Ballet Classes

“I love ballet. My favourite part of ballet is dancing. It is just so graceful.” – Heather (current pupil)

Professional training in Classical Ballet

We offer Royal Academy of Dance examinations and presentation classes in classical ballet suitable for everyone from young children starting out in dance classes to students aspiring to become professional dancers. There are no upwards age limits on any examinations or presentation classes and the syllabus has been designed for both male and female candidates at all levels.

From our imaginative Tiny Tots programme to our Vocational programme for talented students, there are classes to suit all ages and abilities.

Tiny Tots

In a creative and energising setting with music, movement and make believe. Children can start dancing from the age of only 2 ½ years old ….

Enjoyment for all children

These classes are for boys and girls of all abilities, and provide an excellent grounding for children in co-operation, creative play, co-ordination and physical activity. Age appropriate ballet fundamentals are taught, within a fun environment. Props are introduced to assist with imagination and fine motor control skills. A wide variety of music is used to immerse the children in the atmosphere and encourage musicality.

Lower Grades Ballet

The syllabi have been devised to provide a strong foundation for future dance training that is appropriate and relevant to young children of today. Fun to do and rewarding to teach, these syllabi help to develop children’s physical skills, stamina, creativity, and expression and musicality using a range of sounds and musical styles.

Pre-Primary Grade Ballet

Pre-Primary is the first grade in the RAD syllabus. It is suitable for children in Primary 1-2 (age 4-5). In this grade, children are taught ballet basics including posture, turnout, rhythm and mime.

Students have the opportunity to participate in a demonstration class in front of an examiner in small groups with their class teacher. Every candidate receives a certificate and a progress report. This introduces them to the examination system without any pressure. At this level, there is still an emphasis on fun and expression.

Primary Grade Ballet

Primary is the first examinable grade in the RAD syllabus. The grade further develops the technique they have already learned providing a solid grounding. Musicality, imagination and expression are still given equal importance within the class.

Grades 1 and 2 Ballet

These grades are suitable for beginners in Primary 5-7 or, for students who have progressed from Primary grade. Classical ballet technique is developed further together with the range of classical ballet vocabulary. The Free Movement section is expanded to encourage greater musicality and freedom of movement.

Children are also introduced to Character dancing as part of the syllabus which includes folk dance styles from across Europe which are often seen in traditional classical ballets

Middle Grades Ballet

In grades 3-5, students continue to develop their classical ballet technique and vocabulary. By grade 5, they will have a very good understanding of classical ballet technique, free movement and character.

Grades 3 and 4

In these grades, the technique, steps and routines are more challenging for young dancers.

Grade 5

By grade 5, students will have a very good understanding of classical ballet technique, free movement and character. We hope that they will progress into the higher grades syllabus.

Grades 4 and 5 are suitable as extra training for anyone studying Higher Dance Practice at their local High School, particularly for the Ballet Unit. We welcome High School students of all abilities.

Higher Grades Ballet

The ‘Higher Grades’ allow the students to further develop their classical vocabulary and make full use of their technique.

Beginning with Grade 6 through to Grade 8 performance award, there is a much greater emphasis on dance quality and performance than in the middle grades.

The Grade 8 Award is the final grade and reward for years of study. They must prepare a number of solos to perform for the examiner. We hope that most students will be able to gain the Award before moving onto further study at University or full-time dance training.

We suggest that our Higher Grades students attend Vocational graded classes to further improve and maintain their classical technique.

 

Vocational Programme

Students follow the Royal Academy of Dance Vocational Graded syllabus, from Intermediate Foundation to Advanced levels with our professional, qualified staff. This syllabus has been designed to provide the necessary training to students wishing to study seriously with a possible view to following a career in dance or dance related subjects.

Students wishing to study for the Vocational Graded syllabus should have the type of body that can respond to demanding and intensive training. Self motivation is vital, they must be able to concentrate for long periods of time and be able to accept and welcome constructive comments and correction.

Participation in the vocational programme is by invitation only, when the Principal feels that a particular student is ready for the rigorous mental and physical training. It is a major commitment for the student and parent, and is not suitable for every pupil.

We endeavour to meet the following objectives: