BALLET  Palmerston Ballet School

Martin Jarvis

  • All about ballet "Coppelia"

    Page "Coppelia" with links to all the Nutcracker photos and some extra information is now available. To open the article click on the ballet shortcut in menu "About" or click on the direct link in the beginning of this post

  • Cinderella

    “Cinderella” A Ballet In Two Acts

  • Coppelia

    Upon stories by Hoffmann

  • Jan Hedenig


    Jan is NT Organizer for Cecchetti Ballet Australia Inc. Developing young talented artists, which includes providing performance opportunities on the professional stage, is her passion.
    Jan has directed and choreographed dance productions for the Darwin and Palmerston communities for the past 29 years, the most recent being “Coppelia”, performed at the Darwin Entertainment Centre in 2012.

    “Coppelia” was produced by the Palmerston Association for Dancing Inc ( the parent support body for Palmerston Ballet School - established 1984 ).With the support of Charles Darwin University and the Darwin Symphony Orchestra, Professor Martin Jarvis OAM PhD directed and conducted the full orchestra that accompanied the ballet. International Guest Principal Artists Adam Thurlow, (Australian Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet) Jin Yao (Hong Kong Ballet) and Adrian Dimitrevitch ( past ballet master Berlin Ballet) performed the lead roles of Franz, Swanilda and Dr Coppelius.

    Jan originally studied dance in Melbourne at the Heidelberg and District Ballet School under Lorraine Blackbourn OAM , where she obtained her formal qualifications as a registered teacher ( L.C.B.A. – C.I.C.B.), and performed with the National Theatre in a number of classical ballets including the full length “Giselle”, and “Swan Lake” at Her Majesty’s Theatre. Her teacher whilst at the “National” was Madam Lucie Saranova, who in turn was a pupil of Maestro Enrico Cecchetti. Among Maestro Cecchetti’s most famous pupils were Anna Pavlova, Agrippina Vaganova, Mikhail Fokine, and Vaslav Nijinsky.

  • La Boutique

    La Boutique Fantasque Ballet

  • Making the Ballet Happen

    Section "Making the Ballet Happen..." included into the bottom of each page. The section includes two brief articles about Jan Hedenig and Martin Jarvis.

  • Martin Jarvis


    Professor Martin Jarvis' work in music education is highly regarded in the Northern Territory. Well known in the wider community as the creator of the Darwin Symphony Orchestra, he brings than 35 years of industry experience to the School Creative Arts and Humanities.

    Professor Jarvis' muscial life started at the age of 14. His dedication to his craft has enabled him to travel the world with several orchestra, which also gave him the opportunity to study under many prestigous musicians.

    After completing music education he moved to Darwin and joined CDU. He teaches viola, violin, conducting, and lectures in both ‘Modernity’ and ‘Creative Practice’, as well as artistically directing the Darwin Symphony Orchestra.

    Professor Jarvis has won awards for his contibution to the Australian culture in particular the Northern Territory. His creativity and dedication led to the introduction of outdoor symphonies in remote locations, the first of its kind in the NT. One notable performance was the award-winning event on a floating pontoon in Katherine Gorge.

  • The Nutcracker

    Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet