Ballet Australasia Limited
Level 7, 162 Goulburn Street
Surry Hills, NSW 2010
02 9283 1600
Initially providing exam syllabi in Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and National Character, BAL’s range soon expanded to include a comprehensive Hip Hop syllabus (co- choreographed by BJ Rorke), a new Jazz syllabus choreographed by Joel Peisley, and more recently an additional Tap syllabus named “Tap’N’Beats” which has been choreographed by Nathan Sheens, a founding Tap Dogs member.
Also affiliated with BAL is the National Dancing Association Australia (NDAA) which provides SOBHD approved syllabi in Highland Dance.
As a dance organisation committed solely to its dance teacher members, and in response to changing industry standards, BAL further extended its scope by becoming a registered training organisation (RTO) and offers an accredited Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management (CUA 40313) which can be taken in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop styles.
This two-fold commitment to members - the provision of quality dance syllabi, coupled with accredited teacher training, makes BAL a great choice for dance teachers of all genres.
Rachael Beck - one of Australia’s leading award-winning stage and vocal performers, across stage and screen.
Classical Ballet, BAL Tap, Tap’N’Beats, Jazz, Hip Hop, National Character.
BAL exam gradings are as follows:
Beginners Assessment Tests (5-6 year olds), Pre-Primary, Primary, Grades 1 to 5, Junior Solo, Grade 6 & Pre-Elementary (Ballet only), Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced, and Solo Seal Diploma.
MARKING AND ASSESSMENT
Exams can be taken either at teacher’s studios or at BAL headquarters which is a modern custom designed space in Sydney’s Surry Hills, housing BAL office administration, a large studio, director’s room, dressing rooms and more. Exams are taken in small groups but many exercises and all dances are shown individually. All grades have detailed, easy-to-follow notations, DVD’s and music available.
BAL exam pass levels are as follows: Pass 65-69%, Pass Plus 70-74%, Commended 75-79%, Highly Commended 80-84%, Honours 85-89%, Honours with Distinction 90+%.
BAL is a registered training organisation (RTO) and offers an accredited Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management (CUA 40313). This can be taken in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop styles, and is available to all dance teachers from any background meeting BAL criteria. BAL also offers an internal Teaching Certificate III available in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Hip Hop, as a pre-requisite for membership to BAL.
Teacher training intakes and courses are offered each January and July.
BAL’s friendly and approachable team is committed to offering technical support to teacher members at all times. Lessons with examiners can be requested at any time, while a technical advisor for each genre is always available to answer any syllabus enquiries not requiring a full examiner’s lesson.
COMPETITIONS AND AWARDS
All exam candidates receive a written report and a personalised Certificate of Achievement. Students receiving passes of 97% or higher also receive an Excellence Award, while candidates for senior exams receive a Senior Achievement Medal in recognition of their loyalty and dedication to BAL.
Perpetual trophies are awarded each year to BAL studios with the highest exam Honour Points in all genres, in Sydney area, country/interstate, and New Zealand.
Diamond Star Group Competition is held in May each year and all studios from any organisation are welcome.
NDAA hosts the prestigious Grand Australasian Open Highland Dancing Championships in Sydney each year.
BAL Summer School is held in Sydney each January, with a week of syllabus classes offering helpful corrections, suggestions, and exam insights to assist teachers.
Workshops are regularly held in Auckland for our New Zealand members, and also in Sydney in May whenever syllabus revisions are made.
BAL aims to offer syllabi that can extend the more gifted student as well as providing encouragement and success to the average student, thereby acknowledging and catering to the range of abilities usually found in most dance studios. The various syllabi incorporate a range of styles, from the traditional to the latest trends, to encourage the development of versatile dancers who are able to adjust to the requirements of any choreographer.
BAL aims to provide teachers with all their syllabus and professional training needs from one organisation, thereby avoiding duplication of exam sessions in your studio, cutting multiple organisation membership fees, and reducing dealings with different administrations.