BALLET INFORMATION 2022
Dear parents of our ballet students
Welcome to 2022 ballet classes, we love seeing the passion the students are bringing to class and our ballet classes are filled with excited dancers who are ready to learn.
Term 1 is an important time for our ballet students as we attempt to teach the entire syllabus of RAD Ballet Exam work in Term 1 to then allow consolidation in Term 2.
This is just a reminder of some of the details regarding your ballet class for this year and includes important dates and details for all ballet students and their parents.
UNIFORM FOR CLASS: Please check you have the correct leotard as set out in our uniform requirements, particularly in the Pre-Primary and Primary levels where some of the pink leotards and skirts we are seeing students wear to class are not the correct RAD ballet uniform.
To ensure your dancer has the correct uniform please check our uniform page on the information booklet via this link. https://www.canva.com/design/DAEOfcOBbEw/SABAyZFJn9SCr8gyUlOEiA/view?utm_content=DAEOfcOBbEw&utm_campaign=designshare&utm_medium=link&utm_source=sharebutton
HAIR FOR CLASS: Students must all have a neat ballet bun for class from prep to our highest levels. Parents please help your dancers with this. Buns are necessary to help teachers view and teach the correct alignment of the head and neck within the ballet exam work and is an important part of ballet discipline. We understand that some students are bought to the studio for ballet by other parents or grandparents who are unable to do their buns - in those cases we do suggest that parents do their dancers ballet bun before school (some water and hairspray, hairpins and hair nets it stays in well all day ready for ballet after school). Here is a YouTube video explaining how to do a correct ballet bun https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSI-fuiBcKU
WHAT DO THEY NEED?
Pre-Primary Level (preps) and Primary level (grade 1 at school) need their set ballet uniform and ballet shoes only.
Grade 1 ballet to 7 ballet (grade 2 at school and above) need their set ballet uniform AND Character shoes and a Character skirt. All students in Grade 1 to Grade 7 ballet need their character shoes and skirt no later than WEEK 4 of term 1 as we will commence character work next week. Students must bring character shoes and character skirt to EVERY class please. A reminder that these levels must also have a waist elastic around their leotard every lesson.
Intermediate Foundation & Intermediate classes need their pointe shoes for class each week (as long as they have pointe shoe clearance from the ADV physio)
Intermediate & Advanced Ballet Level - Need demi-pointe shoes from Week 5 Term 1 onwards. This is similar to a pointe shoe but slightly softer. These are worn instead of ballet shoes for the entire class. They also need their pointe shoes. Intermediate & Advanced Foundation Ballet students are permitted to wear a navy blue wrap skirt
Parents please send through an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you dancer will be away from class. A reminder that if your dancer is unwell and has to miss class they can log in from home via our virtual viewing window and still watch the class so they can learn the work by watching! You can log into the virtual viewing windows in our information portal at www.academyofdance.biz.
WHY DO WE DO EXAMS?
Preparing for exams challenges even our youngest ballet students to improve in class each week in preparation for presenting their work to the examiner. The students increase in confidence and their skill level also increases at a much quicker rate. Once the exam is completed the students have a great sense of achievement and receive their certificate and medal and valuable feedback on how they are progressing in their training.
HOLIDAY CLASSES – COMPULSORY EXAM PREPARATION RAD GRADES
27th June to 1st JULY: All ballet exam students from Primary level and to Grade 8 are required to attend preparation classes during the first week of the July school holidays. Holiday classes will take place on 27th June, 28th June, 29th June, 30th June, 1st July. Students are not able to enter the exam if they cannot attend the holiday classes.
Majors levels undertake their holiday exam preparation in the September school holidays on 27 September, 28 September,
29 September at the ADV Studio's in Box Hill North. Students are no able to enter the exam if they cannot attend the holiday classes.
HOME PRACTISE - RAD APP & DVD’s: There is a LOT of work involved in the RAD exams for your ballet student. We do encourage as many parents as possible to download the Royal Academy of Dance App on their phone, iPad or lap top. The actual app is free but then you can purchase the video work for your dancersl level on the app which contains the entire syllabus for their level with video and music for each level.
BALLET EXAM DATES
Pre Primary to Grade 7 Ballet Exams will take place in 3rd term, and usually around the 3rd or 4th week of term (August Session). Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate Exams will take place in October/November Session. ADV will not know the exam date until much later in the year. All the RAD ballet schools in Australia have to submit their entries to the RAD head office who then allocate all the exam dates to schools and allocate interstate and international examiners to each school. There are thousands of RAD schools to allocate. The exams do take place during school time and the absence from school are written in as an eductional activity. ADV only receive notice of the exam date about 1 month before the exam takes place. Parents will receive a specific exam entry notice in early April for PrePrimary to Grade 7 exams and in June for Intermediate foundation and Intermediate exams
TYPES OF EXAMS
The ballet teaching staff at ADV decide whether or not students are ready to enter an exam. For those that are entered into an exam there are two types of exams offered under the RAD system. The teachers also decide which type of exam a student is entered in.
Class Award: This exam is undertaken in groups of 4 or less. The teacher is present in the room and guides the students through the exam to give the students an extra sense of security. Exercises are generally performed 2 or 4 at a time and are not done 1 by 1. The feedback takes the form of written feedback in 3 sections sheet, certificate and level badge. All Pre Primary students undertake a class award exam. This type of exam is also recommended for students who are undertaking exams for the first time, and those who are little unsure of their work or still working on confidence levels.
Graded exam: This exam is the full exam for each level. Students enter in groups of 4 or less. No teacher is present in the room and the students perform for the examiner alone. Many exercises are performed one or two at a time. The feedback takes the form of a marking section with a total mark given out of 100 and students receive a grading sheet, a certificate and level badge.
Please always contact us if you have any questions. And don’t forget you can find all information also on our information portal at www.academyofdance.biz Information portal password 2022inspired