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Open Level (Elementary) Ballet (17+ years)

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

Open Level Ballet TAPAC
Dance
  • Tuesdays, to
    7:00pm - 8:00pm
$165
Mary Jane O'Reilly QSM ARAD
TAPAC class

This open level ballet class for adults extends the dancer with its musicality and technical but lighthearted approach to advanced ballet technique. It's suitable for those who have done 6 or more years of ballet and are revisiting the form for enjoyment and fitness...  

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

We welcome you to trial this class for $20 (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. 

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 Royal Academy of Dance scholarship to attend the Royal Ballet School in the UK. After performing in an opera ballet company in Europe, Mary Jane returned to New Zealand to co-found the acclaimed Limbs Dance Company, for which she danced, choreographed and directed.

Currently, she continues to be an active producer and choreographer and recently presented - to great acclaim - a preview of her contemporary ballet version of 'Giselle, what becomes of the broken-hearted' at the Auckland Art Gallery, which will be performed in full in 2020.

The Royal Academy of Dance recently invited her to be the ambassador for their Silver Swans older learner ballet classes.

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

Contact: [email protected] or  www.facebook.com/Balletwithmaryjane