Ballet is our most popular class!
Ballet is a fantastic way for both girls and boys to develop and refine gross motor skills, flexibility, fitness and social interaction as well as an appreciation for music and Ballet as a performance art.
Ballet encourages poise, discipline and self-confidence and children gain a real sense of pride and achievement. They also make forever dance friends!
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.
Classes for young children from Preparatory and Pre-Primary are structured to learn through fun, role-play and imagination all while creating solid foundations to study classical Ballet. The Grades (from Primary) 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.
Children wishing to take Grade exams must attend at least two classes a week in the lead up to their exam.
Dance classes are unlike schools, students do not move up a grade once a year, but when they have achieved the knowledge, safe understanding and developed the necessary skills and performance quality.
Age ranges are always just guidelines for dance classes. Students will be placed in the perfect class for them to reach their full potential after their class trial.
Although children are offered the opportunity to take exams, there is no pressure and students can just dance for the love of it!
A Ballet Technique class is offered to current Ballet students, 7+ in addition to their graded class, who wish to strengthen their technique and progress further in their dance studies. The sessions will combine classical ballet training with conditioning exercises using various pieces of equipment to safely and effectively work on flexibility, muscle memory, correct placement and alignment as well as foot strengthening and pre-pointe prep for older students.
Having dance uniforms encourages students to develop a sense of pride and belonging. It also ensures all children are equal and allows the teacher to clearly see how the body is working in order to safely teach and guide the dancer.
Children are expected to have proper uniform if they are to be entered for ISTD examinations. Students are not expected to come in the correct uniform right away but must be in the correct uniform by their second term.
Adults are not expected to wear a particular uniform, wear what you feel comfortable in but make sure it’s not restrictive.
Please visit Damsell Dancewear for all uniform, dancewear and accessories. Damsell is a friendly, family run business located on Farsley Town Street and will give professional help and advice.