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Ballet Academy Handbook 2019


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, Style at StAC, 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 9–10 ‘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.

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

E: ballet@stac.school.nz W: stac.school.nz/ballet


Ballet Academy Curriculum PRE-SCHOOL Ages 2–5 | 1 class a week An introduction to the joy of dance.

PREPARATORY SCHOOL Years 1–2 | 1 class a week • specialist teachers; • annual examinations; • annual production.

Years 3–4 | 2 classes a week • specialist teachers and guest tutors; • annual examinations and production; • performance awards (optional). Extension Classes: Junior Jazzers

Years 5–6 | 2 classes a week • specialist teachers and guest tutors; • annual examinations and production; • performance awards (optional). Extension Classes: Junior Company

Years 7–8 | 2 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 | 3 classes a week Ballet and Dance Studies (Full year subject option) • • • •

specialist teachers and guest tutors; annual production and Dance Revue; pointe classes (I, II, III); annual examinations: Year 9 NZAMD Elementary Year 10 NZAMD Intermediate; • NCEA Level 1 Dance credits; • medal awards and competitions (optional). Extension Classes: Dance Pilates, Company Associates

Years 11, 12, 13 | 4 classes a week Company (Co-curricular) • • • •

specialist teachers and guest tutors; annual production and Dance Revue; pointe class; annual examinations: Year 12 NZAMD Advanced Diploma (A.NZAMD) Year 13 NZAMD Solo Performance; • NCEA Levels 2 and 3 Dance credits; • medal awards and competitions (optional). Extension Classes: Dance Pilates

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’


Ballet Staff and Faculty ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Dr Carolyn Cairns

B.Sc, DipEd(Hons), M.Ed(Hons), Ph.D

St Andrew’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 Andrew’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 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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Ballet Academy Handbook 2019  

Ballet Academy Handbook 2019