Course Summary

This course is designed to bring the benefits of learning ballet to blind and vision impaired students, giving students the joy of the dance experience, as well as improved posture, muscle tone and confidence. No previous dance experience is required as the course has been specifically designed to teach students slowly and carefully from the very basics. Discover the joys of dance with Rosemary Robenn!

Course Available: Friday 12:30 – 2:00 pm 

2019 Dates TBC

To enrol or for further information please contact Amanda Webb, Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria at or call 0410 069 140.

Currently, we have no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us via email to register your interest.

Offered in partnership with Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria, this weekly beginners dance course is designed specifically for adults who are blind or vision impaired.

The classes are open to adults of all ages, including men and women of any fitness level and ability.  Designed and facilitated by our experienced ballet teacher, Rosemary Robenn, the program aims to be fun and informal and incorporates:

  • a short talk about a famous ballet
  • conditioning and strengthening exercises on fitballs, using the barre for support
  • some barre and floor work.

Participants will benefit from improved posture, flexibility, strength and balance.

Students will gain confidence in general performance, in particular Classical ballet and also improve physical and social skills.


CAE and Short Courses are excited to introduce Ballet tutor Rosemary Robenn. Rosemary has a lifelong passion for ballet and teaching and sharing what she has learnt in her 40 years of teaching experience. Rosemary began teaching when training with BBO examiner Pamela Shield in Sydney after leaving school. In 1970, she joined Queensland Ballet Company for a schools’ tour of Coppélia Act 2, which is where she met her husband, NZ Ballet Company dancer Waynne Robenn. She has operated her own ballet schools in NSW and Tasmania, choreographing and producing several full length ballets. In 1986 she gained her RAD teaching certificate during the several years she taught for RAD examiner, Prudence Bowen. In 2003-2004, Rosemary was invited to teach at Kondo Ballet Studio in Japan. An amazing experience that was shared as after moving back to Australia she has been invited back many times as a guest teacher. On returning from Japan, Rosemary held the position of Senior Teacher at Elancé Adult Ballet School in Melbourne for 12 years. As part of her philosophy that the joy of ballet should be available to everyone, she is developing an innovative program for blind students and has found working with them an inspiration. This inspiration and innovation is exciting and CAE is keen to support and develop the program. Along with being a tutor for several of our mainstream Classical Ballet courses Rosemary will be tutoring our Vision for Dance course for Blind and Visually Impaired students. We are perfectly situated within the mobility/navigation training area of the CBD and next to Ross house.

The course is specifically for people with blindness or low vision.

The ballet teacher, Rosemary Robenn, is fully qualified and experienced in working with people with disabilities.


Please dress for comfort. Tutor suggests leggings, T-shirt and bare feet to begin with. Further information about footwear will be provided as course progresses.

Women and men over 18 years of age who are blind or vision impaired.  No prior experience or fitness level required. Come and try a class!

Please contact Amanda Webb, Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria at or call 0410 069 140 for further information.

Last updated: August 20, 2019 12:28pm