Ballet is for boys and girls and has to be the most physically demanding of all the dance styles, yet the poise and grace it teaches helps to improve all other dance forms. Children often are drawn to dancing through ballet, wanting to emulate Angelina Ballerina or stars such as Darcey Bussell, but Ballet is essential to any student wanting to follow dance as a career, as well as improving posture, balance and strength generally. Ballet is therefore compulsory for any student wishing to study Modern and Jazz here at ACS. We follow the ISTD graded syllabus and also have classes for the more mature adult.
At ACS students usually start with one ballet class per week up to Grade 1 and then at Grade 2 or above take two or more ballet classes per week. (second ballet is subsidised by the charity and is a free class!) At ACS we follow the Syllabus of the ISTD, seven grades in the children's syllabus (Primary to Grade 6) and for those interested in professional training there are the Vocational Graded Examinations at Intermediate, Advanced 1 and Advanced 2.
Ballet is included in our parent toddler classes and then children can start ballet at 3 years old in our special Baby Ballet or Baby Combo classes, these classes help to develop the sense of dance, poise and musicality using simple natural movements and mime, always fundamental to ballet. Children join in with singing nursery rhymes with actions. In fact so much fun is had in these classes that the students don't realize that they are actually learning a strong foundation in ballet technique. Pre Primary Ballet is suitable for ages 5 and 6 and from then on children follow the exam system. We also have an adult Ballet class for late starters and have advanced classes for future professional dancers and teachers.
Whilst our grade ballet classes can cater for all ages below 18, our "Serene Seniors Ballet" classes are especially for those who decide to take up ballet at a later stage in life. (please see our adult classes information) As with all our classes feel free to check out our timetable, you can always contact us by phone or email to discuss which classes to attend. There maybe a waiting list in operation for certain classes, so it is a good idea to call first.
YES! boys do ballet! It's not just for girls and the general grade classes have some specific exercises just for boys.
The boys syllabus in ballet works to build strength in the upper body used in partner work and strong legs used in the allegro (jumps and leaps) section.
Especially talented students are put forward to audition for the "Royal Ballet" Junior Associate program, as well as our own Scholars program. We currently have three students selected for additional Royal Ballet training.