Students will have a parent or guardian participate in the class with them. An introduction to the basics of dance allowing students to develop their musically. This program is designed to enhance motor skills, creativity and build social skills. This class is for age 3 ½ - 4 ½ years.
Graded Syllabi, Pre-Primary and Primary levels
These levels are appropriate for students between the ages of four and six years. Student will learn creative movement, stretching and beginning ballet movements and terms. This strong foundation prepares students for a successful transition to ballet and other dance genres.
Graded Syllabi, Grades 1-8
These levels are from the age of 7 years and upwards. The classes follow the more structured format of a classical ballet class. Creativity continues to be encouraged as sense of presentation and artistry is developed. Emphasis is placed on the more technical aspects including posture, coordination and muscular awareness.
Every year, Elegance Ballet Studio prepares students for ballet exams in the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus. There are nine grades of examination, from Primary to Grade 8. The Syllabus includes Classical Ballet, Free Movement and Character. Classical ballet is the core of the syllabus. Free Movement incorporates movements in common with dance genres such as Natural Movement, Contemporary and Classical Greek. Character is the theatrical presentation of national dance using ethnic dance and music, which has been freely adapted for the theatre. Three styles have been selected for study: Hungarian, Russian and Polish.
The Vocational Graded Syllabus
Dedicated older students are encouraged to study for RAD Vocational Graded Exams, complementing the academy's intensive training syllabus.
The Vocational Graded Syllabus is the continuation of classical ballet training from the Academy’s Graded Syllabus. However, it is also a stand-alone as a full training regime, commencing from the age of 9 to 14 years and is geared toward those engaging in the serious study of ballet. At the earliest level, Pointe work is offered to those who have developed the necessary strength in the body, legs and feet. Students are individually assessed for strength and control before being accepted into the Pointe program.
There are six levels of Vocational Graded Examinations starting with Intermediate Foundation and culminating in the Solo Seal Award. Vocational level exams must be taken in a consecutive order. This latter award is the pinnacle of the Academy's examination system. It takes the form of a performance before a panel of judges and invited audience. Students perform a series of solo variations, and success is regarded as an indication of the candidate's potential to work as a professional dancer.
All students are required to wear Elegance Ballet Uniforms with hair in a neat bun and no jewelry during class. Each level has its own specific leotard color; ballet pink fully footed (or convertible) seamless tights with ballet slippers.