Ballet Dance Classes

Children can start ballet classes at age of 3 in our Little Cygnets class. Once the children start school they join our Pre-Primary class. When they have mastered the basic skills at Pre-Primary level they will be promoted to Primary level. We then prepare them for their first Royal Academy of Dance examination.

Students work their way up through the RAD grades, hopefully taking Grade 8 by the time they graduate.

We also offer ‘Vocational’ classes and examinations, from Intermediate Foundation up to Advanced Level.  These examinations are for students in Grade 4 or above who demonstrate an excellent standard of Ballet and may have the potential to work towards a career in Dance. These classes are by invite only.

Ballet encourages poise, discipline and confidence, and is the basis of all dance styles.

Pre Primary Ballet

(Reception – Year 1)

These classes are designed to be stimulating and fun for all the children involved. Classes include learning basic ballet steps and sequences using nursery rhymes/songs, classical music and other popular children’s music. These classes use a range of props and role play to encourage interaction with other children in the class.

Day Wednesday Wednesday
Time 4:00pm – 4:45pm 4:00pm – 4:45pm
Venue Merley Community Centre
Harrier Drive
Merley
BH21 1XE
St Michaels Church Centre
Colehill Lane
Colehill
BH21 7AB
Age Reception – Year 1 Reception – Year 1
Day Thursday Saturday
Time 3:45pm – 4:30pm 9:00am – 9:45am
Venue St Nicholas Church
Wareham Road
Cofre Mullen
BH21 3LE
Merley Community Centre
Harrier Drive
Merley
BH21 1XE
Age Reception- Year 1 Reception- Year 1

Primary Ballet

(Year 1 – Year 2)

A progression from Pre-Primary. Now they have achieved the basics of ballet they will now start to learn syllabus work through the Royal Academy of Dance and once they have achieved the correct standard they have the option of being entered into an examination.

Day Wednesday Thursday
Time 4:45pm – 5:30pm 4:30pm – 5:15pm
Venue St Michaels Church Centre
Colehill Lane
Colehill
BH21 7AB
St Nicholas Church
Wareham Road
Corfe Mullen
BH21 3LE
Age Year 1 – Year 2 Year 1 – Year 2
Day Saturday
Time 9:45am – 10:30am
Venue Merley Community Centre
Harrier Drive
Merley
BH21 1XE
Age Year 1 – Year 2

Grade 1 Ballet

(Year 2 – Year 3)

A progression from Primary Ballet. This is now when Ballet becomes more disciplined and serious, but we still try and keep a fun aspect as we know not everyone will be aiming to become a professional dancer the majority of students will be looking for a hobby that helps them keep fit with enjoyment.

Majority of students will be given the option of entering a Royal Academy of Dance examination at this level.

These Royal Academy of Dance examinations are equivalent to NQF framework Level 1 – GCSE (Grade’s D-G)

Day Wednesday Thursday
Time 5:30pm – 6:15pm 5:15pm – 6:00pm
Venue St Michaels Church Centre
Colehill Lane
Colehill
BH21 7AB
St Nicholas Church
Wareham Road
Corfe Mullen
BH21 3LE
Age (Approx) Year 2 – Year 3 Year 2 – Year 3

Grade 2 Ballet

A Progression from Grade 1 ballet.

These Royal Academy of Dance examinations are equivalent to NQF framework Level 1 – GCSE (Grade’s D-G)

Day Tuesday Wednesday
Time 5:30pm – 6:15pm 6:15pm – 7:00pm
Venue Leigh Park Community Centre
Gordon Road
Wimborne
BH21 2AP
Merley Community Centre
Harrier Drive
Merley
BH21 1XE
Age (Approx) Year 3 – Year 4 Year 3 – Year 4

Grade 3 Ballet

A progression from Grade 2 Ballet, when the students reach this level they are considered to now be student who may wish to take dance seriously and are treated in a grown up manner.

These Royal Academy of Dance examinations are equivalent to NQF framework Level 1 – GCSE (Grade’s D-G)

Day Tuesday Wednesday
Time 6:15pm – 7:00pm 4:45pm – 5:30pm
Venue Leigh Park Community Centre
Gordon Road
Wimborne
BH21 2AP
Merley Community Centre
Harrier Drive
Merley
BH21 1XE
Age (Approx) Year 4 – Year 6 Year 4 –Year 6

Grade 4 Ballet

Students who show a keen interest and/or natural flair for ballet may be invited to study extra classes at vocational level (See Intermediate/technique class below)

These Royal Academy of Dance examinations are equivalent to NQF framework Level 2 – GCSE (Grade’s A*-C)

Day Thursday
Time 6:30pm – 7:15pm
Venue Merley First School
Oakley Straight
Merley
BH21 1SD
Age (Approx) Year 6 – Year 8

Grade 5 Ballet

A progression from Grade 4. Students are assessed in this grade for their suitability to progress onto Pointe work (See below Pointe Work Class)

These Royal Academy of Dance examinations are equivalent to NQF framework Level 2 – GCSE (Grade’s A*-C)

Day Thursday
Time 8:00pm – 8:45pm
Venue Merley First School
Oakley Straight
Merley
BH21 1SD

Grade 6 Ballet

A progression from Grade 5.

These Royal Academy of Dance examinations are equivalent to NQF framework at Level 3 – A Level.

Day Tuesday
Time 8:30pm – 9:15pm
Venue Merley Community Centre
Harrier Drive
Merley
BH21 1XE

Grade 7 Ballet

A progression from Grade 6 Ballet.

These Royal Academy of Dance examinations are equivalent to NQF framework at Level 3 – A Level.

Day Tuesday
Time 8:30pm – 9:15pm
Venue Merley Community Centre
Harrier Drive
Merley
BH21 1XE

Grade 8 Ballet

A progression from Grade 7 Ballet.

These Royal Academy of Dance examinations are equivalent to NQF framework at Level 3 – A Level.

Day Monday
Time 8:50pm – 9:35pm
Venue Merley Community Centre
Harrier Drive
Merley
BH21 1XE

Intermediate Ballet / Technique Class

This is a class for students in Grade 4 or above who demonstrate an excellent standard of Ballet and may have the potential to work towards a career in Dance. These classes are by invite only which we follow the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus and also include Technique Exercises to help the students progress.

Day Monday
Time 5:45pm – 6:45pm
Venue Merley Community Centre
Harrier Drive
Merley
BH21 1XE

Advanced Ballet / Technique Class

This class is progressed from the Intermediate Ballet class once the student has successfully obtained their RAD Intermediate Ballet examination.

Day Monday
Time 7:50pm – 8:50pm
Venue Merley Community Centre
Harrier Drive
Merley
BH21 1XE

Pointe Work

Once the student has worked her way upto Grade 5 Ballet level they will be assessed with regards to strength and bone shape in their feet and ankles. Once the teacher is satisfied they have met all the safe points they will be invited to attend our pointe classes.

Day Tuesday Tuesday
Time 7:45pm – 8:30pm 7:45pm – 8:30pm
Venue Merley Community Centre
Harrier Drive
Merley
BH21 1XE
Merley Community Centre
Harrier Drive
Merley
BH21 1XE
Level Beginners Advanced

Tap, Modern and Ballet Combined

Day Monday Monday
Time 4:00pm – 5:00pm 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Venue Bearwood Community Centre
King John Avenue
Bearwood
BH11 9TF
Bearwood Community Centre
King John Avenue
Bearwood
BH11 9TF
Level Reception – Year 1 Year 2 and Above