I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank our student and
parent community for what was a busy and successful Semester One and as we
grand jeté into the new term, hope that you have all enjoyed a restorative
and enjoyable school term break. We also wish our senior students a well-earned term break and biggest congratulations, having completed the first leg of The Australian Ballet’s Regional Tour as the Dancers Company (photo above by Lynette Wills) performing the beautiful romantic ballet, Giselle.

Term Two highlights included our Morning Melodies performances and participation in Toronto at the Assemblée Internationale and throughout the term students in all year levels commenced rehearsals for our upcoming Showcase performances, with exciting new creations by Margaret Wilson, Simon Dow and former graduates Lucas Jervies and Paul Knobloch. Rehearsals have also included reviving two works by former staff member, Mark Annear, and Balanchine’s Serenade. The term culminated with Level 3-8 mid-year assessments and academic examinations. During the school term break we hosted our Male Intensive Training Session, Winter School and
commenced our National Audition Tour.

As we look forward to a busy and exciting term in our studios and on stage, I wish to take this opportunity to highlight the work that has been carried out in matters related to child safety and well-being at the School.

In January 2016 the Victorian Government introduced the Child Safe Standards and in advance of those standards becoming compulsory in January 2017 for all organisations that work with children, the School set about ensuring that our people, processes, systems and physical environment fully complied with them. With child safety and well-being being paramount concerns to us the School has worked with its staff on updating our Drug and Alcohol Policy, Staff Code of Conduct, Use of Social Media Policy and as a part of our usual cycle of policy review we consulted with our community on our Anti-Bullying Policy. The ABS has multiple policies and procedures including the Code of Conduct, Student Handbook, Student Boarder Handbook, Boarder Operations Handbook and Staff Policy which provide guidance in relation to existing practices and in striving to reach for the highest possible standards around
child safety and student well-being.

The ABS recognises the important role all staff members play in creating and maintaining a positive culture that can assist students to maximise their learning outcomes and maintain physical and emotional well-being. We regularly hold professional development for staff on a variety of topics and educating our staff on policies and procedures. Our most recent professional development sessions for staff included an anti-bullying seminar presented by Lisa Klug, Associate Director Worklogic, and with Psychologist, Dr. Beth Shelton from the Victorian Centre of
Excellence in Eating Disorders (CEED).

We are excited to share that in conjunction with CEED in late 2016 the School commenced reviewing its Eating Disorder Policy. The Early Intervention Guideline aims for a ‘Best Practice’ approach to eating disorders which maximises the potential for prevention, early identification and early evidence-based treatment for our students. The School takes the view that, like risk of physical injury, risk of an eating disorder is an aspect of elite vocational ballet training that needs to be openly acknowledged and well managed by the School. We are delighted to have worked closely with CEED to review and further develop this important policy. Please contact the School’s Student Counsellor, Philippa Ziegenhardt regarding any information or concerns you may have.

Here’s wishing all students a wonderful term of learning, development
and personal achievement.

Lisa Pavane, Director of The Australian Ballet School



Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness;
but direct their minds, so that you may be better able to
discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each


Christine Vavladellis was born and raised in Melbourne by Greek parents. In 2009, she completed her Victorian Certificate of Education and at the end of 2012 completed her degree at La Trobe University: Bachelor of Health Sciences with a major in Anatomy and Physiology. Christine has also recently completed her postgraduate study at La Trobe University: Master of Educational Leadership and Management.

Christine began her journey with The Australian Ballet School in the year 2000 at the age of 10. She progressed through each year level, leading her to graduating year in 2009; Advanced Diploma of Dance. Christine completed the Graduate Diploma in Elite Dance Instruction Course at The Australian Ballet School in 2014.

“[Christine] brings a sheer joy to her classes”
A Parent

Before teaching for the school, Christine had the opportunity to travel with The Australian Ballet Dancers Company regional tour four times whilst she was a student with the School. For two of those occasions, she performed the role of young Clara in The Nutcracker: Gift of a Dream by Leigh Rowles. Throughout Christine’s training, she was cast in many wonderful roles with her highlights being from
the 2009 Graduate ExhibitionSwan Lake Act 2 as a Cygnet
and Spanish solo Danza Del Fuego by Elena Maya.

Christine started teaching for the school in 2012. Currently, Christine teaches
all Early Learning Program students aged 3-10 and the After-School Program
students in Levels 1 and 2. Christine also teaches conditioning classes for
Level 1-3 students and additional Interstate Training Program classes.

"As I specialise in teaching the younger students, aged 3-13, I believe
learning in a fun, creative and engaging environment is vital for each child’s
learning development. The joy of dance should be nurtured and the
curiosity of each child, fed with inspiration and the desire to keep learning."

Christine Vavladellis

Did you know Christine enjoys spending her free time going on adventures
with her loved ones and cooking in her Thermomix?





"I was determined to gain life and dance experience"

"Thanks to the BBM Youth Support Award for Ballet I was able to plan 3 months in the UK and Europe. The experiences I had due to the award enabled me to develop both as a dancer and personally. I learnt a lot about auditioning and my art during the time overseas. I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences with other young Australian dancers who will soon be in my position.

Before leaving Australia I trawled through all of the audition notices and sent my audition package to a huge number of companies, some who replied with a straight out no, some who didn’t reply and a couple of ‘come along to the audition’ emails. All up I had just 2 auditions and a possible company class organised before I left Australia.

It was pretty disheartening to receive rejections before I even left Australia. However I was determined to gain life and dance experience more than just go on an audition tour. I did keep applying for auditions while I was away and gained a place
in a number after I had left." - Anastasia McDonald-Spicer

The latest news is that Anastasia has accepted a contract with the
Sorbisches National Ensemble in Bautzen, Germany. Congratulations Anastasia!


