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 RAD Advanced II. 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, pilates, jazz, variations 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 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. All new students wishing to enrol into the Part Time Academy must register for a Pre Enrolment Assessment to determine their suitability for the program.

All students from Grade 4 upwards are auditioned for the program and must meet certain criteria prior to enrolment. Please see Part Time Academy Forms to register for an Audition or Assessment.

Junior School (Tiny Tots to Grades 3)


Tiny Tots ballet (young dancers 2.5-4yrs) RAD Pre Primary, Primary, Grade 1 and Grade 2 and Grade 3 ballet classes. Grades 1 -3 Contemporary

Senior School (Grades 4 to Advanced II)


RAD Grades 4, 5, Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced Foundation, Advanced 1 and Advanced II; Progressing Ballet Technique program; Contemporary Dance; Character Dance; Jazz Dance; Variations & Repertoire; Pointe Technique Classes; Open Ballet Classes; Pilates; Boys Coaching.

Junior Transition Program

Junior Transition Program is for students approximately 10-12years who demonstrate a very high level of skill and potential in classical ballet.

The course provides accelerated ballet training to enable these students to reach their full potential, laying the foundations for the Senior Transition Program and potential entrance into a Full Time Classical Ballet program.

Upon completion of 1 or two years of the Junior Transition program students will be invited to audition for the Senior Transition program. Entrance into the Senior Transition Program is not guaranteed.

Only students currently enrolled in the Tanya Pearson Academy Part Time Program are eligible for the Junior Transition Program. Entrance into the JTP is by invitation only by Artistic Director Lucinda Dunn. Students must demonstrate elite skills in the following areas: Physical attributes for classical ballet, Technique, Musicality, Performance & Artistry.

Senior Transition Program:

This course provides the opportunity for a young student to undertake training and coaching with our esteemed Full Time faculty, under the direction of Artistic Director Lucinda Dunn. It is designed to expose young dancers who demonstrate elite talent and potential for classical ballet, to the rigours of full time training whilst being sensitive to the students age, growing bodies as well as the importance of maintaining their regular academic studies.

The Transition course is offered after school hours (Wednesdays in 2017) and encompasses Classical Technique Classes, Pointe Classes, and Contemporary.

The Transition program is designed as a full year program in preparation for the Full Time training.  Transition Students are formally assessed twice a year by Artistic Director Lucinda Dunn and senior faculty. Students are marked on their progress and technique in the following areas: Classical Technique, Contemporary Technique, Pointe Work (girls), Contemporary. In addition, students are assessed and graded on their physical condition, performance and artistry, flexibility, turnout and use of it, and musicality.

Acceptance into the Tanya Pearson Academy Full Time Dancers Course is not guaranteed on completion of the Transition Program and is by audition only.

Transition Students have the opportunity to attend Full Time classes throughout the year. Transition Students are offered the opportunity to feature in the annual Academy Concert as well as invited to perform with the Academy’s Full Time students in the Sydney City Youth Ballet annual productions.

2017 Program – Wednesdays

4.15-6.00pm Classical Class

6.00-6.45pm Pointe Class

6.45-8.00pm Contemporary Class