The Dance Domain is New Zealand’s oldest and largest ballet school exclusively for adult dancers. Our mission is to inspire people of all backgrounds to fall in love with ballet and to challenge themselves, have fun, and achieve their fitness goals.
Ione Barczak teaches Ballet the way it’s done on stage by the world’s best dancers. Since 1979 Ione has taught movers of all kinds, from aspiring dancers to amateurs. Owning and operating her own dance school until 1999, Ione is also the founder of Danca Corpo & Cia and Candelabrum.
In New Zealand Ione has taught and choreographed at City Dance, North Harbour Gym, Diocesan School, Northcote College, North Shore Musical Theatre, Pilates Body Studio, IQ Pilates, Lifestyle Fitness and others.
Ione studied Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Tap at STAGIUM, UNIC, Joffrey Ballet School, Broadway Dance Centre and Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. During her dancing career Ione performed with many Dance Companies, Drama Companies, Choirs and Rock and Roll Bands.
Ione follows the methods of Finis Jhung and David Howard, both masters with New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, using a modern version of the Vaganova Technique. Known by her students for her enthusiasm and patience, she encourages dancers of all levels to enjoy the movement while preserving the essential qualities that make Ballet amazing.
Julie is a life-long dancer and has danced and performed around the world. She believes ballet isn’t just for children and teens. The best type of ballet is adult ballet!
Teaching and sharing her love of ballet with others is a great pleasure. It’s also a great way of keeping fit and active in a sport that’s a whole lot of fun. She loves teaching and helping others develop their love for ballet.
Julie started the Dance Domain because it was difficult as an adult to find high-quality ballet classes. As an exclusive adult ballet school with expert teachers and classes for all levels throughout the week, the Dance Domain is a place for adult dancers to get their ballet fix.