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Term 1 wrap!

Enjoyable & Fun

This newsletter is long overdue! It has been non-stop since Early January when I attended Ready Set Dance & ATOD Training with my team in Melbourne. We welcomed Annaleise, Zoe, Jordyn & Anita to our Team and the return of Alyce as my assistant which helped immensely in January. We announced we are now the Official location for Ready Set Ballet & Ready Set Dance in Bendigo! We ran 2 preschool workshops at Lake Weerona on Australia Day which were lots of fun! I believe in investing in myself & my staff with ongoing Professional Development to ensure safe dance practices are taught in a child safe environment with programs that are leading the way nationally & internationally.  Our Child Safe Policy is supplied on enrolment and updated regularly. These policies are law but sadly not enforced in our unregulated industry. We started the term with a massive day which included our Staff induction, Team training and Ready Set Dance Open Day! We also ran 2 taster classes at preschools.  Ready Set Dance started on Nick Jnr. and we have learnt & added lots of new songs to our lesson plans, which have been a hit! We announced we are Affiliate partners for the DanceStep program to guide and train our students from 10 years of age into leaders and assistant teachers. It is always a very busy term making sure everyone is placed in the best class and assisting lots of new families with trials while guiding and supporting my teaching team. It has been so rewarding to see the progress all classes are making, special shout out to Bronze Medal Jazz, I watched them last night and wow! Well done Annaleise and girls! Keep up the awesome work. The other class that has really impressed us is our Thursday Ready Set Ballet class, they are all so focused and listen to everything their teachers say. Very impressive for 2-4 year olds! A joy to watch. Viewing week is coming up soon. Please check the diary for dates (note Thursday viewing week will be a week early due to Annaleise performing the last week of term). Also note our first ever Preschool concert, Exam dates, Photo day & Concert dates which are all in our SSD Handbook. We currently have a construction site next door. Apologies for any inconvenience this will cause in the short term. It will be great to see a new building there which will enhance the area. The owners are building offices/shops. Thankyou to everyone for your ongoing support & care of our studio and it’s culture. Enjoy this beautiful weather! Sharon x Sharon Saunders


We are very excited to be a registered affiliate studio and member of the DanceStep program. Offered in partnership with studio teachers, DanceStep empowers students to take care of others and guides them to be leaders and role models. The program covers assistant teaching skills such as behaviour management, different learning needs and styles, Safe Dance Principles and Anatomy to name just a few. These concepts are broken down to be taught in a sequential and age appropriate way to children from ten or eleven years of age. Whether students are considering a career in dance teaching or otherwise, the DanceStep program is a great preparation for many aspects of life. DanceStep, a 4 level Student Teacher Education Program, builds on this philosophy and provides a progressive and formalised process including both practical and theoretical components. We would like to welcome our Inauguaral DanceStep participants, Ali Martin, Sasha Waters, Taylah Petrusma, Tshari Brown and Olivia Furmanczyk. Our first official training will be held from 1pm-3pm. It’s not too late for other students to apply and join us. Just email Sharon for an application form and information. Requirements: assist once a week in a class, complete workbook throughout the year and attend training the Sunday before Term commences. Minimum age 10 years. Participants are mentored by Sharon Saunders and learn from weekly videos from DanceStep founder Jane Grech through Movitae.

Meet Ali What is your favourite: 1. Dance Genre- Jazz 2. Food – Lamb Greek salad 3. Musical – Sound of Music or Annie 4. Concert Dance – 25 years of love or Paint the Stage  This is my 9th year of dancing at SSD and I currently learn Musical Theatre & Jazz I love dance teaching because it is amazing to share my knowledge with the students and other dancers. I love to see the students enthusiasm and enjoyment when they dance.  



Sharon Saunders


New class


We are super excited to be the Official location for READY SET BALLET in Bendigo! Ready Set Ballet is a 30 minute magical ballet experience for 2- 5 year olds. Twirl will lead our little ballerinas through each step of the class as they learn the fundamentals of ballet. Ready Set Dance was recently awarded the Best National Activity for Preschoolers at The What’s On for Kids Awards! The program focuses on teaching children the 3 C’s. Confidence, Coordination  & Creativity.

Have you seen Twirl & Freeze on TV? We are loving all of the new content created with the Nickelodeon team. Make sure you download the Free App to dance along at home to READY SET DANCE!




