Following Fonteyn, Nuryev, Bussell and Acosta
Encouraging grace and good posture, ballet has been loved for generations and continues to be very popular. We also learn dances from other countries in the character section.
Created originally in the Royal Courts of France, ballet is an art form which has been loved for centuries, and is still as popular as ever.
We follow the syllabus of the Royal Academy of Dancing, the lead body of ballet teaching. Pupils follow the syllabus leading to exams from Pre-Primary to Grade 8. Each class is made up of Classical Ballet, Free movement and Character (as seen in the traditional ballets).
At approximately Grade 5 level we give the option for students to study the vocational Ballet Grades (Intermediate Foundation to Advanced 2). These exams are designed for those students looking to make dance their profession and are needed for entry to vocational school. It is at this level that the students learn pointe work.
Going “en pointe” is challenging and exciting for the students. It requires much strengthening of ankles and feet. We assess students individually before they start pointe work to limit injury and avoid damage to physical development.