2020 Solo Coaching, Private Coaching & Classical Coaching Students



Dear parents of our Solo students and Classical coaching students.


We are so proud of how well all our private lesson students have been working online for the past 6 months.    Please note the below important information


  • In term 4 there will be no solo lessons (as per usual practise in Term 4 each year).  

  • In term 4 there will be limited private coaching lessons

  • In Term 4 Classical coaching lessons will continue as normal unless parents advise us that they do not wish to continue for Term 4.   

  • If your dancer does not currently undertake classical coaching or private coaching but would like a place in the program please contact Tamara Davidson at academyofdance@bigpond.com to register your interest for a term 4 place. 


Current Solo lesson students:  Kira Kam, Ella Waddy, Grace Ivas, Danielle Biondo, Annabelle Brady, Christina Ivas, Gillian Berg, Millie Berg, Lucy Southgate Rena Cha, Natalie Hew, Anneliese Schultz, Liz Jiang, Hamish Williamson, Lucy Brady, Isabella Panagios, Lauren Tang

Current Classical coaching students: Annabelle Brady, Christina Ivas, Hannah Punay, Charissa Huang, Amber Hickson ,Grace Mock, Melanie Zhu, Natalie Hew, Hamish Williamson, Grace Ivas

Private Coaching: Chloe Chua, Cara O’Hearn, Mia Hoernel, Liesl Koziol, Tara Lee, 


What is the difference between solo lessons and classical coaching and private coaching?

  • Solo lessons focus on competition preparation and involve working on a routine in the lesson. They do also involve working on skills and technique but for the purpose of improving performance 

  • Classical coaching focus’s on building the dancers technique and strength for the rigours and perfection of classical training.  Classical coaching aims to assist students with long term goals in dance. Classical coaching is aimed at students that need extension in their training. 

  • Private coaching is similar to remedial coaching, it allows students who need extra assistance with their dance training to catch up, exam preparation or recovering from injury or for injury prevention 

  • There is a difference in cost for solo lessons $40, private coaching and classical coaching depends on the individual teacher rates and ranges from $45 to $55 per lesson



2021 some exciting plans- PART TIME CLASSICAL PROGRAM

  • We are excited to announce that in 2021 Academy of Dance Victoria will be offering a part time classical ballet program headed by Miss Hayley and Mr Gareth with assistance from Miss Iona and other specialist teachers to provide further focussed training for young dancers (yr 7, 8 and 9) who are hoping to enter a full time classical program by year 10.

  • For student who wish to take their ballet training further and are hoping for a career in the industry it is imperative that they enter full time classical ballet training by year 10 at school.   Before they can achieve this, it is important that they are carefully supported and trained to ensure they can successfully reach that pathway. 

  • ADV feels that we can offer an exceptional program run by our outstanding staff that really nurtures these students in a safe and careful way to make their pathway to a career in dance a truly positive experience! 

  • What is a part time program?  A part time program involves students training additional hours 2 or 3 days a week usually from 1pm or 2pm onwards (Dependent on students age and level).  

  • Our classical extension program for dancers in primary school levels will continue in our after school hours offering them the opportunity to feed into the part time program

  • More specific information about this part time will be available in term 4 along with invitations to those students who would be suited to the program. The program is also open to students outside of ADV by audition


  • Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions


    Kind regards

    Tamara Davidson


    Academy of Dance Victoria 



Thanks to those who joined us for our Live event on Facebook tonight! We super proud of all our dancer who have spent since March online learning these routines and trying to dance them in their limited spaces, they have shown passion, diligence and a wonderful growth mind set. Thankful to their parents who helped out with filming and costuming and supporting their talented dancers. A big thank you to Miss Kylie who spent hours editing and laying music overtop of all the videos so we could upload them online and run our live concert.   If you missed out on our performance we have attached are the links for the concert and the running order for those links.  



This performance features students aged 5 years to our seniors who have a weekly private lesson for the purpose of learning routines to compete at competitions during the year. Usually by now they would have competed at a number of competitions around Victoria. Tonight they show us their routines from their own homes, in spaces much smaller than a big theatre stage! But still manage to light up our screens!
































































We will be having an online solo concert on Saturday 15th August to showcase all our soloists.    More details will be sent out in the coming weeks. 


It’s been a crazy year already and although it seems to be continuing,  there are also some signs of normalcy.   Quite a few solo competitions are now opening up.   We encourage the parents of our solo competition students to now start looking at the following dance competitions and entering their solo’s accordingly, there are a number of online solo competitions also available..    

* Check with your solo teacher which routines will be ready to compete

* Choose dates from August onwards to enter.

* Check which competitions are open for solo entries 

    www.stardom.com.au - competition entries for Southern Dance Festival Now open here

    www.compsonline.com.au - competition entries for Spotlight, Energy, Jump Dance Challenge, Northern performance Challenge, Time to Shine available here.

    www.fydentry.com - competition entries for Follow Your Dreams available here. 

* Once you have done your competition entries please email lisastackpole@bigpond.com and let her know 

    1. which competitions you have entered Name and approx dates.

    2. What age group you are entered in

    3. What solo type you are doing    

    4.  Your solo teachers name

  Lisa then adds all this information to our 2020 competitors spreadsheet  to help us keep track of who is competing.    

