Thu Feb 20th, 2020
Eleven ABDA students accepted into national associate programs!
Congratulations to the following students, who have been selected as members of the Australian Ballet School’s 2020 Interstate Training Program:
Level 1: Yve-Noelle Bollinger
Level 2: Marisa Da Silva
Level 3: Ruby McVey, Julia Tedford, Georgia Lorange, Chantelle Tay, Charlotte White
Invitees: Kaela Tapper and Jackson Smith-Leishman
Georgia Lorange has also been accepted as a Guest Associate of the Queensland Ballet Academy.
Congratulations also to Finn Armstrong and Alissa Kouzmenkov, who have both been accepted into the Australian Dance Collective (former Expressions Dance Company) Youth Ensemble 2020.
Congratulations to all these students, who will no doubt make the most of these amazing opportunities to extend their themselves. ... See MoreSee Less
Mon Feb 17th, 2020
ABDA Europe Tour
"Final week in Germany"
The last week of our 2020 Europe Tour was a very busy one! After our day in Stuttgart, we managed to squeeze onto one of the few trains still running (due to sever storms across southern Germany) to reach Munich by 7:30pm Monday night!
Alicia and Devon took their audition class the next morning at the Munich Ballet School. We left the ballet school with snow blowing around our ears! (very exciting for us Aussies)
No sooner had we glimpsed Munich, we were back on the train to reach Hamburg by early Tuesday evening.
The girls spent two days taking classes at the Hamburg Ballet School, where Poppi also joined us for the second day.
Hamburg was extremely cold and windy, but we had a great time briefly exploring the city centre.. I took the girls to the Kryolan store, home to the best stage makeup in Europe, so the girls can't wait to try out their new products at the next Eisteddfod.
Meanwhile, Jackson and Leanne spent a few days enjoying the snow in Switzerland, and also fitted in a day trip to visit the La Scala school in Milan. The proximity of all the cities in Europe is such an advantage - one can visit many different cultures and climates within just a few days!
The flight home was long and tiring, but we arrived safe and sound on Saturday morning with lots of wonderful experiences to share with our families! ... See MoreSee Less
Well done to you all👍 It was lovely to meet you all❤️
Tue Feb 11th, 2020
ABDA Europe Tour:
"Prix Finals & Stuttgart"
Our last few days have been like a whirlwind!
Poppi had a special Networking Class on Saturday morning, for all non-finalists to be seen by the Directors of the Partner Schools.
The Prix de Lausanne Finals on Saturday afternoon were amazing - Jackson danced beautifully and the talent on display was just incredible.
We were treated to interlude performances by the Royal Ballet School along with the Prix de Lausanne Choreographic Project, which blew us away. 26 students from 13 Partner Schools had worked with Mauro Bigonzetti for 5 days during the Prix to put together an absolute masterpiece.
After the Finals we all relaxed at the After-Party, then us Qld mums and teachers celebrated a little longer at the Montreux Jazz Café across the road, while our students went back to the house to enjoy the Jacuzzi on the terrace!
What a fantastic end to our week in Montreux :)
Sunday was the Networking Forum back at the theatre, where Jackson and Poppi were able to meet with several Directors from Partner Schools and received some amazing offers! They both have lots to think about over the coming few weeks..
Then we jumped on the train to arrive in Stuttgart early evening ready for classes at the John Cranko School on Monday. The area around the Stuttgart train station is a huge building site (it was 3 years ago too!), so our first impression was not quite so inviting, but we found a lovely part of the city the next day when we went for brunch to celebrate Poppi's 16th Birthday :) ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations ABDA! Great results 🤩
Beautiful photos Penny what a wonderful experience for all these talented young adults. Congratulations to all, our love to Poppi, we are so proud of her Penny. Enjoy the balance of your trip.....it looks SO COLD. Xxoo
Lovely pics. Kids are looking so happy. What a great tour and experience. 😘
Our own ballet boys (and us) were cheering for Jackson from NZ.....!!! SO happy he made it through to the finals...he really deserved it!
Congratulations on the success of your students at the Prix!!🎉👏👏👏💐🎉 All the best for the rest of your European trip!! Cheers 🥂 from Ricardo and Christine xx
Sat Feb 8th, 2020
Prix de Lausanne: Selections and Finalist results..
We are so proud of our two candidates Poppi Eccleston and Jackson Smith-Leishman, who have had the most incredible week at the Prix so far. They both danced beautifully in the Selections 🌟❤️
A huge congratulations and Toi Toi Toi to Jackson, who has made the finals!! We are so excited for him, and can’t wait to watch him perform again today, alongside 20 other finalists.
