About our program

About our Ballet Program

The ballet program at Dance Central is designed to gradually build in duration & intensity, allowing the safe development of the dancer over time.   The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus provides structure for our students, developing classical technique, musicality and performance skills.  We follow this ballet syllabus whether our students are dancing recreationally or pursuing the Graded pathway.  Students who wish to pursue a career in the dance industry, should enrol in our Graded Ballet Programs.

Types of Ballet classes

Types of ballet classes

Junior Ballet Classes

Our Junior Ballet Classes (Pre-Primary, Primary and Recreational Level 1) lay the foundations for our youngest ballet students.  Technical and performance skills are developed in a fun, creative and inclusive environment and Class Presentations offer older students an opportunity to practice presenting their class work in front of others.

Graded Ballet Program

Students within the Graded Ballet Program study the RAD syllabus and have the option to sit for exams/class awards.  All classes within these ballet programs are compulsory and packages have been discounted to help make them more affordable for our DC families.

New students wishing to join these programs will need to book in for a free trial class to determine their correct level.  Ballet extension opportunities are available to students in Grade 4 and above who are keen to progress their ballet further.  These may include adding a higher-level technical class or a ballet repertoire class.

Recreational Ballet Classes

Our recreational ballet classes (Levels 2-4) provide an alternative for students who do not want to progress through the Graded pathway.   They also provide an entry point into our ballet programs for new students without previous experience who are over the age of 9 years.  All classes are guided by the RAD Syllabus; however, teachers use a variety of set and open exercises to meet the individual needs of the group.

Ballet Repertoire Class

Ballet Repertoire offers students in Grade 5 and above the opportunity to learn about well-known classical ballets such as Coppelia, Giselle & Swan Lake.  Throughout the term the students will study the history of the ballet, gain an understanding of the story behind the ballet and learn some of the choreography. The choreography studied is tailored to meet the student’s ability, with the option for more advanced dancers to learn the variation on pointe.

Ballet uniform

Ballet uniform

Students within our ballet programs are encouraged to present themselves appropriately in order to foster an atmosphere of community and discipline.  Students within the Graded Ballet Program have a specific uniform that they will require when sitting for an exam/class award.

View our Ballet Uniform Requirements

End of Year Reports

End of Year Reports and class recommendations

At the end of each year, all students within the Ballet Program receive a short-written report from their teacher. This report provides students with individual feedback regarding their strengths, accomplishments and areas of improvement.  A recommendation for enrolment in the following year is also included.

Presentations, Class Awards, Exams

Class Presentations – Primary & Recreational Level 1

At the end of Term 2, all students in Primary and Recreational Ballet Level 1 have the opportunity to present their class work in front of their families and our Ballet Division Coordinator.   Guided by their teacher the students present their work in small groups and at the end of the session each student receives a Certificate of Participation.  This is an excellent opportunity for students to practice presenting their class work in front of others and to get an impression of what would be involved in an exam or class award.


RAD Examinations and Class Awards

All students within the Graded Ballet Program (Grade 1 and above), have the opportunity to work towards their RAD Exams/Class Awards.  Participation in exams is optional, but it is a positive and rewarding experience and we encourage all students within the program to consider being involved.

Students who wish to take up this opportunity must be attending the full program of classes for their grade and be available to commit to the following:

  1. Exam Intensive in the July Holidays.
  2. Examination Rehearsal, just prior to their exam

Please note: there are additional fees to participate in the exam, workshop and intensive.