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All classes, even our Preschool Ballet Program have a strong dance foundation focus.  This includes correct posture, placement, discipline, coordination, strength, flexibility and musicality.  Our Ballet classes are based on the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus.

Why choose ballet?

It is often said “ballet is the basis of all dance form”.  Whether a child attends once weekly for fun or is considering dance as a career, ballet develops poise, self-discipline, musicality, rhythm and a highly increased physical and sensory awareness.


The skills gained through encouragement and discipline can be applied to all aspects of their lives beyond the ballet studio.  

Students are actively taught to find their inner strength and will to achieve their best in any situation.

Preschool Ballet

This class will introduce placement, posture, form, rhythm and co-ordination of simple dance steps.  A variety of music and movement styles derived from ballet and pantomime will be used to build self-esteem, self-confidence and body awareness. Throughout the year the class progresses towards a more specific structured program which introduces rhythm patterns, free movement and expression and dance step combinations.

Graded Ballet Programs
Vocational Ballet Programs

The ballet grades begin with Pre-Primary and move through to Grade 8.  From Grade 1 onwards it is recommended that students attend 2 technique classes per week, to allow enough time to support the complete syllabus.  Classes are based on teaching technique and strength through the RAD and IDTA syllabi.  As well a firm understanding of rhythm patterns, free movement and expression is taught. These classes in combination with stretch classes will prepare students wishing to enter formal examinations in the future

Vocational ballet grades begin with Intermediate Foundation and progress through Intermediate to Advanced 1 and 2.  Students considering a vocational program and examination must attend at least two classes a week.  The Vocational Graded Syllabus is designed primarily for older children or young adults who are considering a career in professional dance, as a performer, teacher or in another capacity.  The vocational syllabus is technically demanding and comprises only of Classical Ballet and Pointe Work.  Students choosing to study this series of awards are required to be competent in the fundamentals of ballet technique and movement vocabulary.  Students studying the vocational syllabus are expected to achieve a high level of technical and artistic ability in ballet and it can take a great deal of time and commitment to reach the standard required to pass these examinations.  Normally, a student will begin studying the Vocational Graded Syllabus after completing Grade 5 in the Graded Examination Syllabus, however some students will continue to study the graded syllabus at the same time.  Unlike the Graded Examination Syllabus, the vocational grades have to be studied in sequence and the student must successfully pass an examination at each level before progressing onto the next.