Ballet Intermediate Foundation

  • Prerequisite: 
    • Students with previous dance experience:
      • Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Grade 5 Ballet, or equivalent, to exam standard
      • Students with equivalent experience must meet the age requirements - these students may need to trial a few different levels to find the best class
      • Three - four lessons a week is recommended and is compulsory if wishing to sit the Intermediate Foundation exam
    • Students with little or no ballet experience:
      • The recommended age for students with little or no ballet experience is 13-15 years
      • The students ability and the number of lessons they will attend per week will be taken into account
      • New students 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:
    Exam leotard: Royal Blue "Rani" style leotard
    Ballet tights
    Pink leather ballet shoes
    Pointe shoes
    Male students - teacher will advise
  •  Intermediate Foundation ballet is our first "senior school" level ballet class and the first RAD major examination. Students are further coached on the fundamental steps, linking steps and combinations of  classical and free-movement ballet styles, as well as beginning to learn more complicated ballet steps. Basic pointe work is  started to be taught at this level. Exercises and combinations have a strong focus on technique, detail, style and performance.
  • Students in Intermediate Foundation ballet have the opportunity to enter a RAD Examination, NZAMD Medal Test and/or to perform in our annual End of Year Recital. Students wishing to sit the Intermediate Foundation RAD examination are required to attend at least three exam classes per week during term times. Additional classes are also strongly advised.
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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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