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PEVNEV BALLET ACADEMY

About Us

Pevnev Ballet Academy is Perth’s southern suburbs’ premier Classical Ballet school offering training specialising in Vaganova technique. To complement students’ ballet training the Academy offers specialist Pointe classes, Contemporary dance, Character dance and Dance Conditioning.

The Academy prides itself on providing classical ballet training of the highest calibre.  Former students of the Academy are now continuing their training and professional careers in Russia, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Classes are available to students from 3 years of age to pre-professional level, as well as adult classes.

Gifted students may audition to participate in the Elite programs; Junior Extension, ‘After School Program’, or the Full-Time Program, which are designed to enrich and broaden the dance experience of dedicated and focused students.

Our aim is to instil in all students a love of movement, music and dance whilst establishing correct technique and imparting an appreciation of the traditions of classical ballet.

Directors

Sergey Pevnev

Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Sergey trained at the Vaganova Ballet Academy before dancing with Kirov Ballet, Eifman Contemporary Ballet Theatre and Tatchkin Saint Petersburg Ballet Theatre. Sergey joined West Australian Ballet in 2004 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2009. Sergey has received a Diploma from the Perm International Competition. In both 2009 and 2010 he won Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer at the WA Dance Awards, firstly for his role as Albrecht in WAB’s Giselle, followed by his performance as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, choreographed by Yuri Vamos.

After Sergey’s retirement in 2016 he took a position as Director of Pevnev Ballet Academy.

Fiona Pevneva

Our aim is to instil in all students a love of movement, music and dance whilst establishing correct technique and imparting an appreciation of the traditions of classical ballet.

In 2008, Fiona performed as a Guest Artist with the West Australian Ballet on their tour of The Red Shoes and joined the company as a full-time artist in 2009, beginning with that year’s Ballet at the Quarry season. Later in 2009 she was promoted to Leading Artist and Principal dancer. At the WA Dance Awards in November 2014, Fiona won the Outstanding Performance award for a Female Dancer for performing Tatiana in WAB’s Onegin. She was also nominated for a 2014 Helpmann Award for the same role.

After the birth of her second daughter, Fiona retired from dancing to focus on teaching but was known professionally as Fiona Evans. 

Faculty

LAURA PEDRO

Head of Character

FLOEUR ALDER

Head of Contemporary

CHRISTINE JAROSZEWSKI

Classical

LAUREN MURRAY

Classical

MAY GREENBERG

Contemporary & Classical

AMELIA SAGRABB

Contemporary & Classical

LISA HUGHES

Classical

ZAMIRA KETENCHIEVA

Classical, Conditioning and Choreography

ALEX KAY

Jazz

Styles

Classical Ballet

From 2021, Pevnev Ballet Academy will concentrate on delivering Classical ballet training in the Vaganova method of Classical Ballet, developed by Agrippina Vaganova. The Vaganova is the chosen method by most full-time ballet schools as well as most professional companies around the world and therefore, giving Pevnev students the best training and opportunity for a career in dance.

The method fuses elements of traditional French style from the romantic era with the athleticism and virtuosity of Italian Cecchetti technique. The training system is designed to involve the whole body in every movement, with equal attention paid to the upper body, legs and feet. Vaganova believed that this approach increases consciousness of the body, thus creating a harmony of movement and greater expressive range.

The steps in the Vaganova method builds on a carefully developed progression in which the “basic” or “preparatory” forms are mastered before the dancer moves on to more difficult forms. The method is founded upon the idea that when a dancer is introduced to a step, he or she will have developed the correct strength in foundation in order for their steps and movements to be successful. 

Character

The International Character Dance Syllabus has been designed and written by Australia’s leading exponent of Character Dance, Alida Segal. Her experience began in 1970 with Madame Marina Berezowsky AM and continued while studying at the world-renowned Moiseyev School in Moscow.

This clear and concise training program takes students from basic concepts to professional standards in preparation for a career on the stage.

The course includes active physical practice of technique & movement, as well as information about music and rhythm. Elements of ethnology, physics and design are also involved. This results in a more holistic education & understanding of the development of dance styles.

 

Contemporary

Pevnev Ballet Academy follows the principle that classical ballet is the fundamental technique underpinning all other dance forms. However, it is vital that young students and dancers of today are as versatile as possible.

