Classical Extension Program
Former Dancer with The Australian Ballet & Soloist/Principal in 4 European Companies
Mary Renouf and Adrian Fryer are names which are associated with over 30 years of experience and are highly respected in the ballet industry not only in Australia but also in Europe. Mary was trained by both Kathleen Gorham O.B.E. and Eileen Tasker and Adrian trained with Mary Heath and Carmel Nolan. Both are graduates of The Australian Ballet School and former members of The Australian Ballet as well as dancing as soloists and principals in 4 European ballet companies including the prestigious Vienna Staatsoper Ballet and Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. They worked with many famous dancers, teachers and choreographers including Dame Peggy Van Praagh, Sir Robert Helpmann, Dame Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev, Marilyn Jones O.B.E., Lucette Aldous, Kelvin Coe O.B.E., Anne Wooliams, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Ronald Hynd, Natalia Makarova, Sylvie Guillem, Peter Schauffus, Joyce Cuoco, Youri Vamos and Eva Evdokimova.
After returning to Australia in 1986, they have taught widely and established 2 ballet schools of their own, one for children and the other for adults, City Dance Centre which they ran in Melbourne for 13 years. They are now based in rural Victoria near Ballarat where they have taught for both regional Victorian schools and Melbourne schools as specialist freelance ballet coaches where they have established and lead 2 elite half day specialised ballet programs designed for the gifted and dedicated student. Their passion is training ballet students in the finer points of classical ballet technique, stagecraft and artistry.
Mary and Adrian have sat on the assessment panels of both The Australian Ballet School and the Victorian College of the Arts tertiary and secondary schools as well as adjudicated many eisteddfods nationally and internationally and judged for many major syllabi in various competitions.
Their only daughter Eloise Fryer, who they helped train to the professional level, has been a long term and valued member of The Australian Ballet both as a dancer (9 years) and more recently working in artistic administration.
Mary and Adrian's experience covers all aspects of the ballet industry. From being dedicated high achieving ballet students themselves, to full time students at the Australian Ballet School, professional dancers in 5 companies, parents of a gifted, focused ballet student who also became a professional dancer, passionate teachers of children from age 10 through to professional dancers and have also enjoyed teaching the enthusiastic adult beginner!