice a week for a total of 3 hours.

 

Students are encouraged to attend both days. However, if students can only attend one day per week, we can tailor a programme for you. 

 

Intermediate

9-11 years old

Ballet classes, based on the Russian (Vaganova) method, continue to develop in complexity.

 

Complimented with contemporary dance, character dance and body conditioning classes, this training will broaden the student’s range and quality of movement, making them more diverse dancers.

 

Exams are offered to students who teachers feel are committed and ready.

 

Classes are held twice a week for a total of 4.75hours.

 

Elementary

11-13 years old

Ballet Classes, based on the Russian (Vaganova) method, continue to develop in intricacy and duration.

 

Complimented with contemporary dance, character dance and body conditioning classes, this training will broaden the student’s range and quality of movement, making them a more diverse dancer.

 

Pointe work for female students is introduced to those physically ready.

Exams are offered to students whom teachers feel are committed and ready.

Classes are held three times a week for a total of 6.5 hours

 

 

Seniors

14-17 years old

Formal ballet classes based on the Russian (Vaganova) method including pointe work, for female students who are physically ready combined with contemporary dance techniques, continue to increase in difficulty to help further refine technique and artistry.

 

Exams are offered to students whom teachers feel are committed and ready.

 

Classes are held two times a week for a total of 5 hours.

 

*For students wanting to push their technique and artistry further and to fit in better with schooling. Older students can take the Senior programme in conjunction with our Adults Programme