Ballet Classes

Our Ballet classes are offered at all levels of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus as follows:

  • Dance to Your Own Tune is the curriculum for children from 2.5 to 5 years.  Click here for more information.  In addition you can attend Pilates class whilst your child is attending this class
  • IMG_0408-1The Graded syllabus (Pre-Primary in Dance, Primary in Dance and Grade 1 – 8) provides a broad practical dance education and develops technical, musical and performance skills (age 5+).
  • Vocational Graders (Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced Foundation, Advanced 1, Advanced 2) provides an in-depth study of ballet and prepares students for a career in dance (age 11+).
  • Adult Ballet classes – including beginners pointe and pilates. Click here for more information
  • Beginners ballet classes – approximately 8 years for those wanting to try ballet – a good stepping stone into graded ballet.
  • Teenage beginners ballet classes – approximately 13+ for those wanting to try ballet – a good stepping stone into graded ballet.

 

The following additional classes supplement your ballet training:

  • PrePointe and Pointe classes – to build students strength to enable a safe transition to pointe and then build on their strength en pointe.
  • Classical Open  classes –  for technique and artistry and to extend the students beyond just the syllabus work .
  • Repertoire classes – to expand their ballet training, Learning variations from different ballets.
  • Pilates classes – for both adults and students to supplement the ballet training building core strength
  • Contemporary Open classes –  Contemporary dance is an import part of classical training as many ballet companies expect their dancers to have the ability and versatility to combine traditional classical and contemporary dance.

The aim is for students to work towards an exam, or class award.  En Pointe will decided as to whether a student is ready to take an exam or class award. Whilst these exams/awards are not compulsory it does give the students a goal to work towards.

In addition all students that are entering exams in October will be required to attend exam week which is in the October school holidays and will comprise of a 1-2 hour per day ballet class in final preparation for the exam.

Private lessons are also available on request.


Dance to your own Tune

Dance to your own Tune (DToT) aims to capture and nurture the instinctive joy of movement and freedom of expression that young children possess. Through participation in a child-centred learning environment that encourages exploration, independence and social interaction, children will learn to move and learn through movement. This curriculum also forms the bases for shifting into the RAD Ballet Grade/Vocational programme. If you child is under 3 years of age please call us to discuss your requirements
LevelRecommended Age AttendanceFees*
Dance to your own Tune (DToT1) - Level 13 years to 4 yearsOne 30 min lesson per week$125 per term
Dance to your own Tune (DToT2) - Level 24 years to 5 years
Timetable


Pre-primary and Primary

Pre-Primary in Dance (PPiD) and Primary in Dance (PiD) are the introduction levels of the RAD's grade syllabus and provide a pathway into grades. These two levels aim to develop students skill, stamina, creativity, expression, and musicality using a range of sounds and musical styles. This foundation prepares the student for the transition to ballet and other dance genres higher levels.
LevelMinimum age
at 1st September
AttendanceFees*
Pre-primary in Dance (PPiD)5 yearsOne 45min lesson per week. Term 3 will require 2 lessons per week if doing an exam or class award$155 per term (1 class per week)
Term 3 $300 (2 classes per week)
Primary (PiD)6 years
Timetable


Grade 1 - 5

Grades 1-5 encourages the development of sound technique, relevant for the ballet world of today. The syllabus identifies the skills that underpin secure technique, including core stability, weight placement, turnout and line, while continuing to recognise the student’s awareness of artistry and dynamics. Musically inspired exercises and dances will motivate students to acquire a well-rounded understanding of ballet, and will promote joy in movement, creative interpretation and performance.
LevelMinimum age
at 1st September
AttendanceFees*
Grade 17 years plusTwo 60 min lessons per week if working towards an exam or class award, if not then one 60min class per week$165 per term - 1 lesson
$320 per term - 2 lessons
Grade 2Two 60 min lessons per week $320 per term
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Timetable


Grade 6-8

Grades 6-8 continues to build on what has been learnt in Grade 5, however offers an alternate pathway for those students who may not have the time to devote to attending several classes per week or have the physical facility to tackle the demands of vocational ballet training, in particular pointe work. These grades offer the opportunity for the student to continue to enjoy ballet and to develop their artistry and musicality as they do so. These grades also supplement those students who wish to follow the vocational syllabus.
LevelMinimum age
at 1st September
AttendanceFees*
Grade 611 years plusTwo 60 min lessons per week. Recommended 75 minute open class Saturday$320 per term
Saturday Open Class $180 per term
Grade 7
Grade 8
Timetable


