Ballet Grade 5

  • Prerequisite: 
    • Students with previous dance experience:
      • Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Grade 4 Ballet or equivalent
      • Students with equivalent experience must meet the age requirements - these students may need to trial a few different levels to find the best class
      • Two lessons a week is recommended and is compulsory if wishing to sit the Grade 5 exam
    • Students with little or no ballet experience:
      • The recommended age for students with little or no ballet experience is 12-14 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:
    Mulberry "Bronwyn" style leotard
    Ballet tights
    Pink leather ballet shoes
    Cuban heel character shoe
    Character skirt*
    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
* Please see Anna regarding your character skirt for this year.
  • Grade 5 ballet is our third "middle school" level ballet class and the fifth level of our exam classes. Students are taught fundamental steps, linking steps and combinations of  classical, free-movement and national character ballet styles. Our school follows the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus at this level. In some classes there may also be an introduction to pointe work. Exercises and combinations have a strong focus on technique, detail, style and performance.
  • Students in Grade 5 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 Grade 5 RAD examination/class award are required to attend two exam classes per week during term times.
  • Progression: Grade 5 ballet progresses on to Intermediate Foundation ballet.



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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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