Posted May 1st, 2015 in Competitions, Full Time Academy News, General, Performances by Classical Coaching

Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy students enjoyed great success at the 2015 New York Finals of the Youth America Grand Prix. 

Open to students of all nationalities aged between 9-19 years old, the Youth America Grand Prix is the world’s largest global network of dance.  Students are selected during a semi-final round to compete in the weeklong New York City finals, in the hope of receiving scholarship, professional and performance opportunities.

Vida Polakov – YAGP NY Finals 2015
Awarded Contract with WA Ballet. 2015 AHA Awards Supreme B Winner. 2014 Genee Gold Medalist.


Having recently won the 2015 Alana Haines Awards in Wellington, New Zealand and awarded the Gold Medal at the 2014 Genee International Ballet Competition in Belgium, 17-year-old Vida Polakov was offered a contract with the West Australian Ballet after her performance at the Youth America Grand Prix New York Finals. Coached by TPCCA Artistic Director Lucinda Dunn OAM, Vida performed the Dulcinea variation from Don Quixote as well as a contemporary routine choreographed by TPCCA alumni Shayarne Matheson.


During the week of competition, 17-year-old Isaac Madder was made several different offers including Houston Ballet II, Ballet West in Scotland, Elmhurst School for Dance in the United Kingdom, Palucca Schule Dresden in Germany, the Washington Ballet School, as well as summer intensive scholarships in Lisbon Portugal, and at the American Ballet Theatre in New York.

Isaac Madder with TPCCA Director and coach Ms Dunn




At only 11 years of age, Audrey Freeman was placed in the top 12 of the Pre-Competitive section – placing her in the highest ranks of her age group worldwide.


Posted March 13th, 2015 in General by Classical Coaching



With Senior TPCCA Faculty: Daniel Asher Smith, Kellie Conolly, Catherine Edwards, Brian Lynch, Lorena Otes, Katie Pianoff, Gillian Revie, Kim Traynor and Julie Wells.


Intermediate and Advanced level classes in Classical Classes, RAD Syllabus, Boys Classes, Repertoire, Limber Stretch and Conditioning, Pilates, and Contemporary.


ENROLMENT FORM AND SCHEDULE:  April Senior Holiday School





Australian ballerina Lucinda Dunn gives up the stage to teach the next generation

Posted January 26th, 2015 in Competitions, Full Time Academy News, General, Part Time Academy News by Classical Coaching

by Nicole Chettle, ABC News.  25 Jan 2015

One of Australia’s best-loved ballerinas is returning to the school where her career began to lead the next generation of aspiring dancers.

Lucinda Dunn, who received a 10 minute standing ovation during her final curtain call at the Sydney Opera House last year, has hung up her tutu and taken on a teaching role to become the artistic director of the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy and the Sydney City Youth Ballet.

“I only stepped off stage last year [and] I feel very relieved and very satisfied,” Ms Dunn said.

“And I’m very proud of the career that I had.”

After 23 years at the Australian Ballet, Ms Dunn said she no longer craved the spotlight.

“But I’ve still got my shoes on and my leotard on and I’m demonstrating and showing these dancers some techniques and some style of things that I’ve learnt through my career.”

The school she has joined has produced professional dancers who perform in dozens of companies around the world.


Its founder, Tanya Pearson, has scaled back her responsibilities after 50 years of teaching.

Was she reluctant to hand over control? “Not to Lucy,” the 77-year-old Ms Pearson said.

“I’m not completely reign-free. I still took two coaching sessions this year.

“But she can demonstrate whereas I can’t anymore. It’s very special.”

Ms Dunn was a student at the school from the age of 13. At the age of 15, she won the prestigious Prix de Lausannewhich has launched many ballet careers.

Olivia Betteridge, 15, said she aimed to follow in Ms Dunn’s footsteps, and flew to Switzerland to compete in the international competition in February.

On the day she flew out, the teenager was sweating it out in the studio with her mentor.

“It’s really fantastic. She’s such a role model and she also gives a good perspective on the performance element of dancing which I really find helpful,” Olivia said.

Discipline the key for Dunn’s students

Ms Dunn said she was passionate about providing quality coaching in Sydney, so that promising students do not have to venture interstate or overseas.

“If you can be close to home and have wonderful training that is invaluable – not leaving your family at the age of 14 or 15,” she said.

“It’s very traumatic for some people, especially going to the other side of the world.

“Then to have the Australian companies take on these students is something I’d like to see more of.

“I’m a big advocate of the Australian Ballet. That’s where I spent most of my life, I have to say.

“Queensland Ballet is a really wonderful company and it’s really expanding. The repertoire that they’re bringing is very, very exciting for Australia.”


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