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 – 5) provides a broad practical dance education and develops technical, musical and performance skills (age 5+).
  • Discovering Repertoire (grade 5 and above) this is a new performance programme which enables the student to learn and dance well known variations
  • 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 PBT. Click here for more information
  • 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 .
  • Open Repertoire classes – to expand their ballet training, Learning variations from different ballets including different classical styles.
  • Progressing Ballet Technique 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$118 (plus gst) 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 may require 2 lessons per week if doing an exam or class award$144 (plus gst) per term for 1 class per week
Term 3 $280 (plus gst) for 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 from term 2 if working towards an exam or class award, if not then one 60min class per week$156 (plus gst) per term - 1 lesson
$306 (plus gst) per term - 2 lessons
Grade 2Two 60 min lessons per week $306 (plus gst) per term
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Timetable


Discovering Repertoire

This is a new classical ballet performance programme syllabus, providing a innovative new concept in training and assessment. The programme is split into 3 levels and includes studying variations from Giselle, Paquita, Sleeping Beauty, the nutcracker and Swan Lake. We will be providing level 2 and 3 in 2021.
LevelMinimum age
at 1st September
AttendanceFees*
level 212 years plusTwo 60 min lesson per week$306 (plus gst) per term
level 3 12 years plusTwo 60 min lessons per week. $306 (plus gst) per term
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 syllabus lessons per week includes 30mins PBT
(total 3.5 hours pw)
Recommended Saturday open class
$540 (plus gst) per term
Saturday open class $156 (plus gst) per term
Intermediate 12 years3 syllabus lessons per week including PBT plus 1 open class
(total 4.5 hours pw)
$690 (plus gst) per term
Advanced Foundation13 years
Advanced 114 years3 syllabus lessons per week including PBT plus 1 open class (total 5 hours pw)$729 (plus gst) per term
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 progressing ballet technique (PBT).
Adult BalletAttendanceFees*
Basic Beginners - absolutely no experienceOne 60 min lesson per week$156 (plus gst) per term
Beginners - some experience necessaryOne 60 min lesson per week
Beginners plus
-Previous experience necessary.
Discovering Repertoire lvl2 - a step up from beginners plus - optional examOne 60 min lesson per week or if doing the exam two 60 minute lessons per week$156 (plus gst) per term or $306 (plus gst) for 2 lessons per week
Discovering Repertoire lvl3 - a step up from lvl 2 - optional examOne 60 min lesson per week or if doing the exam two 60 minute lessons per week
Grade 7 - an alternate to discovering repertoireOne 60 min lesson per week or if doing the exam two 60 minute lessons per week
Open Class - a step up from beginners plusOne 60 min lesson per week$156 (plus gst) per term
Open plus - a step up from the Open Class, for the more experienced dancer
Adults Pre-Pointe One 30 minute lesson per week$82 (plus gst) per term in conjunction with an Adult ballet class otherwise $120 (plus gst) per term
Adults pointe - must have pointe experience or moving up from pre-pointe
Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT)One 45min lesson per week$120 (plus gst) per term
Timetable


Specialist Classes

TypeLevelAttendanceFees*
Pre pointe/Pointe 1 Grade 4 to intermediate foundation One 30 min lesson per week also open to external students $82 (plus gst) per term
External students $100 (plus gst) per term
Pointe work 2Intermediate and Advanced Foundation levelsOne recommended 45min lesson per week also open to external students$115 (plus gst) per term
External Students $125 (plus gst) per term
Pointe work 3Advanced 1 and above One recommended 60 min lesson per week also open to external students$156 (plus gst) per term
External students $176 (plus gst) per term
Open Class for technique and artistryGrade 6 to Advanced FoundationOpen to external students 60mins$156 (plus gst) per term
External students $176 (plus gst) per term
Open Class for technique and artistryAdvanced 1 and 2Open to external students 75mins$170 (plus gst) per term
External students $190 (plus gst) per term
Repertoire 2Grade 5 to IntermediateOne 60min lesson and open to external students$156 (plus gst) per term
External students $176 (plus gst) per term
Repertoire 3Advanced Foundation and aboveOne 75 min lesson and open to external students$170 (plus gst) per term
External students $190 (plus gst) per term
Teenage beginners balletApprox 13 plus One 60 min lesson $156 (plus gst) per term
PBT Equivalent to grade 5one 30min lesson$82 (plus gst) per term
Private lessonsfor competition work, and technique$35 (plus gst) 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 2Equivalent Grade 5 to Intermediate One 60 min class per week. Open to external students also$156 (plus gst) per term
External students $176 (plus gst) per term
Contemporary 3 Equivalent Advanced Foundation and above
Timetable


Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT)

PBT supplements any ballet training, working on core strength. This is incorporated into the syllabus classes. Private lesson will be offered
LEVELAgeAttendanceFees*
PBT 1Equivalent to grade 5 Recommended one 30 min lesson per week$82 (plus gst) per term
PBT- Private lessonsGrade 2 and aboveOpen to external students$35 (plus gst) per 1/2 hour
External students $40 (plus gst) per 1/2 hour
Timetable

 

*Tuition fees and exclusive of gst and 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.