EARLY YEARS STAGE
Age group: 2 – 5 years Instruction: 1 class per week
Pre-School Curriculum: A continued curriculum that focuses on the development of basic movement skills, musical awareness, expression and creativity. Themed classes encourage participation, attention and confidence that prepare students for entry to the Foundation Stage.
Age group: 6 – 10 years Mandatory Instruction: 2 classes per week
Physical fitness and core dance skills, as well as each child’s creative voice are developed through activities that encourage critical thinking, self confidence and social emotional skills. Based on many years of research
on how children learn, the syllabi help to build up neuropathways in regards to all types of development.
VAGANOVA PRE-PROFESSIONAL & VOCATIONAL STAGE
Age group: 10 – 18 years Mandatory Instruction: 3 classes and up per week depending on the level
A & B: These levels are a VAGANOVA based continuation of the formal dance education and performance skills of the student. It incorporates Pre-Vocational Ballet, Pre-Pointe training, Pilates Conditioning and Contemporary Dance.
Vocational Grade: This Graded Syllabus is the continuation of classical ballet examinations from the Royal Academy of Dance’s Graded Syllabus. It commences from the age of approximately twelve and is geared towards evaluating those engaging in the serious study of ballet.
At the earliest level, pointe work is introduced for the first time, and each syllabus has been designed to give the necessary training to students wishing to study seriously, with a possible view to following a career in dance, or dance related subjects. There are six levels of Vocational Graded Examinations starting with Intermediate Foundation and culminating in the Solo Seal Award.
This form of dance is probably the most popular and has since grown to become one of the dominating performance genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world. In terms of its technique, contemporary dance tends to utilize both the strong and controlled legwork of ballet and modern dance.
Age group: 7 years & up* The prerequisite for this class is that a dancer must be taking a minimum of two ballet classes per week to be admitted to this class.