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.”


ENROLMENTS NOW OPEN for 2015 classes.

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

TPCCA has secured additional studio space enabling the Academy to offer more classes and improvements to our Full Time and Part Time Courses.

NEW CLASSES offered in the Part Time School include: OPEN CLASSES with Lucinda Dunn, CHARACTER DANCE for Junior and Senior Levels with Mr Mark Dubovsky, ADULT BALLET CLASSES with Kristina Wallbank Hutton plus RAD Grade & Vocational Level classes from Pre Primary through to Advanced II.


CHARACTER DANCING with Mr Mark Dubovsky

Character Dance has a strong tradition and history with TPCCA. Mr Mark Dubovsky and Ms Rita Dubovsky introduced their amazing Character classes to Tanya Pearson in the 1970’s and the Academy has greatly valued these classes and style of teaching every since. Drawing on a strong basic classical ballet technique, these classes introduce students to various styles of character dancing as well as a rich history and cultural awareness of character dance. Character dancing enhances a students dynamics, allegro and musicality. TPCCA Artistic Director Lucinda Dunn began Character classes with Ms Rita and Mr Mark Dubovsky as a young student and highly values the importance benefits gained from this style of dance.


ADULT BALLET CLASSES 2015 with Kristina Wallbank Hutton CBTS

 A recent Sydney Dance Company Pre Professional Graduate, Kristina has over 10 years teaching experience and is a fully certified RAD teacher, completing her CBTS (Classical Ballet Teaching Studies) under the London Cohort of the home based RAD headquarters in Battersea, London. She also holds a Swiss diploma of Ballet Teaching and Dance School Management which was attained during a 3 year teaching apprenticeship in Luzern, Switzerland.
Kristina trained in classical ballet and contemporary in Zürich and Luzern, Switzerland and has performed with companies in Europe and the United States. She has worked with many international choreographers and danced alongside world class performers.
Kristina is also a former graduate of Tanya Pearson’s Classical Coaching Academy and Brent Street Full-time Performing arts course.

Adults Ballet LEVEL 1             Wednesdays 5.30-6.30pm

This level is designed for those with no prior or only minimal formal ballet training. No previous experience is necessary. The class will introduce you to the basic fundamentals of ballet and cover positions, basic ballet technique, correct posture and placement, coordination. The class will cover all elements of a basic ballet class including barre and centre work. This class will improve your core strength, flexibility, stamina and muscle tone plus be fun at the same time. This is a wonderful class for parents wishing to gain knowledge and first hand experience of ballet plus benefit from the exercise and body conditioning at the same time!


Adults Ballet Class LEVEL 2          Wednesdays 6.30-7.30pm 

This class is designed for individuals with some prior history of ballet training and a good basic level of competence as well as understanding of ballet terminology, positions and exercises. This complete class will cover all elements of a ballet class from barre work to centre work, allegro, turns. This class will suit you if you studied ballet as a child or many years ago and would like to get your body back into it and keep up your condition.


Adults Ballet Class  LEVEL 3          Wednesdays 7.30-8.30pm   TBC 

This class is designed for those with former Advanced level or full time ballet training or prior professional dancing experience. This complete class will cover all elements of a ballet class from barre work to centre work, allegro, turns. The class will include pointe work for those interested and will build on their existing level of ballet training and solidify their technique and condition.

Please note that we are able to coach and support adults for their RAD examinations. Private lessons are also available.

To find out more about these classes feel free to contact Kristina Wallbank Hutton on 0409 912 495 or email [email protected] for further information.

Contact us NOW for a free trial.



Posted November 18th, 2014 in Full Time Academy News, General, Part Time Academy News, Tanya Pearson Seminars by Classical Coaching

Enrolments now open for the TPCCA January JUNIOR and SENIOR Summer Schools with new Artistic Director Lucinda Dunn OAM and TPCCA Founder and Director Tanya Pearson OAM.




for RAD Grades 1 levels upwards

With Lucinda Dunn OAM, Kellie Conolly, Olivia Ansell, Mark Dubovsky, Catherine Edwards, Kim Traynor.

Classes in RAD Syllabus, Open Classes, Repertoire, Stage Skills, Character, Limber Stretch and Conditioning.

Enrolment Form here: TPCCA Junior Summer School 2015





For Intermediate and Advanced Level students

With Tanya Pearson OAM, Lucinda Dunn OAM, Kellie Conolly, Olivia Ansell, Catherine Edwards, Brian Lynch, Katie Pianoff and Julie Wells.

Classes in RAD Syllabus, Open Classical Classes, Boys Classes, Limber Stretch and Conditioning and repertoire.

Enrolment Form here: TPCCA Senior Summer School 2015


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