Kindy Dance Time takes great pride in our carefully selected teachers, who are not only highly experienced, but also possess a more important quality – the unconditional love of children. Our teachers regularly attend Professional Development workshops in the areas of Creative Dance, Music, Drama, Teaching Methodology and Early Childhood Development to update their knowledge and to provide the best tuition for your child.
Lara began her dance training with her mother, Terri Charlesworth OAM, CitWA, and from a young age she travelled extensively studying at many major dance institutions throughout the world. In 1981 Lara successfully auditioned for the Victorian College of the Arts, where she trained for two years. Later at age 15 she was accepted into the Australian Ballet School where she once again trained under Terri. In 1985 she was awarded a scholarship to attend L’Academie de Danse Classique Princesse Grace in Monte Carlo, studying under Marika Besobrasova and many other world-renowned dance teachers.
From 1986 Lara was chosen to perform professionally with the Ballet de Monte Carlo and L’Opera de Monte Carlo, performing throughout France and Italy. After settling back in Perth, Lara performed in numerous guest performances in WA, however her dancing career was cut short due to major back injury.
It was a natural progression for Lara to follow in her mother’s footsteps and embark on a dance teaching career. After teaching Classical Ballet to younger age children, she was quickly promoted to Senior Classical Ballet Teacher for elite training programmes including the Graduate College of Dance and later the Junior Professional Course, Charlesworth Ballet Institute and Youth Ballet WA. From 1991 to 1996 Lara was also Assistant Director of the Terri Charlesworth Ballet Centre where she managed the ballet school and expanded it to 12 locations. To this day Lara is a Senior Classical Ballet teacher and examiner for the Charlesworth Ballet Institute and Youth Ballet WA.
With over 25 years of dance teaching experience to children of all ages, Lara has worked very closely alongside her mother Terri. She has had extensive professional development training in Classical Ballet teaching, specialising in the Vaganova method, including international teacher training tours of the Vaganova (Kirov) Ballet Academy in St Petersburg, GITIS Teacher training school in Moscow with Evgeny Valukin, the Hamburg Staatsoper Ballettschule and other leading dance schools throughout Europe. Lara has also attended numerous Vaganova based teacher training courses in Australia including those conducted by Irina Kolpakova and Lubov Nikonenko. Her dance studies have also included teaching methodology, Dalcroze, anatomy studies, music theory, dance history, Laban Movement Analysis, contemporary and creative dance, prevention and care of injuries, and much more.
In 2002, with two young pre-schoolers of her own and recognising her passion for a quality dance programme suited to the early childhood years, Lara undertook the intricate development of the Kindy Dance Time programme and commenced teaching it in WA. In 2004, with a passion to provide a quality dance programme for children aged under five, she became Director. Lara has striven continually to maintain the relevance and wholly intrinsic value of all Kindy Dance Time classes which she passes on to all of the current employed Kindy Dance Time teachers and Franchisees in regular training sessions.
In 2012, Lara welcomed her third child – a daughter – into the world. She continues a teaching role as Senior Classical Ballet for Elite Students at the Charlesworth Ballet Institite and is the Franchisor of Kindy Dance Time. In 2016 Lara was named a finalist in the National AusMumpreneur Awards for Service Business.
Lara shares her joy and passion for the world of dance every week with our little ones at our classes in Mount Hawthorn (Wednesday).