Ecole really set me up and prepared me mentally and physically for the challenges of a professional school and company. The experience that the teachers have from their careers as professional dancers is priceless. Some of my best friends and memories were made at Ecole."
John Hull, Ecole student for four years, now dancing professionally with Northern Ballet Theatre, UK.
I spent three years as a fulltime student of Ecole and would highly recommend it to any prospective students. I loved Ecole so much for lots of reasons and mostly because of the wonderful memories it gave me.
The teachers at Ecole gave me all the tools I needed and prepared me for a career in dance. They taught me about the importance of correct technique and also that ballet is an art and you need to be able to perform as an artist on stage and dance with your heart as well as your body. Miss Allyn and Mr Lethby thoroughly prepared me for all my RAD exams and also for the many eisteddfods I participated in.
Ecole always felt like a second home to me, not only because of the lovely friends I made and the fun we had but also because the teachers were so caring and gave everyone the individual attention they needed.
The support I received at Ecole was invaluable, I would not be a professional today without it!!!!
Alison McWhinney English National Ballet Company
I started dancing at Ecole Ballet and Dance Theater in order to attain my HSC Dance certificate. Ecole's strict adherence to NSW Board of Studies guidelines ensured i was able to approach my final exams with confidence, fully prepared and that I was able to achieve a high mark.
After i had completed my studies in 2008, with the encouragement of Jane and Ashley Killar i commenced a full time engagement at Ecole with the hope of gaining vital skills needed for my transition into a professional dance career of my choosing. During this time i had the opportunity to learn under the guidance of many teachers who presented a vast range of experience in ballet, contemporary, jazz and musical theory. These lessons left a lasting impression on me and contribute to my daily life as an artist today.
Whilst dancing at Ecole i was able to overcome a prior injury, which was due to poor technique. It was a very hard time in my life and I felt I would never become the dancer I had always dreamed I would be. I was able to make use of the Pilates rehabilitation facilities available which made returning to dance easier. It was at Ecole that I recovered and was able to gain the necessary strength in my technique, granting me a solid foundation in classical ballet that will serve me for years to come.
I was offered a contract with the Australian Ballet company for the start of 2009. Had I not been to Ecole it would be unlikely I would be dancing for a living today. I was merely undertaking an HSC dance course to begin with yet that progressed rapidly into full time study and then a job within two years. I guess I was in the right place at the right time.
Noah Gumbert Australian Ballet Company