Children: Classes follow the RAD syllabus.
Ballet classes are based around a series of exercises & dances, specifically designed to increase strength, posture, technique, musicality and performance. All classes are taught using imagination and a variety of musical styles, to encourage, energise and motivate every student irrespective of ability. The opportunity to participate in Examinations & Class Awards are offered to all students when they are considered ready, but are not mandatory for successful progression.
Entry ages for each class are approximately as follows, but will vary according to experience and aptitude and are decided by the Principal:
Pre-Primary in Dance - 4 and a half to 5 years old Primary in Dance - 5 and a half to 6 years old Grade 1 - 6 and a half to 7 years old Grade 2 to Grade 4 - from 7 years old Grade 5 to Grade 8 - from 10 years old Intermediate Foundation to Advanced - from 11 years old
We also offer many non-syllabus ballet classes suitable for anyone wishing to develop ballet skills.
Pre-Ballet for children age 3-5, the First Steps (age 3-4) and Next Steps (age 4-5) classes form an ideal foundation for ballet and other styles of dance. Children attend these classes independently and learn basic steps and how to handle themselves in a dance-class environment. First Steps and Next Steps are not examined, although the teacher monitors progress against a set of criteria set by the Principal to ensure their development.
Boys Ballet: A Ballet class exclusively for boys aged 7-11 taught by the Principal. This is a non-syllabus class introducing ballet posture, style and steps specific to boys to develop their strength, coordination and confidence. Students may attend this class as an addition to their regular dance class or as their weekly dance class. The choice of music, environment, atmosphere in the studio and language is all designed to enthuse and inspire male dancers.
We are proud to say that Colours of Dance students have an extremely high pass rate in Medal Tests and Exams.
Student Body Conditioning: A class especially designed for students aged 11-18. Taught by Sally Parker this class will increase range of movement, core strength, safe body placement and individually each student will be able to get advice on specific areas of improvement that they have identified in their other activities. This is an excellent class for both dancers and sports enthusiasts and may be attended as an additional class or a once a week strengthening session.
Adults: A mix of syllabus and non-syllabus classes we offer adults who are new to ballet, who might be returning to ballet or who would simply like to work with another teacher, the opportunity to come to a class that suits their level and lifestyle. We even offer exams to those adults seeking the extra challenge. Ballet is fantastic for increasing flexibility and mobility, improving posture, muscle strength and allows you to 'get away from real life' while the music plays!
Ballet Barre: For people who are short on time but still want to work on posture and general strength. It is a great class for those new to Ballet or for students with a limited range of physical movement or the more mature student who wants to maintain a level of physical fitness without having to face pirouettes or jumps.
Introduction to Ballet: Especially designed for adults who have never done ballet before, this is a complete introductory course run over 10 weeks taking you from plie to pirouette. You will be introduced to new and correct vocabulary, basic classical posture & placement and learn the skills necessary to continue in a general class setting. For those less confident this class could be repeated or be attended in addition to a beginners/general class.