The Angelina Ballerina program is an excellent introduction to all genres of dance for both girls and boys. They are encouraged and progress through verbal, physical and imaginative influences.
The first 7 years of a child’s life is a critical period of Cognitive/Neural, Motor, Socio-emotional and Language Development. This program is Effective, Safe, Progressive and Developmentally Appropriate. And let’s not forget that it is FUN!
Every child develops in the same sequence yet at their own individual rate and quality of development.
At The Ballet Class we believe this is an excellent stepping stone to the many other genres of dance available at a later age. Please check out the Angelina Ballerina website or contact us for further information.
ANGELINA BALLERINA CURRICULUM (Restricted to 10 students and paid Termly in advance)
MONDAY (3-4 years) 10.30-11.15am at The Church with Miss Wanda
MONDAY (4-5years) 3.30-4.15pm at The Church with Miss Shelley
WEDNESDAY (3-4years) 9.30-10.15am at The Church with Miss Shelley
THURSDAY (3-4 years) 10.15-11.00am at The Church with Miss Wanda
THURSDAY (3-4 years) 3.30-4.15pm at Bondi Beach with Miss Shelley
SATURDAY (3-4 years) 8.30-9.15am at The Scout Hall with Miss Zoe
SATURDAY (4-5 years) 9.15-10am at The Scout Hall with Miss Zoe
Christine Atkinson started her dance career at a local dance school in Cardiff, U.K. at the age of 2 1⁄2. At the age of 10 she joined The Welsh National Ballet School, then run by the late Joyce Marriot (Espinosa School). At 16 she became a full time student of The Rambert School of Ballet, Mercury Theatre, London under the guidance of Dame Marie Rambert.
On completing her training Christine went on to teach for The Welsh Arts Council and Ogwr Borough Council and was voted onto The Executive Committee of The Dance Council for Wales and The Royal Academy of Dancing’s South Wales Committee, U.K.
Christine was privileged to be coached by Mrs. Peggy Olden A.R.A.D. and completed both the R.A.D. Teaching Diploma and Teaching Certificate with Distinction. She is a full member and Registered teacher with the R.A.D. as well as a Grades Examiner, CBTS Tutor and Freelance Faculty Tutor for the Royal Academy of Dance. Christine is also a Freelance Adjudicator.
Before emigrating to Australia in 1992, Christine was principal of her own school in the U.K. for 11 years where she entered children for Major and Grade Examinations with 100% success rate.
Royal Ballet School U.K.
Elmhurst Ballet School U.K.
Hammond Ballet School U.K.
Northern Ballet School U.K.
Laban School U.K.
Urdang Ballet School U.K.
Washington School of Ballet, USA London Contemporary School U.K.
Central Ballet School U.K.
English National Ballet School U.K.
Victorian College of The Arts, Australia
Australian Ballet School, Australia
Queensland University of Technology
New Zealand School of Dance
15 pupils Junior Associates of The Royal Ballet School
7 pupils Interstate Associates of the Australian Ballet School
Royal Ballet Company-London and Birmingham U.K.
English National Ballet Company U.K.
Royal New Zealand Ballet Company
Dortemund Ballet Company, Germany
Hong Kong Ballet Company
Australian Ballet Company
Melbourne Ballet Company
Western Australian Ballet Company
Tasmanian Ballet Company
The Lion King , Australia
Batsheva Contemporary Company, Israel
Sarisota Ballet Company, America
Since opening The Ballet Class in Rose Bay in 1993 her pupils have been extremely successful in local Eisteddfods and have gained exceptional results in I.S.T.D. and R.A.D. examinations. Students have also been invited to perform as extras with The Australian Ballet Company. Christine believes that ballet is a worldwide form of communication and will continue to help develop an awareness and love of dance for her pupils through her teaching. Pupils are encouraged to progress at their own speed and may choose the path to follow (ie. Examinations or Presentations) as individuals. The Ballet Class offers the facility to students to be prepared for R.A.D. Grades and Major Examinations, I.S.T.D. Tap and Modern Examinations.
The Ballet Class is a family oriented school that prides itself in hiring the best professionals to uphold its ethics and care of students.
R.A.D. R.T.S. Grades Examiner, Freelance Faculty Tutor, CBTS 401 and 403 and new grades Tutor and Mentor for the Royal Academy of Dance.
