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EV Dance Studios - Adult Ballet Classes
About

EV Dance Studios (formerly known as Silver Swans with Alice) is a dedicated Adult Dance studio based in Newcastle NSW, specially designed for adults and older learners.

With a current focus on Classical Ballet, our classes will help improve your mobility, posture, co-ordination and energy levels. Classes are open to people of all ages and abilities, from absolute beginners to those wishing to return to dance.

Ballet and Dance are also very social activities and EV Dance Studios can be a great place to meet new people with a passion for dance and joy for life.

Alice McKechnie

ALICE MCKECHNIE

Director

Alice was born in the seaside town of Bournemouth in the UK and has been dancing since the age of 3. She studied RAD and ISTD at the local school alongside being a Junior and Mid Associate at the Royal Ballet School in London. She competed at competitions in all styles nationwide including the All England Finals, and also performed in such events as the 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony.

She then went on to receive her Bachelors degree in Ballet Education from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) in London, as well as the Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance (LRAD), Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance (ARAD) and Registered Teacher’s Status. After teaching in numerous schools in the London area, she set out to travel the world, which has seen her settle in Australia to pursue her career as a dance teacher.

Now based in Newcastle NSW, Alice continues to teach her passion for dance with a focus on the adult community. She also assess trainee teachers for the RAD CBTS courses, and travels as a dance adjudicator.

Courtney

COURTNEY LYALL

 Ballet Teacher

Courtney is a Newcastle local with a passion for sharing the joys of dance. She began dancing at the age of 3, and has danced in competitions all over Newcastle and New South Wales. She has completed Advanced RAD Exams and LGTDA Tap exams, as well as her full time training in Sydney.

Courtney loves to perform and recently opened a Newcastle based entertainment company, Cailini Gaire Productions, where she produces work for other local professionals. 

She loves being back home in Newcastle and sharing her passion through teaching. Courtney's teaching style is relaxed and fun, while developing great relationships with each of her students. 

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KATIE MCLEOD

 Ballet Teacher

Katie has a passion for Ballet and Contemporary dance and has been dancing since the age of 5. She has completed RAD Ballet exams up to Intermediate and graduated from Queensland University of Technology in 2021 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance. While at university she trained in Ballet and Contemporary as well as completed RAD teacher training. 

 

Her love for dance teaching started when she became an assistant teacher at her local dance studio during high school and has since taught at a number of different dance studios over the years. 

 

In her classes Katie aspires to create a safe space for students where they are supported, encouraged and challenged.

Madalen

MADALEN BALTUSSEN

Yoga Teacher

Madalen is a veterinarian who has been practicing for 28 years. She initially started doing yoga to help with movement and flexibility as well as to help maintain a calm mental state for the challenges of her day job.

Madalen believes yoga is a complete practice which nourishes your mind and body.

Her yoga classes are based on the Ashtanga style, and she loves to incorporate movement challenges specific to the needs and abilities of her students. She will finish her classes with a brief meditation as a way to reward the body for its hard work during class.

Madalen has completed teacher training in Vinyasa and Meditation through Aura Wellness in the United States, in conjunction with Ashtanga Yoga Newcastle. She thoroughly enjoys learning and is currently undertaking further training to broaden her yoga knowledge.

In Maddy's words "You should do some yoga!"

Lauren

LAUREN GALLIE

Admin Wizard

Lauren is our wizard for day-to-day operations, administrative & accounting support.

Lauren joined us as a student and became part of the EV team when she began pursuing her career as a Virtual Assistant, offering operational support to small businesses.

Classes

OUR CLASSES

Adult Ballet

Adult Ballet

Our ballet classes are structured to suit all ages and abilities, catering to each individual’s body and needs.

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Exam Classes

We are excited to be providing exam classes, and the opportunity for anyone to give it a go!

Our exam classes are focused on syllabus from the Royal Academy of Dance, and you have the option to perform in a live examination, or to complete a filmed entry.

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Mums and Bubs Classes

This class is aimed at pregnant people & new mothers who want to exercise in a safe and fun environment.

Suitable for all ballet skill levels.

Bring your little one - non-mobile babies only.

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One-to-One Private Classes

Private lessons are also available for one-on-one sessions to further develop your technique. They are typically 30 minute to an hour session, directly focusing on whatever skill or goal you wish to work towards. These sessions allow us to work at your own pace and to suit your schedule.

PBT

PBT

Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) is a unique training system using ballet-technique specific exercises to train and enhance students' technique by focussing on training the muscle memory required in each exercise in all forms of dance.

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Performance Group

Our new performance group class is a dedicated rehearsal time for those who would like to learn some choreography we can take to perform at events and competitions throughout the year.

Pointe

Pointe Classes

That's right, we are offering pointe shoe classes as part of our weekly timetable!

This class is available for those who want to tick that box off their bucket list.

Silver Swans

Silver Swans

Silver Swans classes are designed for participants over 55 and provides dance practice for older learners.

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Variety Classes

Discover different styles of dance in our new Variety Class. We’ll dance through all the genres, changing style every week.

Yoga

Yoga Classes

Join Madalen to learn how to approach daily stressors. Introducing the ancient practice of Ashtanga Yoga, come to breathe and smile. Friendly for all levels.

"Ballet is for anyone at any age, and these classes have shown me just that. I love learning and putting my brain to the test remembering the steps. Such a fun, relaxed environment. Highly recommended if you are looking for a new hobby" - Melanie

"Ballet is something I had been missing deep down in my soul for many years. I decided to take the plunge and try a class and I'm so glad I did. As soon as that beautiful music started and the first barre exercise was complete, I knew ballet was once again an important part of my life." - Janice

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