Australian Dance Enterprises was established in 1992.
Today, we teach over 200 students each week, ranging in ages from 3 years to Adults. Our classes cater for beginners through to advanced dancers.
The dance classes that we offer include the following styles: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Creative, Modern and Contemporary Dance. We currently have 6 dance teachers 2 of whom are past students of Australian Dance Enterprises (ADE) plus we also have special guest teachers from Sydney from time to time who offer exciting and creative workshops. Other specialty classes include eisteddfod and performance classes, private lessons and exam classes.
Our dance teachers are; Mrs Colette Brazier, Mrs Emma Wells, Miss Maddi McFadyen, Miss Tiffany Martin, Miss Jess Graham, Miss Georgia Mackson, Miss Hayley Collins and Miss Breanna McFadyen. Additionally Miss Savannah Roberts is also present as Junior Teacher. There are 10 assistant teachers also available who are current students at ADE.
All ADE teachers have completed or are completing a Certificate 4 in Dance with the “Australian Dance Assessment Program”. This is a nationally recognised training course and is provided by Australian Dance Vision (ADV). Australian Dance Enterprises offers dance education programs and learning strategies for Ballet, Jazz and Tap dancing. Each style progresses from beginner level through to major levels for advanced dancers. Each level covers specific learning strategies, designed to provide competencies for dance education and the basis for assessment. Each level is assessed by ADV assessors. ADE students will have the opportunity to achieve certificates in dance that are recognised nationally and internationally. HSC students will be able to enroll in a 4 unit course designed by ADV and is accredited by the Board of Studies. Students will be given an opportunity to be accredited for their training in dance.
Exams and assessments for dance students are optional. A majority of our students enjoy coming to classes purely for the joy of dance and are not interested in exams and assessments. Whereas other students are dedicated to working towards a career in dance and have the opportunity to work devotedly to achieve the elite skills required to complete the exam requirements.
Teachers at ADE will receive ongoing quality training from ADV; teachers will attend compulsory workshops and professional development classes annually. We also use the Glen Wood tap syllabus in our tap classes. Every year we host our dance recital at Lazenby Hall UNE with an audience of parents and friends of over 600 people. The recital gives our students valuable performance and stage experience and the opportunity to show parents and friends the skills they have developed throughout the year.
In term 4 students participating in the recital will be required to attend extra rehearsals on Saturday mornings. It is exciting to see younger students sitting and watching in awe at the performances of the older students, and then practicing new steps and moves in the background. These rehearsals and the recital are the highlight of the year for our students and teachers.