With our ultimate goal being to train dancers for a career in dance, we have created a contemporary dance curriculum that will develop the technical fundamentals required of a dancer today, alongside current and relevant movement explorations to better equip them for today’s industry.

Our classes will be led by our resident contemporary faculty as well as renowned international guests and will encompass Cunningham based technique partnered with principles gathered from Release, Graham, Counter technique, floor work and improvisation.

There is a strong focus on correct postural alignment, efficient and creative pathways of movement in and out of the floor, as well as developing spatial awareness and holistic body strength.

We aim to produce dancers that are aware, thoughtful and confident. Ready to face any and all of the challenges that may appear in the current dance industry.

 

Programs

Recreational

Level 1 (3-4 years)
Level 2 (4-5 years)

 

Ballet syllabus in two levels, to give our youngest dancers the best possible introduction and foundations for the Junior Program.
Highly structured classes (once weekly) with no more than 12 students per class. One class assistant and accompanied on piano.
Full school end of year concert.
 
Optional class: Contemporary/Jazz Dance (Level 2 only)
Level 1 (5-6 years)
Level 2 (6-7 years)
Level 3 (7-8 years)
Level 4 (8-9 years)*

Conditioning to strengthen and stretch the young bodies, and to give the student a better understanding and awareness of their muscles and joints to prevent injury,
Classical classes to refine technique and develop strength in classical work.
Optional classes: Contemporary or Jazz Dance, Repertoire/Dances (Level 3 and up only).
Eisteddfod solos and groups (by invitation only).
Class assessments with an external examiner, certificate and report.
Full school end of year concert.

*option in Level 4 to audition for Elite Programs.
  • Conditioning to strengthen and stretch the young bodies, and to give the student a better understanding and awareness of their muscles and joints to prevent injury.
  • Classical classes to refine technique and develop strength in classical work.
  • Contemporary Dance.
  • International Character Dance Syllabus (ICDS). Optional classes: Jazz Dance, Repertoire (ballet).
  • RAD Festival / Eisteddfod solos and groups (by invitation only). Mid year Contemporary/Jazz performance.
  • Full school end of year concert.
  • Class assessments with an external examiner, certificate and report.
15+ years
 
Classical & Contemporary Dance coaching for students aged 15 years and over who wish to maintain their technique, in a recreational capacity.

This class is a relaxed environment for adults who wish to continue their love of ballet.

Elite Programs

Saturday morning Classical, Performance and Conditioning classes. Annual assessment, certificate and report.

Elite Eisteddfod ensemble (by invitation only).
Level 1 (10-11years)
Level 2 (11-13 years)
Level 3 (13-14 years)
Level 4 (14-15 years)

  • Classical classes to develop the classical ballet technique and to challenge dancers in terms of speed, agility, strength and ability to pick up combinations quickly.
  • Pointe classes to build lower-leg strength and develop strong foundations en Pointe.
  • Repertoire/Dances
  • Conditioning classes to strengthen and stretch growing bodies, and to give the student a better understanding and awareness of their bodies to prevent injury.
  • Contemporary Dance
  • International Character Dance Syllabus (ICDS).
  • Optional classes: Jazz/Contemporary Dance

RAD Festival / Eisteddfod solos & groups (by invitation only). Yearly Stage Exams and Masterclasses with an examiner from Russia/Vaganova Academy.


Option to obtain accredited Certification Courses in Dance, in partnership with the Australia Dance Institute.
*option in Level 4 to audition for Elite Programs.
This is a boutique Classical Ballet program catering to students with the ambition of becoming principal and soloist dancers within a professional dance company.
There is a strong focus on developing the individual and therefore small classes are imperative to ensure rigorous attention to each student in order to strengthen technique, and polish performance quality.
All applicants for the Pevnev Full Time Training Program are required to undertake a strict selection process. Auditions will include a solo performance, ballet class and an interview to assess ability and commitment. The academy offers entry into either the Junior or the Senior stream.
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    LAURA PEDRO

    Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Laura began her dance training at the tender age of five a the Pio-X Conservatory of Music and Dance in Jundiai, moving to the prestigious Halina Biernaska Ballet Academy to complete her studies in dance.

