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Ballet class recommendation for a 3 year old in Brisbane


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#1 wasabi2013

Posted 05 August 2017 - 09:40 PM

Hi all,

We are planning to enrol our daughter into a ballet school when she turns three (which is very soon!!), and were wondering if anyone can recommend a good one around Brisbane? Preferably on the south side of the city. Thanks!

#2 .Jerry.

Posted 05 August 2017 - 09:52 PM

What general area?
South east?  - Coorparoo / Capalaba / Tingalpa
South - Holland Park? Mount gravatt?
South west?

Are you after a dance school that gets very serious?
A dance school that offers lots of dance styles for when she is older?

#3 wasabi2013

Posted 05 August 2017 - 10:01 PM

View Post.Jerry., on 05 August 2017 - 09:52 PM, said:

What general area?
South east?  - Coorparoo / Capalaba / Tingalpa
South - Holland Park? Mount gravatt?
South west?

Are you after a dance school that gets very serious?
A dance school that offers lots of dance styles for when she is older?

Hi Jerry, we are after something more fun than serious at the moment. Different styles would be cool but she's obsessed with ballet at the moment so it's not essential.
We're in Tarragindi but are willing to travel ~20 min by car. Thanks!

#4 .Jerry.

Posted 05 August 2017 - 10:08 PM

Several families I know go to Radiance Dance in Holland Park.
CAPA in Wishart is very popular.
Theatre and Dance in Coorparoo is where my daughter started.  It's a very popular but highly competitive dance school.

My daughter goes to a lovely family friendly dance school now (at age 11) but it us much further east.

#5 possumbaby

Posted 05 August 2017 - 10:11 PM

If you're in tarragindi check out JS Dance at Peggs Park Moorooka or Dance Pointe at salisbury.

#6 wasabi2013

Posted 05 August 2017 - 10:28 PM

Thank you Jerry and possumbaby!!
Gosh there's a few options there, might have to book some trial classes and check them out.

Where do you guys get ballet outfits/shoes for a toddler? Would places like Big W stock them or do you have to go to a specialist shop?

#7 .Jerry.

Posted 05 August 2017 - 10:34 PM

Target sells ballet shoes.
Get proper ones.
But we've always gone to Sue's Shop at Carina. They are great there.

Outfit will depend on what the dance school wants.

#8 possumbaby

Posted 05 August 2017 - 10:51 PM

Don't spend much until you've tried it out. 3 is very young,lots of ballet stuff starts in the 4-6 size. And it's also a bit hit and miss at that age whether she will want to do the class. Kmart and best and less also have really affordable dance stuff. The places I mentioned will both let you come along for a free trial, that's a good way to see if your daughter feels comfortable.

#9 wasabi2013

Posted 05 August 2017 - 11:13 PM

View Post.Jerry., on 05 August 2017 - 10:34 PM, said:

Target sells ballet shoes.
Get proper ones.
But we've always gone to Sue's Shop at Carina. They are great there.

Thanks, will check them out!

View Postpossumbaby, on 05 August 2017 - 10:51 PM, said:

Don't spend much until you've tried it out. 3 is very young,lots of ballet stuff starts in the 4-6 size. And it's also a bit hit and miss at that age whether she will want to do the class. Kmart and best and less also have really affordable dance stuff. The places I mentioned will both let you come along for a free trial, that's a good way to see if your daughter feels comfortable.

Sounds good, will check them out! Trials definitely seem like the way to go, will take DD and see what she likes.

#10 Crazyhouseholdof6

Posted 06 August 2017 - 10:09 AM

My kids go to Vibe Dance studio but they are at Sunnybank so that might be a bit far. We also looked at Reese Dance Studio but that's also a bit further out. I like Vibe as there is no pressure and the kids can try all the types of dance before they pick one if they like. They can choose to perform or just go to weekly lessons, the owner is lovely and very approachable. Teachers are wonderfully patient with the little kids too :)

#11 itsallnew

Posted 06 August 2017 - 01:52 PM

The Qld Ballet in West End do fun ballet classes for kids, starting at 1yo! I'm about to enrol my 2yo.

#12 wasabi2013

Posted 06 August 2017 - 05:51 PM

Thank you Crazyhouseholdof6 and itsallnew! I will check them out :)

#13 kiwi-girl

Posted 06 August 2017 - 06:34 PM

Look to see if there is a 'Tiny Tutus' class near you - awesome and not too much pressure at all

#14 born.a.girl

Posted 06 August 2017 - 07:04 PM

Don't be too disappointed if your daughter ends up being disinterested in joining in a play dance class, but still loves ballet.

Our daughter was desperate too, but really wasn't ready to concentrate even to the low level needed at that age.

A few years later and she was back to pushing to go to classes again, and from prep until year ten, she did up to four classes a year.

#15 wasabi2013

Posted 07 August 2017 - 09:10 AM

Thanks kiwi-girl and born.a.girl!

Yep kinda prepared for her to just stand there and not want to join in on the act, she does that often at playgroups but learns all the songs and sings them at home! :closedeyes:

#16 Musefan2010

Posted 07 August 2017 - 10:39 AM

They have cute (and cheap!) dance clothes at Best and Less if you have one near you?

#17 Sandra

Posted 07 August 2017 - 10:47 AM

I agree with the get proper ballet shoes.. the ones sold in general shops are not safe and children will slip and fall and injure themselves.
The may only be little but the shoes are designed to enable them to grip the floor safely and move without sliding.

#18 wasabi2013

Posted 07 August 2017 - 04:20 PM

Thanks Musefan2010 and Sandra!
Should be able to find a Best and Less somewhere near. Definitely will check them out!

Might be a silly question but how do you tell if the shoes are proper ones? Are the soles different?



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