Trained at Elmhurst Ballet School, London. Advanced Level I.S.T.D. Tap and Modern, R.A.D. Ballet, experience in Classical Spanish. Teaching Examination for the R.A.D. in 1996. Awarded both the Teachers Certificate and the Teaching Diploma of the R.A.D.
B Sc Arch (Hons), B Arch (Hons). Cert. Adv Teaching A.V Lunacharsky Institute (GITIS), Moscow.
A Character and Folkloric dance specialist with broad knowledge of dance including classical ballet. Qualifications and experience includes numerous periods in Moscow with GITIS, University of N. Nesterova and The Moiseyev School, and the Artistic Directorship of the Festival of Cultures (formerly the National Folkloric Festival) at the Sydney Opera House. Has taught extensively in ballet schools, tertiary institutions and community dance groups.
Bachelor of Dance from Victorian College of the Arts in 2002 and Honours in dance research and performance in 2003. A.R.A.D and R.A.D Teachers Certificate (Distinction). Professional contemporary dancer in works by Annalouise Paul, Carol Dilley, Micheal Whaites and Anton. Founding member of DirtyFeet, Sydney. Recipient of the Keys Arenas Trust choreographic scholarship in 2011.
Trained at The Royal Ballet School, London. Former dancer with The Australian Ballet Company. Lecturer of Classical Dance at the The Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne and freelance coach and adjudicator.
Trained at the Australian Ballet School and then at the Royal Ballet School. Genee Silver Medalist 2002 and former dancer with The English National Ballet Company and The Western Australian Ballet Company. Previously a professional dancer with Opera Australia and the Melbourne Ballet Company. Completed the RAD CBTS 2009 and achieved professional teaching status.
Trained at The Australian Ballet School. Danced with The Australian Ballet and as a First Artist with Birmingham Royal Ballet and The Australian Ballet. Holds a Bachelor of Philosophy in Applied Studies in Dance and has completed her Diploma Course with The Australian Ballet School.
Has worked extensively in theatre, film, television and fashion throughout Australia, South East Asia, Japan, Germany and the USA as a dancer (Jazz, Tap and Classical), singer, actor and model. Has conducted Master classes in “Presence and Performance” and is a regular writer for Dance Australia Magazine.
Has taught all levels of dance for the past 38 years. Graduate of the Royal Ballet School Teachers' Training Diploma Course and holds a Royal Academy of Dance Advanced Teaching Diploma. Associate teaching qualifications in the National Dance, Modern Theatre, Imperial Ballet and Cecchetti Ballet Branches of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and a Teaching Diploma in Benesh Dance Notation. Master of Creative Industries (Dance Teaching) with High Distinction and Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (Teaching and Learning). In 2015, became an examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance and commenced candidature for a Doctor of Creative Industries (Research), researching adolescent dance student wellness, achievement and future career pathways.
Advanced Royal Academy of Dance and Solo Seal. Specialises in working with young children and choreographing Eisteddfod solos.
Trained and taught at Langshaw Dancity in Modern Tap and Classical Ballet. Started as a singer, dancer & choreographer and performed on Carnival Cruise Lines. I.S.T.D. Tap Associate and currently studying a Bachelor of Education.
Trained at The Ballet class from a young age, completing I.S.T.D modern and tap exams, as well as R.A.D ballet. Achieved a band 6 for dance in the HSC in 2014 and studied a certificate IV Dance performance in 2015. During this time she was part of several projects including music videos, pre match entertainment for cricket and rugby games and provided entertainment for charity events. As well as dance, she is extremely passionate about health and fitness, currently studying a bachelor of Sport and Exercise science. She enjoys sharing her knowledge with others and is looking forward to teaching the commercial/ theatre jazz class this year.
Here is a selection of our students performing. Follow the link to view the gallery.
Classes offered every week
(including private lessons)
average R.A.D. exam mark
Past students dancing professionally
My daughters have danced at The Ballet Class since they were toddlers. They have loved the breadth of classes offered, enjoying learning tap, character, musical theatre, pilates and more, alongside the traditional classical ballet. The teachers know each child personally and without exception show commitment and great expertise. Students can participate in eisteddfods, take examinations, present at the performance night, and make special memories on the concert day. Being family-run, The Ballet Class is a nurturing and welcoming community which I warmly recommend.
Follow The Ballet Class on Facebook for our latest news.
General enquiries, information and prices.