Grades 1 to 8

Classes from Grade 1 upwards follow the current examination syllabus of the Royal Academy of Dance which provides a broad, practical dance education and develops technical, musical and performance skills.  Each grade incorporates three dance disciplines – Classical Ballet, Free Movement and Character.   In the new Grades 1 to 5 syllabi classical and free movement dance have been combined and character section is now presented in a choice of dances.  For Grades 6, 7 and 8 the three distinct sections remain.

  • Classical Ballet is the foundation and most important part of the Grades Syllabus, focusing on the many elements required in the development of classical technique including posture, line and the development of turnout.
  • Free Movement has been influenced by and incorporates movements in common with other dance styles such as Contemporary and classical Greek Dance.  It encourages a more natural sense of movement and use of gravity and develops musicality, dynamics and co-ordination.
  • Character is the theatrical presentation of national dance which has been adapted for use in repertoire.  The three styles – Hungarian, Russian and Polish – were selected because of their historic importance in the development of many of the traditional full length classical ballets.  This is always extremely popular with the children, who benefit from its emphasis on the development of rhythm, poise and style.

Our Grades classes may be taught by either one or two teachers, depending on level. Classes are accompanied by pianists.