Vocational Grades

The vocational graded syllabus comprises of 6 levels and provides a means of measuring the acquisition of technical, musical and performance skills in ballet giving the student a sound ballet base in preparation for further training and/or a career in dance or dance related subjects. In addition it provides students with an opportunity to gain internationally recognised qualifications in ballet to an advanced level.
LevelMinimum age
at 1st September
AttendanceFees*
Intermediate Foundation11 years 3 lessons per week
Recommended Saturday open class
$495 per term
Saturday open class (75mins) $180 per term
Intermediate 12 years4 lessons per week (3 syllabus and 1 open)$680 per term
Advanced Foundation13 years$695 per term
Advanced 114 years
Advanced 215 years
Timetable


Adult Ballet

These class involve ballet movements to music adapted to everyone's own ability and the focus will be on fun whilst toning the body. Something for everyone including pilates.
Adult BalletAttendanceFees*
Basic Beginners - absolutely no experienceOne 60 min lesson per week for 1 term then can shift into Beginners$165 per term
Beginners - some experience necessaryOne 60 min lesson per week
Beginners plus
-Previous experience necessary.
Grade 6 - syllabus class with optional exam
Grade 7 - syllabus class with optional exam
Open Class - for the more experienced student (intermediate level)
Adult PilatesOne 60 min lesson per week $150 per term in conjunction with an Adult ballet class otherwise $165 per term
Adult Pilates One 30min lesson per week$85 per term in conjunction with an Adult ballet class otherwise $130 per term
Adult Pilates with Child attending Dance to your Tune 30 min lesson$85 per term
Beginners Pointe - must be at Beginners plus ballet level One 30 minute lesson per week$85 per term in conjunction with an Adult ballet class otherwise $130 per term
Timetable


Specialist Classes

TypeLevelAttendanceFees*
Preparation for pointe Grade 4 and 5 One 30 min lesson per week also open to external students$130 per term or $85 per term if being done in conjunction with other syllabus classes.
Pointe workVocational Grades One recommended 45min lesson per week also open to external studentsExternal students $165 per term or $110 per term if being done in conjunction with other syllabus classes
Open Class for technique and artistryIntermediate Foundation/IntermediateOpen to external students 75 mins$200 per term for external students
Open Class for technique and artistryAdvanced (all levels)Open to external students 75mins
Repertoire 1 Grade 3 to 5/IFOne 60min lesson and open to external students$185 per term or $165 per term if being done in conjunction with other syllabus
Repertoire 2Intermediate and aboveOne 90 min lesson and open to external students$230 per term or $200 per term if being done in conjunction with
Teenage beginners balletApprox 13 plus One 60 min lesson$165 per term
Junior Beginners Ballet Approx 8 plusOne 60 min lesson$165 per term
Private lessonsfor competition work, and technique$37.50 per half hour
Timetable


Contemporary

Contemporary dance is an import part of classical training as many ballet companies expect their dancers to have the ability and versatility to combine traditional classical and contemporary dance.
LEVELAgeAttendanceFees*
Contemporary 1 Equivalent Grade 2 to 4Optional 60 min class. Open to external students.$165 per term
Contemporary 2Equivalent Grade 5 to Intermediate
Contemporary 3 Equivalent Advanced Foundation and above
Timetable


Pilates

Pilates supplements any ballet training, working on core strength.
LEVELAgeAttendanceFees*
Pilates 1 Grade 2 to 4Recommended 60 min class$150 per term,
external students $165 per term
Pilates 2Grade 5 and aboveRecommended 60 min class$150 per term,
external students $165 per term
Pilates 3AdultsRecommended 60 min class$150 per term if doing adult ballet otherwise $165 per term
Timetable

 

*Tuition fees are based on a minimum of 32 weeks per year averaging 8 weeks per term, however some terms are longer, but no extra charge is made.  Tuition fees are payable by the first day of each term .

Additional exam/class award lessons may be required prior to the exam/class award and this will be charged for separately along with exam/class award fees.