Part time Academy

The TPCCA Part Time Academy offers elite level level classical ballet training for students of all ages from Tiny Tots through to Adults. The Academy is renowned for its long history of excellence in classical ballet training, founded by Tanya Pearson OAM in 1971.


The Part Time Academy prides itself on its experienced and professional teaching staff, headed by Marie Walton Mahon ARAD RAD RTS, one of Australia’s most respected teachers, examiners and teacher trainers.


The teaching and administration staff are committed maintaining a positive learning environment that fosters self-worth and respect for others. Our focus is to increase student engagement which encourages learning and helps students develop the personal qualities needed to become individuals who value high levels of achievement.


The Part Time classical ballet program provides the necessary foundation training and coaching to support students who may wish to progress to full time classical ballet training as well as supporting those students who simply wish to achieve their personal best and gain the most out of their classical ballet training, in a positive learning environment.


Whilst the focus is on solid and excellent classical ballet training,  the Academy also offers classes in contemporary, repertoire, character, plaits and Progressing Ballet Technique*. All students supported through their Royal Academy of Dance examinations (from Primary through to Solo Seal level).


All TPCCA students have the opportunity to perform in the annual Academy Concert alongside the students of the elite TPCCA Full Time Academy. Part Time students also have the opportunity at times to perform with The Sydney City Youth Ballet Academy under the direction of Lucinda Dunn OAM.


All students are regularly assessed and closely monitored in terms of their progress, development and achievement of their goals. New students are not required to audition for the Part Time program however all new students must attend an Pre Enrolment Assessment to determine their suitability for the program and appropriate level for commencement. New enrolments generally take place in January and in July.


The Part Time Academy structure:

Junior School (Tiny Tots to Grades 2)


Tiny Tots ballet for young dancers 2.5-5yrs.

RAD Pre Primary, Primary, Grade 1 and Grade 2 ballet


Middle School (Grades 3 to 5)


- RAD Grades 3, 4 and 5.

Progressing Ballet Technique program.

Contemporary Dance

Character Dance.


Vocational School (Intermediate Foundation to Advanced II Levels)


RAD Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced Foundation, Advanced I, Advanced II, Solo Seal)

Progressing Ballet Technique – Intermediate and Advanced program

Contemporary Dance

Character Dance

Variations & Repertoire Class

Pointe Technique Class

Open Ballet Class


Virtuosity Class

Boys Coaching