Class Descriptions

We offer the following classes to our adult students.

Classical Ballet – Non-Syllabus Classes

Beginners/Beginners Plus – applications cease after half term: Suitable for those with very little or no previous experience in dance, this class teaches the basics of ballet technique with a view to moving up a level after a year.

Beginners: This class is aimed at complete beginners with no prior experience.

Beginners Plus: This class is more suited towards students who have had a small amount of experience but still consider themselves to be a beginner to Ballet.

General – applications cease after half term: This class is suitable for those with at least two years of recent training in ballet technique and wish to develop their skills and technique.

NEW! Advanced – Applications accepted throughout term. For those at advanced level, or professional dancers who would like a fast-paced and challenging class.

Classical Ballet – Syllabus Classes

Adult Intermediate Foundation Syllabus Class (applications cease after half-term): This provides an in-depth study of ballet, developing technique, music and performance skills, and introducing pointe work for female candidates. You must have at least two years of recent ballet training to apply. You will be assessed by the teacher in your first class. Entry into the class does not guarantee entry into the exam.

Adult Intermediate Syllabus Class (applications cease after half term): This provides an in-depth study of ballet, developing technique, music and performance skills. To apply, you should either have at least three years of recent ballet training, have completed the Intermediate Foundation exam, or have achieved RAD Grade 6 ballet (or equivalent). You will be assessed by the teacher in your first class. Entry into the class does not guarantee entry into the exam.

Advanced Foundation, 1 and 2: The Examinations syllabus provides an in-depth study of ballet developing technique, music and performance skills. To apply for this class, you should have completed the preceding qualification. Students will be assessed by the teacher in their first class. Entry into the class does not guarantee entry into the exam. Please note, Advanced Foundation, Advanced 1 and Advanced 2 classes are mixed age classes.

Adult Discovering Repertoire Level 3 – applications cease after half term: A classical ballet performance programme, an innovative new concept in training and assessment from the RAD. Uniquely, the programme includes well-known classical repertoire, meaning students will learn and dance choreography that they have seen on stage, set to music that they know and love. Level 3 is equivalent to Grades 6-8/Intermediate & Advanced Foundation standard) and students are able to take an exam in this when certain criteria have been reached, if required.

Other Classes available to students aged 18+

NEW! Contemporary (General level): Contemporary is versatile and can be danced to almost any style of music or be mixed with other dance forms to create new styles of movement.

NEW! Jazz (General level): Following a Jazz warm-up and technical exercises, dancers will learn choreography in various styles including lyrical, commercial, and musical theatre. Developing routines during each class, students will gain a secure knowledge of the style before moving on to new choreography.

NEW! Adult Barre (General level): Our Barre class bring together the aspects of Yoga, Pilates and Ballet, giving a full body muscle-enduring workout. Movements are designed to be low impact reaching parts of the body you never have before. Get ready for each class to be different from the one before!

NEW! Yoga (General level): This class incorporates yoga postures, gentle movement sequences, breath work, supported silent meditation, and guided relaxation to support increased awareness and mindfulness of the breath and body, and quieting of the nervous system.

NEW! Pilates (General level): This class concentrates on strengthening the body with an emphasis on core strength which helps to improve general fitness and overall well-being. – (Bookings for this class can be made by contacting Wendy Jardine  directly at wjard20383@aol.com.

NEW! Stretch and Strength (General level and Advanced:) Stretching keeps muscles flexible, strong and healthy, allowing a greater range of motion required for dance and general wellbeing. Developing strength will improve posture, core, balance, pointe work, and speed required in dance of all genres.

NEW! Chair based class (over 55s): This seated class is ideal for those who love to dance and want to exercise, yet appreciate the support and stability of a chair. Participants will strengthen, stretch and mobilise the body with music and movements inspired by ballet, musicals and iconic music of bygone days, improving both physical and emotional wellbeing. Suitable for every different body- boost your energy and mood in an uplifting, supportive environment. – (Enrolments for this class can be made by clicking Apply now on Apply webpage.)

Adult Pointe (Intermediate levels): A classical ballet class with a strong focus on the development of pointe work. Following a structured warm-up, students will study at least 30 minutes of pointe work. This is a fantastic opportunity for students at Intermediate Level and above (or Intermediate Foundation level with recommendation from a Dance School teacher) to strengthen and develop their technique in this key area of classical ballet, whilst also working on their performance and artistry skills.

Pointe (Advanced levels): A classical ballet class with a strong focus on the development of pointe work. Following a structured warm-up, this 45 minute class will give students a minimum of 30 minutes of pointe work. This is a fantastic opportunity for students at Advanced levels and above to strengthen and develop their technique in this key area of classical ballet.

Advanced Non Syllabus Ballet (Advanced Foundation + only): A non-syllabus, classical ballet class for students of Advanced level. Students are given the opportunity to use their RAD syllabus training in this challenging and focused class.

Strength and Conditioning (Vocational): Strength and Conditioning will enhance and maximize capabilities to improve performance over time and a complimentary exercise to all dance genres. Overall, it can strengthen bones, improve posture and balance, core strength, improve mood, Increase muscle mass and metabolism, prevent injury as well as speed injury recovery time. This class will also incorporate stretching for flexible, strong, healthy muscles, allowing a greater range of motion required for dance and general wellbeing.

Virtuosity (Advanced): Virtuosity will enable students to focus on different aspects of ballet class work. The classes will concentrate on technique, musicality, and artistry focusing on different areas of class work each week, as chosen by the teacher. This will provide the time and space required to experiment on how to improve the execution of steps. Focused classes will be on turns, adage, ports de bras, and various sections of allegro as well as pointe work (if applicable).

Silver Swans (Over 55s): These ballet classes will help improve your mobility, posture, coordination and energy levels. Whether you’re an experienced dancer, have briefly dabbled, or are a complete novice, we welcome all older learners of any ability.

Move to the Musicals (Over 55s): Classes improve posture and balance through a variety of exercises and movement sequences inspired by musical theatre and jazz dance. Most importantly, you’ll have fun and enjoy the sense of well-being that dance brings!

For questions regarding Adult Classes and 18+ classes please email danceschool@rad.org.uk.