Welcome Anita Anita began dance training with the Solymossy Russian Dance School and then Victorian Ballet School Fitzroy with Dianne Parrington, Arthur Turnbull and Luba Baksheev in RAD, Russian Classical, Contemporary (Martha Graeme Technique) and Russian Folkloric Dance. Went on to study and train fulltime at the National Theatre Ballet School St. Kilda with Gailene Stock, Gary Norman and Michaela Kirkaldie. Directed and/or choreographed plays, musicals and dance throughout Primary and Secondary School whilst being involved in many Free-Entertainment in the Park (FEIP) and Moomba events. Attended the Australian Film and Television school with Bob Phillips and had extensive experience in film and television including appearing in Good Guy/Bad Guy with Jackie Chan and Man from Snowy River. Appeared in many episodes of Man from Snowy River, Neighbours, Snowy, State Coroner, and recently in the American film series ‘Leftovers’ and ‘Glitch’. Studied stage makeup at the National Theatre London. Directed and choreographed several shows for Bendigo Theatre and Arts (now Apollo). Choreographed and trained the Mei Hua team at the Chinese Bendigo association for 6 years. Choreographed several troupe and solo items for Competitions including: Russian, Ukrainian, Chinese, Korean, Mongolian, Italian, Greek and Polish. Won the Choreographic award at the Bendigo Comps in 2014 (Chinese National Dance including Lion). Choreographed Fiddler on the Roof Bendigo 1995 and 2018 (Russian and Jewish Dance techniques) Completed Level 1 and 2 of the International Dance Syllabus by Alida Seagal. Teaches National dance regularly at Pre-school to Secondary School levels. Choreographed several dances for the last 3 years of the Festival of Lights at the Great Stupa (Korean, Chinese). Emergency Classical Ballet teacher for local ballet schools.

Anita is a welcomed addition to our Ballet teaching faculty at SSD!


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Important Dates 2019 March Thursday 28 – Viewing week (all welcome to view classes)  April 1 -6 Viewing week  (excluding Thursday) Saturday 6  - Last day of Term 1.  12- VDF Teachers Day 13 – 14  Victorian Dance Festival Saturday 20- Bendigo Easter FestivalReady Set Dance/Ready Set Ballet workshop/performance. 11am View st Community zone.


Sunday 28 Team training 10am-1.00pm. DanceStep training 1.00-3.00pm Term 2 Fees due Monday 29- Term 2 commences (after 3 week break)  May 13- 18 Pyjama week  June  24-29- Viewing week July  6-7 Come Together Dance Convention- Brisbane  Sunday 14-     Team training 10am-1.00pm. - DanceStep training 1.003.00pm - Term 3 Fees due Monday 15- Term 3 commences  August  17-18 ATOD exams (1st booking preference- TBA)  24-25 - ATOD exams (2nd booking preference- TBA) 26-  Photo week with Andy Banks Photography at all classes (full costume)  September  Thursday 12- Viewing week   16-21 Viewing week (excluding Thursday) 9 –Ready Set Dance Conference- Sydney October 6- Team Training 7- Term 4 commences 30- Bendigo Cup Holiday  November  11- Priority enrolment 2020 21- Last classes for the year 22- Stage rehearsals- Ulumbarra Theatre (No Saturday classes). 23- Full dress rehearsals 1pm/Concert 7pm Ulumbarra Theatre  December 2- DVD collection/SSD Dinner 6pm Venue TBA

Term 1 2019 Monday February 4- Thursday April 6 (3 week break) Term 2 2019 Monday April 29- Saturday June 29 Term 3 2019 Monday July 15- Saturday September 21 (no Saturday class exam day- August 17 or 24) Term 4 2019 Monday October 7 Friday November 22 (no Saturday class 23 November)

No classes on public holidays or Long weekends.

Profile for Sharon Saunders Dancers

SSD Term 1 Newsletter 2019  

Sharon Saunders Dancers is the Official location for READY SET DANCE & READY SET BALLET in Bendigo. They are affiliated with the Australian...

SSD Term 1 Newsletter 2019  

Sharon Saunders Dancers is the Official location for READY SET DANCE & READY SET BALLET in Bendigo. They are affiliated with the Australian...