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Open Level Ballet (17+ years)

This ballet class extends the dancer with its musicality and playful approach to the ballet technique. It's suitable for those who have done 6 or more years of ballet as a youngster and are revisiting the form for enjoyment and fitness.


Open Level Ballet TAPAC
  • Tuesdays, to
    7:00pm - 8:00pm
Mary Jane O'Reilly QSM ARAD
TAPAC class

Improve your fitness and flexibility and be energised in this mindful class, which is playful and light-hearted with as much (or as little) physicality as your fitness level allows!

Please note that viewing this class is not available. However, we welcome you to trial this class for $24 (pay and sign in at reception 15 minutes prior to the class). This does not guarantee a place in the course will be reserved for you and is not available if the class is full. 

What to wear:

  • Please wear stretchy, close-fitting tights/leggings and t-shirts/tops.
  • Women, please wear your hair tied back off your face and neck (so you can dance without it falling in your face).
  • Men, please wear a dance belt (they can be purchased at Pure Dance on New North Road).
  • Footwear - you can wear sports socks at first (preferably cotton, tight-fitting) and once you understand how the feet need to work you can purchase ballet shoes.

Feedback from 2018 student

"When I started your classes it had been 20 years since I was last in a ballet class and much of my relationship with dance (ballet in particular) was steeped in feelings of failure and never being good enough. Since joining your intermediate class two years ago I have fallen back in love with ballet. I feel like I'm dancing the best I have in my life - I'm sure aspects of my strength, technique and flexibility were better when I was a teenager but I feel like I've never loved it as much as I do now and what a difference that makes to how you allow yourself to dance! The other dancers in your class are friendly, welcoming and fun to learn with - we laugh at our mistakes and push each other to keep trying. Age and rustiness are not an issue and your gentle encouragement and correction is super valuable. I really love your exercises and choreography and look forward to Tuesday night every week."  Lara

Teaching artist

Mary Jane O'Reilly tutor ballet

Mary Jane O'Reilly QSM ARAD

Mary Jane started learning ballet at 4 and became a professional ballet dancer in her late teens. She gained her Solo Seal at the National Ballet School in Wellington and won a highly coveted RAD scholarship with the Royal Ballet School in the UK. After performing in an Australian opera ballet company, Mary Jane returned to New Zealand to co-found the acclaimed Limbs Dance Company, for which she danced, choreographed and directed.

“My passion in teaching ballet is to teach and share the technique, the aesthetic, the musicality of ballet. I aim to celebrate the beauty of it and make it an enjoyable experience to learn or revisit this beautiful art form”.

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