Ballet Art Katoomba provides a child friendly approach to learning ballet. We focus on correct technique as well as the enjoyment of expressing one's self through dance.
We teach students from two and a half years of age through to adult classes. Students from Pre-Primary up learn the Borovansky syllabus which comes from the Russian style of classical ballet. Our students have the opportunity to perform their class work for examination or assessment which gives them a goal to work toward and a feeling of achievement. Private coaching is available for students who wish to further develop their ability through participation in eisteddfods. Eisteddfods provide students with the opportunity to develop confidence and skills for the stage.
Ballet Art Katoomba has an annual, end of year performance which is designed to be of minimum stress and expense for parents while providing children with an opportunity to perform.
All Ballet Art Katoomba teachers hold current Working With Children Checks.
Born and raised in the Blue Mountains Courtney has been studying ballet since the age of four. Courtney has studied various syllabi including RAD, Cecchetti and Borovansky. At fifteen Courtney studied dance full-time with Susan Weule and Garth Welch AM in Leura, while completing year 10 via distance education. Courtney has achieved her Advanced 1 in both RAD and Borovansky with Honours.
During her training Courtney has studied various styles of dance including character, repertoire, jazz and contemporary, developing a passion for contemporary and choreography. Courtney commenced her contemporary training at age twelve with Jennifer Barry Knox. In 2009 and 2010 Courtney successfully auditioned for Quantum Leap Youth Dance Company in Canberra and in 2014 Courtney entered Serenity, a self-choreographed piece, in the Short and Sweet Contemporary Dance Festival in Sydney.
During this time Courtney completed her teachers training in the Borovansky syllabus receiving her associate diploma in 2013 and her licentiate diploma in 2018. Courtney is currently a member of the NSW branch of the Australian Institute of Classical Dance.
In addition to studying dance, Courtney did further studies achieving a University Certificate in Health and Rehabilitation Science, this enabled her to further her knowledge of the body and muscle systems.
Born in the Blue Mountains, Lainey started dancing at age four. She received her RAD training in Leura under the instruction of Susan Weule and Garth Welch AM. Lainey was a finalist for the RAD Bursary and SODA Scholarships, and went on to receive Distinction in Advanced 2 in 2007.
Lainey successfully auditioned for and attended summer programs at the The American Ballet Theatre (New York), Houston Ballet Academy (Texas), and Alonzo King's Lines Ballet (San Francisco). At age seventeen, Lainey received a scholarship to attend the Ben Stevenson's Academy (Houston Ballet), full-time program, where she studied for two years in level 8. While with the Academy, Lainey performed with the Houston Ballet 2 Company where the repertoire included Paquita, Chopiniana (Les Sylphides), as well as Stanton Welch's, Long & Winding Road, Too Many Secrets, and Stop, Look & Listen. She was also chosen to perform for the Spanish consulate and in the annual company performance of The Nutcracker. Lainey then joined the Tasmanian Classical Ballet Company as a soloist for their season of The Nutcracker in 2010 and Swan Lake in 2011.
Lainey has been teaching ballet since returning home to the mountains in 2012. In 2017, she obtained her Associate Diploma of teaching in the Borovansky Syllabus and began teaching at Ballet Art Katoomba. Lainey is also a qualified Remedial Massage Therapist and has a current first aid certificate.
Kathleen attended the Scully Borovansky Ballet School in Sydney where she completed her RAD exams. In 1978 she was awarded the Scully Borovansky Overseas Scholarship and was accepted into the Royal Ballet School in London. During her two years at the Royal Ballet School, Kathleen obtained her Solo Seal from the RAD, was trained by famous teachers such as Julia Farron, Kathryn Wade, Joan Lawson, Jean Bedells and Maryon Lane and danced in the school performances at Covent Garden both years.
Kathleen joined the Kiel Stadttheater Ballet (Germany) in 1980 where she spent the next two years. She was then offered the position of principal dancer with the Koblenz Ballet where she danced for another two years. In 1984, Kathleen returned to Australia where she was danced with the Australian Ballet Company until 1986.
Highlights of Kathleen’s dancing career include the following roles; “Titania” in A Mid Summer Nights Dream, “Odette” in Swan Lake Pas de Deux, The Pas de Deus from Les Sylphides and Nutcracker, “The Countess” in Sleeping Beauty, “Effie” in La Sylphide and “Red Queen” in Checkmate opposite Sir Robert Helpmann.
Since retiring from dancing in 1984 and between having a family, Kathleen has taught classical ballet to children and adults. In 1991 she started a small school in Lane Cove in Sydney with two other former dancers from the Australian Ballet. During this time Kathleen put children through exams and put together a school performance each year. In 2008 Kathleen established Ballet Art Katoomba.
Natalie began taking ballet classes at the age of 5 with Fiona James and continued to learn from her for 14 years. During this time Natalie completed her RAD Advanced Foundation exam as well as studying contemporary dance. Natalie has taught both contemporary and ballet at Katoomba Dance Theatre prior to joining the teaching staff at Ballet Art Katoomba.
Natalie has lived in the Blue Mountains her whole life and went to Penrith High School where she became a Dance Student Leader, choreographing and teaching dance in preparation for dance festivals, competitions and local performances.
Natalie recently completed her Bachelor of Design in Interior and Spatial Design and is currently working in the industry.
Lauren is a local sports physiotherapist with a special interest in dance. She danced in Queensland for 15 years, completing RAD syllabus exams and competing in various local and state eisteddfods for all styles of dance. After completing her Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2014, Lauren undertook further training in pilates to compliment her dance background.
Lauren has a strong motivation towards educating youth in regard to injury prevention and using her sports training to improve efficiency and technique. With pilates, Lauren has tailored strength and conditioning programs to ensure dancers have minimal risk of injury, specifically when transitioning to pointe.
Lauren is currently completing a Master of Clinical Physiotherapy. In addition to teaching at Ballet Art Katoomba, Lauren is a valued team member at both Blackheath Physiotherapy & Pilates as well as Tablelands Sport & Spinal Physiotherapy.