Frequently Asked Questions

Dance assists your child to develop physically, emotionally and socially in a way that is unique to other activities. Whilst dance develops the physical skills of coordination, strength and control it also allows you to express yourself and the music through physical movement. Dance classes are a wonderful way to make new friends and to also develop the valuable life skills of perseverance, determination and tenacity in a fun and encouraging environment.

At The Teresa Johsnon Ballet School we are proud and honoured to have been part of the Paddington and Darlinghurst communities for the past 22 years. This sense of being part of a village, yet still getting the very best dance training on offer, is quite unique.
For our Petit Pointer and beginner classes no previous dance experience is required. Please drop us a line for all other enquiries and we will help steer you to the most appropriate class for you.
Yes everybody is welcome to join our classes
Please click on the Enrol button and complete the enrolment form
You are more than welcome to join at any time during the term. We are very happy to discuss this with you further to ensure that you or your child is enrolled in the correct class.
You can book a trial class for any of our Petite Pointer, Jazz, Contemporary and Adult Ballet classes
We offer a discounting structure based on the number of classes attended by a student. Please contact us for a full list of our fees or for more detailed individual costing based on your requirements.
Yes we accept both Active and Creative Kids Vouchers which can be used against our term fees.
You are more than welcome to join any of our jazz, contemporary or tap classes regardless of whether you attend ballet class or not.
We require the sign off from our consultant physiotherapist for a student to progress onto pointe. Our physiotherapist recommends that a minimum of 3 dance classes a week are attended in the year prior to being assessed for pointe work. To this end all Grade 5 students are invited to attend the Intermediate Foundation Pointe preparation classes.

For graded students the minimum class requirement to participate in the examination process is two syllabus classes and one body conditioning class per week.

For vocational students, the minimum requirement is for two syllabus classes, one pointe class and a pilates per week in order to participate in the exam process..

We also offer special preparation classes and a mock examination which are compulsory components of the examination process. Please see the term dates timetable for the dates proposed for the coming year.

We encourage all our ballet students from Primary upwards to participate in the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Examinations and Class Awards, as they offer a wonderful sense of achievement and the opportunity to work towards attainable goals. We aim to make this process an exciting and enjoyable experience that both challenges and engages students in their own learning. Although encouraged, it is not compulsory to take part in the examination process.
Our private lessons are a very valuable commodity and we need to save these for students who attend the minimum required weekly lessons for examination purposes.
Yes we love our end of year concerts! Barring any unforeseen circumstances (like COVID) we feel that an end of year concert is a very important part of dance training. We are after all teaching a PERFORMING art form.
At the end of each term parents are invited to join us to observe their child’s progress. We also offer special viewings for the Examination Syllabus work once examinations are completed.

Bloch at either York Street or on Bronte Road stock our uniform requirements of leotards, tights and skirts.Ballet Emporium on Bronte Road also offers our uniform and are the stockists of MDM footwear which are our preferred supplier of ballet flats and jazz shoes.For tracksuits, character skirts, ballet bags, t-shirts and resource packs for body conditioning please visit our shop on this website.