About Us

History

Established in 2011, L’Académie brings the highest quality dance and ballet tuition to the Inner West, assuring every student receives expert attention in a caring environment. We take great pride in offering a nurturing school for our students to develop to the height of their dance potential.

Classes are designed to suit everyone (girls and boys) from those who just want to dance to the serious student. Whatever your child’s age or experience level we are sure to have a class to suit.

L’Académie offers RAD Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, Rhythmic Ballet, Body Conditioning, Ballet Basics and Jazz and is the parent school of Sugarplums for toddlers and pre-schoolers, which teaches the basics of dance in fun-filled group classes. Please use the tabs above to explore further or Contact Us today for more info on which class would best suit your child.

Term Dates 2018

Term 1 Friday 2nd February – Saturday 14th April

Please note closures:

  • Easter long weekend, Friday 30th March & Saturday 31st March

Term 2 Tuesday 1st May – Saturday 7th July

Term 3 Tuesday 24th July – Saturday 29th September

Term 4 Tuesday 15th October – Saturday 10th December


Teaching Philosophy

L’Académie ballet classes are based on the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus, the world’s leading organisation in classical ballet education and our teachers regularly attend all courses the academy offers.

Our staff are carefully selected and have an extensive knowledge of dance as both performers and teachers

L’Académie classes for Primary and above:

  • Value technique as a foundation for all forms of dance
  • Instil a sense of presence and dynamics in a dancer’s movement
  • Facilitate an encouraging environment, coupled with hard work and patience, which ensures students reach their full potential.

Sugarplums classes for ages 2 to 5:

  • Create a strong base for any dance specialisation
  • Emphasise learning skills that will be important in a child’s future development.
  • Are based on ballet technique and teach co-ordination, balance, rhythm and musicality.

All dance classes are taught in our fully equipped studios with professional Tarkett flooring, as well as fixed barres and mirrors.


Teachers

 

Kristyn Caley (nee Tindall) ARAD Solo Seal PDTD (Dip)

As the Director and Principal of the school she aspires to nurture and create a love of dance in the students entrusted to her care.

Career Highlights:

  • Kristyn completed her training with Tessa Maunder O.A.M and Karen Hudson in Newcastle and part-time with Tanya Pearson in Sydney (final year).
  • She was the recipient of the Royal Academy of Dance Isobel Anderson Award for Advanced and received her Solo Seal in Brisbane both in 1996.
  • After competing in the Adeline Genée Awards in London, a Scholarship at the John Cranko School in Stuttgart, Germany was offered and accepted with a Diploma for her studies awarded two years later.
  • Kristyn performed and toured with the Stuttgart Ballet Company in Swan Lake, La Bayadère and Taming of the Shrew during the 1997/98 and 1998/99 seasons.
  • 1998 – 2005 she accepted soloist contracts in Germany at Theatre Nordhausen and Staatstheater Kassel under the direction of Henning Paar, Theater Vorpommern as a guest performer and soloist in Mainfrankentheater Wuerzburg dancing leading roles such as Black Swan, Sugar Plum Fairy and the Ballerina in Petruschka.
  • Performances in various choreographies by leading European artists, including Renato Zanella, Henning Paar, James Sutherland, Juri Vamos and Thorsten Kreissig were among some of the highlights of her career.
  • In February 2005, Kristyn was chosen as one of twelve applicants worldwide to be accepted by audition into the Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma at the Royal Academy of Dance headquarters at Battersea Square in London obtaining her professional teachers’ status.
  • After returning to Australia in January 2007, Kristyn has taught at various ballet schools in Newcastle, Sydney and Melbourne, including Ecole Ballet Studio’s Lindfield; Redlands Cremorne; Victorian College of the Arts; National Theatre Ballet School Melbourne; The Ballet Class Rose Bay; The Conlon College Turramurra; The Dance Spot Randwick and Diedre Bronner School of Ballet Ramsgate.