"I'm so excited to start my new journey"

Two years after graduating from the School, Atau Watanabe will join The
National Ballet of Japan as a Soloist in September! We wish her all the best.



We're incredibly excited to announce that donations to this year's Annual Appeal broke all records - immense thanks to all who helped us reach our total of $152,167. With two-thirds of our annual funding derived from non-government sources, we depend on donors to keep us at the forefront of dance education, nationally and internationally. Every gift to The Australian Ballet School has a far-reaching impact, on the lives of our students and the vitality of ballet in Australia. Thank you again to all our donors
- you're empowering tomorrow's dancers to dream big.




Term 2 has seen another busy period for the Students living at Marilyn Rowe House. Throughout the term, students have been busy preparing for Morning Melodies as well as taking the time to enjoy world class ballet performed by The Australian Ballet with The Sleeping Beauty well attended by students throughout its run. A new event to the calendar this term was a student-led “open day”, this allowed our boarders to meet with prospective students and parents and give them a personal insight into their lives as a boarder on a “day to day” basis and all thanks go to our Level 4 and 5 boarders who were particularly helpful not only in leading tours and answering questions but equally adept at helping to finish off any of the snacks that were left over.

Term 2 also saw the Students take part in National Boarding Week run by The Australian Boarding School’s Association, during this period, Boarding Students across Australia were asked to walk 1km to be added to the national total, which would see boarding students walk the equivalent distance to walking the entire coast line of Australia. As our boarders are required to walk this distance on a daily basis, we were easily able to contribute to the national total. Included in this was the opportunity to blow off some steam with a trip to laser tag. Students were fully engaged in the spirit of this and even went as far as to don “war paint” and their darkest clothing in order to gain the best tactical advantage. This was once again a well-enjoyed trip and it was great to see students from all levels getting involved.

Finally, as Term 2 draws to an end, it becomes necessary to say goodbye to Joel Irons. Joel has been with us since Day 1 and on behalf of the Students, Staff and the School I would like to thank Joel for his service to the House over the last year and a half, I know he will be missed by all.

It will be exciting times for Joel and his partner Erin, as they will be heading to the UK where Joel will be taking up a teaching role. Whilst the House will be sad to see Joel leave, we wish him chookas for the adventure he has ahead and more importantly dealing with the upcoming British Winter, good luck Joel and remember there is always a place for you back at Marilyn Rowe House if you decide you need to return to the relative “warmth” of Melbourne.


Over the course of the year we are pleased to be able to introduce you to our Level 8 Students for 2017. In this issue you will learn a litte about 4 more of our 15 Level 8s.


Sara Andrlon, 19

“I was born in Hanau, Germany, which is the very same town where the world famous storytellers the Grimm brothers were born and spent most of
their lives.”


Noah Dunlop, 20

“I aspire to be in a company that not only dances classics but produces new contemporary works. I love the process of working with choreographers and making movement as honest and emotive
as possible.”


  Serena Graham, 19

“My passion is underpinned by the sharing of what I feel through dance and music to those who I get the opportunity to perform for. I’d love to perform to diverse audiences – it's beautiful when you see
an audience member moved by music or
a performance.”

Joseph Romancewicz, 18

“I am one of six students that have were chosen to represent the School at Assemblée Internationale. We performed Graeme Murphy’s Almost.”



Featuring a special performance of Almost by Graeme Murphy AO and a sumptuous
Fred and Ginger feast, this year's Gala Dinner was a great success, with record attendance and funds raised. We look forward to building on this event - the cornerstone of our fundraising calendar - each year, stay tuned for a 2018 date.



We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the Board of The Australian Ballet school. The role of board members is to steer our organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure the School has adequate resources to advance its mission. Board members provide foresight, oversight, and insight. We would like to thank the amazing people who are helping the School in this capacity;

Leigh Johns OAM

Deputy Chair
Robin Campbell

Paul Cross
Geoffrey Guggenheimer
Jenny Kaye
Sarah Matheson
Geoffrey Rush
W. Brind Zichy-Woinarski Q.C.

We would also like to officially welcome W. Brind Zichy-Woinarski Q.C. to our board. Zich has made an amazing contribution to the School already as a member of the Philanthropy Committee and we are thrilled that he has now joined the board..


It's not often that an organisation can help transform the lives of young people - but that's exactly what our corporate partners do - supporting us to develop the next generation of classical ballet dancers. Today we showcase three of our partners:
Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, Mantra Southbank and Eye Clarity


Proud partner of The Australian Ballet School, Mantra Southbank offers spacious apartment-style accommodation just meters from the school’s facilities. Positioned just moments from the city's vibrant arts and entertainment heart, Mantra Southbank Melbourne offers newly refurbished contemporary apartments with excellent hotel facilities. During your stay you’ll have access to the refreshing indoor heated pool and spa, fully equipped gymnasium, onsite SPIRE Restaurant & Bar, secure car parking*, 24 hour reception and room service. School staff, contractors, families and friends
can access exclusive rates from $173 per night* (*T&Cs apply). To confirm
your reservation please contact our dedicated team on 03 8696 7222 or


Delight in luxurious comfort and a 5-star location during your next Sydney trip. In partnership with Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, students and families of The Australian Ballet School can now enjoy exclusive reduced accommodation rates during 2017.
Click here to book now or call (02) 9228 9188.





Founded in 1986, eyeclarity's mission is to provide exceptional vision by fusing aesthetics and innovation. Another new corporate partner, eyeclarity offers an
array of benefits for The Australian Ballet School students, including bulk
billed eye examinations.



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