- Babies Ballet (3-4 yr olds) & Tiny Tots Ballet (4-5 yr olds):
An introduction to dance training, these two classes are specially designed for children prior to attending school. Combining mime and movement, dance basics, and music – imaginations are bound to be stimulated! A great way to build gross motor skills, co-ordination and socialisation skills from a young age! Classes are themed each week so the children are never bored, and loosely follow a ‘ballet’ type technique which is ideal to master the basic dance movements used for all future styles of dance. Parents are encouraged to stay and watch these classes from the waiting room ‘on TV like stars’ with students learning independence and discipline to attend the lesson on their own. If children are not yet ready to separate from parents the ‘Playdance’ class is recommended for a term or two until confidence is gained to participate independently.
- Prep Ballet (5-6 yr olds)
Ballet is considered the foundation of all other dance styles and it is highly recommended that students take a ballet class even if focused on other styles. This class is specifically for students in PREP at school who wish to start dance classes with a more structured ballet focus. It builds the fundamentals of the technique required for Pre-Primary Ballet, and students only attend class once per week. This is the ideal ‘beginners ballet class’ and a great starting point for any Prep students.
- Pre-Primary Ballet (5-6 yr olds)
Children enrolled in this class still attend only one class per week initially, with those that are considered ready being invited to sit an assessment when exam time comes around (this is not compulsory). The assessment for Pre-primary Ballet is an introduction to exams (no marks) and students who wish to participate will receive further info when exam nominations are due.
NB: Students must be a minimum of 5 yrs old as at 1st Jan, 2015 to be eligible for an exam
This is the first formal ‘ballet’ level, and is recommended once children have started school. Prep students who have already been learning dancing for a year or more are sometimes ready for this class (older ½ of prep); otherwise new dancers from Grade 1 at school are encouraged. Ballet is considered the foundation of all other dance styles and it is highly recommended that students take a ballet class even if focused on other styles (Beginners Tap & Modern is also available from this age).
- Primary & Grades 1-8 Ballet:
These are formal classical ballet training levels using the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus. RAD is an internationally recognised syllabus and examination board that is continually updating and revising its work to keep up to date with the ever changing demands of the dance industry. These Grades are progressive, with technical ability building on the skills acquired in previous levels. Students have the opportunity to sit an examination for each Grade when ready, and classes include traditional classical technique and Character work.
It is recommended that all ballet students attend two classes a week from Primary Ballet. This is necessary to cover all aspects of the classical technique, and mandatory for any child wishing to be considered for an exam. It is also beneficial from Grade 3 ballet onwards to attend a conditioning class to further boost their technique.
NB: If not interested in attending 2 classes a week or sitting an exam there are ‘Recreational’ ballet classes also available.
- Vocational Ballet Levels (Intermediate Foundation to Advanced 2):
Continuing from the technical base established in the RAD grades, these vocational levels continue to progress the classical technique after completion of Grade 5 Ballet. Pointe work is also introduced and developed at these levels. This pathway is for students looking towards a professional, or semi-professional dance career, or those who wish to be quite dedicated to their classical ballet training. Attendance at 2 classes a week, in addition to a conditioning class is compulsory for students wishing to sit a vocational ballet exam.
NB: The higher Grades (Gr. 6-8) are an alternative to the Vocational path (no pointe work) for those not looking at the Vocational levels but still wanting to progress ballet technique and sit exams. They are also a great addition for those wanting additional training to complement their vocational levels.
- Recreational Ballet (Junior 7-9yrs, and Intermediate 10-14yrs):
These classes are designed as an alternative for children who wish to learn ballet and improve their technique, without the requirement to attend 2 classes a week. These are not examination focussed classes, so students can join regardless of previous ballet training – this allows those who did not start ballet at a young age to join an age appropriate class and gradually increase their knowledge and technique.