Welcome to Essentially Ballet ....
About Our School
Essentially Ballet is a dance school with a difference.
Not only do we offer high calibre dance training, we encourage our students to be high achievers, by guiding them to develop self-confidence and a belief in their own ability.
We use the natural love and enjoyment in movement, so obvious in young children, and nurture this to draw out the full potential in each child.
Our carefully developed training programmes, encompassing the pre-school years to full-time vocational training, are designed to address the learning needs of students at each stage of their development. Each level builds purposefully from the previous level, adopting the principals of russian Vaganova classical ballet methodology, resulting in charismatic dancers exhibiting both artistic and technical excellence.
From the very youngest levels, we make learning to dance a joyful experience.We promote a friendly atmosphere in our studios, creating a shared camaraderie and trust between students and teachers.
For the dedicated ballet students with the passion and focus to pursue a career in dance, we offer both physical and intellectual challenges through advanced training programmes, to enable them to reach their full potential.
Whatever the aim of the student, from Baby Ballerinas to Graduate Students, we welcome dancers of all backgrounds, talents and abilities. We are here to support you on a journey of self-discovery and joy in dance.
On this site you’ll discover all you need to know about what makes Essentially Ballet the right place for your dance education.
Just 20kms north of Melbourne CBD, Essentially Ballet is located In the heart of the Watsonia commercial shopping precinct, a short 400m stroll from the Watsonia train station (Hurstbridge line), and approx 70m from Morwell Ave bus stop.
Our purpose built facilities are located at:
14 Morwell Avenue Watsonia.
The studios are equipped with mirrors, barres, and non-slip tarkett floor, air-conditioning and heating, to provide a safe and professional environment for students.
The waiting area encompasses a viewing area for parents to watch classes, adjacent to the main studio.
After graduating from the Australian Ballet School, The Director, Linda McKay, commenced freelance teaching throughout Australia. Her teaching career spans the NSW Hastings region and extensive teaching throughout Melbourne including The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet and La Vive Classique in Port Macquarie. Linda is a regular Guest Artist with the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet. Her performances include, Romeo & Juliet, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty.
Students trained under Linda have been accepted into The Australian Ballet School, Arts Educational (London), and The Victorian College of the Arts.
Graduating from the Australian Ballet School’s Teaching programme with Distinction, Linda’s teacher training encompasses many areas focusing on classical ballet, and covers contemporary, character (folk), tap, jazz, child psychology, anatomy, music, & Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
Under the Direction of Linda McKay, Essentially Ballet began in Rosanna in 2001, moving to Watsonia in September 2002.
Our first year began with 17 students, in a dilapidated Scout Hall with no windows, no heating and no cooling, and shared change rooms with the local football club!!!
With an enrolment of around 80 students at the end of the following year, we moved to the Uniting Church in Watsonia, with spacious modern facilities, where we remained for 6 years.
In 2009 we moved into our own purpose built studio in Watsonia.
The school continues to grow and flourish each year.