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Ballet Classes for Children

Children's Ballet





Children’s Ballet is taught following the syllabus of the ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing), one of the world’s leading dance examination boards.

Ballet is a fantastic way for both girls and boys to develop and refine gross motor skills, flexibility, fitness and social interaction. Classes for young children are structured to learn through fun, role-play and imagination! The Grades have been devised to provide a worthwhile sense of achievement for children and young people who dance for recreation and for children hoping to pursue a career in classical ballet.

Although children are offered the opportunity to take exams, there is no pressure and students can just dance for the love of it!

Ballet Classes

Find the perfect class below. Age ranges are just guidelines. If a child falls in the middle of one of the class age ranges, I will decide the most suitable class for them after a trial lesson.



Pre-Primary Ballet 4-5 years

The Pre-Primary class is a combination of creative movement, mime and imagination coupled with set syllabus steps, creating a magical, adventurous ballet class. This class will allow children to express themselves while at the same time establishing the foundations of correct classical ballet technique. Suitable for girls and boys from 4 years.

Day: Tuesdays

Time: 4:30-5:15pm

Venue: St John’s Church Hall, New Street, Farsley, Pudsey, LS28 5DJ

Day: Fridays

Time: 4:00-4:45pm

Venue: Studio 3 @Workhouse Fitness, Unit 3, Springfield Commercial Centre, Bagley Lane, LS28 5LY

Primary Ballet 6-7 years

The Primary ballet class begins to teach students the more in-depth movements of classical ballet technique, body awareness, style and poise.

It also introduces:

  • Dance dynamics
  • Concepts of music
  • Free interpretation through movement and music
  • Social and emotional development
  • Listening skills
  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Concepts of direction and position
  • Physical fitness
  • Grooming and presentation skills
  • Self confidence and self esteem

Day: Tuesdays

Time: 5:30-6:15pm

Venue: St John’s Church Hall, New Street, Farsley, Pudsey, LS28 5DJ

Grade 1 Ballet

Grade 1 sees children being introduced to the barre for the first time. Children begin using the barre after they have established sufficient strength and control of their limbs and core. Students will begin to learn the French terms for steps and positions of the arms and feet and develop technique and presentation skills.

Day: Tuesdays

Time: 5:30-6:15pm

Venue: Studio 3 @ Workhouse Fitness, Bagley Lane, Farsley LS28 5LY


Term Dates

Contact me to sign up for a class or arrange a trial class before signing up to the term. I will get back to you as soon as possible to confirm your child’s attendance. If you’re not quite sure which class to choose then please contact me to ask my advice.

ISTD – Imperial Classical Ballet

The use of the Imperial Classical Ballet syllabi gives the teacher guidance in correct and safe teaching methods for all age groups and at all levels from beginner to professional. Children and students are encouraged to acquire a sound basic technique combined with an understanding of co-ordination and musical interpretation which are the essentials of a pure classical training. Numerous outstanding teachers, and classical dancers in major international ballet companies, have been wholly trained within the Imperial Classical Ballet syllabi.

Children’s Examinations

These have been devised to provide a worthwhile sense of achievement both for children and young adults who dance for recreation and for children hoping to pursue a career in classical ballet. The Grades develop a child’s technical ability and understanding, giving him or her a sense of dance, poise and an understanding of its relation to music. For each Grade the candidate is required to perform one of the set dances or classical variations appropriate for that level, thus developing their use of mime. Additionally there are mime and music sections in each of the Class Tests (Pre-Primary).