It's coming!!! The Perth School of Ballet is excited to be hosting Summer Ballet Intensive 2023.
Summer Ballet Intensive is a world class training week running from January 21 to 25, 2023 in Perth, Western Australia. With an incredible cast of coaches, students will be learning from the best. See below for full details on this special Intensive including classes running, how to register and a full list of coaches and their amazing bios.
Unlike at some Summer Intensive Programs we ensure that all levels have the opportunity to do class with ALL of the coaches. Each of our specialised coaches have something amazing to bring to our students and we want to make sure everyone has the chance to learn.
Classes will run in two levels.
Level 1 - 10-13years (approx Grade 3-6)
Level 2 - 13 years and up (Majors)
The Perth School of Ballet
Unit 15, 386 Scarborough Beach Rd, OSBORNE PARK
Saturday 21 January to Wednesday 25 January - 5 days
Classes begin daily at 9.00am - studios open from 8.30am.
Classes end each day at 4.00pm
Each day includes a lunch break. Please bring lunches and water bottle.
Healthy snacks available for purchase at reception.
Classes are not open for viewing however studios are equipped with viewing windows.
NB: Refunds will not be issued for non attendance. Students who can not attend due to medical concerns must present organisers with a Doctor's Certificate and will be granted a 50% refund in the form of a credit to future PSB events.
Carina begun her training at Gail Meade Performing Arts Centre in Wangara, Perth. In 2013 she was accepted into the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Carina graduated with an Advanced Diploma (Elite Performance) from WAAPA in 2014. When joining West Australian Ballet in 2015 as a Young Artist Carina performed Jayne Smeulders’ Tarantella in the Balanchine season that year as well as dancing the lead role Swanilda in Greg Horsman’s Coppélia. She also named as ‘Dancer to Watch’ in Dance Australia in 2015 and 2016 as well as ‘Most Outstanding Dancer’ in Dance Australia in 2017. In 2018 she was promoted to Demi-Soloist and has since danced many other roles such as Mina in Krzysztof Pastors Dracula (a role which she was nominated for a Helpmann award in 2019), The Sylph in La Sylphide, peasant pas de deux in Giselle and Alice in Septime Webre’s ALICE: In Wonderland.
James was extremely fortunate to be trained by the renowned Lubov Nikonorenko, former ballerina with the Kirov Ballet in Russia. It was during this time he began full time training with over 40 hours a week of dance. James has been trained by many international teachers from the Bolshoi Ballet Company, American Ballet Theatre, Australian Ballet Company, West Australian Ballet Company, Paris Opera, Vaganova Ballet Academy, Kirov Ballet and the Royal Ballet Company to name a few. Alongside with full time ballet training, James danced with Youth Ballet WA. This experience helped build his repertoire of the old ballets, including Don Quixote, Napoli, La Bayadere, Sleeping Beauty, Swan lake and many more.
At the age of 14 years of age, James was then accepted into the Australian Ballet School with two full scholarships. Studying in the same building as The Australian Ballet Company, James was exposed to world class ballet training in the Vaganova Method, Merce Cunningham and Martha Graham. During this time he performed in Morning Melodies, Coppelia and many more. After his time at The Australian Ballet School, James then attended the full time course at The Space in Melbourne. With his desire to keep learning, he continued to explore all different dance genres and avenues until he returned home to Perth. Since his return to Perth, James has been teaching and training dancers and choreographing for shows interstate. In 2012 James participated in filming the CSTD Classical Ballet Syllabus and can be seen demonstrating on video.
From 2015 - 2018 James operated a dance studio which saw students travel overseas and interstate for working contracts and positions at full time training schools.
James has been invited to adjudicate at several dance competitions and is passionate about encouraging all dancers in Western Australia.
Evelyn began dancing at the age of 2 at West Coast Dance before moving to the Gail Meade Performing Arts Centre a few years later to study R.A.D. classical ballet and C.S.T.D. jazz, tap and acrobatics. Throughout the years she competed in numerous theatrical and ballet competitions with some of the highlights being awarded the Betty Tilley Championship, Joan Stacey Scholarship (2013 – 2015) and the Linley Wilson Scholarship (2016 – 2017), being the WA representative for the RAD Bursary in 2013, attained the prestigious RAD Solo Seal Award in 2015 and was the recipient of the ECU Paulette Carson Scholarship in 2017. Her greatest achievement to date was being one of 12 Finalists at the Genée International Ballet Competition in 2016. Evelyn was accepted into WAAPA in 2015 and completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree (Dance) in 2017. She toured Europe taking company classes and attended the ART of Summer Intensive Zurich 2017, learning from many choreographers and company directors. A teacher, coach and choreographer for many years, Evelyn has also been a part of the WA Ballet Education Team since 2018 and was the Rehearsal Director for children for WA Ballet’s season of Alice in Wonderland in 2019. Most recently, Evelyn has completed a Masters of Teaching (Primary) and working as a Primary Teacher, she continues to run her own personal training business focusing on training dancers as athletes and she is also working with gymnasts at Perth Gymnastics Academy.
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.
Born in Perth, former West Australian State Champion in trampolining from the age of six, Jacob joined the West Australian Institute of Sport for Gymnastics until the age of nine. In seeking a career with his talent, he started ballet with his three siblings, training at the Graduate College of Dance led by Terri Charlesworth. Later following in his brothers’ footsteps he joined the Australian Ballet School, Graduating in 2005 with an Advanced Diploma in Dance.
In 2006, still following his brother, Jacob accepted a contract for the Royal New Zealand Ballet where he spent twelve years performing around the world as a soloist and principle dancer. Since leaving the company in 2017 as a senior artist, he has been tutoring the next generation of young artists at the New Zealand School of Dance and other various dance academies.
During 2019, Jacob and his older sister Katie,attended the Gaga Summer Intensive Workshopin Tel Aviv at Batsheva Dance Company studios, where they worked with Ohad Naharin. Following this workshop, Jacob returned to the stage with the West Australian Ballet as a Guest Artist for Alice In Wonderland, then had a contract renewal for 2020 and 2021. Jacob has enjoyed keeping up with his hobbies which are skateboarding, snowboarding, fishing and circus arts, while continuing to follow his passion in dance
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.
Emily has taught in both Perth and abroad for the last 9 years in various styles of dance including jazz, acro, classical, lyrical, contemporary, vocals and tap. She has obtained her Bachelor in Science Majoring in Nursing, Certificate and Diploma in both Modern Jazz and Tap, as well as her Certificate 3 in Group Fitness, Certificate 4 in Personal Training and Certificate in Sports Nutrition. Along with freelancing in Perth, Emily now runs her own training centre in Wangara, focussing on teaching dancers the importance of correct technique, proper training and nutrition and creativity.