Ballet Grade 1

  • Recommended Age Range as of January: 7.5 - 9 years old
    • Minimum age for this class is 8 years old by June 30th.
    • Students with little or no dance experience may need to trial a few different levels to find the best class
    • Exceptions are at the discretion of the school/teacher and will depend on previous dance experience, exams passed, ability and age. Please contact the office for further information.
  • Uniform Requirements:
    Marine "Bronwyn" style leotard
    Ballet tights
    Pink ballet socks (optional)
    Pink leather ballet shoes with full sole and elastic
    Low heel character shoe (teacher will advise)
    Character skirt - new style available from PW Dance*
    White short-sleeved leotard or well-fitted white T-shirt
    Navy shorts or ankle length tights
    White leather ballet shoes with full sole and elastic
    Short white socks
    Black lace-up character shoes
* As of 2017 we will be introducing a new style character skirt. When a new skirt is required, please purchase the new style available from PW Dance, not a second-hand one.
  • Grade 1 ballet is our forth-year level ballet class. Students are taught the fundamental steps and linking steps of  classical, free-movement and national character ballet styles. Our school follows the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus from Grade 1 level. Exercises and combinations have a strong focus on technique, style and performance.

Grooming Information for all Dancers

Does your dance teacher nag you about your hair? Taking off your jumper in class? Being appropriately groomed?
Do you know why!? She’s preparing you for life out in the world.
Wear your uniform with pride.
Be ready for class, show you have prepared, show that you are ready, show that you care.
Look like a dancer – feel like a dancer … casual clothes in class equals a casual mind.
Show up, look the part, don’t hide under jumpers. Your body is your instrument – show it so you can grow.
Be ready to receive corrections with humility and grace – they are your teachers gift to you.
When you hide, you avoid feedback. When you get no feedback, that’s when you should start to worry… Your teacher has given up – She doesn’t want to ask you to take off your jumper or fix your Bun, one more time, do this yourself, and be ready. Be humble and hungry. This is why good grooming is important.

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