Classes

At MAKS we focus on building strong, safe, creative dancers and cater for all ages from our Mini Movers (ages 3) through to pre-professional (18 years), and adults of all levels of experience.

What we teach

Our studio offers a comprehensive range of ballet classes for dancers of all ages and levels. From our youngest MAKS Mini Movers to aspiring professionals, we provide a nurturing and inspiring environment for dancers to develop their technique, artistry, and love for ballet.

Led by our experienced faculty, MAKS offers classes in Classical Ballet (RAD Syllabus), Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap, Acro, Hip Hop, and Stretch and Conditioning. We also offer a unique dance program for 3-5 year olds called MAKS Mini Movers.

Primary & Juniors

Our Pre-Primary, Primary and Juniors Program for ages 5-11 provides an exciting and nurturing environment where children can explore a variety of dance styles such as hip hop, acro, jazz, tap, classical ballet, and stretch and conditioning. Through these classes, children develop their technique, coordination, and rhythm while building strength and flexibility.

Grades/Levels
Pre-Primary: age 5 | Primary: age 6 | Grade 1: age 7 | Grade 2: age 8 | Grade 3: age 9 | Grade 4: age 10 | Grade 5: age 11

Intermediate

Our Intermediate Program caters specifically to students aged 12-13, offering a diverse range of dance styles including classical ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop, acro, and stretch and conditioning. In this program, students can further refine their technique, enhance their artistry, and deepen their passion for dance.

Grades/Levels
Intermediate Foundation: age 12 | Intermediate: age 13

Seniors & Adults

The Seniors Program is designed for dancers aged 14 and above, including adults, offering a dynamic curriculum encompassing various dance styles such as classical ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop, acro, and stretch and conditioning. Participants in this program have the opportunity to elevate their technique, expand their artistry, and cultivate a lifelong love for dance. 

Grades/Levels
Senior Foundation: age 14 | Seniors: age 15+ | Adults: age 18+

Dance styles

We understand the importance of nurturing a child’s creativity and love for movement. Our unique Mini Movers program is specifically designed for children aged 3-5, providing a fun and stimulating environment for them to explore dance and music.

Check out maksminimovers.com for more information.

Classical Ballet is the foundation for almost all styles of dance. It has a vocabulary of steps, poses and movements that develop strength, control, flexibility and correct body alignment as well as core stability, balance and poise. Training in ballet also provides a strong technical base for dance styles such as contemporary, jazz and tap.

MAKS Ballet Studios provide classes in a friendly, caring yet structured environment and offers ballet examinations using the Royal Academy of Dancing (RAD) Syllabus, which is an internationally recognised dance education and training organisation.

MAKS teachers impart a sound classical technique to all students according to their individual ability.

Contemporary dance is more free form of movement, tending to be a fusion of ballet and modern dance. It builds a strong centre and combines precision leg work with fluidity of the torso and upper body. There are many different styles of contemporary dance which encourages self expression, natural movement and personal interpretation, integrating stylistic integrity and emotional depth.

Jazz is a high energy style of dance performed to popular, upbeat music. Divided into age appropriate classes, students gain technical understanding and performance skills as well as improved flexibility and fitness.

Tap is a rhythmical style of dance that is both fun and challenging, gaining skills in co-ordination, musicality and rhythm. Classes focus on accuracy of footwork.

Lyrical dance combines the fluidity of ballet with the expressiveness of contemporary dance, resulting in a captivating and heartfelt performance style. Through expressive choreography and the fusion of technique and emotion, dancers explore storytelling and personal interpretation, creating a powerful connection between movement and music.

Our stretch and conditioning classes improve flexibility, strength and co-ordination designed and especially tailored for dancers using our own expertise and experience over years of professional training.

Immerse yourself in the exhilarating world of hip-hop dance in our dynamic and energetic class. Led by passionate instructors, you’ll learn the fundamentals of popping, locking, breaking, and freestyle, all while embracing the infectious energy of urban music. From mastering technique to developing your own unique style, this supportive and inclusive environment empowers dancers of all levels to express themselves, tell a story through movement, and unlock their full potential. Get ready to sweat, smile, and groove as you embark on an exciting journey into the vibrant realm of hip-hop dance.

Get ready to dive into the exciting realm of acro dance in our thrilling class! Led by experienced instructors, we’re stoked to introduce you to the perfect fusion of dance and acrobatics. From epic warm-ups to perfecting handstands, cartwheels and headstands, and tackling helicopters through to nailing rad moves like aerials, layouts and back handsprings, our supportive environment caters to all levels of skill.

Embrace the art of seamlessly blending strength, flexibility, and grace as you create mind-blowing routines and build trust and synchronisation with your fellow dancers. Unleash your true potential, defy gravity, and soar to new heights in our ripper acro class!

Dances in costume performing

Performance Group

Our MAKS Performance Groups perform in eisteddfods, competitions and showcase galas in Canberra and interstate.

Our teams provide a supportive and encouraging space for students to grow their confidence and artistry, as well as make lifelong friends.

Dances performing

End of Year Performance

We love seeing how our dancers develop and take every opportunity to showcase our students in our end of year concert as well as throughout the year in parent showcases.

Every student is involved and performs in the MAKS Ballet production and dance showcase in November each year.

Dancer jumping and doing splits

Elite Training

MAKS offers elite training to students wishing to pursue a professional dance career via our MAKS day school program. This program provides students with the opportunity to advance their technique through specialised training.

  • Conducted twice a week in the afternoon
  • Access to industry experts who run specialised masterclasses
  • Audition preparation
  • Secondments

Many of our students also participate in elite training with prestigious interstate schools such as the Australian Ballet School ITP program and the Queensland Ballet Academy Program.

Dancers in costume

Industry Connections

Having been professional dancers themselves, Matt and Kath connect their students with the industry, organising secondments and masterclasses for our advanced students.

MAKS holds masterclasses and intensives for all their students throughout the year. Some of our guest teachers include:

  • Josef Brown
  • Gilli O’Connell
  • Sarah Boulter
  • Adam Blanch
  • Olivia Fyfe
  • Andrea Briody
  • Benhard Knauer
  • Annabelle Shanahan-Davis
  • Tim Walshe
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Safe Dance

Safe dance practice is a fundamental principle of our teaching approach at MAKS. We believe in supporting our students holistically through quality, safe dance training as well as providing connections to quality allied health professionals including:

  • Physiotherapists
  • Osteopaths
  • Chiropractors
  • Podiatrists
  • Nutritionists/dieticians
  • Sports Psychologists/performance coaches

These clinicians have often worked with professional dance companies as either dancers themselves or in their professional clinical capacity. They understand the anatomy and growth profile of the young, developing dancer and most importantly how to treat dancers to keep them at optimal physical health.