From Grade 1 upwards we introduce Barre work which aims to promote strength, placing
and turnout and prepares students for technically advanced steps to be performed
in the centre in later grades. Incorporated within these levels are Character steps
which are simplified dances from Poland, Hungary and Russia. Along with this there
is also a Free Movement section where the children are allowed to express themselves
more freely through travelling steps and relaxation exercises.
After the barre work section students perform Centre work which includes Port De
Bras (Carriage of the arms), degages (points), Chasses (sliding movements), arabesque
and attitude lines and eventually movements like Pirouettes and Set Adage which is
a combination of some of the above steps.
Pointe work is also taught once it is felt that a pupil has become technically proficient
on demi-pointe and has developed enough muscle strength and bone development to sustain
this technically demanding section.
For a young child Ballet is a very good first choice as it will help their concentration
and posture and children often find other forms of dance easier to pick up once they
have followed a course of Ballet. As children mature Ballet helps to develop strength
in their muscles and also maintain good posture.
Ballet forms the basis of all types of dance. It is great for perpetuating style,
grace, good posture and strength. It is a beautiful, artistic and technically demanding
art form appreciated by audiences throughout the world. We follow the syllabus of
the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) which is the largest teaching and examining organisation
in the world as well as the most respected ballet organisation.
Available from 2.5 years these are fun classes especially created for this pre-school
age group; based around a ballet technique developing the children, through music,
movement and imagery.
At this stage the children will learn to dance in many different ways. They will
start to build knowledge of some ballet steps along with the terminology. Mime and
props are still used to enhance their imagination. Beginners to Primary Grade start
with the introduction and development of basic feet and arm positions and the basic
steps e.g. plies (knee bends), rises, point and close, sautés (jumps), petit jetes
(springs from foot to foot), spring points and travelling steps such as walking on
the demi-pointe (tiptoes), skips, running and gallops.