Classes

The Royal Academy of Dance offers an internationally recognised portfolio of examinations and assessments designed to encourage, motivate and reward students of all ages and abilities, outlining a progressive structure for learning and achievement in dance.

Dance To Your Own Tune – Fireflies Ballet

For 2.5 – 5 year olds

A beautiful introduction to dance and movement using the natural actions of the body such as running, walking, jumping, hopping, skipping and galloping.

It is structured to aid children’s physical development, coordination, spatial awareness, sensory development, creativity and self-expression, working individually, with a partner, or as a group.

Fireflies Ballet also introduces children to other fundamental curriculum learning skills such as counting, colour and shape recognition, vocabulary and language skills.

Learning is achieved through imaginative movement which is enjoyable and fun.

Children are taught the basic steps of ballet. A perfect platform for any child who would like to progress to RAD examinations.

Class presentations take place in the last class of each term.

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Pre-Primary & Primary

For 5 – 7 year olds

Following on from the Dance To Your Own Tune curriculum children develop their first steps of ballet.

With the use of an array of beautiful props and stories children develop these basic steps to demonstrate awareness of positions of the body; perform with an awareness of space; demonstrate control, co-ordination, elevation, appropriate movement dynamics and to perform expressively.

Children are given the opportunity to take formal RAD examinations.

Class presentations take place in the last class of each term.

Grades 1, 2 & 3

For 7 year olds +

There are eight graded levels. We are adding an extra Grade each year as our current students progress.

The Graded syllabi provide a broad practical dance education developing the technical, musical and performance skills of the student. Through the use of musically inspired exercises and dances, the students will learn joy in movement, creative interpretation and a sense of dance and performance quality.

Character dance is introduced. Character is the theatrical presentation of national dance using ethnic dance and music, which has been freely adapted for the theatre. The style of Russian has been selected for Grade 1, Hungarian for Grade 2, Ukranian for Grade 3 and Italian for Grade 4.

Fireflies Hip Pop

A fast and funky class using all the favourite pop tunes. Children learn to reproduce movement as well as learning and performing choreography. Dance games are used help the children to build confidence and co-ordination in a fun way.