Preschool Programme - Ballet
3 & 4 years: The emphasis is on movement, the importance of which has been well documented by educationalists and psychologists alike. During these early years the child is developing the fundamental movement skills that are necessary to enable them to participate in future physical and social activities. The RAD preschool dance curriculum has been created from this developmental perspective. The curriculum also exposes children to listening skills, rhythms, co-ordination and emotional expressiveness.
Preprimary: 5 years & over Continues to develop stability and strength while expanding the child’s balletic vocabulary and skills. A class assessment test may be done at this stage.
Primary: 6 years & over Continues the study of rhythm and spatial awareness while adding more complex technical ballet steps and patterns. Free movement is added – an expressive and fluid type of dance. At this level students may be entered into a RAD exam.
Grades 1 & 2: Contains more intricate ballet movements with further elevation and change of direction. Character classes are also added. At this level and up students should be taking two classes a week if they wish to take exams.
Grades 3 – 5: 7 years and over. The focus is on training for the RAD exams which include classical ballet classes with character dance. A minimum of two classes a week is required for progression.
Grade 6 and up: Balletic vocabulary is increased. Sequences become harder to execute in both classical ballet and character dance. Two classes a week minimum are required. Separate contemporary dance classes are recommended at this stage of development.
All the graded levels are suitable for the “recreational” dancer. Exams are highly recommended for motivational purposes, but are not mandated for progression. High school credit is obtained for any RAD exam passed Grade 4 and up. There is no pointe work in any of the Grade levels.
Vocational Ballet Exam Programme – by invitation
Intermediate Foundation – Advanced 2: Students with the physical facility who are serious about ballet will be selected for vocational study. These levels give the student the comprehensive vocabulary and understanding as well as the physical strength to pursue a career in dance or dance teaching should they so desire. Families need to be aware of the commitment involved if the student is chosen to do one of these exams.
Intermediate Foundation: 11 years or over. Two classes per week plus one pointe class required. It is also recommended to take one class at Intermediate level.
Intermediate: 12 years or over. Three classes per week plus one Intermediate pointe class required. It is also recommended to take one class at Advanced 1 level.
Advanced 1: 14 years or over. Three classes per week plus one Advanced pointe class required. It is also recommended to take one class at Advanced 2 level.
Advanced 2: 15 years or over. Four Advanced 2 classes per week plus one Advanced 2 pointe class required. .
Preschool Programme – Jazz and Tap
4 – 6 years: Students may start taking jazz and tap classes at the age of four. Similar emphasis is placed on developing movement skills and spatial awareness as in ballet, but some students find the faster pace more to their liking and may choose to focus on jazz or tap at the early stages. It should be noted, however, that ballet training is necessary for good progression in jazz once the higher levels are reached as both disciplines encompass some of the same dance vocabulary.
Junior - Advanced Programme – Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre
Students may add Musical Theatre to their syllabus from the age of five. The focus here is on singing and dancing within a theatrical setting with a particular emphasis on characterization and singing. Voice classes are offered from the age of 7. This quartet of disciplines blends well together for those students who wish to make stage work their focus. As with all the disciplines on offer, study develops a general appreciation of music and rhythm as well as promoting self-confidence through solo and group work.
In addition to specific programmes we also offer recreational classes for both the casual dancer and the late starter to dance.
These include: Beginner Ballet 8 – 12 years, Teen Beginner Ballet 13 years and up.
In the Jazz programme we offer Jazz Beginner 8 – 12 years and Teen Beginner Jazz 13 years and up.
Hip Hop – age 8 and up, is offered at both recreational and competitive levels, also
Beginner Tap - is offered for older students who wish to develop this skill.
Street Jazz is offered recreationally for all age levels.
Irish dance is offered for those students who wish to specialise in this discipline at the non-competitive level.
Our new Company program is designed for the elite dancer that would like to push their talent and passion further and go above their expectations. We are constantly striving to give our students the best possible training so that if they decide to one day pursue a career in dance, or for the pure pleasure of learning a beautiful art form, they will have a strong understanding of technique and performance. This is why we have implemented our Company Programme.
Company is designed to enable the dancer to improve their technique, strength, flexibility, body alignment, more depth and clarity in their performance level and an understanding of trying to be the best they can be through consistent work ethic and encouragement, sprinkled with love and enjoyment of dance. The program is by audition only, and requires commitment from all students invovled.
The Competitive program is designed for the more recreational dancer that exudes passion and ambition. The program offers a fun environment that allows the dancer to grow and flourish as a performer. Our goal is to develop the dancer✧s skills, focusing on strength, flexiblity and technique. All Competitive dancers will be expected to make a commitment to their instructor and fellow classmates.