Ballet

Pre Primary Ballet

This level is appropriate for students who are 5 at the start of the year. Cost is $85 a term. The students come once per week.
This class follows the RAD Pre-Primary in Dance to develop the students’ physical skills, stamina, creativity, expression, and musicality using a range of sounds and musical styles. This foundation prepares students for a successful transition to ballet and other dance genres at higher levels.
Students can sit a class award exam in September & teachers will guild parents with this. It is a nice introduction to examinations as their teacher goes in with them.
We also learn the NZAMD Pre Grade Jazz Rosette level 1 which the children enjoy.

Primary Ballet

Primary Ballet - This level is appropriate for students who are 6 at the start of the year. Cost is $85 a term. The students come once per week.
This class builds on from Pre Primary & follows the RAD Primary in Dance to further develop the students’ physical skills, stamina, creativity, expression, and musicality using a range of sounds and musical styles.
This foundation prepares students for a successful transition to ballet and other dance genres at higher levels.
Students can sit either an exam or a class award exam in September & teachers will guild parents as to what suits their child best when it comes time to put entries in for exams. [Class Award assessments are based on the examination syllabus but are not marked, this is an option for students who may start late or don't feel they are up to examination standard, but deserve to be recognised for the work they have done all year.]
If you choose to enter for the exam you will be required to attend a 2nd class for approximately 6 weeks prior to the exam. [Due to studio commitments this class is normally 10.30-11.30am Sunday]. We also run a holiday programme in the 2nd week of the July holiday. [Tuesday- Friday] which is a essential part of their exam preparation.
We also learn the NZAMD Pre Grade Jazz Rosette level 2 which the children enjoy.

Grade 1 Ballet

This level is appropriate for students who are 7 or 8 at the start of the year. Cost is $85 a term. The students come once per week.
The newly revised RAD Graded Syllabus is an exciting challenge for the students. They learn to perform a series of prepared ballet exercises which require the ability to demonstrate secure posture, correct weight placement, co-ordination of the whole body, control, line, spatial awareness and dynamic values. They learn to dance in time to the music and show a responsiveness to the music. Dancing with expression and communication is encouraged.
Students can sit either an exam or a class award exam in September & teachers will guild parents as to what suits their child best when it comes time to put entries in for exams.
If you choose to enter for the exam you will be required to attend a 2nd class for approximately 6 weeks prior to the exam. [Due to studio commitments this class is normally 11.30-12.30am Sunday]. We also run a holiday programme in the 2nd week of the July holidays. [Tuesday- Friday] which is an essential part of their exam preparation.

Grade 2 Ballet

This level is appropriate for students who are 8 and older at the start of the year. The students come twice per week. Cost is $135 a term.
The newly revised RAD Graded Syllabus is an exciting challenge for the students and builds on the previous levels.
They learn to perform a series of prepared ballet exercises which require the ability to demonstrate secure posture, correct weight placement, co-ordination of the whole body, control, line, spatial awareness and dynamic values. They learn to dance in time to the music and show a responsiveness to the music. Dancing with expression and communication is encouraged.
Students can sit either an exam or a class award exam in September & teachers will guild parents as to what suits their child best when it comes time to put entries in for exams. If you choose to enter for the exam you will be required to attend our holiday programme in the 2nd week of the July holidays. [Tuesday- Friday] which is an essential part of their exam preparation.
After the September exam we also work on the NZAMD Pre Grade Jazz Rosette level 3, which is a great build up for Grade 1 Jazz for the next year.

Grades 3 - 5 Ballet

These levels are appropriate for students who are 9 and older at the start of the year. The students come twice per week. Cost is $140 a term.
The newly revised RAD Graded Syllabus is an exciting challenge for the students and builds on the previous levels.
They learn to perform a series of prepared ballet exercises which require the ability to demonstrate secure posture, correct weight placement, co-ordination of the whole body, control, line, spatial awareness and dynamic values. They learn to dance in time to the music and show a responsiveness to the music. Dancing with expression and communication is encouraged. The studies cover a wide range of dance styles.
Students can sit either an exam or a class award exam in September & teachers will guild parents as to what suits their child best when it comes time to put entries in for exams.
If you choose to enter for the exam you will be required to attend our holiday programme in the 2nd week of the July holidays. [Tuesday- Friday] which is an essential part of their exam preparation.

