Class Information

Pre-Primary & Primary Ballet

 

These classes are structured for children ages 2-6. From 2010, the Royal Academy of Dance began implementing the new Pre-Primary and Primary in Ballet syllabus, which has been devised to provide a strong foundation for future dance training that is appropriate and relevant to young children of today. Fun to do and rewarding to teach, these syllabi help to develop children’s physical skills, stamina, creativity, and expression and musicality using a range of sounds and musical styles. For more information about the R.A,D. Syllabus, please click here

Grades 1-8 Ballet

 

The Royal Academy of Dance is the largest examining and teacher education organization for classical ballet in the world. Children have the opportunity to enter in examinations, which allow students to work towards attainable goals, however they are not compulsory. Students who for various reasons, may not wish to take a formal examination can opt instead to study ballet as means of enjoyment in which to gain discipline, strength, posture and grace.  Students at the school who wish to participate in exams are required to attend a minimum of two classical ballet classes per week.  For more information about the R.A,D. Syllabus, please click here

Vocational Ballet Classes

 

The Vocational Grade Dance syllabus provides an in-depth study of ballet, develops technique, music and performance skills and introduces pointe work for female candidates. It prepares students for a career in dance and is appropriate for students who have previously studied ballet. Students studying for Vocational Graded examinations should expect to take a minimum of three classes a week.  For more information about the R.A,D. Syllabus, please click here

Contemporary

 

Contemporary dance is a genre that developed during the mid 20th century and has grown to be one of the dominant genres for formally trained dancers. In terms of the focus of its technique, contemporary dance tends to combine the strong and controlled legwork of ballet with modern dance's stress on the torso, and also employs contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation characteristic of modern dance. 

Jazz

 

Jazz is defined as stylized theatrical dancing based on many other forms of dance and influenced by American Jazz music. It is the predominant form of dance used in the American Musical Theatre and an integral part of the entertainment field. Jazz dance has many titles, but has developed a technique, style and theory all it’s own.

Modern

 

Modern dance reinforces the fundamental concepts of space, time and energy through the practices of modern dance technique. This class will focus on weight and suspension, fall and recover, strength and release.  

Tap

Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. Broadway tap is rooted in English theatrical tradition and often focuses on formations, choreography and generally less complex rhythms; it is widely performed in musical theater. Rhythm tap focuses on musicality, and practitioners consider themselves to be a part of the jazz tradition. Classical tap has a similarly long tradition which marries European "classical" music with American foot drumming with a wide variation in full-body expression. 

Progressing Ballet Technique

 

PBT by Marie Walton-Mahon (Progressing Ballet Technique) is an innovative program for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best in classical ballet. Marie has been known for her creative teaching skills for over 40 years and has trained many professional dancers and teachers’ worldwide. She has experimented with outstanding success the use of muscle memory to improve students understanding of core stability, weight placement, and alignment for over 12 years. To learn more, visit: https://pbt.dance/

Stretch & Conditioning

Stretch and conditioning is an important part of the supplemental training for any pre-professional dancers. They are trained to stretch correctly so as to not promote injury and adequately warm themselves up for any class or audition. 

This class is suitable for dancers or beginners looking to increase flexibility and strengthen the muscle groups that are key in developing their dance training. It is a combination of Pilates, Stretch, Floor Barre, and Yoga. 

Dress Code

  •  Pre-Primary & Primary Ballet: Pink tank leotard, pink socks or tights, pink skirt, pink ballet shoes. 


  • Grades 1 - 5 Ballet: Navy blue tank leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes. 


  • Advanced/Vocational Ballet Classes: Black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, pointe shoes.
    Dress code for Majors will be enforced at all times.


  • Boys:
    White fitted T-shirt or tank, black or white tights, black or white ballet shoes


  • Contemporary, Modern, Jazz and Tap Classes: Any leotard & tights or jazz pants or jazz shorts and appropriate shoes. No bare mid-drifts.