EXPERIENCE CENTRAL WEST PERFORMING ARTS
WHY JOIN CWPA?
When you decide to enrol at Central West Performing Arts you will be getting so much more than a dance school, you will be getting a family. As a family run business, established for over 25 years, your child will be nurtured under the guidance of fully qualified professionals, dedicated to providing a well rounded dance education. Opportunity abounds at CWPA.
Juniors to Seniors, We Have It All Covered
From kindergarten upwards we can offer ballet, jazz, hiphop, tap, street tap, contemporary/lyrical, drama, singing and acro. For the dedicated dancer we also offer PBT ball class, stretch and strength, CWPA elite, private fitness and technique tuition as well as solos for eisteddfods. At CWPA we believe classical ballet is the foundation for all genres of dance and we do encourage all our students to attend, however, it is not compulsory.
MEET THE TEACHERS
We at CWPA care greatly about your child's dance education and that is why you will always find a qualified, experienced, professional teaching our classes. We firmly believe that this is what sets us apart from our competitors.
MARIE CUBITT- Principal
F.I.S.T.D Hons RAD. DIST. RTS. A.T.O.D. Progressing Ballet Technique Certified.
Marie started her love affair with dancing in the church hall of the small village of Broomfield in England in 1952. By the age of sixteen she had progressed to taking lessons in the Cecchetti method of ballet with Madame Helen Wolska in Baker Street, London. She gained her advanced level and started teaching at the Sally Cubitt dancing school in Chelmsford.
In 1971 she emigrated to Australia and became head teacher for Valrene Tweedie at the Australian Academy of Ballet in Sydney. Whilst teaching there she studied under Miss Tweedie to become a fellow of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, which she obtained with Honours in 1975. Marie became an examiner in the Cecchetti method and also trained teachers to obtain their own qualifications.
In 1989 Marie relocated to Molong with her family and started teaching, she then opened Cubitt School of Dancing, with daughter Lindsay Punch, in 1992. From small beginnings, the school progressed to being the premier producer of professional dancers in the Central West, with dancers being accepted into The Australian Ballet Company, Waapa, McDonald College, and The Australian Ballet ITP program to name a few. During this time Marie also became qualified through Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and Australian Teachers of Dancing (ATOD), making her one of the widest qualified teachers of classical ballet in the region.
At 72, Marie continues to teach ballet at CWPA with the panache and vigour of someone half her age. She exemplifies the benefits of continued study and training and revels in passing on her knowledge to her students. With over 50 years experience Marie is extremely proud of her family run school and continues to deliver the best safe and technical training to help her students reach their full potential.
"The families and students I have taught over my 50 years in the dance industry have become part of my family and my life. Having the chance to share my skills, passion and dedication to dance with my students is an honour. Watching them grow and become confident and strong adults entering the world to achieve their dreams is one of my greatest joys."
JAMIE KAYE- Principal
M.F.A.T.D. Dist I.M.E.B. PERF. DIST. Progressing Ballet Technique Certified. Cert IV Fitness.
Jamie started her performing arts journey when she was just 18 months old. Under the guidance of her mother, Lindsay Punch, and grandmother, Marie Cubitt, Jamie's passion for performing arts flourished. Jamie loved doing workshops and competing at eisteddfods throughout New South Wales, winning multiple scholarships and accolades both in dancing and drama. Whilst studying in Orange Jamie completed her Advanced 2 RAD and Cecchetti Intermediate receiving distinction in both. She has also completed all tap exams through LGTDA and jazz exams through ADA, always receiving Honours Plus.
At 16 Jamie was accepted into Queensland Dance School Of Excellence to study full-time classical ballet. After a short stint in Queensland Jamie realised she wanted to be closer to home and relocated to Sydney to study full-time at Brent Street Performing Arts. Jamie was then awarded a scholarship through Cecchetti to study in England for 3 months, this allowed Jamie to experience some of the best contemporary companies in the world and also take class from the industries best at Pineapple Dance. Whilst living away Jamie realised that her hometown of Orange, with her family, was where she wanted to be and she returned home at 18 to share her knowledge, passion and skills.
Back at home Jamie completed her teaching qualifications through ADA and IMEB and she continues to study and progress herself as a teacher. Choreography is a passion of Jamie's and her work has received praise from many well-known industry professionals as well being nominated for CAT awards for her choreography through Orange Theatre Company.
Jamie's passion and dedication shines through every student, she takes pride in producing a well-rounded dancer who excels at every genre and encourages her students to take every opportunity they are given to build their confidence and develop their skills in performing.
"My favourite part of this job is that it doesn't feel like a job at all. I love connecting with my students and they truly do become family"
A.I.S.T.D. F.A.T.D. MOD & TAP DIST. A.T.O.D. Diploma of Early Childhood.
Lindsay began her teaching career at the tender age of 14, teaching for her mother Marie Cubitt and also at another Sydney dance school. After completing her high school education Lindsay studied to become qualified in Classical Ballet (Cecchetti and ATOD), Jazz (ADA) and Tap (ADA & LGTDA). Having moved to Molong in 1990 and teaching there, Lindsay then opened Cubitt School of Dancing with Marie in 1992. The school produced many successful dancers who went on to have professional careers in both performing arts and classical ballet. When the school changed to Central West Performing Arts, Lindsay decided it was time for a change and stepped down as principal. She has since become a qualified pre-school teacher holding a position at KWS Pre-Prep although she continues to teach almost every afternoon.
Lindsay has continued to develop her professional expertise and regularly attends courses to ensure her students are offered the best possible tuition to reach their maximum potential. Preparing children for examinations, and performance opportunities is part of her expertise and her students always reach a high level of achievement.
"Helping children to grow as individuals and enjoy the passion and many emotions of dance is what I love to pass on."
Charlotte has been a student of CWPA since she was 2! She has been a soloist from a very young age and is a confident all-rounder. Charlotte has completed her tap exams through ATOD and has also received fantastic results through all her ADA jazz exams. Having completed her Pre-Elementary Teachers in 2017 and Elementary in 2018, she will now continue to advance her teaching diplomas through ADA.
Charlotte's love of children is evident in the studio, with her being a firm favourite with the junior students. She is incredibly creative when it comes to devising choreography and is a confident leader in group activities.
Student and Assistant Teachers.
Our younger teachers are always hand-picked for their dedication to their classes and lovely nature with the junior students. They are always under the guidance of a qualified teacher.
WHAT WE ARE ABOUT
Progressive, innovative, caring, professional
Located in Orange, Central West Performing Arts has been home to our students since 2011. The students we welcome to our Dance School are open-minded and driven about trying something new. We offer a supportive environment where each individual can develop their love of dance for fun, fitness and friendship or grow into a strong technical all-rounder with a career in the dance industry. Above all else we believe that anyone can succeed with hard work and passion and the tuition we can offer you just won't find anywhere else. Get in touch to find out more.
Mon - Fri: 3pm - 8.30pm
Saturday: 8.30am - 5pm