Congratulations also the other two Australian finalists: Sophie Beaty from the Australian Ballet School and Austen McDonald from Tanya Pearson Academy.
Tune in to watch the Finals today at 11pm Qld time! ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulation Jackson and Poppi. We have been watching all week. You’ve both danced beautifully
Wow wonderful news. Congratulations to you both. Can’t wait to hear more 😘😘😘
Our sincerest congratulations 🙌🏻 Toi Toi Toi for the finals Jackson Smith-leishman
Congratulations amazing achievements from Jackson & Poppi absolute superstars!!⭐️🌟🌟
congratulations to you both,just wonderful xxxx🐸
Congratulations to both dancers! I must say I am a massive MASSIVE Poppi fan now! She captivated me in both her variation and her contemporary! (Sorry for the imminent Instagram stalking Poppi!) ❤️❤️❤️
Poppi you were really lovely. I loved your dancing and your expression. Well done Jackson. xx
Congratulations Jackson and Poppy. You both danced beautifully and looked gorgeous. Sophie is missing both of you. All the best for the finals Jackson. 😀💚😘
Congratulations a wonderful achievement for both you and your students. 🤍
Congratulations on such Wonderful results ❤️
Congratulations to both Poppi and Jackson. Remember it’s about the amazing journey... not the destination. You have both done yourselves and your school proud! Can’t wait to see what the future holds for you both 🧡🧡
Amazing!!! Congratulations 🎉 toi toi toi!!!!!!!!!!
Toi toi toi Jax for the finals the studio is so excited for you .Fly to the moon and back .Love from everyone at ABDA
Congratulations!! You are both so incredibly talented. All the best to you Jackson in the finals! X
Congratulations to you all. Amazing.
Congratulations to all our Aussies and our Gold Coast contingent. Good luck Jackson
Congratulations Jackson and Poppy. Two beautifullly natured and talented dancers! So very happy and proud of you both! All the best for the finals Jackson!
Well done to Poppy and Jackson! You both did shine on stage beautifully 🌟 Huge Congratulations to Jackson! 🎉🎉🎉 Toi Toi Toi
All the Australian competitors and the one NZ one were an absolute joy to watch. We were cheering Jackson on from NZ....very loudly too! Absolutely thrilled he made it through to the finals along with Austin. We have everything crossed for them tonight....good luck boys!!!
The finals are live streaming from 7pm Qld time today? For us it says it is starting in 3 hours.
Thu Feb 6th, 2020
ABDA Europe Tour 2020:
"Prix de Lausanne Days 2 & 3"
The last couple of days have been very busy at the Prix, with classical classes, classical coaching, contemporary classes, contemporary coaching, jury marking..
Poppi and Jackson are loving the experience, and learning so much from the incredible teachers and coaches here: Elisabeth Platel, Patrick Armand, Monique Loudières, Nicolas Le Riche and Armando Braswell just to name a few!
With the two candidates we have been busy running between the auditorium balcony on the 3rd floor and Studio 1 on the ground floor to make sure we don't miss anything, keeping ourselves fit too!
Yesterday Miss Amanda took Alicia and Devon to see the famous Chateau de Chillon just 10 minutes from the theatre - an amazing medieval castle which was used as inspiration for Disney's "Little Mermaid".
We also managed to squeeze in a very fancy coffee with complimentary Swiss chocolates at the Montreux Jazz Café, in the foyer of the very swish Montreux Palace Hotel 😊
After another big day of classes and coaching today, we are very much looking forward to seeing the Selections tomorrow morning - tune into the live stream at 6:30pm on Friday (Queensland time). ... See MoreSee Less
Toi Toi Toi Poppi and Jackson! Mia and i have loved watching you both xx
Tue Feb 4th, 2020
ABDA Europe Tour 2020:
"Prix de Lausanne Registration Day & Day 1, plus Basel!"
The last two days have been very busy for all of us, with the Prix de Lausanne commencing on Sunday.
Registration Day was very exciting for all the candidates, parents, teachers and friends. The 77 candidates were all registered and measured, before heading off for a group photo, a Yoga warm-up class, and a ballet class.
Such a wonderful opportunity to learn, observe and grow as young dancers - a week they will treasure forever!
Monday morning Miss Amanda and Penny got up early with Alicia and Devon, for the girls to catch the 5:17am (!) train to Basel, for their audition classes at the Ballettschule Basel.
