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Welcome to The Yvonne Edwards School of Dance and The Bethlehem Ballet Centre

Specialist tuition is offered in Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Performance and show work,Exam work and Private Lessons.

Classes are held in the spacious Bethlehem Hall, State Highway 2 across the road from Countdown at The new Bethlehem Town Centre.It has easy access and plenty of parking.

All age students are catered for from the Baby Ballerina classes through to Advanced levels in both Ballet and Contemporary. The classes progressively develop the child's technical ability giving them a sense of dance while fostering confidence, coordination, musicality, grace and poise. There is also a lot of fun along the way!

Children are prepared for examinations and they showcase their hard work and talent in a Stage Production or Concert every year.

The Schools Principal is Yvonne (Parnell) Edwards who is a former Principal Dancer with The Royal New Zealand Ballet and a highly qualified Registered Teacher. Yvonne is known for her gentle yet disciplined approach to teaching and is dedicated to developing the movement skills and capabilities of young people. Her aim is to foster a love of Dance that will stay with them throughout their lives.

Yesdance is a family business and Yvonne is assisted by husband Peter Edwards and daughter Charlotte Edwards and various guest teachers as required.

Upcoming Events

Enrolments now being taken for Term One 2017!
BABY BEGINNERS CLASS 4yrs WED 3.30 to 4pm Starts 8th Feb
PREPARATORY BALLET CLASS 4-5yrs WED 4pm to 4.30pm Starts 8th Feb
JUNIOR BALLET CLASS Mon 5/6yrs 3.30pm to 4pm Starts 13 Feb

GRADES 1-8 plus Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate levels are also available.

Book your place now by filling out the enquiry form or Phone/Text 0274187289


Ballet is an excellent way to learn the fundamental principles of all dance. Parents today realise the benefits of early training and its not always all about whether the child wants to become a professional ballet dancer or not. The benefits of dance training will carry over to many areas of their lives. The obvious advantages of good posture, musicality, co-ordination of arms legs and body, elegance and discipline are huge confidence and self esteem builders.

The Baby ballerina classes, from age 4yrs, start at the very beginning and the little pupils are absolutely gorgeous. Yvonne believes that if they have a good grounding in ballet they will find they can master most other styles e.g. jazz/hip hop,contemporary relatively easy.The Baby ballerina classes are on Wednesdays from 3.30pm to 4pm. The junior ballet classes are held at The Bethlehem Hall on Monday afternoons from 3.30pm to 4pm.Classes for 6yr olds and upwards are also on Mondays at the Bethlehem Hall.

The Ballet grades progressively develop the child's technical ability and by Grade 1 Character work (steps from different countries) is added. After Grade 5 Pointe work will be added. From then on the student can choose to go as far as they like in their chosen path. All ballet grades RAD,ISTD,IDTA Intermediate and senior ballet levels are held at The Bethlehem Hall throughout the week.

Contemporary - Body Conditioning- Repetoire

Tutor: Peter Edwards

Modern current contemporary dance technique with strength building and flexibility exercises for senior level students.Repetoire includes learning variations and dances from ballets such as Swan lake, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty etc.Senior students are also encouraged to experiment choreographing dances themselves.


The timetable is comprehensive so Yvonne would love to talk to you about which would be the correct class and time for your child to attend. Please do not hesitate to email or phone on (07) 544 1919. You may trial a lesson for free.

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