Classical Ballet & Pointe
At the school students study both the Borovansky Method and Cecchetti Method. As each syllabus contains different aspects and detail it trains the students in both a very technical and structured way whilst also improving their performance quality. As classical is the basis of all forms of dance all students must attend one to two ballet classes a week to attend other classes.
Students can start their first year of classical at the age of 5 with a Pre-Primary Class. In this class the students are taught the basics of classical ballet and how to execute the basic steps correctly. Currently there is no exam for this grade however once the teacher feels they are up to standard they will move on to the first level of the exam system, Primary. In this class students learn a syllabus starting at the barre then moving into the centre covering all the basic steps and technique required.
From here students follow through the exam system completing all levels. The levels currently available at the school are as follows:
Pre-Primary, Primary, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Advanced 1, Advanced 2 and Solo Seal
Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Intermediate, Advanced 1 and Advanced 2
There is an open advanced classical class available. Here students at an advanced level learn new exercises each week developing their repertoire of steps and maintaining a high level of technique.
There are three pointe classes currently available at the school however each student must be assessed before they can attend this class. As pointe work requires strong technique and core strength students will be asked by a teacher to attend Junior Pointe Class where they learn the basics of stepping up to pointe, how to hold the foot correctly in the shoe and the correct technique to execute a variety of steps. As students further their knowledge and technique they advance to the senior pointe class, where they will be extended with a variety of new steps and stronger technique.