Pre School Program – Ages 2 to 5 yrs old*
Children’s play has a central role in facilitating cognitive, motor and affective development. Through play young children learn about their environment and come to understand the world around them. It is essential that children are encouraged to copy, explore, create, discuss and watch movement. Young childhood is NOT a time for limiting movement experiences.
Just Tots - Begins at age 2
Pre-Ballet 1 - Begins at age 3
Pre-Ballet 2 – Begins at age 4
* Classes at RAB follows the academic school year, students will graduate to the next level in June. Any advancement during the school year to the next level is solely at the instructor discretion.
The pre-school program provides a progressive program of study for the youngest students. Children will be given the opportunity to imagine, explore and be creative through movement. They are encouraged to describe emotions and explore creative worlds formed by movement and music. Each fundamental movement will be explored and experienced in a wide variety of contexts. Solid foundations are laid for children to reach their potential as future participants in dance and physical activity.
Appropriate for the younger child with previous experience or a beginning student. This level is the foundation of classical ballet for our dancers; it emphasizes body alignment and basic ballet positions. Students will learn to coordinate simple movements to produce a combination of steps and respond sensitively to music. RAD syllabus includes: classical ballet, Free Movement, and Character Dance; Hungarian style is taught in this level. Two classes per week for students who are taking the RAD exam graded) and one class per week for student who are taking the assessment (non-graded)
Introduces the student to more advanced combinations of steps, body directions and movement. RAD syllabus include: classical ballet, Free Movement, and Character Dance; Hungarian style is taught in this level. Two classes per week for students who are taking the RAD exam (graded) and one class per week for student who are taking the assessment (non-graded)
Grade 3 & 4**
Further expands the repertoire of steps with the introduction of épaulment. Introduces exercises to prepare the student for pointe. Includes character dancing and free movement (Greek classical). RAD syllabus include: classical ballet, Free Movement, and Character Dance; Russian style is taught in these levels. Two classes per week are required at this level.
Grade 5 & 6**
A continued study of ballet with emphasis on technical development, musicality and natural (artistic) expression. RAD syllabus include: classical ballet, Free Movement, and Character Dance; Polish Court style is taught in these levels. Two classes per week required.
Intermediate Foundation (11 yrs old and up)**
All class geared towards the vocational RAD exams. The technical demands of this class require the student to be studying a minimum of three times per week and be at Grade 5 level. Includes the introduction of pointe work for students of appropriate age and ability. For the younger student, preparation for pointe will be accomplished with a concentrated study of demi-pointe. Instructor approval must be obtained for entry into this class. (Class uniform will be the same color as their regular class level, i.e., Grade 5 color).
Grade 7 & 8, Intermediate & Advanced**
An advanced class with emphasis on refinement of technique, articulation and artistry. Instruction includes pointe. Three classes per week required, four classes per week recommended.
This technique class provides the physical challenges to improve stamina, develops the dancers skills in allegro and pirouette combinations, and encourages the artistry of the student with adagio work. Pointe class incorporates barre and center work designed to strengthen the student for more serious study of classical ballet. Continuing development of ballet technique with emphasis on more advanced ballet combinations, port de bras, musicality, and artistry.
This class follows the R.A.D. Major Syllabus.