Frequently asked questions about our ballet classes
About the uniform
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 & 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.
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.
Thanks to popular demand and feedback, we have opened recreational ballet classes for students 10-13 years and 13-16 years. These classes provide and entry pointe into our ballet programs for new students without previous experience and an opportunity to work alongside students of a similar age and ability.
No. Pointe classes are part of the Vocational Ballet Program and students may only attend a Pointe classes once they demonstrate the level of skill and strength that is required.
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
Ballet reports will only be handed out in Term 4 for the lower grades as we believe this will have the greatest impact and benefit.
This will allow parents the opportunity to sit down with their child and go through the feedback provided by their ballet teacher to discuss their strengths and areas of improvement. The end-of-term report also provides guidance on what grade the student should enrol into the following year.
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 also allows the
opportunity for students to be given personal feedback and advice on what grade to enrol into the following year.
It’s also a lovely opportunity for parents to come in and watch.
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 part of the exam/class award program, 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.