The Academy

History

Melbourne Academy of the Arts was established in 2008  and is recognised as one of Melbourne’s premiere and elite training institutions for dance, specialising in Classical Ballet.

The Academy is situated in the City of Kingston & Bayside area, students from all over Victoria travel great lengths to attend our elite training centre in order to receive specialised and further coaching in classical ballet and dance.

Since its inception, the Academy has provided the highest quality ballet & dance training for successfully accepted and enrolled students.  Through various uniquely driven programs, the Academy achieves multiple successes and accolades annually. Academy students  have been accepted or invited into world renown schools or companies for full-time and part time vocational training, international competitions, summer intensive programs & guest artist performances.

Our creatively driven & individualised training programmes are designed to take students from their first introduction to movement through a full course of ballet & dance study. Alongside our carefully structured training programmes, the Academy have an outstanding international faculty of teachers, guest teachers/artists and choreographers. We also offer stage and performance practice in our full scale and professional repertory productions annually as well as provide our students with world class facilities in order to further aid, develop and produce dancers of a high calibre.

Speciality

The Academy specialises in classical ballet and character offering a pre professional training program “Classical Extension Program” devised by Miss Stefkovski & based on an amalgamation of all her qualifications in the following methods and syllabi.

  • The Vaganova Method
  • Australian Institute of Classical Dance (AICD)
  • Royal Academy of Dance (RAD)
  • Australian Conservatoire of Ballet (ACB)
  • International Character Dance Syllabus (ICDS)

The CEP Program a selective program offered to gifted and devoted classical ballet student aspiring to pursue a professional career in dance. Our mission in the CEP Program is to nurture, train and educate exceptional young dancers to a high standard of technical & artistic development and to inspire the future of classical ballet training. Students who have been apart of this program have received successful entry into Australian Ballet School, Queensland Ballet School, Paris Opera Ballet Summer School, Bolshoi Ballet Summer School, English National Ballet Summer School and much more. They have also won multiple awards and events such as Ballet Teachers’ Workshop or competitions & events held by the training methods and syllabi noted above.

Please click here to view our Success Stories and Academy Accolades.

Mission Statement

Our mission at Melbourne Academy of the Arts is to provide individualised dance training that address each students unique learning styles. Classes are designed to encourage, challenge and extend all students to achieve their own personal best. Our highly professional staff strive for excellence, whilst inspiring and nurturing all students to reach their full potential through their passion, commitment and love of dance.

Philosophy

We believe training should not just be abridged to the Arts, but should extend to train each student to be a well-rounded individual. So we instil in our students etiquette, discipline, equality, confidence, the ability to work as a team and to encourage one another. The Academy aims to provide a supportive learning environment that then allows our students to develop the high level of technical and performance skills required to pursue a professional career in dance.

Safe & Convenient Location
MA Arts provides a safe and supervised environment where students can begin to learn the key life skills that will prepare them for working in a ballet or dance company, as well as in the real world. Our studio is located only 900m away from Southland and is situated conveniently amongst residential houses pre-school, primary school & secondary schools. Our state of the art facilities reside right across the road from the beautiful Le Page Park making the Academy a safe environment for your children out of the hustle & bustle of heavy industrial areas. With 21 car spaces conveniently located at the front, local shops, sporting clubs, a church, gym & cafes only a minutes walk away, enabling you to go for a coffee, take the dog for a walk in the park or relax as your child is happily dancing away in our newly furnished & climate controlled studios.

Life at MA Arts involves lots of happy faces,  students are always stretching and chatting away in the warm up room or down our 28m long hallway. Baby ballerinas tip toeing around, parents having a quick chat and laugh amongst each other & staff delivering exciting, innovative & fun classes.

Life at MA Arts
At MA Arts we encourage excellence not only in dance but also in all of our students’ schoolwork. When they have spare time allocated between classes, students are encouraged to sit and study in our student study area. This is a great way for them to complete their homework in advance and allows them to utilise their time efficiently. The Academy student room is equipped with lockers, a grand study table and chairs, couches and pigeon holes for their belongings.

Between dancing and studying, the students can enjoy stretching or using the Pilates equipment in our study/warm up room, or watch one of the wonderful dance documentaries or ballets on the large study TV screen. There is a kitchen area where the students are able to prepare their meals in between lessons. The students will also enjoy the social benefits of being apart of  a supportive and vibrant community such as ours at Melbourne Academy of the Arts.