    Laura has a wide and varied professional resume including company membership with Pio-X Dance Company, UNICIRCO Circus Company as Dancer and Choreographer, entertainer with International Hotels Magic Life Resorts in Turkey and Greece and more recently in Perth, Kuerazo Latin Dance productions as Choreograher and guest soloist with Perth City Ballet.

    Laura has trained extensively in the RAD style of classical dance and qualified member of the Union of Dance Teachers from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Laura specialises in Moiseev Character Syllabus and brings her expertise to the dancers at Pevnev Ballet Academy.

    FLOEUR ALDER

    Floeur Alder has an Advanced Diploma in Dance (1988) from the WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and a BA in Performing Arts (2003) In between her studies, she was awarded a Creative Development Fellowship from DCA to study with several of the leading contemporary dance companies in Europe.

    In 2004, Floeur attracted two grants from the Australia Council: Foot in the Door grant to work with Leigh Warren and Dancers (where she performed Like No-one is Watchingby Toni Ritzi) and later Tasdance; and a Project Workspace Grant to choreograph Rare Earthon her parents, internationally famous dancers, Lucette Aldous and Alan Alder. Rare Earthwon the Most Outstanding Achievementin Choreographyat the 2006 WA Ausdance Awards. In 2008, Floeur received an Australia Council Skills and Development Grant to film it.

    Floeur continued to perform with Tasdance for six years, working with more than twenty-five choreographers including, Tanjia Liedtke, Raewyn Hill, Natalie Weir, Graeme Murphy and Frances Rings. During her tenure she was voted Dancer to Watchby Rita Clarke and more recently Australia’sMost interestingIndependent Artistin 2018 by Margaret Mercer in the Dance Australia.

    In 2011, Floeur travelled to Europe on a Churchill Fellowship to study at the Paris Opera School, Royal Danish school/company, Perm Ballet Academy in Russia and the Royal Ballet School in London. On her return to Perth, she performed in Trois Generationby Jean-Claude Gallotta for the 2013 Perth International Arts Festival and became a founding member of Ochre Contemporary Dance Company.

    As a dancer with Ochre, Floeur has performed in Diaphanous, Dreamtide, Pulse, Sculptures by theSea, DNA Simply Human, Articulating Landscapes 1&2 and Kaya. As a choreographer, she has created three original works for the company: Unbreakable Spirit, Kimberley PlainsandShen.

    Floeur also worked with Chrissie Parrott on her independent production Cicada(2012) and the UWA Centenary-commission LUMINOUSnight:Birds(2013)

    In 2015, travel writer Stephen Scourfield invited her to collaborate on a solo work based on his book Beautiful Witness. The work premiered at Government House Ballroom, was subsequently performed at New Norcia Writers Festival and had a sell-out season at St Georges Cathedral for the 2016 FringeWorld Festival.

    Floeur returned to France in 2016 to work with Robert Bestonso, ex star of the Paris Opera, to create a solo, Don’t Push, which was performed in Angouleme. This performance was filmed by WA film-maker Dawn Jackson and will feature in a documentary film, Pointe, currently in development on Floeur’s life and work.

    In 2017 Floeur was the dance teacher for Aboriginal Theatre at WAAPA and performed in WA Opera’s Lucia di Lammermoor. She also worked on the first development of a new solo, Beyond, by Chrissie Parrott in a residency at Donnelly River and was performed at the launch of the Nanup Flower Festival. Beyond was then performed as a part of Ochre’s 3.3 and Beyondseason at Subiaco Arts Centre in 2018. Don’t Pushwas performed as a special solo performance at His Majesties Theatre which was filmed forPointein August 2018.  

    Floeur has choreographed for numerous Strut performances as well as a work for Link (WAAPA) and Same but Different for WA Ballet’s Genesis Season. Most recently Floeur has created a new solo, Knowing, a tribute to Rudolf Nureyev as a part of Micromoves in the 2019 Perth Fringe Festival. 

    Floeur has been nominated at the WA Performing Arts Awardsfor “Best Female for Beyond”at the WA Performing Arts Awards 2019 supported by Ochre Contemporary Dance Company. In August/September Floeur completed a month-long residency with artist Virginia Ward, at the Vancouver Arts Centre in Albany where they have created a new work, Djilba “A Moment in time” which will be performed at the Eric Singleton Wetlands and Albany in 2021.

