Ballet is the core of all dance genres and all dancers are encouraged to do it, giving you excellent posture and technique. In YRAD's ballet classes, we learn free exercises which build up to the RAD syllabus that pupils may take exams in should they wish to.
Acro gained popularity with the wide spread success of the contemporary circus productions of Cirque du Soleil.
Main stream media including dance television programs like ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, ‘America’s Best Dance Crew’ and ‘Dance Moms’ have further fuelled its demand in amateur competitive dance and studio settings.
In this class pupils will learn things like cartwheels and roly-polys to more advanced techniques including balancing, limbering, tumbling and partnering, flexibility, contortion and strength. We follow the Acrobatic Arts syllabus to ensure fun and safe progressions.
Ages 2½ - 4. No previous training. These classes involve dancing through imaginative stories and adventures and explore their movement and imagination. It will improve their motor skills, co-ordination and musicality whilst promoting fun and play. (40mins)
Ages 4-7. These classes are still focused on creative movement but start to introduce basic ballet technique. It is recommended that at least one term is spent in the level above if a new starter. Please contact the principal if unsure. (40-45mins)
Ages 7+. Ballet classes that follow the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus and are both suitable for students with little or no previous experience to those seeking more challenging work. The classes also include Character dance with styles in Russian, Hungarian, Ukrainian and Polish to further develop style and rhythm. (1hr)
Intermediate Foundation - Advanced 2
These classes are by invitation only (unless coming from training at another school). They're for students that are perhaps wishing to pursue a career in dance, or have just reached a level of excellence. They will give a much deeper understanding of ballet and artistry and also include pointe work for girls.
Ages 11+ and by invitation only. This class focuses on strengthening exercises for the legs, ankles, feet and core in preparation for pointe work. Once fitted with pointe shoes pupils will learn basic pointe exercises at the barre and eventually progress to centre.It's important to know that each dancer will be assessed and will only be permitted to go on pointe once their teacher says they're ready to do so. A solid understanding of various elements is crucial in ensuring they're safe on pointe and will hugely benefit their technique. As such, the teachers use a lot of differentiation in class giving students exercises they're able to work on at their own pace.
Progressing Ballet Technique
Founded by Marie Walton–Mahon in Australia, PBT is an innovative body-conditioning and strengthening program for students to understand the depth of training 'muscle memory’ to achieve their personal best. The use of a yoga ball and occasionally other equipment forces different muscles to activate thus helping the understanding of core stability, weight placement, alignment, balance and core strength. A fantastic supplement to technical training for all dancers ages 8+.