Ballet Grade 5


  • Students with previous dance experience:
    • Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Grade 4 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 as well as a stretch and conditioning class is recommended.  If students want to sit the Grade 5 exam the stretch and conditioning class is compulsory.
  • Students with little or no ballet experience:
    • The recommended age for students with little or no ballet experience is 12-14 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
    • Mulberry "Bronwyn" style leotard
    • Ballet tights
    • Pink leather ballet shoes
    • Cuban heel character shoe
    • Character skirt*
  • Boys
    • White short-sleeved leotard or well-fitted white T-shirt
    • Navy shorts or ankle length tights
    • White leather ballet shoes with full sole and elastic
    • Short white socks

* Please see Anna regarding your character skirt for this year.

Grade 5 ballet is our third "middle school" level ballet class and the fifth level of our exam classes. Students are taught fundamental steps, linking steps and combinations of  classical, free-movement and national character ballet styles. Our school follows the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus at this level. In some classes there may also be an introduction to pointe work. Exercises and combinations have a strong focus on technique, detail, style and performance.

Students in Grade 5 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 5 RAD examination/class award are required to attend two syllabus exam and a stretch class per week during term times.

Grade 5 ballet progresses on to Intermediate Foundation ballet.