Ballet Part-Time Courses

 The National Theatre Ballet School offers a wide variety of dance training including Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus, contemporary, jazz and tap from junior to senior levels. The school also provides, holiday courses, Extension & Elite programs. The knowledge and skills gained through completion of the RAD’s qualifications provide lifelong learning and provide pathways to recognized achievement at a high level in dance performance.

Term Dates 2019

Term 1: Thu 1st February – Sat 24th March
Term 2: Thu 19th April – Sat 30th June
Term 3: Thu 19th July – Sat 22nd September
Term 4: Thu 11th October – Sat 15th December

Ages 2 - 6 years

Share special moments of joy with your child. Experience a range of playful dancing activities through music and imagination while gaining basic coordination and strength through dance.

This preschool program will introduce children to the basics of classical ballet through creativity, story telling and imagination. Dance lessons assist your child in developing fine and gross motor skills through the magic of live and recorded music.

RAD: Royal Academy Of Dance

Your young dancer will learn the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Pre- Primary ballet Syllabus, which will give them a solid foundation and introduction to learning classical ballet and/or continue into any pathway of dance.
The young dancer will continue their introduction and training with Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Primary ballet Syllabus. This class will teach students the discipline and poise required for classical ballet while developing fine and gross motor skills through imaginative scenarios, live and recorded music and classical ballet postures.

No Prior experience required

At Grade 1 (RAD), ballet students will learn the syllabus through two carefully constructed lessons per week and attend 1-week intensive workshop to be prepared for Examination or Class Award and assessed on their ability to:

  • Perform a series of prepared ballet exercises with secure posture, correct weight placement, co-ordination, control, line, spatial awareness and dynamics.

  • Dance in time and respond to the music

  • Dance with expression and communication

  • Perform two dances

At Grade 2(RAD), ballet students will learn the syllabus through two carefully constructed lessons per week and attend 1-week intensive workshop to be prepared for Examination or Class Award and assessed on their ability to:

  • Perform a series of prepared ballet exercises with secure posture, correct weight placement, co-ordination, control, line, spatial awareness and dynamics.

  • Dance in time and respond to the music

  • Dance with expression and communication

  • Perform two dances

Pre requisite: RAD Grade 2 (1 year equivalent)

At Grade 3 (RAD), ballet students will learn the syllabus through two carefully constructed lessons per week and attend 1-week intensive workshop to be prepared for Examination or Class Award and assessed on their ability to:

  • Perform a series of prepared ballet exercises with secure posture, correct weight placement, co-ordination, control, line, spatial awareness and dynamics.

  • Dance in time and respond to the music

  • Dance with expression and communication

  • Perform two dances

Pre requisite: RAD Grade 3 (2 years equivalent)

At Grade 4 (RAD), ballet students will learn the syllabus through two carefully constructed lessons per week and attend 1-week intensive workshop to be prepared for Examination or Class Award and assessed on their ability to:

  • Perform a series of prepared ballet exercises with secure posture, correct weight placement, co-ordination, control, line, spatial awareness and dynamics.

  • Dance in time and respond to the music

  • Dance with expression and communication

  • Perform two dances

Pre requisite: RAD Grade 4 (3 years equivalent)

At Grade 5 (RAD), ballet students will learn the syllabus through two carefully constructed lessons per week and attend 1-week intensive workshop to be prepared for Examination or Class Award and assessed on their ability to:

  • Perform a series of prepared ballet exercises with secure posture, correct weight placement, co-ordination, control, line, spatial awareness and dynamics.

  • Dance in time and respond to the music

  • Dance with expression and communication

  • Perform two dances

Pre requisite: RAD Grade 5 (4 years equivalent)

Ballet students will learn the syllabus through 2-3 carefully constructed lessons per week and attend 1 intensive week workshop to be prepared for Examination and assessed on their ability to:

  • Perform a series of prepared ballet exercises with secure posture, correct weight placement, sound co-ordination, control, aesthetic line, spatial awareness and appropriate dynamics.

  • Perform a en pointe with control (Female only)

  • Dance in time and respond appropriately to the music

  • Perform with understanding, expression and appropriate communication

  • Perform a Variation

Pre requisite: RAD Intermediate Foundation (5 years equivalent)

Ballet students will learn the syllabus through 2-3 carefully constructed lessons per week and attend 1 intensive week workshop to be prepared for Examination and assessed on their ability to:

  • Perform a series of prepared ballet exercises with secure posture, correct weight placement, sound co-ordination, control, aesthetic line, spatial awareness and appropriate dynamics.

  • Perform a en pointe with control (Female only)

  • Dance in time and respond appropriately to the music

  • Perform with understanding, expression and appropriate communication

  • Perform a Variation

Pre requisite: RAD Advanced Foundation (7 years equivalent)

Ballet students will learn the Advanced syllabus through 2-3 carefully constructed lessons per week and attend at least one intensive week workshop to be prepared for Examination and assessed on their ability to:

  • Demonstrate with ease complex exercises with a high level of technical proficiency (secure posture, correct weight placement, sound co-ordination, control, refinement of line, spatial awareness and appropriate dynamics.

