Classes

Ballet

Ballet students are introduced to a variety of syllabus exercises in the first years of their training.

Last year the RAD introduced a new syllabus for the junior children. It is extremely good for developing imagination and musicality. The exercises are not traditional ballet exercises but will instill a love for movement and dance.

The BBO work offers these traditional technical exercises as well as imaginative exercises and partner work.

We feel that by introducing exercises from both syllabi we will be able to keep the students interested and stimulated as well as providing a solid technical base for the students to develop from.

From Grade One onwards we teach the RAD syllabus.

The NZAMD exams are also offered at times when we feel a class may need a bridging year between grades or extension work.

To sit exams, students from Grade 1 need to attend 2 lessons per week. Major Students need to attend 3 – 4 lessons per week.

Ballet Progressions

  • Syllabus Taught: Royal Academy of Dance (RAD)
  • New Zealand Association of Modern Dance (NZAMD)

RAD Grades

*Grade 6, 7 and 8 RAD can be taken in succession after Grade 5, as well as or instead of the vocational levels, when our timetable allows.

RAD Vocational Levels

NZAMD

Students who do not wish to attend more than two lessons a week at vocational level have the opportunity to sit these exams instead of the RAD exams (when our timetable allows).

Some students choose to sit these as well as the RAD vocational exams.

  • Grade 5 (taken after Grade 5 RAD) – no classes 2017
  • Pre Elementary (taken after Intermediate Foundation RAD)
  • Elementary (taken after Intermediate RAD) – no classes 2017
  • Intermediate  (taken after Advanced Foundation RAD) – no classes 2017
  • Advanced (taken after Advanced 1 RAD) – no classes 2017
  • Solo Seal – Taken if a high standard is achieved in Advanced NZAMD

The following levels are taught as a bridging year when a class of students are not ready to move to the next RAD level.

  • Grade 2 (taken after Grade 2 RAD) – no classes 2017
  • Grade 3 – (taken after Grade 3 RAD) – no classes 2017
  • Grade 4 – (taken after Grade 4 RAD) – no classes 2017
  • Grade 5 – (taken after Grade 5 RAD) – no classes 2017
  • Elementary – (taken after Intermediate RAD) – no classes 2017
  • Intermediate – (taken after Advanced Foundation RAD) – no classes 2017
  • Advanced – (taken after Advanced 1 RAD) – no classes 2017