ABA is an inspirational, forward thinking Vocational Academy that ensures students achieve the highest possible standards in order to gain a place at the Upper School of thier choice and go on to have a successful career in the field of classical ballet.
This training system takes into account that ballet is global. Students need to be capable of obtaining work in other countries as well as working for choreographers from around the world. All these aspects are essential to ensure your child actually gets to live their dream!
As I am sure you are aware, it’s a very tough world when auditioning for schools or companies. Dancers from around the world pool together in one studio, all after a place at the same school or company. This is why I have created ABA – as it has never been so vital to be working at an international standard. Raising the level of what students can achieve and enhancing their knowledge at an early age.
It is entirely possible to achieve this with the right elements - therefore I have devised a training system that trains the dancer as a whole. Utilising the mind as well as the body, with self- belief and depth of knowledge, our teachers then have the key to unlock their talent beyond what was deemed possible.
With deeper insight at an earlier age they can take ownership for their technique, feel free to explore their possibilities and improve at a faster rate. Thus creating a sense of joy and achievement through their own motivation - this produces a lovely cycle that will exist throughout their time as a dancer and beyond, and is the true key to success!
I am thrilled to be creating the global network already with two wonderful patrons.
Fiona Tonkin is the Principal Coach at The Australian Ballet and Stephanie Williams dances with ABT.