The two girls had a great morning at the school, with their results to come in a couple of months once the official auditions have taken place. They were back in Montreux by 6pm, but ready for bed after such a long day!
Day 1 of the Prix was busy for Poppi and Jackson:
both had classical classes, variation run-through on stage and contemporary classes.
They came home exhausted but very happy! ... See MoreSee Less
Super exciting! Love watching their journey.
So exciting xx
Go well, enjoy
Toi toi Poppi Eccleston Jackson Smith-leishman 💞 thinking of you!
Loving all the photos have watched you both and felt so proud to be part of your world you were both stunning. Best wishes also to Devon and Alicia my love and best wishes for your both .keep those photos coming 😍
Mon Feb 3rd, 2020
Congratulations to our beautiful graduate Henriette Hartl on her acceptance into the Queensland Ballet Pre-Professional Program. We wish Hetty a wonderful year, and look forward to seeing her on stage 🌟❤️
(Henriette is pictured centre)A big, warm QB Academy welcome goes out to our 2020 Pre-Professional Program dancers who have started training this week. Big things await for this group, and their Heads of Program, Zenia Tátcheva and Wim Broeckx, in a year focusing on professional training and performance opportunities including Peter and the Wolf, Synergy, and a tribute performance in the Lyric Theatre to celebrate QB's 60th Anniversary.
Have an amazing year, everybody!
www.queenslandballet.com.au/academy ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations Brendan, Emily and Hetty!
Fiona Hartl oh wow!
Congratulations Hetty 😁😘
Sat Feb 1st, 2020
ABDA Europe Tour 2020
"Arrival in Switzerland"
Today we left Holland, and flew via Paris to Geneva in Switzerland.
There we met up with Jackson's mum and took the train to Montreux (about an hour away), where Poppi's mum had already checked into our beautiful Air B'n'B and sorted out where everything is.
Montreux is a gorgeous little town right on the lake, and our two-storeyed apartment up on the hill is incredible - what a view to wake up to for the next week!
We are only a 3-minute bus ride or a 12 minute walk away from the theatre down on the lake, where the Prix will be held for the next 8 days.
Off to bed early tonight, with a very exciting week ahead :) ... See MoreSee Less
Looks amazing, thinking of you all - best of luck Poppi and Jax xx 💕
Best of luck! Soak in every last minute of the next amazing week ❤️
Have fun! What an amazing experience for everyone. 🥰🤩
Enjoy every moment ! Best of luck Jackson and Poppy xx 🌟
Excited for Jackson and Poppi, Toi Toi Toi ❤️
The best of luck to Poppy and Jackson! 💕💖💕
So exciting!! Enjoy the journey such a wonderful experience ❤️
All the best of luck good fortune and happy moments in time .ABDA will be following your journey xx👏👏👏🌟🌟🌟
We are both thinking of you all have a wonderful week xx
Toi Toi Toi Everyone ❤️😘
Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead xx
Wishing you all the best! ❤️
Huge good luck to the very talented Jackson and Poppi!
All the very best to you all x
Fri Jan 31st, 2020
ABDA Europe Tour
"Week 2 - Amsterdam & The Hague"
This week we have continued our 'Dutch experience' with three more days of classes at the European School of Ballet, and two days of classes at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, where our beautiful graduate Georgia Mourant is now studying in the Bachelor of Dance program.
We were lucky enough to see a performance by Introdans on the weekend, called "Grupo Sportivo" - it was fabulous!
It is easy to see why the Europeans are so involved in the culture, with tickets only 10 Euro for students! There are theaters everywhere and so much to see and do.
The students finished up at the European School of Ballet with a very positive meeting with Jean-Yves, and are now enjoying their last day at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague. They took three ballet classes plus yoga yesterday, and are looking forward to the Ballet, Pas de Deux and NDT Repertoire classes here today :)
We have a very early start tomorrow to catch our 8am flight to Geneva via Paris, but are looking forward to settling into our house in Montreux ready for the Prix week.
Greetings to all back at the studio from chilly Holland! ... See MoreSee Less
Loved seeing you all again!! ❤️🥰
Gosh what gorgeous photos ! How lucky are these kids .... what an experience for them all xo
Mon Jan 27th, 2020
IMPORTANT information regarding Coronavirus:
In line with many schools in Australia, we ask all families who have visited China during the holidays, to provide medical clearance before returning to ABDA.
Families who have been in the Wuhan district are asked not to return until Week 3.
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