Classes

Ballet Grade 2

Prerequisite:

  • Students with previous dance experience:
    • Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Grade 1 Ballet or equivalent
    • Students with equivalent experience must meet the age requirements - these students may need to trial a few different levels to find the best class
    • Two syllabus lessons a week and a stretch and conditioning class is recommended.  For all students wishing to sit the Grade 2 exam the stretch class is compulsory.
  • Students with little or no ballet experience:
    • The recommended age for students with little or no ballet experience is 9-11 years
    • The students ability and the number of lessons they will attend per week will be taken into account
    • New students may need to trial a few different levels to find the best class
  • Exceptions are at the discretion of the school/teacher and will depend on previous dance experience, exams passed, ability and age. Please contact the office for further information.

Uniform Requirements:

  • Girls
    • Marine "Bronwyn" style leotard
    • Ballet tights
    • Pink ballet socks (optional)
    • Pink leather ballet shoes with full sole and elastic
    • Low heel character shoe
    • Character skirt - new style available from PW Dance*
  • Boys
    • White short-sleeved leotard or well-fitted white T-shirt
    • Navy shorts or ankle length tights
    • White leather ballet shows with full sole and elastic
    • Short white socks
    • Black lace-up character shoes

* As of 2017 we will be introducing a new style character skirt. When a new skirt is required, please purchase the new style available from PW Dance, not a second-hand one.

Grade 2 ballet is our fifth-year level ballet class and the second level of our exam classes. Students are taught the fundamental steps and linking steps of  classical, free-movement and national character ballet styles. Our school follows the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus at this level. Exercises and combinations have a strong focus on technique, style and performance.

Students in Grade 2 ballet have the opportunity to enter a RAD Examination, NZAMD Medal Test and/or to perform in our annual End of Year Recital. Students wishing to sit the Grade 2 RAD examination/class award are required to attend two exam classes per week during term times.

Progression:
Grade 2 ballet progresses on to Grade 3 ballet.