Posted September 4th, 2015 in Full Time Academy News, General, Performances, Sydney City Youth Ballet by Classical Coaching

As the first production under the helm of newly appointed Artistic Director Lucinda Dunn OAM, the Sydney City Youth Ballet presents THE NUTCRACKER at The Concourse Chatswood from Tuesday 15 December to Sunday 20 December 2015.


With matinee and evening performances, THE NUTCRACKER will feature special guest performances from members of The Australian Ballet, Chengwu Guo and Ako Kondo!


Told in two acts of 45 minutes each, THE NUTCRACKER follows the story of the beautiful Clara who is given a Nutcracker doll by her Uncle for Christmas.


When Clara falls asleep on Christmas Eve she dreams her Nutcracker fights the Evil Rat King and his army of mice, before transforming into a handsome prince and whisking her away to the land of the beautiful sweets.


On the magical journey she encounters dancing snowflakes, chefs, cheeky clowns, Russian acrobats and the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy, before waking up on Christmas morning wondering if it was all a dream.


THE NUTCRACKER is the Sydney City Youth Ballet’s first production under the direction of Lucinda Dunn OAM. Lucinda was appointed as the company’s Artistic Director in January 2015 and is one of Australia’s longest serving and most celebrated prima ballerinas.


A fabulous way to celebrate the festive season, THE NUTCRACKER is perfect entertainment for the whole family! 


Tickets on sale from Friday 4 September: $35.00 – $45.00

Groups (+10): $25.00

The Concourse Box Office: 1300 795 012 or

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TPCCA student Katie Sonnekus selected as Finalist in the 2015 Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Ballet Scholarship

Posted July 16th, 2015 in Competitions, Full Time Academy News, General, Performances by Classical Coaching

Eight young Australian dancers have been selected to compete in the final round of the 2015 Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Ballet Scholarships, which will be held Sunday 2 August, at the Sydney Opera House. Katie Sonnekus, who joined the joined the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy full time program as a scholar student in January of this year, (studying under the tutelage of Lucinda Dunn) is one of these talented 8 Finalists.

The scholarships not only expose competitors to adjudicators such as David McAllister, artistic director of the Australian Ballet, but also carry a total prize value of $36 000. A $15.000 scholarship plus $3,000 cash is awarded to the outright winner and the best dancer of the opposite sex picks up a $10,000 scholarship and $2,000 cash prize while the six unplaced finalists receive $1,000 each.

Prior to joining the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy, Katie received her training and completed all her RAD examinations with Heather and Melinda Palmer at the Mount Eden Ballet Academy in Auckland. Katie was awarded the TPCCA Scholarship Week at the Alana Haines Awards in 2013 which granted her the opportunity to experience the Tanya Pearson Academy and its faculty first hand for the first time.

In April this year, Katie performed again at the Alana Haines Awards and was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Danish Ballet Summer school.

We congratulate Katie who will perform as one of the eight Finalists on the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall stage on 2 August and additionally congratulate two other TPCCA Full Time students April Maguire and Lee Zammit who were selected as the next two runner up Finalists making it into the top 10 in the entire competition.

Photo by Winkipop Media 2015



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.

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