FELICTY RYAN – OWNER/PRINCIPAL
ARAD; Advanced Certificate in Classical Ballet (National Theatre Ballet School)
BA in English (Tasmania University)
Felicity Ryan studied classical ballet under local teacher Hazel Maddox for 10 years before being successfully awarded her Advanced 2 level of the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus at only age 16. Following this, she was accepted into The National Theatre Ballet School in Melbourne under the tutelage of former Principal of The Royal Ballet Ann Jenner, where she undertook full-time training for 2 years in Classical Ballet, Pointe, Pas de deux, Character Dance, Contemporary, Repertoire, Jazz, Tap, Musical Comedy, Music Appreciation, Drama, Flamenco, and Production and Performance. In 1993 she was awarded a Diploma in Classical Dance and freelanced professionally both as a dancer and teacher.
After a considerable break from the world of dance, and having started her own family, Felicity decided to combine her love of children with ballet, and in February 2012 established Baby Steps Ballet. These classes grew rapidly, and in 2014, Baby Steps Ballet was nominated and went onto become a finalist in the Telstra Business Start Up awards. Riding on this success, Felicity was able to launch Felicity Ryan Ballet.
While Felicity primarily teaches the RAD method, she does not enter children into examinations. Felicity does however offer a diverse range of set and open classes that provide students, who are both experienced and beginners, with the full spectrum of classical training. Her approach is to balance technique and artistry in a creative and caring environment. Felicity always fosters and encourages children in her classes equally, because for her ballet is not just about developing the best technical ability, but building personal self-esteem.
Felicity Ryan Ballet offers non-competitive classes for children and adults of all ages and levels of experience. So whether you are wanting to learn ballet for fun, or inspired to extend yourself further, Felicity Ryan Ballet offers a comprehensive program, with highly trained and professional staff, that can deliver both.
Children in our middle school are expected to participate in our end of year concert, but this is always extremely relaxed and inexpensive.
Felicity believes in teaching classical ballet in its purest form, while nurturing and inspiring children and adults alike to develop confidence, individuality and strength through this beautiful art form.
She very much looks forward to meeting and dancing with you.