Great results from dance examinations

EXAM SUCCESS: Whyalla Ballet School Tap, Jazz and Modern students received outstanding results from examinations held earlier this year.
EXAM SUCCESS: Whyalla Ballet School Tap, Jazz and Modern students received outstanding results from examinations held earlier this year.

On August 31 and September 2, Whyalla Ballet School Tap, Jazz and Modern students undertook their Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) exams held at the Whyalla Ballet School Studios.  Fifty-six students, aged six to 18 years, demonstrated work in Grade 1 to Intermediate Modern and Grade 1 to Intermediate Tap for ISTD international examiner Ms Shirley Agate, who travelled from Canada for the two days of examining.

After much anticipation the examination results have been received with the school being awarded the outstanding results of one pass, 28 merits and 27 distinctions.  

The results and certificates were awarded to the students at a small presentation evening held at the Town Studio in Forsyth Street, which was well attended by family and friends.  

Whyalla Ballet School principal Miss Natalie Swayer is “proud of their results” and claims “the students and their teachers worked very hard for them and are all well deserving”. It has been a wonderfully productive year thus far for the Whyalla Ballet School with still more to come including the much anticipated annual end of year performance held at the Middleback Arts Centre.

Students have now dedicated their term four classes to producing Whyalla Ballet School's annual end of year performance, this year titled "A Different Beat". The show will include an enchanting storybook ballet, Angelina Ballerina, a neo-classical piece Timespan, the jazz and modern compilation Camouflage, a tap tribute to some rotten Disney Villains and Donna and the Dynamos - a Mamma Mia Musical!  Students aged from three years to adult will be performing at the Middleback Arts Centre on Friday, December 7 at 6:30pm and a matinee performance on Saturday, December 8 at 2:00pm. Do not miss out on an excellent show, get your tickets now! Phone: 8644 7300 Web:

If you would like further information on any of Whyalla Ballet School’s classes please contact Natalie Sawyer on 0404 476 571.

Grade 1 Modern

Avani Kumar - Merit

Layla Hannaford - Distinction

Annabelle Peatfield - Distinction

Phoebe Warnock - Distinction

Lyla Phillips - Merit

Nevaeh Skeldon - Merit

Brianna Chapman - Merit

Grade 2 Modern

Shae Hughes - Distinction

Crystal Hughes - Distinction

Lacey Gordon - Merit

Celeste Fragomeni - Merit

Katie Stott - Merit

Lilliana Trinidad - Merit

Chantelle Watson - Distinction

Denise Alejo - Merit

Maddie Storr -Distinction

Emily Peterson - Merit

McKenzie Grund - Merit

Keeley Molyneux - Distinction

Rebecca Leigh - Distinction

Mia Perry - Merit

Bronze Jazz

Mia Gericke - Distinction

Chloe Hammond - Distinction

Sophie Redden - Merit

Rahni Hughes - Merit

Janaya Coyne - Distinction

Lucy Mullighan - Merit

Emily Durdin - Distinction

Grade 4 Modern

Hannah Boehm-Wilson - Distinction

Kara McInnes - Merit

Grade 5 Modern

Chloe Hammond - Distinction

Emily Durdin - Distinction

Erin Moore-Zubrinich - Pass

Intermediate Modern

Olivia Hudson - Distinction

Richelle Kneebone - Merit

Jasmine Samu - Distinction

Grade 1 Tap

Shae Hughes - Distinction

Nayaa Davis - Merit

Charley Grund - Merit

Libby Smith - Merit

McKenzie Grund - Merit

Steavi Gale - Distinction

Amaya Skinner - Merit

Keeley Molyneux - Merit

Layla Hannaford - Merit

Annabelle Peatfield - Merit

Grade 2 Tap

Madelyn Storr - Distinction

Riley Oosthuizen - Merit

Bronze Tap

Kara McInnes - Distinction

Rahni Hughes - Distinction

Jasmine Samu - Distinction

Grade 5 Tap

Olivia Hudson - Distinction

Emily Durdin - Distinction

Melinda Tarran - Merit

Lulu Bravo - Merit

Intermediate Tap

Zoe Geihlich - Distinction


Back L-R: Natalie Sawyer, Katie Stott, Zoe Geihlich, Emily Durdin, Erin Zubrinich-Moore, Hannah Boehm-Wilson, Olivia Hudson, Lulu Bravo, Melinda Tarran, Richelle Kneebone, Rebecca Leigh, Casey Sawyer.

Middle L-R: Amaya Skinner, Denise Alejo, Kara McInnes, Lucy Mullighan, Sophie Redden, Janaya Coyne, Rahni Hughes, Chloe Hammond, Mia Gericke, Chantelle Watson, Maddie Storr.

Front L-R: Lacey Gordon, Shae Hughes, Phoebe Warnock, Layla Hannaford, Steavi Gale, Keeley Molyneux, Crystal Hughes, Libby Smith, McKenzie Grund, Charley Grund, Avani Kumar, Nevaeh Skeldon.