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Classical Ballet is a great foundation for all forms of dance. Ballet students are very adaptable to other styles of dance. We follow the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus as it is one of the only syllabi that is internationally recognized. R.A.D caters for both Girls and Boys. These classes can also be taken to improve general technique for other styles of dance. It is highly recommended that all ballet students participate in at least two ballet classes per week to fully gain the understanding & development of this discipline.

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FACULTY - BALLET

Principal Xanthe Geeves – RAD DDTS Diploma Level 5 (Distinction). Bachelor of Dance, ARAD Solo Seal, Pilates Teaching Diploma, 12 years professional career as Soloist & Principal Dancer at State Ballet Hanover & State Ballet Wiesbaden (Germany).

Principal Gregor Thieler – Bachelor of Dance, Artistic Director & Choreographer (8+ years experience), 12 years professional career as Soloist & Principal Dancer at Dortmund Ballet & State Ballet Wiesbaden (Germany).

Patron Jennifer Joy Ham – RAD registered teacher and life member with over 30 years of teaching experience.

Bronte Kelly – RAD Ballet & Open Ballet Class   – Former Principal Dancer of The Royal New Zealand Ballet, Advanced Diploma in Dance

Emily Foley – Pre School Dance & RAD Ballet – RAD registered teacher (Distinction)

Leslie Abraham – Open Ballet (Guest) – RAD registered teacher (Distinction), HSC Dance teacher

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RAD Ballet Syllabus & Examination

Ballet Academy Northside prepares students to enter the Royal Academy of Dance Children’s and Major’s Examinations. Students wishing to be considered for examinations are required to attend a minimum of two classes a week and Major students three classes a week. Our students have consistently achieved higher than average results in the RAD Examinations with many students receiving Distinctions throughout their education. It is not compulsory for Ballet Academy Northside students to enter the Examinations. They may progress to the next level of training provided they achieved the necessary standard required in their present Grade and we are satisfied they would cope with the work. Students who take exams improve dramatically and feel great. Confidence is always increased when students begin to see their own merits and that their hard work has paid off.

R.A.D. EXAMINATIONS
RAD GRADES – EXAMINATIONS  RAD VOCATIONAL GRADES – EXAMINATIONS
PRE-PRIMARY   – no exams  INTERMEDIATE FOUNDATION   – 11 years and over
PRIMARY   – 6 years and over  INTERMEDIATE   – 12 years and over
GRADE 1   – 7 years and over  ADVANCED FOUNDATION   – 13 years and over
GRADE 2   – 7 years and over  ADVANCED 1   – 14 years and over
GRADE 3   – 7 years and over  ADVANCED 2   – 15 years and over
GRADE 4   – 7 years and over  SOLO SEAL   – Must hold their Advanced 2 with distinction
GRADE 5   – 7 years and over  

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OPEN CLASSES

“EXPERIENCE THE FULL POTENTIAL OF CLASSICAL BALLET TRAINING” – A GREAT ADDITION TO YOUR R.A.D. SYLLABUS WORK.

This training is built up on a diverse range of classical combinations to challenge a dancer’s coordination, musicality and technique. It is absolutely advisable for students undertaking RAD exams in their Major Grades to participate in order to prepare themselves for the unseen exercises in their exams. Open Classes increase a dancer’s ability to understand ballet terminology to quickly absorb their given exercises.

INT OPEN CLASS – FOR GRADE 5 – INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS ADV OPEN CLASS – FOR ADVANCED FOUNDATION-ADV 2 STUDENTS

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CLASSICAL VARIATION

Ballet Variations introduces ballet students to the famous choreography of classical ballets such as Sleeping Beauty, Swanlake and Giselle etc. Students will refine their technique and performance qualities and gain a deeper knowledge of the diverse range of famous ballets performed around the world. This class builds confidence, strength on pointe, grace and awareness of artistry.

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PAS DE DEUX CLASS

Training in Pas de deux is essential for male and female dancers. This course incorperates partnering basics such as supported turns, lifts, couple ensembles and promenades. Students build core strength, awarness of centering their balance, while partnering and introducing to the challenges that come with sharing weight and supporting each other.