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First Steps (Babies)
Aged 2.5-4 years
Miss Alex created ‘First Steps’ herself after struggling to find a pre-school dance programme that was fun, truly engaging and inclusive. After lots of research and trialling Miss Alex created the syllabus she’d want her own children to do and all the teachers in the school have been trained to teach First Steps.
This class is based around a story theme which builds over the course of each half term. Children explore a variety of movements using the themes to explore balance, musicality and basic motor skills. The story themes inspire imagination and creativity, building the self-esteem and confidence to progress to the next level.
Aged 4-5 years
This is the first taste of a syllabus based class. The children learn set exercises with the basics of technique being introduced. Imagery and use of storytelling still plays a large part in this class.
Aged 5-6 years
Primary level is structured much more like a grown up ballet class with steps that increase in speed and elevation and a dance to be performed at the end. The children learn the syllabus in small chunks, building up to a class performance exam.
At the Ballet School we have a much higher than normal ratio of boys. We work hard to make our classes inclusive and respect the energy that boys tend to bring to the class. We welcome boys of all ages and in many classes they will not be alone.
Miss Alex was taught by the real Billy Elliot and would love to train the next!
Aged 7-9 years
This is the first of the graded exams and those who wish to take an exam and are ready will be given homework to practice.
This is the first time the children are introduced to lots of the more advanced technique and the use of turnout of the legs becomes much more a focus.
Aged 9+ years
The exercises and technique becomes more advanced and parents are welcome to watch classes and take notes of corrections and homework.
Tap & Modern
For more information on tap and modern, see the 'about IDTA' section or ask Miss Alex.
Royal Academy of Dance
Acton Ballet School teaches the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus. The RAD was founded in 1920 and has come to represent the highest standard in the teaching of classical ballet. It has grown to become the largest and most influential examining body for ballet in the world and has a presence in over 80 countries. Their headquarters are in Battersea and this is where our students go to take their graded exams.
Both the RAD and IDTA work in partnership with Ofqual meaning that qualifications achieved are recognised on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) and with respect to the later and vocational grades, passing examinations could help students get UCAS points to use for application to university.
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