Ballet Programs (ages 5 – 19 years)
Syllabus Ballet Program
Dance Studio No. 1’s Syllabus Ballet Program provides comprehensive ballet training from beginner through pre-professional levels. With a focus on technical and artistic excellence, students in this program take on a new grade level every academic year providing continuous ballet training with marked progression and goals in an exam every March.
Our program begins with introductory classical training in Primary. We incorporate elements of Free Movement and Character Dance in the Ballet levels “Grade 1-4”, as seen in most traditional classical ballets, and introduce pointe work in the Ballet level “Grade 5”. Exams are intended to help encourage dancers to achieve the goal of mastering their particular level of study, elevating the dancer with measurable progress and “graduating” them to the next level. Exams are optional. Students in the Ballet program participate in winter and spring recitals annually. Several students in the program also participate in DS1’s summer International Dance Acclaim Dance Intensive.
Pre-Professional Ballet Program
Dance Studio No. 1 is “an R.A.D. school”, meaning the Studio teaches the Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) method as the foundation of its Pre-Professional Ballet Program. R.A.D. curriculum and exams are introduced at Ballet level “Grade 5” and then taught through Ballet level “Advanced 2”. Taught in 85 countries around the world, the R.A.D. is the world’s leading organization in classical ballet teaching known for its correct and precise technique providing for a safe, age-appropriate, and thorough foundation training in classical ballet. (For more information about the R.A.D., please visit www.rad.org.uk). Students in the Pre-Professional Ballet program participate in winter and spring recitals annually. Select dancers in the program have the option to perform at competitions or other community events, such as Youth America Grand Prix. Several students in the program also participate in DS1’s summer International Dance Acclaim Dance Intensive.
Dance Studio No. 1’s specialized curriculum along with performance opportunities provide the students in the Syllabus Ballet Program with an exciting challenge that fosters a wonderful sense of achievement and prepares students for the competitive world of dance.
Placement Classes: All new students entering into the Syllabus Ballet Program will be required to take a placement class in order to determine the appropriate grade level.
Grade levels and attendance requirements:
|Pre-Primary (Age 5 & up)||1 class per week|
|Primary (Minimum age 6)||1 class per week|
|Grade 1 (Minimum age 7)||2 classes per week|
|Grade 2 (Minimum age 8)||2 classes per week|
|Grade 3 (Minimum age 9)||Minimum 3 classes per week|
|Grade 4 (Minimum age 10)||Minimum 3 classes per week|
|Grade 5 (Minimum age 11)||Minimum 3 classes per week|
|Grade 6 (Minimum age 12)||Minimum 3 classes per week*|
|Grade 7 (Minimum age 12)||Minimum 3 classes per week*|
|Grade 8 (Minimum age 12)||Minimum 3 classes per week*|
|Intermediate Foundation (Minimum age 12)||Minimum 4 classes per week*|
|Intermediate (Minimum age 13)||Minimum 4 classes per week*|
|Advanced Foundation (Minimum age 14)||Minimum 4 classes per week*|
|Advanced 1 (Minimum age 15)||Minimum 4 classes per week*|
|Advanced 2 (Minimum age 16)||Minimum 4 classes per week*|
(*Specific classes required. Please contact the Studio for further direction.)
All students must be of age by December 1st of every school year.