In September 2004, after 25 years of teaching Classical Ballet in the Macarthur area, Ms Simms realised the area needed a Dance school specialising in Classical Ballet, providing strong Classical Ballet techniques, musicality and artistry in a caring and nurturing environment. The Macarthur Ballet Studio opened and within a year also started offering Jazz and Modern Expressive classes.
Ms Simms’ students receive excellent examination achievements with The Royal Academy of Dance for both graded and vocational levels. Ms Simms' students have received places at “The Australian Ballet School” and “The Royal Ballet School" in London.
In 2012 Ms Simms travelled to London to celebrate the graduation performance of “The Royal Ballet School” then to New Zealand to see a student perform in the Semi Finals of “The Genee International Ballet Competition”.
Now known as the only Ballet school in the Macarthur area, the school has expanded due to a growing demand to also offer:
A former professional ballerina Skye began her dance training at the Sharon Hardy School of Dance in Campbelltown at 3.5 years of age. By age 11, her National Character teacher Rita Dubovsky transferred Skye to begin her training with The Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy in St Leonards. At age 14 she began her professional training as a full time student under Tanya Pearson, which led her to audition for overseas schools in Europe by 15. Skye accepted a place with the Ballettschule of the Hamburg Ballet, John Neumeier and commenced her training in Hamburg, Germany at age 16.
Touring with the company to Japan and successfully being involved with the company's productions of Swan Lake and La Bayadere the following year she was offered a full contract with the Hamburg Ballet Company.
Skye performed in over 50 different productions in the Corps De Ballet as well as some Soloist roles with the company including traditional classical productions, neo-classical pieces and contemporary works. She has travelled all over the world with the Hamburg Ballet performing in Theatres and Opera Houses in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Athens, Barcelona, Baden Baden and Vienna just to mention a few.
At 22 years of age and after 6 years of professional dancing Skye returned home to pursue a career in teaching dance. Since then she has been sort out to teach in various prestigious schools throughout Sydney and specializes in Classical Ballet technique, Stretch and Strengthening, National Character, Neo-Classical and Choreography. Many students who have trained with Skye have gone on to train or dance professionally in Australia and overseas.
Skye has been teaching at The Macarthur Ballet and Dance Studio for over 4 years and enjoys passing on her knowledge and love of dance to the students in the Macarthur region.
The Studio is delighted to offer students the opportunity to learn from such a Beautiful Ballerina.
Sarah has a wealth of knowledge in the performing arts industry, starting off life as a commercial dancer, moving into event production and choreography and all the while remaining passionate about sharing her love of dance with her students.
While working in the events industry, Sarah was involved in many events including production managing the Sydney 2000 Olympics, choreographing for the NSW School Spectacular, National Schools Coordinator for the Wakakirri Story Dance Competition as well as being on the technical team for the 2004 Athens Opening Ceremony, 2006 Commonwealth Games, 2006 Asian Games as well as a multiple of corporate events.
Sarah is committed to ensuring that she provides the best training for her students, and each year furthers her own training by working with choreographers and teachers such as Bill Prudich (Edge PAC, Los Angeles), Milton Meyers (Ailey School, NYC), as well as taking classes at world renowned studios EDGE Performing Arts Centre, Broadway Dance Centre, Millennium Dance Complex, Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio, Steps on Broadway, Alvin Ailey Dance Centre, Peridance Centre, Merce Cunningham Dance Centre, IDA Hollywood.
Students that Sarah has trained have gone on to dance at Moulin Rouge Paris, Tokyo Disneyland, Carnival Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean, Australian Ballet, West Australian Ballet, Follies Du Lac, Royal Palais, Tropical Island Berlin, Mod Dance Company. Students have also gone on to further study at Raw Dance Company, Academy Ballet, VCA, WAAPA, Brent St Fulltime, ED5 International, Conlon College Fulltime, Tanya Pearson Fulltime, National College of Dance, Boston Ballet School, Wesley Institute, Danceworld 301.
Sarah holds a Bachelor Design and Technology with a major in Business Management and a Bachelor of Education (Secondary). She is a recognized HSC Dance Tutor, with students being selected for HSC Callback in 2008, 2006, 2003 & 2001.
Sarah is a member of the BAL and Pullars Dance Academy; and is also a certified Zumba® Fitness instructor holding Certificates in Basics 1, Basics 2, Zumba® Toning and Aqua Zumba®.
While Sarah’s classes are challenging, she is committed to ensuring that every student gets the most out of each class and most importantly develops a love for dance and has FUN!
Allison is an accomplished Dance Teacher in Classical Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Modern, and has enjoyed teaching in the southern Highlands, Macarthur and Liverpool areas over the past 30 years. Miss Allison holds the RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) teaching certificate in classical Ballet and FATD (Federal Association of Dance Teachers Association) teaching certificates in Tap and Jazz. Over many years, Miss Allison taught at APA Macarthur alongside Mr Brett Morgan, Former Artistic Director of the Sydney Dance Company, guiding students through RAD Graded and Vocational Graded Ballet Exam classes, Pointe classes, Tap, Jazz and Modern classes, Troupes and solo’s.
In 1992, with demand for an RAD Ballet school in the Wollondilly area, Miss Allison opened a Dance School at Picton, which ran successfully for 5 years.
