Classical Ballet (Borovansky through the AICD)


The goal is to ensure that high quality classical ballet training is available to the broadest number if young Australian dancers possible. An integral part of the AICD approach is the Borovansky Syllabus.

The syllabus, originated from the school of Xenia Borovansky – the Russian – born wife of Edouard Borovansky, who came to Australia with the Covent Garden Russian Ballet in 1939. He went on to found the Borovansky Ballet Company, the precursor of the Australian Ballet. The Borovansky Syllabus, which has been upgraded by the AICD to reflect the contemporary Australian dance teaching methods caters for students from primary through to solo seal.

A key features of our approach is flexibility. Teacher’s and pupil’s artistry is encouraged through minimum prescribed detail, allowing the freedom for exercises to be adjusted to suit the needs and capabilities of the students under tuition.

The AICD takes a holistic view of dance in its many forms. The overall aim is to  foster the love of classical ballet.


Marilyn Jones OBE former ballerina and artistic director of the Australian Ballet Company. Marilyn founded the Australian Institute if Classical Dance (AICD) in 1992 as the main project of her Australian Creative Fellowship;

Paul Hamilton is the AICD national president. Paul danced with the Australian Ballet in the 1980’s before a career change to business consulting in the computer industry.


The AICD offer and administers two grading systems: Examination and Assessment Program. We provide examinations for  each grade offered. Our examiners come to each school to conduct examinations and  assessments.


Students are issued with medals, certificates and written reports. Scholarships towards the cost of future training are  awarded to outstanding students at major levels.


The AICD has a three-tiered qualification system: Associate, Licentiate and Fellowship levels, with prior credentials in other syllabi being recognised and valued.


In keeping with our desire to develop Australian dance, we provide teaching seminars, choreographic workshops which are held throughout the year. We also run the AICD International Awards, Houston Ballet Academy Scholarship and Dance Creation with are all open competitions.

Australian Conservatoire of Ballet - Specialist Coaching Program

Our specialist coaching program for gifted students, training under the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet syllabus, allows students to prepare to audition to the Australian Conservatorie of Ballet's full time graduate program. We have also trained and prepared numerous students sucessfully for auditions into prestigious full time dance programs such as Victorian College of the Arts and The Australian Ballet School.

Recommended Classes per week for all Ballet students:

Ballet Pre-Primary, Primary and Grade 1 - 1 class per week

Ballet Grades 2 - 5 - 2 classes per week

Ballet Grade 5 and above - 3 classes per week


Fun and fast moving, jazz combines popular music with choreography inspired by video clips and recent release music. This style usually starts with an aerobic warm-up then works on flexibility, isolations, co-ordination, turning and travelling skills. We study the Asia Pacific Dance Association (JazzAddict) syllabus, an exciting and theatrical style of jazz that incorporates musical theatre, lyrical routines and encourages students to build on their choreographic techniques.

Teacher Qualifications are available.


Fun and aerobic, tap has co-ordination and musicality challenges. This is a technique class that starts with simple steps and travelling patterns then builds up to more complex rhythms. Our syllabus is one of the most modern with challenging combinations, stomp amalgamations, student choreography options and musical theatre amalgamations. Examinations are available through the Asia Pacific Dance Association and teacher qualifications are available.


Contemporary dance is movement using the body's natural lines and energy, allowing a greater range and fluidity of movement than conventional dance techniques. We now give our students the option to participate in examinations through the Asia Pacific Dance Association (Lucidity syllabus).

Teacher Qualifications are available.

NEW Pre-School Program – "Dainty Dancers"

After 12 years teaching pre-school children the love of movement and dance, Deanne Fordham has written and devised a dance program specifically designed for 3-4 year olds. "Dainty Dancers" instils basic ballet and jazz technique as well as promoting group interaction, working in formations, directional and spatial awareness, partner work and improvisation.

Working with props such as scarves, tambourines and wands also allows freedom of movement and appreciation of classical & modern music.

Musical Theatre is a new component of the program as students work on different characters  within a dance routine.

The newly promoted program spans over 2 years if starting at 3 years old and 12 months if starting at 4 years old. Each term works on new skills and technique keeping young minds challenged, engaged and completely entertained.

"Dainty Dancers' is devised to have our pre-school students fully prepared to graduate into our 5-6 year old syllabus grades. An easy transition into optional exam lessons.

And lastly, the program also sees our students work on presentation and stage skills as they have the option to participate in our end of year production with the rest of the students at Deanne Fordham School of Dance.

Tiny Tots – 5-6 years

Our Tiny Tots program is a combination class of ballet, jazz and tap and introduces our students to music and dance appreciation.

This class develops co-ordination and lays a strong foundation of ballet, jazz and tap technique.

It is a syllabus class so our young students have the option to particiapte in their very first (jazz) exam. A true highlight of the year! Another highlight is having the option to participate in our large end of year production.

Pre-Primary & Primary Ballet – 5-8 years

The first step to your childs dream of becoming a prima ballerina. This syllabus class instills proper ballet technique for young, growing bodies and prepares students for a successful transition to higher ballet levels and other genres. Examinations are optional as is our end of year production.

Hip Hop

For ages 7-18. Hip Hop uses isolations, popping and free styled movement. These upbeat urban dance classes are great fun and will develop technique and self confidence for boys and girls. Students have the option to participate in exams through the Asia Pacific Dance Association (Urban Ignition Hip Hop).

Teacher Qualifications available.

Singing - Private Lessons only

Private singing lessons with a professional singing instructor. We can prepare you for auditions, performance technique and performance and recording opportunities.

Adult Classes (Ballet/Contemporary & Tap)

For the adult wishing to improve fitness, increase muscle tone, increase core strength and learn dance techniques that adult classes have to offer. For beginner to intermediate levels.

Acrobatics (Acro)

There’s nothing like the satisfaction of learning a new skill and Acro classes will increase student’s strength and flexibility.  These classes will include beginner to advanced training systems and increase their tumbling and gymnastic floor skills to include a vast array of tricks and skills.

Private Lessons are available in all styles and dance genres. Please call/email to discuss availability.