Ballet Intermediate Foundation


  • Students with previous dance experience:
    • Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Grade 5 Ballet, or equivalent, to exam standard
    • Students with equivalent experience must meet the age requirements - these students may need to trial a few different levels to find the best class
    • Three syllabus classes, one open ballet class as well as a stretch and conditioning class each week is recommended and is compulsory if wishing to sit the Intermediate Foundation exam
  • Students with little or no ballet experience:
    • The recommended age for students with little or no ballet experience is 13-15 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:

  • Exam leotard: Royal Blue "Rani" style leotard
  • Ballet tights
  • Pink leather ballet shoes
  • Pointe shoes
  • Male students - teacher will advise

Intermediate Foundation ballet is our first "senior school" level ballet class and the first RAD major examination. Students are further coached on the fundamental steps, linking steps and combinations of  classical and free-movement ballet styles, as well as beginning to learn more complicated ballet steps. Basic pointe work is  started to be taught at this level. Exercises and combinations have a strong focus on technique, detail, style and performance.

Students in Intermediate Foundation 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 Intermediate Foundation RAD examination are required to attend at least three  syllabus exam classes, an open and a stretch class per week during term times. Additional classes are also strongly advised.

Intermediate Foundation ballet progresses on to Intermediate ballet.