  • Perform a range of movements en pointe with fluidity and control (Female only)

  • Dance in time and respond with acute sensitivity, and dynamic expression of the music

  • Perform with high level of understanding, expression and confidence

  • Perform an advanced Variation on Pointe

Pre-requisite: RAD Advanced Foundation (7 years equivalent)
Ballet students will learn the Advanced syllabus through 2-3 carefully constructed lessons per week and attend at least one intensive week workshop to be prepared for Examination and assessed on their ability to:
  • Demonstrate with ease complex exercises with a high level of technical proficiency (secure posture, correct weight placement, sound coordination, control, refinement of line, spatial awareness and appropriate dynamics.
  • Perform a range of movements en pointe with fluidity and control (Female only)
  • Dance in time and respond with acute sensitivity, and dynamic expression of the music
  • Perform with a high level of understanding, expression and confidence
  • Perform an advanced Variation on Pointe

Pre requisite: RAD Advanced 1 (8 years equivalent)

Ballet students will learn the Advanced syllabus through 2-3 carefully constructed lessons per week and attend at least one intensive week workshop to be prepared for Examination and assessed on their ability to:

  • Demonstrate with ease complex exercises with a high level of technical proficiency (secure posture, correct weight placement, sound co-ordination, control, refinement of line, spatial awareness and appropriate dynamics.

  • Perform a range of movements en pointe with fluidity and control (Female only)

  • Dance in time and respond with acute sensitivity, and dynamic expression of the music

  • Perform with high level of understanding, expression and confidence

  • Perform an advanced Variation en Pointe

Jazz

Jazz class will focus on learning proper dance technique such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz such as Broadway, Street, and Contemporary to help develop a well-rounded dancer.
Jazz class will focus on learning proper dance technique such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz such as Broadway, Street, and Contemporary to help develop a well-rounded dancer.

Tap

Tap dance is uses the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. There are several variations on tap dance including: rhythm tap, classical tap, Broadway tap, and post-modern tap.
Tap dance is uses the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. There are several variations on tap dance including: rhythm tap, classical tap, Broadway tap, and post-modern tap.
Tap dance is uses the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. There are several variations on tap dance including: rhythm tap, classical tap, Broadway tap, and post-modern tap.

Contemporary

Contemporary or modern dance explores movement in an expressive and creative way combining ballet technique, floor work, agility, storytelling and physical theatre.
Contemporary or modern dance explores movement in an expressive and creative way combining ballet technique, floor work, agility, storytelling and physical theatre.
Contemporary or modern dance explores movement in an expressive and creative way combining ballet technique, floor work, agility, storytelling and physical theatre.

Extension Courses

When: Wednesdays 1-4.30pm and Saturdays 9-11.30am 
Age: Approx 14 to 17 years from Intermediate level upwards

Acceptance into the program is by invitation or audition application only
Participation: The program for internal students, requires the regular attendance of all their RAD Syllabus classes and contemporary classes*.  

About: The Elite I Program is open to both external and internal students and is designed to offer students with good potential for a career in dance, to increase their hours of training whilst remaining at their academic school. 
Combined with their syllabus work, students will be challenged with Wednesday’s coaching and will benefit training with the full-time students on Saturdays*  and other occasions* when they do not need to attend their academic classes. This program also allows internal students to represent the National Theatre Ballet School in competitions nationally and internationally**. 

This program enables students to prepare physical and mentally for the rigours of full-time ballet training. Students will also be the first considered to be involved in any Full-time student performances.

 
*These classes include additional fees*
** Subject to the Directors' Discretion**

 


When: Saturdays at 11:30 AM - 01:15 PM.
Age: 10 years and above

Acceptance into the program is by invitation or audition application only. 
Participation in the program requires the regular attendance of RAD classes. We also encourage all students to attend contemporary classes.

About: Elite Program 2 is designed to offer external and internal students from Grade 4 upwards, who show the correct aptitude and ability, extra coaching in order to assist their training needs and development.
Combined with their Syllabus work, students will be challenged by Saturday’s Coaching and internal students will have the opportunity to participate in competitions*. 

Primary Coaches: Associate Director, Claire Campbell with additional coaching from Artistic Director, Damian Smith.

*Participation in competitions is subject to the Artistic Director’s discretion. 

 

 
Classical Extension Program (11 years )
This extension program is for all students who are on pointe and wish to improve their dance technique. To be eligible for this programme students must already be attending at least two other ballet classes. The class is designed and ideal for students wanting more body conditioning and advanced ballet/pointe steps. Enrolments will be taken through an assessment process from a qualified teacher to make sure this class is appropriate. 

VCE

Ballet Summer School

Summer School Program

Enjoy classes and rehearsals on our glorious heritage stage and experience training with some of Australia’s top industry artists. Learn from internationally acclaimed dancers who have performed in some of the world’s most reputable companies including the New York City Ballet, Beijing Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, The Australian Ballet, The Royal Ballet and many more!

Dates: January 6th-11th 2020

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