Silver Swans have migrated to Geelong!

Welcome to Adult Ballet Studio Geelong

We welcome participants 18yrs-80yrs+ to participate in ANY of our classes. There are absolutely no adult age limits on our classes. Our SILVER SWANS classes have been designed for those who would like to participate in a class that is set with a more gentle teaching and exercise approach. There is nothing limiting about the class and you can also choose work as ‘hard’ as you would like. The class is designed to honour this specific age/peer group by creating a welcoming, safe and inclusive space. Improve your mobility, posture, coordination, and energy levels with our over 50’s Silver Swan ballet classes.


Please note: you don’t need to be over 50 to enrol in our Over 50’s classes, we just ask that you respect the pace and style of class which is set with a specific age groups requests in mind.

How the Silver Swans Program Originated

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The Royal Academy of Dance developed Silver Swans in response to a growing demand for ballet classes for older learners.

Sessions are based upon research into dance practice for older participants from RAD’s Dance for Lifelong Wellbeing project. This project identified psychological benefits of dance, such as perceived improvements in quality of life, as well as physiological advantages, such as improved balance.

Who teaches the classes?

Silver Swans classes are delivered exclusively by Silver Swans Licensees who have trained by the Royal Academy of Dance to safely adapt ballet techniques for older adults. At Adult Ballet Studio Geelong, our Silver Swans teacher is the lovely Trudi Schneider (C.B.T.S. RAD & RAD Registered Teacher). To read more about Trudi and our studio teachers please click here

Who can attend these classes?

Although targeted at those aged over 50, there is no upper or lower age limit to be a Silver Swan. All our classes are open to any one of any adult age. We hope our classes will help improve mobility, posture, co-ordination and energy levels. Most importantly, these classes are an opportunity to have fun and enjoy the sense of wellbeing that dance brings.

Silver Swans Licensees do not follow any particular syllabus; rather, the training gives them insight into how to adapt their teaching to a diverse class of adults, information on safe practice, and inspiration as to how to keep a group of ‘swans’ engaged over time. The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is one of the largest and most influential dance education and training organisations in the world. Established in 1920 to improve standards and re-invigorate dance training, the Academy helps and encourages its teachers to perfect their teaching skills and pass on this knowledge to their students. There are currently over 1,000 students in full-time or part-time teacher training programmes with the Academy and each year the examination syllabus is taught to thousands of young people worldwide, with approaching a quarter of a million pupils per year going on to take RAD exams.

When are your Silver Swans Classes?

All of our classes are taught by highly qualified and experienced teachers who are adept at offering different variations to material to suit the any physical limitations any participant may have.  Please take a look at our TIMETABLE to see if any of our classes may fit with your schedule.  For your quick reference the three Silver Swan classes we currently have available are:

Mondays 11.30am-12.30pm

Tuesdays 11.30am-12.30pm 

Wednesdays 11.30am-12.30pm 

Thursdays 11.30am-12.30pm 

Saturdays 9.30am-10.30pm 

What do I wear?

There is no need to buy anything specific to wear to ballet to begin with. You are welcome and encouraged to wear what ever you feel comfortable exercising in. Please bring a pair of socks and your water bottle with you. If you find ballet is right for you, we recommend you eventually purchase a pair of ballet specific shoes (ballet pumps) which are available from dance stores for around $40. *Please note socks can tend to be a little more slippery to move in than ballet shoes so if you have any hip, knee or ankle concerns to protect then we would recommend you consider purchasing ballet pumps before your first class.

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Term 4 Begins Monday 14th October

 
Silver Swans Ballet
20.00

Mondays 11.30am-12.30pm
Level: Beginners
Teacher: Trudi Schneider

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Silver Swans Ballet
20.00

Tuesdays 11.30am-12.30pm
Level: Beginners
Teacher: Trudi Schneider

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Silver Swans Ballet
180.00

Wednesdays 11.30am-12.30pm
Level: Beginner (Level 2)
Teacher: Trudi Schneider

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Silver Swans Ballet
20.00

Thursdays 11.30am-12.30pm
Level: Beginner
Teacher: Trudi Schneider

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Silver Swans Ballet
20.00

Saturdays 9.30am-10.30am
Level: Beginners
Teacher: Trudi Schneider

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Our classes do tend to book out ahead of time, so we encourage people to booking in for the term to secure their space.  For your assurance, we do offer a full refund after your first class if you find the class is not right for you – no questions asked!

 

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Swan Stories

Read what some of our Silver Swans have to say about their classes.

Anna (age 74)

Where do you take Silver Swans classes?

I take classes with Sarah in Harpenden.

I lived for dancing when I was young, but have done nothing for 50+ years! I was thrilled to find Silver Swans & although I obviously can’t do things as I used to or would like to, the sheer joy of moving to music is still there – all the old steps & exercises – such fun. We are all in the same boat so it doesn’t matter, we all do what we can.

Ballet is such a wonderful discipline, mentally & physically. Remembering sequences, flexibility, balance & co-ordination all decline with age so the challenge can only be beneficial.

Carol (age 57)

Where do you take Silver Swans classes?

Rawlins Academy in Quorn, Leicestershire.

Have you danced before?

No.

I started attending Silver Swans when Caroline started her classes in Quorn in 2017. I saw an advertisement in a local magazine and it caught my eye straight away. As a child, I dreamed like a lot of little girls of being a ballet dancer and of course read the classic Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild. I did not go to ballet classes as a child but thought what a wonderful opportunity it was to have a go as a ‘silver’ swan. So I went along and thoroughly enjoy the classes. It has been fun and challenging learning some basic ballet positions and trying to move gracefully to music. Outside of the class, I think I am more aware of my posture and try not to slouch! We laugh a lot and enjoy ourselves in class and I always leave with a smile on my face.

Carole (age 58)

Where do you take Silver Swans classes?

Gorse Covert, Loughborough with NellieBee Ballet.

Have you danced before?

Yes, from the age of 7 – 17yrs (Ballet and achieved Grade A, O Level) and since then different kinds of dance but this renewal of Ballet lessons has thrilled me, reminding me of the joy it gives me and boosting my fitness and well-being.

I joined Silver Swans because, having tried other fitness classes and found them unsuitable for me, I decided that my body probably is best suited to work as it used to without straining the wrong muscles in the wrong way. I felt confident being with other people in my age group and the non-competitive atmosphere made me enjoy it immensely. As well as having fun, I have been impressed by my teacher Vanessa’s conscientious attention to detail and her thoroughness in teaching the correct technique. I am concerned about my memory as I get older and feel that the memorising of sequences is helpful. I love the music and always feel that I will push myself more when there is music. The chance to express ourselves freely to the music is freeing and exhilarating while the chat over coffee afterwards with like-minded dancers is a very enjoyable part of my week. I have been inspired to join other Ballet classes including Vanessa’s class for students at Grades 3-5 and this has given me fresh confidence.

Deirdre (age 72)

Where do you take Silver Swans classes?

Gorse Covert Community Centre in Loughborough.

Have you danced before? 

I joined the Silver Swans Ballet class in October 2017. I started ballet classes at my local town dancing school at the age of three and continued until I was fifteen years old. I have been interested in ballet all of my life having danced in Amateur Dramatic shows up to the age of 40.

As I reached middle age I found Adult Ballet classes too demanding, so at over 70 years old this Silver Swans class is perfect. Ballet has always been good for posture, fitness and helps with memory, add to this the beautiful music, a group of friendly ladies, fun, and Vanessa, our delightful teacher, I just wish I found a class like this 15 years ago.

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Source Material from https://www.royalacademyofdance.org

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