* Speak with your teacher about your solo costumes.  Parents please remember that all Solo costumes must be okayed by Principal Tamara Davidson before they are purchased or made. 

* Parents need to make sure they read the rules for each competition you are entering.  Rules vary with every competition including age groups, how you need to submit your music and more.  Solo teachers are not expected to do this for students and it remains the parents responsibility 




IF your solo dancer also does competition troupes you might like to enter the same competitions as the teams are entering.  Likewise even if your dancer does not do troupes, it’s often fun to enter the same competitions as our groups so that your dancer will have fellow ADV students and also teachers present wth you at competitions .

September Spotlight Dance Competition at Doncaster Secondary College: approx $15 per student


October Time to Shine Competition at Carwatha Secondary College Noble Park; approx $40 per student


October Follow Your Dreams Competition (each troupe will be required on one of these dates)




We love to hear how students go at competitions and ask that on Competition days parents send a photo of students in costume to Miss Tamara Davidson by text to 0425 353 600 or email to  academyofdance@bigpond.com  so that we can share and also keep for our end of year compilations. Please also let us know how they go in their section, we are always proud of our soloists no matter what the results. 


* Please remember not to take photo’s in dressing rooms at competitions as we can not legally use those.  It’s always best  to find the competition media wall or banner to pose in front of instead.

  • Always take TWO copies of your music to every competition and make sure you have checked whether they are to be on usb or CD or device such as a phone or iPod or a prior upload to the competitions dropbox or email.   Make sure you have labelled the music in the specific way the competition has set out (every competition has different requirements). 

  • Take spare hair pins, bobby pins, scissors, costume accessories, hair accessories, dance shoes, and any props 

  • Use a costume bag to take your costume safely to competitions 

  • Pack spare make up and lipstick! 

  • You MUST wear your ADV uniform to and from competitions - ADV Jacket, ADV T-shirt, ADV Leggings. 

  • Parents and Students please make sure you are friendly and encouraging to all other competitors. 

  • When in the audience applaud all performers and keep all comments positive (the car is the best place for voicing critism or disappointment) remember you never know who may be sitting near you in the audience. 

  • On stage during adjudication students need to remember to clap for the other competitors

  • After your section is complete and adjudication is finished collect your CRIT from the adjudicator (usually found at competition front desk) and bring to show your solo teacher at your next lesson (or email a copy to Miss Tamara to forward on to your solo teacher).

  • At the end of the competition send a photo and update to Miss Tamara at academyofdance@bigpond.com or text 0425353600





MISSING SOLO LESSONS: 24 hours notice via email to adveception@bigpond.com is required to cancel a private lesson. If 24 hours notice is not given via email to this address the lesson price will still be charged (please don’t just tell your solo lesson teacher as they are not responsible for organising make up lessons). Please remember that the teacher and studio hire and ancillary costs still have to be paid for the time even if your child does not show up for a lesson. Giving appropriate notice allows other arrangements to be made for that teacher and the studio space and a makeup lesson can then be organised for your dancer. 


MAKE UP LESSONS: When a student is owed a private make up lesson ADV administration staff will offer 2 options of day/time for make up lessons. If students are not able to attend either of those 2 options then the make up lesson will be forfeited. Make up lessons must occur within the same term that it was missed and can not be carried over. 


HOME PRACTISE: Just like learning an instrument practising is very important for dance solos. Solo students (or their parents) are expected to bring an ipad or phone or some type of recording device to their lesson so routines can be filmed to practise with. Parents are welcome to come in for the last 5 minutes of the lesson to film the routine. Parents are also asked to encourage their student to practise routines and corrections and skills at home at least twice a week. 


SOLO COSTUMES: Solo costumes are purchased by the parents of the dancer/student and remain there’s to keep. Parents must consult with their solo teacher AND Miss Tamara Davidson (principal) before purchasing solo costumes to ensure they meet the standards of ADV. Please ensure you have the go-ahead from Miss Tamara Davidson before finalising any costume purchase. 


COMPETITION UNIFORM: All students competing will need an Academy of Dance Victoria Jacket and leggings for wearing to and from competitions. There is also an ADV singlet top available which is a good alternative in summer months and can also be worn under the ADV Jacket. Competition hairstyles and make up will be set by solo teachers and Miss Tamara and confirmed in consultation with parents once costume details are finalised. 


SOLO TEACHERS COMMUNICATION: We encourage parents of solo students to speak with solo teachers directly to convey what solos dancer wishes to work on and work in conjunction with the teacher on updating solos or creating new solos. Good communication between parent and solo teacher results in a positive outcome for the dancer. Solo teachers are not expected to attend every competition with their students as this is time that they volunteer and are not paid for, however teachers will often try and attend at least one competition during the year when possible. ADV teaching staff always attempt to be with new solo students and their parents at their very first solo competition, 


COMPETITION ENTRY. Solo students must enter at least 3 competitions over the year to maintain their solo position. Our competition manager Lisa Stackpole will help you with entries and reminders of competition opening dates. Parents are asked to please email Lisa at lisastackpole@bigpond.com the details each time you enter a competition so that this information can also be passed onto the solo teachers and recorded in our competition students spreadsheet which is sent out to all soloists during the year with updates and also helps us track our solo students competitions. 


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