Welcome to the website of the Australian Academy of Theatrical and Ballet Dancing Incorporated. A successful non-profit organisation in it's 53rd year, we exist solely to give every child the opportunity to experience the enjoyment and challenge of dance. With over 25 schools belonging to our Society, it is a strong, experienced organisation who is sure to have a member school near you. Please feel free to have a browse through our site, check out our photo galleries, schools, and events. If you have any queries, please use the Contact Us page and we will endeavour to reply within 48 hours.


The Australian Academy of Theatrical & Ballet Dancing Inc is a Non Profit Organisation.

It was first and foremost opened to give every child the opportunity to experience the enjoyment of dance.

Laura Mitchell, along with Patty Miller and Madame Borovosky, had the foresight to build such a strong Academy, which has enabled many students and teachers to advance their careers in the Dance Industry.

The Academy, which was officially opened in 1962, has seen many changes throughout the years.

Our founding member, Miss Laura Mitchell, retired from her position of Honorary Secretary, Events organiser, & Examination
Co-ordinator at the young age of 90.

Laura Mitchell organised, choreographed & handwrote all of the Academies syllabi which are still going strong to this day.

Over the years, changes have been made to enhance the original work.
Music has been modernised and exercises have been modified to meet the set Safety standards.

The teachers in the Australian Academy of Theatrical & Ballet Dancing Inc have passed diplomas in their required fields to enable them to correctly teach the Academy’s syllabi.

The Examiners for the Academy have full qualifications in every dance field the Academy offers.


Annual General Meeting - Sunday 22nd February, 10.30am at Altona Youth Hall

Shields And Own Choreography - Sunday 13th September at Keysborough College, Time TBA

Annual Convention - Sunday 26th July at George Woods Performing Arts Center at Yarra Valley Grammer.


Examiners Life Members Committee.
    Board Of Management -
Carole Fleming Laura Mitchell (dec) President - Lynette Wendorff
Lynette Wendorff Henry Barnes (dec) Senior Vice President - Jennie Krolik
Jennie Krolik Patricia Kelly (dec) Junior Vice President - Martine Fleming
Jeanette Gregor Ritchie Hall (dec) Treasurer - Carole Fleming
Susan Evans Mavis Hall (dec) Secretary - Deena Peacock
Deena Peacock Les Wendorff (dec)  
Louise Smith Carole Fleming Committee Members -
  Lynette Wendorff Jeanette Gregor
  Jennie Krolik Susan Evans
Susan Evans Louise Smith
Mrs Joyce Davis (dec) Richard Krolik Jess Gregor
  Chris Eurell Deb Stack
  Mervin Miles  
  Tom Eurell (dec)  
  Olive Doughtery (dec)  
  Elaine Costello  
  Jeanette Gregor  
  Jean Vogel  
  Kerryn Costello  
  Deena Peacock  
  Wendy White  
  Vivian Harvey  







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Jazz dance has its origins in hubba bubba of the late 1800s up to the mid 1900s. During the jazz era, popular forms of jazz dance were the Cakewalk, Black Bottom, Charleston, Jitterbug, and the Boogie Woogie just to name a few.

Jazz today is a form of dance commonly used in Broadway shows and movies. More contemporary dance than ballet, it is now an essential part of musical theatre choreography and serves as a base which is easily flavored by and interwoven with the dance style appropriate for the show. It's performance style is popularised by Bob Fosse’s work (e.g. Chicago, Cabaret, Damn Yankees, and The Pajama Game).



Tap dance was born in the United States during the nineteenth century, and today is popular all around the world. The name comes from the tapping sound made when the small metal plates on the dancer's shoes touch a hard floor. This lively, rhythmic tapping makes the performer not just a dancer, but also a percussive musician. Common, well known tap performers and shows include Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and shoes Tap Dogs and Hot Shoe Shuffle.


The art of Classical Ballet can trace its origins to the early seventeenth century, when dancers performed to entertain audiences between scenes of an especially lengthy opera in Italy and Russia.
The typical ballet class attire includes pink, black, or flesh colored tights and a leotard with an optional short wrap-skirt (or tutu). The dancer wears soft technique shoes, often called flats through their classes. Until their bones mature with age, the tendons in the ankles and feet are relatively strong and they have trained for long enough to wear Pointe Shoes (also called Toeshoes), then the dancer usually divides ballet class time between the different shoes.

The techniques found in classical ballet are a framework for many other styles of dance, including hip hop, modern ballet and contemporary ballet.


Contemporary dance is the name given to a group of 20th century concert dance forms. Rather than a specific dance technique, contemporary is a collection of systems and methods developed from Modern and Postmodern dance.

Notable artists in the field of contemporary dance include Martha Graham, Trisha Brown, David Gordon, Lucinda Childs, Yvonne Rainer and Deborah Hay.


Theatrical consists of a mixture of  limbering, musical comedy, tap, modern dance and singing. This is what musical theatre, film and TV is all about.


As seen in video clips, Hip Hop/Funk is a dance form that involves modern and up to date techniques with energetic moves that are exciting to dance and to watch. Vibrant, fun and challenging, this style has grown increasingly popular in the past 10 years.


The AATBD examination structure is comprised of 4 separate Syllabus Styles.

Each Style is designed to train the Students to the best of their ability in rhythm, performance quality, technique skills whilst ensuring each syllabi level is in accordance with safe dance practices. Constantly being updated, the Styles are challenging and satisfying, and students are encouraged to give each level their all in order to reach their highest potential and gain the best possible score they can. Once Students have completed all of the Syllabi, they are then qualified to go on to teach dancing lessons themselves and can apply to become an AATBD Examiner



There are 12 examination levels in the Jazz Syllabi, including the Advanced Jazz Diploma. This style focuses greatly on jazz technique, stretching, strength and jazz styles.


The Tap Syllabi consists of 15 examination levels, the final examination being for the Tap Diploma. This concentrates mainly on rhythm, counting, tap technique, and practical theory.


Classical Ballet

Comprising of 15 Levels, including Advanced Ballet Diploma , the ballet syllabus is firmly focused on ballet technique for both ballet and pointe work, correct feet and arm positioning and development and training in the use of french language for ballet steps and practical theory.


Also known as the Teacher's Diploma, this style consists of 11 levels, the final examination being the Teacher's Theatrical Diploma. This style is slightly more involved than most, as it has components of both Tap and Theatrical work combined. The exercises mainly concentrate on stretching and strength in all parts of the body. Students also learn about human development, the human anatomy and an extensive range of practical theory once they reach their final Diploma


To Contact the AATBD inc. please email the Secretary at deena@aatbd.com.au.