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 six 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

4-4:30pm at Deepdene Uniting Church Hall

Saturday

4-5 year-olds

9-10am - Balwyn Church of Christ 

or  

3-4 year-olds

9:30-10am - Balwyn Church of Christ 

 

 

 

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.

Time & Day: 

Thursday 5-5:30pm

Location: Deepdene Uniting Church 

958 Burke Rd, Deepdene

 

Pre-Ballet

1,2 or 3

5-8 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. 

 

Exams are offered to those students who teachers feel are committed and ready in the Pre Ballet 3 classes

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

Time, Day and Location: 

Pre Ballet 1: 45min

Saturday 10-10:45am

Balwyn Church Of Christ

 

Pre Ballet 2: 1hour

Thursday 4 - 5pm

Deepdene Uniting Church

 

Pre Ballet 3: 1.5 hour 

Wednesday 4:00-5:30pm

Balwyn Church Of Christ

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Juniors

8-10 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. 

 

Time & Day: 

Tuesday 4:30pm - 5:30pm

&

Thursday 4pm - 6:00pm

Location: Deepdene Uniting Church 

958 Burke Rd, Deepdene

Intermediate

10-12 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.

 

Time & Day: 

Tuesday 4:30pm - 6:45pm

Location: Deepdene Uniting Church 

958 Burke Rd, Deepdene

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 Saturday 12:20pm - 2:55pm

Location: Balwyn Church of Christ 

208 Whitehorse Rd Balwyn 

 

Seniors

12-17 years old

Formal ballet classes based on the Russian (Vaganova) method, contemporary and character dance techniques continue to increase in difficulty to help further refine technique and artistry.

 

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

 

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

 

Classes are held three times a week for a total of 8hours.

 

 

Time & Day: 

Tuesday 5:30-8pm

&

Thursday 5:30-8pm

Location: Deepdene Uniting Church 

958 Burke Rd, Deepdene

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Saturday 8am-12:20pm

Location: ​Balwyn Church of Christ 

208 Whitehorse Rd Balwyn