Ballet Academy Handbook 2021
Welcome to the Ballet Academy St Andrew’s College has established a unique and comprehensive Ballet programme, encompassing the entire school from the Pre-school to Year 13.
Dancers take yearly ballet examinations, enjoy annual productions, and have opportunities to perform in assemblies, Medal Awards, annual Prizegiving, and competitions.
Integrated within the school day, it offers our students a seamless transition from academic class to Ballet studio – with specialised tuition from a dedicated faculty, who share a clear focus on the importance of classical technique, musicality, and the joy of performance.
These experiences, plus tuition from renowned guest tutors such as our RNZB@StAC residency days, NCEA Dance credits (Secondary School), extension classes, Years 9–11 ‘Ballet and Dance’ subject course, and an elite Senior College ‘Ballet Company’ – all combine to provide a true robustness and rigour to our Ballet Academy programme. The St Andrew’s College Ballet Academy Diploma was established in 2020 to acknowledge the completion of five years of ballet study in the Secondary School.
To provide for the needs of today’s current dancer, we also offer choreographic experiences across all core dance styles, including jazz, lyrical, national character, and contemporary.
For further information, please contact: Artistic Director, Dr Carolyn Cairns
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Ballet Academy Curriculum PRE-SCHOOL Ages 3–5 | One class a week An introduction to the joy of dance.
PREPARATORY SCHOOL Years 1–2 | One class a week • specialist teachers; • annual examinations; • annual production.
Years 3–4 | Two classes a week • specialist teachers and guest tutors; • annual examinations and production; • performance awards (optional). Extension Classes: Junior Jazzers
Years 5–6 | Two classes a week • specialist teachers and guest tutors; • annual examinations and production; • performance awards (optional). Extension Classes: Junior Company
Years 7–8 | Two classes a week • specialist teachers and guest tutors; • annual examinations and production; Year 8 NZAMD Pre-Elementary; • performance awards (optional); • pointe classes (optional: pre-pointe, I and II). Extension Classes: Intermediate Company
SECONDARY SCHOOL Years 9–10 | Three classes a week Year 11 | Four classes a week
Ballet Academy Diploma 5 Y EARS
Ballet and Dance Studies (Full year subject option) • • • •
specialist teachers and guest tutors; annual production and Dance Revue; pointe classes (I, II or III); annual examinations: Year 9 NZAMD Elementary Diploma; Year 10 NZAMD Intermediate Diploma; Year 11 NZAMD Advanced Diploma; • NCEA Dance credits (Levels 1–2); • medal awards and competitions (optional). Extension Classes: Dance Pilates, Company Associates
Years 12–13 | Four + hours a week Ballet Company (Co-curricular) • • • • •
specialist teachers and guest tutors; annual production and Dance Revue; pointe class; Dance Pilates; annual examinations: NZAMD Solo Performance Diploma StAC Diploma Exam (A and B) • NCEA Dance credits (Levels 2–3); • University Entrance in Dance achievable; • medal awards and competitions (optional).
For further information please contact, Artistic Director, Dr Carolyn Cairns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Past Ballet Productions 2011 ‘Classical’ ‘Peter and the Wolf’ 2012 ‘Peter Pan’ 2013 ‘Pas Classique’ ‘Tales of Beatrix Potter’ 2014 ‘La Boutique Fantasque’ 2015 ‘Ballet en Bleu’ ‘Hansel and Gretel’ 2016 ‘Showcase’ ‘Alice in Wonderland’ 2017 ‘The Nutcracker’ 2018 ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ 2019 ‘Celebration Showcase’ ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ 2020 ‘Celebration Showcase’ ‘Coppélia’
Ballet Staff and Faculty ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Dr Carolyn Cairns
B.Sc, DipEd(Hons), M.Ed(Hons), Ph.D
St Andrewâ€™s College is fortunate to have Dr Carolyn Cairns heading our Ballet Academy. With an enviable background in ballet, medical science, and education, Carolyn combines excellence in ballet with a sound understanding of the school dynamic. Dr Cairns trained in Classical Ballet (RAD, BBO), Modern Jazz (NZAMD), and Character National (ISTD). Two of her notable ballet masters were Lorraine Peters (QSM) and Russell Kerr (ONZM, past Artistic Director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet). She danced with Southern Ballet, its companies, and Dance Arts, winning numerous awards including a student guest scholarship to the New Zealand School of Dance. Dr Cairns is also a qualified secondary school and special education teacher who has worked in both Australia and the USA. While living in Washington DC she was the Ballet Mistress for Gallaudet University. In San Diego she was the Head Mistress for a small private school. Returning to New Zealand, she achieved her Doctorate in Education specialising in understanding the expert practice of teaching ballet. This research included working closely with international ballet masters within the RNZB and the Australian Ballet, and its findings strongly informed her professional knowledge and style of teaching. In 2010 Dr Cairns established the Ballet Academy at St Andrewâ€™s College, bringing this wealth of knowledge into daily practise.
ACADEMY TUTOR Miss Cariad Parker
RAD RTS (Dist.), AISTD, ARCM
COLLEGE NCEA TUTOR Ms Sandy Gray
AJDA Solo Seal, Cecchetti Adv, Dip.Dnc Instr.
GUEST TUTORS Mr Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson (OC 2013) B.F.A (Dance, Juilliard Academy, New York) Houston Ballet
Miss Abigail Boyle Miss Pagan Dorgan and Miss Lucy Marinkovich Royal New Zealand Ballet, Education Specialists
Miss Hayley Watts RAD, RTS (Dist), TC NZAMD, ABBO (Dist)
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