 

Raegan Williams – Contemporary & Ballet

  • Raegan  has been learning ballet since she was 3 years old. She trained with the Marie Walton Mahon Academy and completed all RAD exams with high distinctions up until Solo Seal.
  • Raegan has completed her Certificate 4 and Diploma in dance performance. Under the guidance of Marie Walton with the National College of Dance.
  • Raegan has assisted choreographed on ‘So you think you can dance’ with choreographer Debbie Ellis. Received an internship with Melbourne Ballet Company and has completed  a secondment with Australian Dance Theatre company in Adelaide. She has worked on Carnival Cruise lines completing 4, 8 month contracts. Including the Carnival Destiny, Carnival Imagination and the Carnival Triumph twice. Performing Broadway style shows, burlesque shows and Magic shows as an assistant.
  • Most recently Raegan has been on secondment with Daniel Jaber in Adelaide. She has performed with Catapult dance in ‘it girl’ and ‘stories in our steps’ collaborating with Tantrum theatre and choreographed by Cadi Mcarthy. She has completed 2 residencies with High profile choreographers and dancers Adam Blanch and Kristina Chan.

 

Erin Holloway – Ballet, Rhythmic Ballet & Body Conditioning

 

  • Erin began training at age 3, in the Cechetti method at The Robyn Ross School of Ballet, completing her training with Advanced 1 Honours.
  • She then completed her full-time RAD training at Conlan College, finishing with High Distinction in Advanced 2.
  • In 2009 Erin was selected as a quarter-finalist in the Macdonalds’ Ballet Scholarship.
  • In 2010 she was selected as a Semi-Finalist in the Prix de Lausanne Switzerland.
  • Following the Prix de Lausanne, Erin took up a place at the English National Ballet School, before completing her vocational training at the Royal Ballet School, London.
  • At the Royal Ballet School in 2013 (her second year) Erin was awarded a commendation for high achievement and graduated in 2014.
  • During her time in London Erin went performed with the Royal Ballet Company in several productions including Don Quixote, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty.
  • Erin then joined the National Ballet de Sodre under the direction of Julio Bocca, performing in several soloist roles including, Grand Swans (Swan Lake), Rosalinda (Romeo and Juliet) and Bathilde (Giselle).
  • Since finishing her professional career Erin has attained a Certificate 4 in Personal and Group training, and now enjoys teaching Barre Fitness classes and passing on her professional experience to the next generation of dancers.

 

Strickland Young – Contemporary, Jazz & Acro

  • Strickland began his dance training under the tutelage of Corinne Bowey and Diana Shand in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
  • In 2011 Strickland was chosen as a Junior Associate at the New Zealand School of Dance as a contemporary major.
  • In 2015 he started his fulltime training at Sydney Dance Company’s Pre Professional programme.
  • Strickland made his professional debut in March/ April 2017 when he performed with Strut Dance for their staging of William Forsyth’s piece ‘One Flat Thing Reproduced’ in March/ April 2017.
  • He then went on to perform with The Dream Dance Company touring New Zealand in their season of ‘Enter the Vortex’ Choreographed by Sarah Boulter and directed by Marko Panzic.

 

 

Julia Furnas – National Character

  • Yulia started her “road to dance” in Russia, at the age of 5.
  • At 19 she graduated with distinction as a ballet dancer from the State Choreography Academy in Voronezh, Russia, where she studied classical ballet (Vaganova system), character and folk dance.
  • Upon her graduation Yulia joined the “Russian Seasons” Moscow State Dance Company (the breakaway group from famous Igor Moiseyev Ballet). At the same time she became a student of the Balletmaster Department in Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS) and graduated with distinction, receiving a Master Degree as a Producer- Choreographer.
  • Yulia was a soloist dancer with the “Russian Seasons” for 12 years, travelling the world extensively, performing the dances of many styles: from the technical Russian and the wild energy of Gypsy to the passionate flamenco of Spain and the tangos of Argentina, from the footwork of Irish dances to the choreography of Broadway. Amongst only 12 dancers she was chosen to participate in the unique Japanese production of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” butoh-style, choreographed by Min Tanaka.
  • During these international travels Yulia often was asked to give master classes at local ballet schools.
  • In 2005 Yulia moved to Sydney, where she taught National Character dance at the ballet and dance academies, prior moving overseas again in 2010, when she was teaching ballet and National Character dance in NY, USA and Manila, Philippines.
  • Yulia is happy to share her knowledge and expertise with students at L’Academie and promote the unique and captivating art of National Character dance in Australia.”

 

Carla Grech – Ballet & Body Conditioning

 

Guest teachers: Miss Christine Atkinson, Vi Lam, Brianna Leary,