Thank you for being my teacher. I liked making ice-creams and I enjoyed ponies and farmers and frogs!

— Baby Ballet Student, Tunbridge Wells

Imperial Classical Ballet with the ISTD

Pre-School Ballet

Details of our Pre-School classes can be found here
Children in Pre-School Ballet are ideally aged 2 1/2 years old up to when they start school. Once they start Reception they move up to Pre-Primary Ballet.

Pre-Primary Ballet

We follow the ISTD Pre-Primary syllabus and include some of our own exercises too. Children are ideally in Reception at school

Primary Ballet

This is the children’s first opportunity to take an exam, usually held at the end of Year 1 or Year 2.
Children go into the exam room with a partner, without their dance teacher. There will be the examiner and the pianist in the exam room.

Please use this Just Dance YouTube Video to help your child practise at home

 

Class Exam 1 Ballet

This is a stepping stone to Grade 1 Ballet, it is a different style of exam. Usually at the end of Year 2 or start of Year 3.

Children go into the exam room in a group of 3 to 5 children, with their dance teacher. There will also be the examiner and the pianist in the exam room.

Please use this Just Dance YouTube Video to help your child practise at home

 

Grade 1 Ballet

This is now entering the Graded work and the examiner is expecting to see a good use of ballet technique with full knowledge of the syllabus. For all the grades children will usually enter the exam room with a partner and without the teacher. This exam can be taken as early as the end of Year 3 or much later depending on the class ability, in Year 5 or 6.

Please use this Just Dance YouTube Video to help your child practise at home

 

Grade 2 Ballet

Similar to the previous grade the examiner is expecting to see a good use of ballet technique with full knowledge of the syllabus. For all the grades children will usually enter the exam room with a partner and without the teacher. This exam can be taken as early as the end of Year 5 or much later depending on the class ability, in Year 7 or 8.

Please use this Just Dance YouTube Video to help your child practise at home.

 
Grade 3 Ballet

Roughly Year 7 to 9 at school

Please use this Just Dance YouTube Video to help your child practise at home.

 
Grade 4 Ballet

Roughly Year 8 to 10 at school
Videos coming soon…

 
Grade 5 Ballet

Roughly Year 9 to 12 at school

 
Grade 6 Ballet

Roughly Year 11 upwards

 
Inter Foundation Ballet

 

Intermediate Ballet

 

Advanced 1 Ballet

 

Advanced 2 Ballet

 

Then you enter the teaching qualifications in Ballet!

Thank you for being my teacher. I liked making ice-creams and I enjoyed ponies and farmers and frogs!

— Baby Ballet Student, Tunbridge Wells
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