The prestigious Tanya Pearson Academy is set to reach new heights in 2022 with Slava Tutukin, current Deputy Artistic Director and Company Manager of the Dortmund Ballet and the NRW State Youth Company, Germany, joining the academy as its new Managing Director.
We are excited to announce that in 2022, we will create a new state of the art world class dance facility in Sydney, which will become the new home for the prestigious Tanya Pearson Academy.
Bookings are now open for the TPA JUNIOR APRIL WORKSHOPS 2022!
Mon 11 to Wed 13 April 2022
We welcome all students from Primary Level through to Grade 5 level and equivalent to join us for this fun-filled and exciting workshops in Open Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Character, Conditioning and special Acting Dance Workshops.
“The experiences that were given to us at TPA were second to none and I thank not only Mrs P but each teacher for their time and effort put into their students. While I was training full time at TPA, I was extremely lucky to be able to compete at the Prix De Lausanne in Switzerland, Youth America Grand Prix in NYC twice and Alana Haines in New Zealand. Being able to represent Tanya Pearson in those competitions were by far the most incredible and life changing experiences.”
Emily Seymour – TPA Graduate, Prix de Lausanne & Youth America Grand Prix winner. Now Professional Dancer with Sydney Dance Company
“Through the guidance of the Tanya Pearson Academy, I feel that I have grown greatly, not only as a dancer but as a human being! The teachers will not form you to fit a mould but, with a strong foundation of classical technique, encourage and support the individuality in each student. After having travelled overseas taking classes with some of the worlds top schools, I would still say that the Tanya Pearson Academy is truely one of the best.”
Grace Carroll – TPA Graduate – Winner YAGP Senior Division 2019, Paris Opera Ballet School, Royal Ballet School – Now Professional Dancer with The Australian Ballet
“Perhaps the biggest attribute of TPA is the sheer number of contacts, networks and connections. This gave me the steppingstone I needed to help find my place in the dance world.”
Olivia Betteridge – TPA Graduate – Now Professional Dancer with the Hamburg Ballet
“I am incredibly grateful for the world class faculty at Tanya Pearson Academy. I have improved so much in the time I have been training here and I benefit immensely from all the special opportunities we are given. When I was 13 I moved from Tasmania to Sydney so I could study at Tanya Pearson Academy and I have loved every minute so far!”
Dayla Bowman – TPA Graduate – Now student at the San Francisco Ballet School
“I really love being a student at Tanya’s and I am always grateful to have such amazing teachers who share their years of experience and knowledge with us all. Starting at Tanya’s made me realise what it is I am passionate about and capable of doing and what I truly want to do in the future”
Lincoln Sharp – TPA Graduate – Now student at John Cranko School Stuttgart
“I have been at Tanya Pearson for 12 months now and I travel up every week, on Fridays to attend the Junior Transition Program, Intermediate Foundation, and Open class. I travel back to Berry every Saturday; it’s a long trip but it’s definitely worth it! At the end of last year my local teacher suggested I come to the Tanya Pearson Summer School and I loved it! I made new friends, learnt lots and really liked the teaching so I decided I wanted to keep coming. I also like watching the older girls and boys who are amazing and inspiring.”
Ella Orme – 12yrs, TPA Junior Transition Program Student
“I came to Tanya Pearson Academy because of their amazing reputation for the best classical training and also because of the amazing teachers. I used to travel a few times a week from Wollongong in order to attend classes at TPA. Recently my family relocated to Sydney so I could train more hours and now attend the Full Time Level 3 program.”
Mia Atkinson – 15yrs, TPA Full Time Level 3 Program
“I moved from Chicago, USA to study at the renowned Tanya Pearson Academy in Sydney. Without a doubt, I have received excellent training and guidance from their exceptional teachers and physio staff. Tanya Pearson Academy has afforded me many wonderful opportunities and rewarding experiences including my acceptance into the prestigious Vaganova Academy in Russia”
Claire Zalunardo- 17yrs, TPA Pre Professional
“The best part about TPA are the wonderful friends I have made. The teachers are great and fun. I love how the teachers encourage me to do my best.”
Julian Wallace – 11yrs, TPA Part Time Program
As a leading provider of elite professional dance education, our aim at TPA is to facilitate our students’ lifelong pursuit of Excellence in Dance.
Through the development of each student’s creative talent and artistic voice we will empower students to fulfil their potential as unique contributors to the Artform of Dance, both nationally and on the world stage.
Creative Director, Xanthe Geeves, as a former student of Tanya Pearson, recognises the importance of the contribution that the Tanya Pearson Academy has made to the dance education of generations of dancers in Australia, and the international dance world.
Xanthe, after a successful professional career in both classical and contemporary companies in the UK, Germany and the USA, has now returned to the Tanya Pearson Academy to share her knowledge with the next generation of TPA students. As Emerging Female Choreographer with The Australian Ballet, she is also sharing her experience and expertise as a choreographer to expand the artistic and creative performance opportunities of the students of TPA.
Gregor Thieler, Executive Director, has a wealth of international performance and choreographic experience in Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance and Musical Theatre, in Europe and USA. He brings his business acumen and international networking experience to the Academy, which will continue to position the Tanya Pearson Academy at the forefront of elite dance education worldwide. Gregor is also an experienced dance videographer and photographer and his work has been published in a number of national dance magazines.
Lucinda Dunn OAM, the longest serving Principal of The Australian Ballet, is now Artistic Director. Her focus as an experienced Classical Ballet coach, mentor and panellist at international competitions such as the Prix de Lausanne (as a previous scholarship winner) and Youth America Grand Prix, is now on expanding the school’s reputation and growth as an international institute of excellence. Lucinda has won numerous awards as a dancer, including Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Performance 2008 and 2015. In 2014, Lucinda has received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), for her service to the performing arts through ballet.
Tyla Steinbach is an Apprentice with the San Francisco Ballet Company for the 2019/2020 season.
Mischa is currently a member of Theatre JKT Pilsen in the Czech Republic.
Part Time Student
I love ballet… Ballet has taught me everything – Life lessons, responsibility, discipline and respect … everything else, all the fun and friendship is a bonus.
Full Time Level 2 Student
I started at TPA when I was 9 and in mid 2019 join the Full Time Cygnet Program.
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