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Jane Casson is the principal teacher at City Adult Ballet, in Melbourne, Australia.
Jane has always had a great passion for teaching adult dancers understanding that everyone’s dance journey is different. Her adult ballet classes emphasise the art of performing – learning how to make elegant positions in class – using the music to enhance her dancers’ strengths, the importance of clean and precise technique with good solid foundations, and most importantly, expressing the joy of movement and having fun!
Jane has taught ballet classes for The Australian Ballet, The Australian Ballet School, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Ballet Theatre of Australia, Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, and The Wiggles.
Jane is proud of the inclusiveness and supportive dance community she, her talented team of teachers, and her adult ballet dancers have nurtured together since she founded City Adult Ballet in 2015.
Formerly a soloist with The Australian Ballet and The Royal New Zealand Ballet, Jane’s professional dance career has seen her perform extensively around the world including UK, Wales, China, Japan, and France.
Jane was nominated for the Telstra Dancer of the Year Award in 2004 and 2007 and was awarded the prestigious Green Room Award for Best Female Dancer for her ‘Years Work with The Australian Ballet’ in 2007.
She was awarded the Lissa Black scholarship, from The Australian Ballet, enabling her to travel and study with The Paris Opera Ballet, Ballet de Nice, Ballet de Monte Carlo, and the Hamburg Ballet.
In December 2019, Jane returned to the stage to perform with the successful children’s entertainment group, The Wiggles, touring nationally around Australia with them and was a dancer for their ABC for Kids television series, Wiggles World.
Jane shares the performance and technical dance tips she has learned throughout her career with her adult dancers and loves helping them flourish as dancers in the studio and in her online ballet classes.
Her greatest delight, other than being with her own young family, is seeing the dedication and growth in each of her adult dancers from class to class.
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