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
- The 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 Grades (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.
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 .
- 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 TuneDance 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
|Dance to your own Tune (DToT1) - Level 1||3 years to 4 years||One 30 min lesson per week||$125 per term|
|Dance to your own Tune (DToT2) - Level 2||4 years to 5 years|
Pre-primary and PrimaryPre-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.
|Level||Minimum age |
at 1st September
|Pre-primary in Dance (PPiD)||5 years||One 45min lesson per week||$155 per term|
|Primary (PiD)||6 years|
Grade 1 - 5Grades 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.
|Level||Minimum age |
at 1st September
|Grade 1||7 years plus||One 60 min lesson per week, Term 3 will require two 60min lessons per week if doing the exam or class award||$165 per term - 1 lesson
$320 per term - 2 lessons
|Grade 2||Two 60 min lessons per week||$320 per term|
Grade 6-8Grades 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.
at 1st September
|Grade 6||11 years plus||One 60 min lesson per week. Recommended 75 minute open class Saturday||$165 per term
Saturday Open Class $165 per term
Vocational GradesThe 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.
at 1st September
|Intermediate Foundation||11 years||3 lessons per week plus Recommended 75min Saturday open class Saturdays||$535 per term
Saturday open class $165 per term
|Intermediate||12 years||4 lessons per week (2*60min, 2*75min)||$680 per term (includes Saturday open class)|
|Advanced Foundation||13 years||4 lessons per week (2*60min, 1*75min, 1*90min)||$695 per term|
|Advanced 1||14 years|
|Advanced 2||15 years||3 lessons per week plus Recommended 75min Saturday open class Saturdays||$535 per term Saturday open class $165 per term|
Adult Ballet - Conditioning through DanceThis class will involve ballet movements to music adapted to everyone's own ability and the focus will be on fun whilst toning the body. 4 levels to choose from. Beginners - no experience necessary. Beginners plus, completed a year of beginners or has had some previous experience. Open class - for the more experienced student (intermediate level) . Grade 6 for students that would like to follow a syllabus class with the option of completing the exam.
|Beginners - little or no experience necessary||One 60 min lesson per week||$165 per term|
-Previous experience necessary.
|Grade 6 - syllabus class with optional exam|
|Open Class - for the more experienced student (intermediate level)||One 75 min lesson per week||$180 per term|
|Adult Pilates||One 60 min lesson per week||$135 per term in conjunction with an Adult ballet class otherwise $165 per term|
|Beginners Pointe - must be at Beginners plus ballet level||One 30 minute lesson per week||$95 per term in conjunction with an Adult ballet class otherwise $130 per term|
|Preparation for pointe||Grade 4 and 5||One 30 min lesson per week also open to external students||$130 per term or $80 per term if being done in conjunction with other syllabus classes.|
|Pointe work||Intermediate foundation and intermediate||One recommended 30min lesson per week also open to external students||External students $130 per term or $80 per term if being done in conjunction with other syllabus classes|
|Pointe work||Vocational Grades - advanced foundation and above||One recommended 45min lesson per week also open to external students||External students $165 per term or $105 per term if being done in conjunction with other syllabus classes|
|Open Class for technique and artistry||Intermediate Foundation/Intermediate||Open to external students 75 mins||$180 per term for external students|
|Open Class for technique and artistry||Advanced (all levels)||Open to external students 75mins|
ContemporaryContemporary 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.
|Contemporary 1||Grade 2 to 4||Optional 60 min class||$165 per term|
|Contemporary 2||Grade 5 to Intermediate|
|Contemporary 3||Advance Foundation and above|
PilatesPilates supplements any ballet training, working on core strength.
|Pilates 1||Grade 2 to 4||Recommended 45 min class||$105 per term,
external students $155 per term
|Pilates 2||Grade 5 and above||Recommended 60 min class||$135 per term,
external students $165 per term
|Pilates 3||Adults||Recommended 60 min class||$135 per term if doing adult ballet otherwise $165 per term|
*Tuition fees are based on a weekly class for a minimum of a 8-week term regardless of the term length. Some terms are up to 11 weeks, 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.