Over the last 3 years Allison sent 103 students for RAD graded ballet exams from Primary through to grade 8 and 47 Vocational Graded students from Intermediate Foundation through to Advanced levels.
Allison is committed to passing on her love of dance and ensuring she provides the best training for her students by completing continuing professional development courses;
- April 2010, RAD Grade 6,7,8, Intermediate and Advanced Foundation comprehensiveTeachers courses.
- April 2010 First Aid course.
- October 2010 My Pointe Workshop, with Vicki Attard, former Australian Balletsoloist.
- January 2011 RAD New Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate Syllabi Teacherscourses.
- January 2012 RAD New Grades 1-3 Syllabi Teachers courses.
- August 2012 Mrs Marie Walton Mahon – Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate, and Advanced 2.
Past students have gone on to further study at The Academy Ballet in Alexandria, National College of Dance in Newcastle, Australian Ballet Junior School programme in Melbourne, Ev & Bow in Sydney, WAAPA (West Australian Academy of Performing Arts), Tanya Pearson Full Time, Conlon college and ED5 International.
Lindsay was born and raised in Zimbabwe and then moved to London in 1985 and trained at the Royal Academy of Dance in London. Returning home to dance with the National Ballet of Zimbabwe, she ran her own school for 10 years, before immigrating to Australia. She also choreographed and produced full-length ballets for the National Ballet of Zimbabwe.
She holds a Dipoloma and Licentiate from the RAD, as well as a Masters Degree in Dance Teaching from QUT. Becoming an RAD Examiner in 1999, Lindsay travels extensively both nationally and internationally, examining and teaching.
Mitchell began dancing at the tender age of 6 taking classes in Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Modern.
After graduating from Newtown High School of the Performing Arts in 2004, Mitchell embarked on an international/national career in commercial dance; performing in Europe, South America and USA which included contracts with Royal Carribean Cruises, appearing in CBS "Americas Next Top Model" along side Tyra Banks, The Australian Club Entertainment Awards and MO Awards.
In 2009, he was awarded a full scholarship with Ajkun Ballet Theatre in New York as a company trainee. Mitchell was given the opportunity to perform as a featured artist, performing all over New York at Alvin Ailely American Dance Theatre, New York City Centre and Riverfront Recapture in Hartford, this then lead to a position with Connecticut Ballet Company, USA.
Mitchell was contracted with MOD Dance Company in 2011 for their first national tour of Graeme Murphy's "Suite Synergy" as a featured artist. In the same year he took part in a secondment with the Australian Dance Theatre in Adelaide. Sydney season 2012 of Aida with Opera Australia choreographed by Graeme Murphy.
He completed the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance professional dancers teaching Diploma in London, UK 2014 with a distinction.
In 2015 Mitchell founded Limitless Dance Company, a creative contemporary dance company based in Sydney, Australia.
In between the various dance contracts, Mitchell would always come back to pass on his knowledge and love of dance to students at numerous dance studios. This made him realise that he enjoys the challenge of teaching.
Sian began dancing at age 4 in QLD studying Royal Academy of Dance Ballet , CSTD Tap, Jazz and Theatrical genres. In 2010 Sian and her family moved to Sydney where she began dance training under the guidance of Mrs Joanne Simms and the Macarthur Ballet , taking classes in RAD Ballet, Character, Jazz, Modern and Contemporary. Sian completed her RAD Grades and Vocational levels to Advanced 2, gaining a Distinction for each exam.
Sian has danced in many eisteddfods both as a long-time troupe member and soloist across all genres. Sian began full-time dance training in 2016 with The Macarthur Ballet and Dance Studio's Elite Student Program whilst continuing her academic studies through Sydney Distance Education. Throughout the last 3 years, Sian has assisted teaching in many Ballet Classes with Ms. Simms, where she gratefully gained teaching knowledge to begin passing on her love of Ballet to young students.
At the end of 2016, Sian was a Semi Finalist in the International RAD Geneé Ballet Competition, held in Sydney and in that same year, also successfully auditioned with both The Victorian State Ballet Company and Melbourne City Ballet.
In 2017, Sian moved to Melbourne to take up her place in the Victorian State Ballet's Pre Professional program. She danced in a number of the Company productions throughout Victoria and in Adelaide. She gained knowledge of the Company's full repertoires of Gabriel, The Magic Toy Shop , Snow White and Cinderella. Sian was also part of the Victorian State Ballet's Australian Premiere of Le Corsaire .
After returning home Sian successfully completed a certification in Progressing Ballet Technique and has been regularly teaching Ballet for The Macathur Ballet and Dance Studio.
Natalie has been dancing since the age of two and a half years olds. Her passion for dance led her to completing all exams in the Ballet Australasia Syllabus (BAL) in the styles of Tap, Jazz and Classical. She has performed at many eisteddfods, talent quest concerts and shows.
Natalie has been teaching for the past 12 years in the Macarthur Area. Her teaching repertoire has included Classical, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Contemporary, Stretch and Zumba. She has been a member of the BAL for the past 12 years and has put many children through their BAL exams. Natalie has also taught dance classes for the disabled and school dance for the Macarthur Anglican High School and Hurlstone Agricultural High School.