    Throughout her career, she has also taught at WAAPA, Tasdance, Ochre, WA Ballet Company and numerous private full time WA Ballet Schools.

    CHRISTINE JAROSZEWSKI

    Christine was born in New York. She started her international professional career at the age of 16 with the Basel Ballet in Switzerland. She then worked with various modern/contemporary choreographers. She has also participated in her own choreographic works at the “Young choreographer’s Workshop” with Zürich Ballet in 1990 and 1992. She only ended her rich and exciting career recently in 2017 after 6 years as Principal with Ballet am Rhein Dusseldorf-Duisburg, Germany where she performed the lead roles such as “The Sleeping Beauty”, “Romeo and Juliet” and many others on top of being exposed to Contemporary dance, improvisation and Yoga/Gyrokinesis practices.

    In 2014, Christine became a Certified Teacher of the American Ballet Theatre’s (ABT) National Training Curriculum.

    In addition to her ballet training and career, Christine lived in India for 5 years, and taught ballet and «Yoga for Dancers», based on Gyrokinesis”R” for an educational diploma program with the Attakkallari Center for Movement Arts and Mixed Media in Bangalore.

    LAUREN MURRAY

    Lauren Murray was born in Harare, Zimbabwe and immigrated to Australia with her family in 2002. She began ballet at the age of 5 and she continued this alongside Rhythmic Gymnastics, acrobatics, jazz and athletics. Her passion for dance and performing led her to the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts graduating in 2006 with an Advanced Diploma. She furthered her classical education at the Charlesworth Institute and then went on to dance at the Dresden SemperOper, West Australian Ballet and the Staatsballett Hannover. She worked as a soloist under the direction of Joerg Mannes for seven years. She has danced a variety of repertoire and creations from full length classical ballets to neo classical pieces, modern dance and musicals by leading choreographers in all of these fields of dance. She is also a certified Gyrotonic®️and Gyrokinesis®️ trainer.

    MAY GREENBERG

    May graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts Bachelor of Art in Dance (2014). In 2015 she began work placements with Co3:, Fresco Dance Company, Batsheva Company and in 2016/17 with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company and Dancenorth.

    May has choreographed pieces for Short Cuts By STRUT Dance from 2016 to 2019. 

    AMELIA SAGRABB

    Amelia Sagrabb is an emerging contemporary dance artist based in Perth, Western Australia. She recently graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in May 2020, receiving a BFA (Honours) majoring in dance and minoring in sociology. At Rutgers she performed works by Pam Tanowitz, Jordan Lloyd, Sean Curran, Erik Thurmond and Chien-Ying Wang, whilst also producing her own works.

    Her studies included a year at Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, where she worked with Roni Chadash, Noa Zuk, Batsheva Dance Company and Vertigo Dance Company.

    Most recently, Sagrabb choreographed and performed in her professional debut contemporary dance work Lemon at FRINGE WORLD Festival 2021 and as part of the Blue Room Theatre’s season 900 Seconds. Amelia has also undertaken additional intensive studies with STRUT Dance, Peridance/Hubbard Street Dance, Sydney Dance Company and Co:3 Australia.

    Additionally, she is a certified Yoga teacher and currently teaches at Urban OM and Mudra Yoga. Amelia’s main focus in teaching is to give students the space, time and tools to be able to reconnect with their bodies and find the sense of playfulness and discovery within dance. A lot of Sagrabb’s teaching principles are inspired by Gaga — she incorporates imagery and imagination to explore new possibilities and pathways of movement.

    LISA HUGHES
    Lisa began dancing in Newcastle N.S.W. with Robyn Hick A.R.A.D. RAD examiner, where she undertook R.A.D. Grades and Majors exams receiving 8 Honours results and competed in Eisteddfods for 10 years. She also studied Jazz Ballet with Marie Walton-Mahon before being accepted into the Centre for the Performing Arts in Adelaide at age 17.

