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+).
  • 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 Syllabus 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.

Every 2nd year we do a theatre performance and the in between years we do an instudio viewing.

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$121.75 (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$150 (plus gst) per term for 1 class per week
Term 3 $300 (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 plusOne 60 min lessons per week. If working towards an exam/class award then 2 lessons per from term 3. $160 (plus gst) per term - 1 lesson
$320 (plus gst) per term - 2 lessons
Grade 2Two 60 min lessons per week $320
(plus gst) per term
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
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 pre-pointe/pointe and Stretch and strengthen
$550(plus gst) per term
Intermediate 12 years3 syllabus lessons per week including PBT plus 1 open class
(total 5
hours pw)
Recommended: Saturday pointe and Stretch and strengthen
$780 (plus gst) per term
Advanced Foundation13 years3 syllabus lessons per week including PBT plus 1 open class
(total 5.5 hours pw)
Recommended: Saturday pointe and Stretch and strengthen
$860 (plus gst) per term
Advanced 114 years3 syllabus lessons per week including PBT plus 1 open class (total 5,5 hours pw)
Recommend: Saturday pointe and Stretch and strengthen
$860 (plus gst) per term
Advanced 215 years
Advanced 2 BOYS15 yearsPlease discuss your requirements with usPOA
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.
Adult BalletAttendanceFees*
Basic Beginners - absolutely no experienceOne 60 min lesson per week$162.50 (plus gst) per term
Beginners - some experience necessaryOne 60 min lesson per week
Beginners plus
-Previous experience necessary.
Open Class - a step up from beginners plusOne 60 min lesson per week$162.50
(plus gst) per term
Open plus - a step up from the Open Class, for the more experienced dancer
Repertoire - Syllabus class1 syllabus lessons per week of 75 minutes.$200 (plus gst) per term
Adults Pre-Pointe One 30 minute lesson per week$87 (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
Timetable


Specialist Classes

TypeLevelAttendanceFees*
Pre pointe/Pointe 1 Grade 4 to intermediate foundation One 30 min lesson per week also open to external students $85 (plus gst) per term
Pointe work 2/3Intermediate and above One recommended 60 min lesson per week also open to external students$160 (plus gst) per term
Open Class for technique and artistryGrade 6 to Advanced FoundationOpen to external students 60mins$160 (plus gst) per term
Open Class for technique and artistryIntermediate Ann aboveOpen to external students 90mins$240 (plus gst) per term
Teenage beginners balletApprox 13 plus One 60 min lesson $160 (plus gst) per term
PBT Equivalent to grade 5one 30min lesson$85 (plus gst) per term
Private lessonsfor competition work, and technique$37.5 (plus gst) per half hour
Contemporary all levelsOne 60 min lesson $160 (plus gst) per term
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. We follow the Rambert grades syllabus. Contemporary classes can be taken without taking ballet classes.
LEVELAgeAttendanceFees*
Contemporary 18 years plus or 0 to 1 years experienceOne 60 min class per week. $160 (plus gst) per term
Contemporary 2 11 years plus or 1 to 2 years experience
Contemporary 314 years plus or 3 to 4 years experience

CLICK HERE for more information on the contemporary syllabus

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$85 (plus gst) per term
PBT- Private lessonsGrade 2 and aboveOpen to external students$37.50 (plus gst) per 1/2 hour
External students $45 (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.  A registration/administration fee of $26.09 plus gst per family per calendar year is also payable.

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.