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!
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.
Share the love of Ballet with your little one! A magical introduction to Ballet and movement which aims to develop listening skills, memory, co-ordination and basic motor skills as well as social interaction through creative, fun movement. Mums, dads and carers join in too and be part of their child’s learning.
This class is a DROP IN class and runs for 30 minutes.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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).