Developed over hundreds of years, classical ballet builds a strong foundation for all other Western theatrical styles of dance. Through structured classes of barre work, centre practice, and choreography, children will develop a healthy dance practice focusing on alignment, strength, flexibility, balance, and expression.
The Academy teaches through the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus, preparing dancers to be eligible for graded and vocational RAD ballet exams. Dancers can register for exam classes, technique classes, or both.
Our Ballet Programs
Please note that the ages listed for each class are a guide. Students may be assessed by the teacher at registration and/or during the first week of classes to ensure appropriate class placement.
One level up from Preschool Dance, this class continues to develop important motor skills and creative expression while beginning to introduce beginner ballet class work. Ages 5-6+.
At this level, children will begin to follow a traditionally structured ballet class with barre and centre practice, learn proper vocabulary and develop their ballet technique and expression. Ages 7-9+
Includes RAD Grade 1, 2, and Junior Ballet Technique. Ask upon registering which class your dancer should be in.
With ballet foundations already in place, dancers will begin to develop a more dynamic movement practice including new ballet skills and vocabulary. Ages 9-12+.
Includes RAD Grade 3, 4, 5, and Elementary Ballet Technique. Ask upon registering which class/es your dancer should be in.
Dancers at the higher levels will continue to develop the technique needed to succeed with more challenging patterns and skills in barre work, centre practice, and classical and contemporary ballet choreography. Ages 12+.
Includes RAD Intermediate Foundation and above as well as Advanced Ballet Technique. Ask upon registering which class your dancer should be in.
PrePointe & Pointe
Students in RAD Grade 5 and above may enrol in an additional half-hour class where they will develop the necessary alignment and foot and ankle strength for pointe work before moving on to barre and centre practice on pointe. Students wishing to take pointe must be at least 12 years of age, have at least two years of Elementary-Advanced ballet experience (including one year of prepointe), and be enrolled in two ballet classes per week.