Helen Cooper undertook her classical ballet training in Sydney, before beginning her performance career as a youth artist with Ballet d’Action. A serious injury meant taking a break from dancing for a number of years - but led to her undertaking her teaching certification in Classical Ballet with the Royal Academy of Dance, and becoming an RAD Registered Teacher. In 2007 she returned to dancing and joined Ballet 5:8 in the United States as a Company Artist where she danced Soloist and Principal roles in the company’s original repertoire. In 2011, Helen opened Simply Ballet - a ballet school specifically designed for adults. The school was a success and now incorporates classes for all ages from 3 to 103! In 2015 Helen was privileged to be appointed as an Examiner of the Royal Academy of Dance, allowing her to teach and examine around the world.
Dance has been part of Amelia’s life since walking into her first ballet class at age 3. Now, she holds a Bachelor degree in Contemporary Dance and works professionally as both an independent dancer in Adelaide and company dancer in Lewis Major Projects. Amelia unexpectedly discovered a love of not just performing, but teaching dance during her university days, and has since mentored both children and adults in dance through classes, exams and competitions. When not teaching or performing, Amelia can be found painting, or competing in and refereeing fencing tournaments.
Elizabeth began her dance training at age 3 in RAD classical ballet, as well as tap, contemporary and jazz - with a particular focus on musical theatre. She began performing at age 11 as a Soloist in the Festival of Music and is currently a regular performer in the local Adelaide musical theatre scene. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys creating costumes, and volunteering as a play therapist at the Women's and Children's Hospital.
Sue started dance classes at the age of 5 and completed her dance training with Gwen Mackey in Tap, Jazz and Classical Ballet. Sue undertook her Comdance Teachers Certificate in Tap in 2019 and the Acrobatic Arts Module 1 in 2021. Sue still continues to perform and attend regular classes and workshops . When Sue isn't dancing she works as a Regional Administrator for a global Employment Services Provider.
Grace trained in RAD Ballet, Jazz and Tap with Christina Sherwood and discovered a love of teaching after being asked to assist with classes. She began teaching in 2018 and as her dance and teacher training progressed, it expanded to include Contemporary and Acro. She currently overseas the Jazz and Contemporary classes at Simply Ballet along with teaching ballet in the Preschool Division.
We specialise in teaching Classical Ballet – with supplementary classes such as body conditioning, Contemporary, and Jazz also on offer. Our dedicated focus allows us to offer a range of programs appropriate to different age groups including specific Adult Ballet classes and Silver Swans®.
The school offers the opportunity for students to undertake examinations and class awards through the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) to help students train in classical ballet technique and feel a sense of achievement.
If you want to learn ballet, you want to learn at Simply Ballet.
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Simply Ballet will provide excellence in training for students, teachers, and staff, in culture and atmosphere, and the client experience.
Simply Ballet will celebrate that students can achieve their own individual goals. Achievement will be valued over results and marks, acknowledging the value of the learning process.
Dance training should be at the choice of the student and appropriate to the amount of individual commitment. Simply Ballet will provide adaptable solutions for clients in response to their goals, and training solutions may be flexible to suit personal circumstances and preferences.
Simply Ballet will encourage a love for the art of classical ballet in all students, staff, teachers, and parents involved in the studio.