The Perth School of Ballet is excited to offer a series of Masterclasses for students of Perth in 2022. We have secured some of Perth’s most respected and sought after coaches & performers to take these specialised classes. Take one class, two classes or the entire series - it’s up to you!!! Classes are all ballet based except for 24 July which will be contemporary class.
3 April with Alex McKinnon
1 May with Lauren Murray
19 June with David Prudham
24 July with Alex Kay (contemporary class)
21 August with Fiona Hull
(see below for teacher bios)
9.00-10.30am Intermediate - 9-12years
10.30-12.00pm Senior - 13years & up
$30 / class - $135 for all 5*
* You must register and pay for all 5 classes to be eligible for the discount.
NB: Where registering all classes are prefaced with ’Masterclass’ to make them easier to find.
Alexander McKinnon is a local born Perth dancer, after beginning ballet at The
Graduate College of Dance he was accepted into the Australian Ballet School at
13 years of age. Graduating in 2010 he went on to work with the Australian
Ballet for two years as part of the Dance Education Ensemble, teaching dance to
over 80,000 students in 180 schools across Australia.
In 2013, Alexander moved to Germany to accept a soloist contract with Ballet
am Rhein Düsseldorf Duisburg,
From there, he signed with Staatsballett Hannover where he has spent the past
four years dancing numerous principal and soloist roles under the direction of
After being a professional dancer for the past 11 years Alexander is still passionate about dance education and is teaching classical ballet in various schools across Perth.
Alexander is looking forward to living, teaching and dancing on home soil once more - this is a not-to-be-missed class!
Lauren Murray was born in Harare Zimbabwe and moved to Perth Australia with her family in 2002. After Graduating from W.A.A.P.A she worked on productions with the West Australian Ballet and in John Burtt's company Skadada. Lauren subsequentlycompeted in the A.I.C.D ballet competition where she was offered a years scholarship to train at the Charlesworth Institute to further her technique and training in the Vaganova method. In 2008 Lauren travelled with to Europe where she was offered an apprenticeship with the renowned Dresden SemperOper Ballett directed by Aaron Watkin. Lauren then joined the West Australian Ballet from 2010 to 2012 under the direction of Ivan Cavallari. With the desire to return to Europe and further her career in the neo-classical realm she decided to take a job offer from the Staatsballett Hannover in 2012.
Lauren danced with the Staastsballet Hannover from 2012 to 2019 as a soloist with the director and choreographer Joerg Mannes. Lauren has also throughout her career been actively engaged in teaching and assisting for both the adults and childrens educational classes and prodcutions of the West Australian Ballet and the Staatsoper Hannover.
Lauren, is still engaged in freelance performing including the Candelight concerts at Winthrop Hall. From 2022 she also took up a position as a sessional lecturer in Classical Ballet at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Alongside her performance and teaching career she is also acertified GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®trainer.
Alex is a Perth born and bred contemporary dancer beginning her training at The Perth School of Ballet and continued her tertiary dance training at WAAPA 2018.
She then went on to complete an Honours year with LINK Dance Company. During her studies Alex performed in works by renowned choreographers, touring to France, Taiwan, China and Melbourne. As a
Developing Artist for Co3 she performed in the 2020 Perth Festival, and since then performed in the 2021& 2022 Perth Festival.
Alex has worked with artists such as Raewyn Hill, Stephanie Lake, Daisy Sanders, Deborah May, Adelina Larson and Scott Elstermann.
Alex has a passion for dance education and is a teaching artist for Co3 and the West
Australian Ballet where she teaches in schools in both the Perth metro area and in regional WA towns. Alex is interested in how to cultivate flow state though mindfully moving and how this can directly affect dance performance. Come join this class taught by a current lead dancer and learn from all she has to offer!
Fiona's core dance training from an early age was in classical ballet with Beverley Rowles in
Wollongong. She completed her dance training at an elite level with the prestigious McDonald College in Sydney. Fiona was then accepted into the West Australian Ballet Company. Over the next 14 years she performed professionally in numerous featured roles throughout Australia, many of those created for her.
Other highlights of her outstanding performing career were her pivotal role and active participation in the West Australian Ballet's Education Programme and her active mentoring of younger company members. Fiona has spoken to thousands of school children around WA as a positive role model. She has also been engaged as adjudicator and teacher in a number of awards and bursaries for dance students.
Since 2005, Fiona has gained extensive teaching experience at all levels from the beginner level of
both children and adults, to tertiary dance students and classes for those who wish to continue their dance journey. She continues to enjoy passing on the joys of dance as a teaching artist for West Australian Ballet's Adult Ballet Classes, along with the role of Childrens' Artist Chaperone and Rehearsal Assistant in a number of recent company productions.
Fiona enjoys encouraging those who are interested to explore the world of dance, continuing to pass on her love of dance and wealth of experience to a large and various range of people.