LOCATION & ACCESS
Q1 Where is the College located?
Perth Modern School – Situated in the north-western part of Perth Modern School’s grounds, Subiaco. Cnr Subiaco Road and Hamilton Street. Entry from Hamilton Street.
Q2 Where can I park my car?
In metered bays on Hamilton Street, outside the College, or along Subiaco Road.
Q3 Which is the nearest railway station?
West Leederville Station, on the Perth-Fremantle line. A short walk, approximately 5 minutes to the north-west of the College.
Q4 Where are the closest bus stops?
Several bus stops are located within approximately 5 minutes walking distance of the College. On Roberts Rd between Perth Modern School and Princess Margaret Hospital / Hay and Wellington Streets near their respective intersections with Thomas Street / Cambridge Street.
Q1 What do the annual fees include?
All regular tuition fees, examination fees and performance costume costs. College uniforms are a separate issue ¬ please phone for details of recommended retail outlets.
Q2 How often do fees need to be paid?
Three times per year. Instalments payable in advance in January, May and August. Terms & conditions apply.
Q3 What payment methods are accepted?
Cash, Cheque, Money Order, EFTPOS, EFT, Credit Card (Mastercard & Visa only )
Q4 Are scholarships available?
Yes, for selected high-achieving Senior School Students. The awards are merit-based. Terms & Conditions apply.
Q1 How many hours will my child study?
This ranges from 2.75 hours (Preparatory Level 1 to 15 hours (Level 7 & Level 8) per week.
Q2 At what age can students commence training at The Graduate College of Dance?
The Introductory Dance Performance Course (IDPC) can take students in the year they turn four years-of-age. The IDPC is on Saturdays during school term from 9:00-10:30am (one hour of Classical Ballet and half-an-hour of Creative Dance).
Any advice on College expectations for the students?
- Consistency is essential for a dancer so please endeavour to attend each available class to get the full benefit of the program
- Attending conditioning week is essential to develop the correct muscle memory and to learn the portfolio of exercises referred to during the term
- If you child is ever slouching please remind them to stand / sit correctly to develop the correct muscle memory
- Fringes are not appropriate for dancers as the eyes and face are essential for projecting out to an audience; There must be no distractions to purity of line.
- Please check your child’s feet for signs of rolling and correct whenever you notice it (results in instability and injury)
- Please remind your child never to do the splits when they are not warmed up as it can be dangerous
- Home feet exercises are important
- Strengthening exercises such as pilates and core exercises are important for the students
- Consider timing of asking how a class was when you pick up your child as they need to be given the space to recover and reconnect
- Allow your child to get to know the schedule and manage their time as soon as practicable as they need to learn independence
- Exposure to international ballet companies would be very beneficial to the students’ development
- Parents must not enter the dressing rooms to respect the students’ privacy (if you need to assist your child please do so in the archive room or the corridor)
- If you need to get a message into the dressing room, just knock on the door and wait for someone to answer
- Students should always wear something over their practice clothes when they arrive and leave the College (ideally the College tracksuit)
- Students should protect their feet by wearing proper closed in shoes when they arrive and leave class
How do we care for Pointe Shoes correctly?
- Do not throw away tapes (i.e. ribbons) – they must be unpicked and reused
- Always ‘back’ tapes to avoid fraying (i.e. fold over and sew it double where the tape meets the shoe)
- To clean tapes use soap and water
- Tying tapes when wet creates a very secure knot
- Keep ballet shoes clean as the foot elongates the look of the leg
- Stand the shoe up to dry
- You can use clear acrylic to harden the shoe (spray into the back of the shoes and when it runs down to the bottom swirl it around)
- Take out any padding in the toe area and you can also remove the fabric sock if required
- Use thin cotton to back the tapes and thicker cotton to sew onto the shoe
- It is important to have 2 or 3 pairs of shoes on the go
- It is important for students to get to know their shoes by doing the sewing themselves
- Burn tape ends with a lighter to stop them fraying (please ensure this is done carefully and only by an adult or under direct adult supervision)
- When the satin starts to fray on the end of the shoe trim it off to keep them neat
Please also find a diagram of Pointe Shoes you can download (in PDF) that gives the correct names for each part of the shoe that you may find useful.