Grades 6 - 8 Ballet

The higher grades consolidate on the previously learnt techniques. The RAD syllabus at these level also includes free movement & National character exercises.
The students often attend these classes as an extra to the vocational classes. These classes are once per week.
If you choose to enter for the exam you will be required to attend our holiday programme in the 2nd week of the July holidays. [Tuesday- Friday] which is an essential part of their exam preparation.

Vocational Ballet Levels

Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced Foundation, Advanced 1 & Advanced 2.
The Vocational Graded Syllabus provides an in-depth study of ballet, develops technique, music and performance skills and introduces pointe work for female candidates. This work is technically demanding & can prepare students for a career in dance and is appropriate for students from the age of eleven years.
If you choose to enter for the exam you will be required to attend our holiday programme in the 2nd week of the July holidays. [Monday - Friday] which is an essential part of their exam preparation.

Open Classical

These classes will cover technique, performance presentation & introduce steps outside the exam syllabi. Recommended for all students from Intermediate & up.

RAD Discovering Repertoire

Discovering Repertoire: a classical ballet performance programme

Discovering Repertoire is an innovative new concept in training and assessment from the RAD.

Suitable for students from ages 12 through to adult, the three levels cater for those with some prior ballet experience (1–2 years of study, equivalent to Grade 2/3) through to those of a more advanced standard (upper grades/vocational grades). Uniquely, it includes well-known classical repertoire, meaning students will learn and dance choreography that they have seen on the stage, set to music that they know and love.

Learners have the option of taking regulated examinations recognised at the following levels on the UK qualifications framework:
•Level 2 (equivalent to Grade 5/Intermediate Foundation standard)
•Level 3 (equivalent to Grades 6–8/Intermediate & Advanced Foundation standard)
•Level 4 (equivalent to Advanced 1 & 2 standard)

The variations studied are taken from the following ballets:
•Level 2: Coppélia, Giselle
•Level 3: Paquita, The Sleeping Beauty
•Level 4: Nutcracker, Swan Lake

The variation choreography is tailored to the different levels, e.g. Level 2 will offer a modified variation, while Level 4 will offer the full variation.

Flexible, modular learning and assessment
The programme is based on modular assessment, to enable students to learn at their own pace. Each level is made up of three units:
•Unit : Class - barre and centre
•Unit : Variation 1 – development exercises and Variation 1
•Unit : Variation 2 – development exercises and Variation 2

To promote a sense of achievement and progression, students will be awarded a certificate for completing each unit, while those successfully completing all three units will achieve a qualification at the corresponding level.

Female students can decide whether or not to dance en pointe, giving greater flexibility in how the work is approached and executed.

Who will Discovering Repertoire appeal to?
The social, health and wellbeing benefits of dance are well documented across all age groups. Along with increasing the accessibility of dance for all, the modular structure of Discovering Repertoire offers an inclusive and flexible opportunity suitable for a wide range of abilities and ages – but most importantly it will make real the aspiration of many to dance classic ballets such as Giselle and Swan Lake.

Alternative for vocational and non-vocational students
Discovering Repertoire will give teachers multiple ways in which to grow or extend their business. It will extend the interest of students who otherwise might stop dancing once they realise that ballet is not going to be their vocation by giving them a fun and creative alternative to the RAD’s graded and vocational syllabus. For vocational students, the modular approach provides an opportunity to enhance and refine technical skills in the class module and gain strength if preparing the development exercises and variations en pointe.

Challenging and engaging adults
Adults of all ages are coming back to ballet: for fitness, for social reasons, or because they have rediscovered their passion by seeing their children dance. Our research also shows that adults want to be challenged, to progress, and to feel a sense of achievement. Discovering Repertoire will deliver this satisfaction, enabling them to learn and dance the ballet repertoire that they know and love, and be assessed in smaller, more manageable and less intimidating units of work.

The programme \was launched globally in early 2018.