We follow the Royal Academy of Dance graded and vocational syllabus for our Ballet classes. The RAD is one of the world’s most influential dance education and training organisations. The RAD is recognised to award qualifications on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) in England by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual), in Wales by Qualifications Wales, and in Northern Ireland by the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA). The Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) provides a single, simple system for cataloguing all regulated qualifications.
We teach ballet classes from pre-primary up to advanced level.
Ballet teaches balance, control, co-ordination, posture awareness, strength, flexibility and musicality.
Within our Ballet classes students from Grade 1 upwards learn Character Dance. Character Dance is the theatrical presentation of national and folk dance. You will see this type of dancing in Famous ballets such as Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, or Don Quixote where fairy tales, stories of royalty and ordinary people are told through character dance. The dancers are portraying a ‘character’ such as a guest at a wedding or a friend of the main character.
Character work teaches musicality, rhythm and mime. Students gain knowledge and understanding of various rhythms and time signatures used in character dance. The character dance music used in the RAD syllabus is orchestrated and uses traditional instruments from the country they are studying.
In Grade One the children study the Russian Style, Grade Two is Hungarian, Grade Three is Ukrainian and Grade Four is Italian. Character Dance represents about a third of the syllabus.
Character dance is a brilliant opportunity to enrich young children’s knowledge of the world, developing an awareness of geography and cultural differences.