Into to Ballet:
This ballet class is for children aged 3 – 5 years. Ballet classes become a lot more technique based (when compared to toddler classes) learning set exercises securing the foundation for all grades to follow. Intro to ballet work is learnt and examined with a teacher present as a gentle introduction to exams. Intro to Ballet exams are normally taken when the candidate is 5 years old or in recption.
Pre Primary Ballet:
When learning pre-primary ballet at roughly 6 years and up students are taught set exercises as well as being encouraged to choreograph their own work. The pupils dance ability is increased at a steady and structured pace as well their technical understanding and vocabulary. After a year to 18 months pupils are assessed to see if they are at the required level to take an exam or assessment.
Primary Ballet is for children aged around 7 – 9 years of age (depending on when they started ballet). The syllabus Introduces barre work and a more intricate centre exercises. There is a greater emphasis on technical ability and an understanding of posture.
Grade 1 – 3 Ballet:
Grade 1 ballet an upwards introduces not only more technically demanding barre and centre work but an application of the correct posture and turn out for ballet. Students are expected to have a strong technical vocabulary along with the ability to execute the more demanding syllabus. Grade 1 – 3 ballet graded exams are OFQUAL accredited and examined at a very high standard. Performance awards are available for students taking a more relaxed approach to ballet.
The students take their exam in groups of 4 – 6 and are required to know all their exercises and vocabulary and demonstrate the work to a satisfactory standard. This sets the structure for all grades to follow with children progressing in grade roughly every year to 18 months, increasing their knowledge and skill set.