Perth Classical & Contemporary Coaching (PCCC) is an elite training program for the serious dance student.
The internationally recognised PCCC faculty provide an exceptional level of technical and artistic training to dancers who desire a professional pathway.
PCCC students train in purpose-built world class facilities: 5 large ballet studios across two storeys fitted with quality Tarkett flooring, air conditioning, fully sprung floors and custom-made surround sound speakers, a fully equipped fitness studio, study room, change rooms & lockers, student’s kitchen and a comfortable reception/waiting room.
In addition to these facilities, PCCC is home to one of Perth’s most extensive and prestigious costume and tutu collections, kept on-premises in a large second storey dressing wardrobe. PCCC students have the privilege of wearing custom costuming for all their performances, made in-house by Katharine Mantle and faculty.
There are two annual performances - mid year and end of year - for PCCC students to showcase their talent and hard work. These performances are inclusive of both classical and contemporary repertoire. Students will regularly work with guest choreographers in order to enrich the breadth of their artistry.
As an elite program, acceptance to all branches of PCCC is by audition only.
There are three branches of training within the PCCC program:
Accelerated Training Program (ATP) - after school training
Part Time Training & Transition to Full Time - part time day training
Full Time Training - daily day time training
ACCELERATED TRAINING PROGRAM (ATP)
The Accelerated Training Program (ATP) was developed to cater for children who show a natural aptitude for classical ballet, and wish to be accelerated toward a classical pathway in after-school hours. The classes focus on refining technique, conditioning/limbering the body and developing musicality and artistry. ATP classes are offered in addition to regular RAD examination classes, contemporary classes etc. Admission to ATP is by audition/invitation only.
ATP LEVEL 1
6 - 8 years 2.5 hours p/week
Level 1 is suitable for younger students who show natural physical aptitude for classical ballet. The focus is on conditioning the body with strengthening and limbering exercises, in preparation for the upper ATP levels. Ballet classes have emphasis on core strength, musicality, general movement ease & co- ordination, and basic classical placement.
ATP LEVEL 2
9 - 11 years 5.75 hours p/week
ATP 2 continues the foundations built in the first level, adding greater detail to the fundamental classical technique. Strengthening and limbering exercises increase at this level in preparation for the changes that come with the maturing body. For the girls, pre-pointe classes are introduced, and for boys fundamental strength training begins.
ATP LEVEL 3
12 - 13/14 years 7.5 hours p/week
ATP 3 expands on the foundations built in ATP 1 & 2. The students’ minds and bodies mature and change rapidly at this age, and as such, new classes are introduced to further their classical education: Pointe Class (girls), Strength Training (boys), Ballet Education, Stretch Class, Focus Class and Bridging Class.
ATP LEVEL 4
13/14 - 16 years 10.5 hours p/week
ATP 4 is the final and most advanced level of the program. Students accepted to this level will show significant potential for a career in classical ballet; Level 4 ATP is seen as a preliminary level for full time / pre-professional training. In addition to the classes introduced in Level 3, Level 4 students will study Repertoire, Lyrical & Contemporary.
PART TIME & TRANSITION TO FULL Time Training
There are two programs offered by PCCC for students who are looking to full time training in the future and wish to make a gradual transition. Students of both programs are coached during day time hours with the full time PCCC faculty.
PART TIME TRAINING
10 - 13 years two half days / week
This program is suitable for younger students who may not be willing or able to train in extensive after school hours, but still wish to be extended in their dance education and experience day time training with the full time PCCC faculty. Part time students will train two half days per week, inclusive of Classical Ballet, Pointe (girls), Contemporary, Conditioning and Limbering, and Repertoire.
TRANSITION TO FULL TIME
12 - 15 years one full day / week
The PCCC faculty acknowledge that committing to full time dance training is a big decision, and as such offer training that allows interested students to experience full time in a modified schedule. Dancers accepted to the transition program will train alongside full time PCCC students for one full day of classes per week, including Conditioning, Classical Ballet, Pointe & Repertoire, Contemporary, Rehearsals and Anatomy Studies.
FULL TIME TRAINING
PCCC provides a full time training program for dancers who are ready to further their dance education toward a professional pathway. This is the highest and most intensive level of training offered.
At this stage of the students’ progression they will train 5 - 6 days per week during day time hours, and will continue their academic studies through SIDE (School of Isolated and Distance Education).*
Due to the demanding schedule of both dance and academic studies in the full time program, accepted students are required to be mature, independent learners. It is for this reason that PCCC does not accept children to this course who are not yet high school age.
Students of this program enjoy a full timetable of classes with an internationally acclaimed faculty:
Daily classes include:
Conditioning & Fitness, Classical Ballet, Pointe (girls), Male Technique (boys), Repertoire, Contemporary, Pas de Deux, Character, Mime, Jazz, Stretch, Focus & Bridging Technique (adagio, pirouettes, allegro, port de bras) and Rehearsals.
In addition to their regular classes, full time students work with guest classical, neo classical and contemporary choreographers throughout the year. This is seen as greatly beneficial to the development of their dance knowledge, adaptability and creativity, and helps them to prepare for a life as a working dancer.
Full time students also enjoy a calendar of social events and excursions, including trips to the theatre, the beach, and a yearly full time formal.
*Full time students are expected to maintain a consistently high level of academic achievement; in the event that a student falls behind, their dance timetable is modified and in extreme cases suspended until their academic studies are satisfactorily completed.