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Carla Price 
Dance Studios

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Ballet Grades with the IDTA
                                    

Baby Ballet

18 months to 3 years old.

This is the start of becoming a ballet dancer. This class does not focus on grade work. It is focused on developing musicality, coordination and building confidence, all taught in a fun and interesting way. We dance with ribbons, wands, teddy bears which turns the class into a fairyland for the children and make it a memorable experience. Once the students have reached the age of three, at this point they can decide if they would like to do their Pre-Juvenile exam which would be accompanied by their teacher, Carla Price.

Preparatory Ballet

4 to 5 years old.

This grade focuses on the simple ballet steps that the students will have previously learnt in the baby ballet class. However, now they will be developing much more confidence to perform the steps. For the exam, this is the first grade that the students would enter on their own, without a teacher.

Primary Ballet

6 to 7 years old.

The student at this point will now be developing more artistry in the arms along with fluidity and coordination of body movements. The exercises in this grade are slightly longer which builds stamina and the steps more intricate to develop technique. This is also the start of the improvisation work which allows for creativity and freedom of movement.

Grade 1 Ballet

8 to 9 years old.

This grade is much more advanced than the previous grades. The student will now learn exercises at the barre, further developing strength in the muscles of the legs. The glossary of balletic terms becomes more prominent at this grade which develops students knowledge and understanding of the steps. The student will keep building on their improvisation skills, encouraged to listen to the music and interpret what they hear in movement.

Grade 2 Ballet

10 to 11 years old.

By this grade, well balanced coordination should be in place, along with the foundation of good technique. Strength in the legs will continue to be developed and at this point flexibility of the body should begin to progress. This is a mature grade, building confidence in a student and focusing on drawing out key performing skills. Interpretation of music and improvisation technique, which has been developing in previous grades should now be at a good standard.

Grades 3 to 5 Ballet

12 to 16 years old.


Intermediate Ballet

16 +


Advanced 1/Advanced 2 Ballet

18 +