    During her time there, Lisa was lucky enough to work under the teachers Ray Lewis, Margaret Wilson, Julia Blaike, Joe Scolgio, Helen Herbertson, Jacqui Carol and Gillian Anthony. Graduating in 1985 Lisa freelanced in Adelaide performing works in the Adelaide Festival and decided to finish her R.A.D. examinations under Elayne Cherry. Lisa joined Vision Dance in Byron Bay in 1987 where she stayed for 2 years performing original contemporary dance works by Rachel Zinman a member of Tasdance and Ginny Bradley from Pineapple Studios in London. Vision Dance toured to Sydney to take part in the Bi-Centennial Arts Festival performing works by Maggie Sietsma and Natalie Weir from Expressions Dance Company in Brisbane, after which Lisa travelled to Brisbane to work with Expressions. 

    In 1989 Lisa accepted a teaching position at a large dance school in Darwin, N.T. where she stayed for 2 years. During that time, she was approached to join the contemporary dance company, Tracks Dance. Lisa danced with Tracks for 4 years and performed in three major professional seasons and numerous community dance projects, working with choreographers David McMicken, Tim Newth, Sarah Calver and Maggi Phillips. 

    In 1991 she decided to open her own school which became the largest dance school in Darwin. With over 270 students, she operated the school for nearly 10 years. With students partaking in R.A.D. examinations, festivals, community performances, competitions and annual concerts. One major highlight was collaborating with the Darwin Youth Orchestra and choreographing and performing to an original score called “The Wetlands” which they toured to the remote community Bathurst Eylandt. A heart wrenching decision in 2000 to leave it all to start a family with husband Darren found her back in Newcastle N.S.W. and teaching at her old school, Robyn Hick School of Dancing until her son was born in September. 

    Taking the next few years off to have two more children, daughter’s Rhiannon and Lilly and then moving to Perth in 2007. Enrolling the girls into ballet classes in Perth, Lisa was soon back into teaching. Lisa taught at Academie de la Classique, Academy of Dance and Elegance and eventually opened her own studio, Carnaby Dance Centre. Lisa began teaching at Pevnev Ballet Academy in April 2017.

    ZAMIRA KETENCHIEVA

    Zamira Ketenchieva started as a professional rhythmic gymnast and competed professionally from 7

    years old up to 14 years old. During that time she received the “Master of Sports” title (national champion). 

    Zamira has always been passionate about classical ballet and in 1993 she began her study at Saint Petersburg Humanitarian University of Trade Unions (Russia) under director, principal of the Kirov Ballet, A.Sapogov. She graduated in 1997 with a Diploma in Teaching and Choreography.  

    Since then Zamira has taught gymnastics and ballet in different schools around the world promoting the Russian method.

    As well as classical ballet, Zamira specialises in body conditioning and flexibility (a necessity for dancers).

    ALEX KAY

    Alex Kay is a Perth born and bred contemporary dancer. She began her dance training with the
    Perth School of Ballet as well as performing with STEPS Youth Dance Company in 2014 under the
    directorship of Alice Lee Holland, and then in 2015 with Co:3 Australia Youth as a founding
    member. During her time training at The Perth School of Ballet, she completed her Advanced 1
    ISTD Modern/Jazz exams. A highlight of her time at PSB was being awarded the role of ‘Bert’ in
    the production of Mary Poppins, where she believes Jazz was a crucial style of dance she was
    grateful to have been trained in.
    In 2018 Alex graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with a
    Bachelor of Arts (Dance) where she commenced Jazz studies alongside her Contemporary Dance
    and Ballet studies. She also completed a semester abroad at the Taipei National University of the
    Arts (TNUA). In 2019 Alex completed her Honours year through LINK Dance Company and
    graduating with First Class Honours. Throughout her years of study, Alex performed in works
    choreographed by nationally and internationally renowned choreographers as well as touring
    some of these works in France, Taiwan, China and Melbourne.
    Since graduating, Alex has worked professionally as a Developing Artist for Co3 Australia,
    working for artists such as Raewyn Hill, Stephanie Lake, Daisy Sanders and Scott Elstermann.
    Alex has dance teaching experience with local schools in Perth with a variety of styles. Creating
    competition solos and concert dances, Alex loves to include approaches from all genres to create
    entertaining and visually-mesmerising pieces.
    Alex is also is a qualified Yoga instructor currently working at Beyondbeing Yoga. She is interested
    in how to cultivate flow state through mindfully moving and how this can directly affect dance
    performance.