FAQ for Ballet Classes

Frequently asked questions about our ballet classes

About the uniform

My child already has a ballet leotard. Can they just wear that?

Dance Central is a uniform-free school for all other dance styles except Ballet.

In accordance with the structure and discipline we require from our ballet students, all students in our Graded and Vocational programs are expected to wear the appropriate uniform. To minimise cost, most colours are crossed over two grades. View our uniform guide.

About classes and grading

MY CHILD HAS COME FROM ANOTHER SCHOOL WHERE RAD BALLET WASN’T STUDIED. HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT GRADE SHE SHOULD BE IN?

We understand other dance schools may study different syllabi and so we gather as much information from the student and their parent about their dance experience. The child’s first class will act as a levelling class so the teacher can make the best decision on which grade is best suited for them.

WHY WAS MY DAUGHTER MOVED TO A DIFFERENT BALLET CLASS AFTER THE FIRST LESSON?

The first lesson will always act as a levelling class. Even though we take
information from parents and students about their previous ballet experience, we still need to see their true ability and skill set. Sometimes after this levelling class the teacher can see that the child may need to be moved into the grade above or below. New students will be enrolled into their grade once they have been levelled.

IS THERE A BEGINNER CLASS FOR TEENS?

Thanks to popular demand and feedback, we have opened recreational ballet classes for students aged 9 and above. These classes provide and entry point into our ballet programs for new students without previous experience and an opportunity to work alongside students of a similar age and ability.

CAN MY CHILD JUST ATTEND A POINTE CLASS?

No. Pointe classes are part of the Graded Ballet Program and students may only attend a Pointe classes when they are participating in the full program of classes at that Grade.

WHY DOES MY CHILD HAVE TO DO BALLET CONDITIONING AS PART OF THE BALLET PROGRAM?

Classical ballet and especially pointe work require specialised strength and
mobility that is unique to this style of dance. Ballet conditioning ensures that students are well-equipped to safely address the technical requirements at each syllabus level.

At Dance Central, we have this policy in place to ensure all students are working safely and minimising the risk of injury. We place a great deal of importance on the longevity of the dancers and their bodies.

About presentations, class awards, and exams

ARE THE PRESENTATIONS FOR PRIMARY AND GRADE 1 MANDATORY?

The Term 4 Class Presentations are not mandatory; however, we do like as many students as possible to participate. It is a beautiful way for our students to build confidence in presenting their work and preparing them for the class award and exam in the coming years.

It not only gives students something to work towards, but is also a lovely opportunity for parents to come in and watch.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE CLASS AWARD AND EXAM?

The class award is a supported form of the exam where the students present their syllabus work in the presence of their teacher in the room. The class award allows up to 8 students in the room instead of the 4 allowed in an exam. In the class award, dances are performed in partners compared to solo in the exam.

Both the class award and exam students will receive a mark, certificate and medal from the Royal Academy of Dance, Australia.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD WANTS TO DO THE EXAM BUT CAN’T ATTEND THE JULY INTENSIVE AND/OR WEEKEND WORKSHOPS?

If your child wants to be considered to sit for their exam/class award, they must commit to these dates in advance.

If illness or an unavoidable situation occurs resulting in a student missing one or more of these sessions, then the student’s ballet teacher, in consultation with the Ballet Coordinator & RAD Advisor will make a decision regarding their readiness to participate.

Students who do not participate in the Exam/Class Award program will be assessed by their teacher in consultation with the Ballet Coordinator as to their readiness to move on to the next level.