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Classical Ballet is the foundation of all dance and therefore we encourage all students to study this dance form. From an early age it
helps to improve posture, flexibility, muscle tone and musicality. We concentrate on the technique of ballet but also encourage the children to be expressive and creative through their dance. Classical Ballet is taught following the RAD syllabus and examinations are taken when students become ready to move onto the next grade.
Pre-Primary – Primary Ballet
Pre-Primary and Primary Ballet are for children who have just started school, up to approximately age 7. This syllabus teaches the foundations of ballet whilst remaining fun and creative, preparing children for graded studies. Primary in Dance examinations are taken before a child enters into the graded syllabus.

Graded Syllabus
The RAD grades 1-8 provide a fantastic platform to learn Classical Ballet, incorporating barre, centre work, free-movement and character dance, ensuring all boundaries of Classical Ballet are studied. From Grade 5, students usually start Pointe work depending upon years of study and individual development. More serious students can study both graded syllabus and vocational grades simultaneously once they have reached a certain level of ballet.

Vocational Grades
Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced Foundation, Advanced 1 and Advanced 2 provide an in-depth study of ballet for those students who have reached a certain level and wish to take their study more seriously. These grades also help prepare students for a career in dance.

UCAS Points
Graded and vocational graded examinations in RAD Classical Ballet are allocated points on the UCAS tariff.  Those students who have achieved a pass or higher in Grades 6, 7, 8, Intermediate or Advanced Foundation can use their RAD exam result towards their points tariff when applying to a relevant course at a university or higher education in the UK. 

Uniform
All Classical Ballet classes have a set uniform which students are required to wear for their class; the colour scheme varies as students progress through the grades. All regulation uniform is available to purchase from TLW Dance (subject to availability). Items can be ordered in if the required sizes are not in stock. Ballet shoes are available to borrow for trial lessons or they have been forgotten. Prices are available upon request.

Girls Uniform

  • Pre-Primary Ballet - Baby pink sleeveless regulation leotard, baby pink regulation chiffon wrap skirt with elasticated waistband, pink ballet socks, knitted baby pink ballet cardigan (optional extra for class) and elasticated leather ballet shoes.
  • Grade 1-2 - Lavender sleeveless regulation leotard and belt, pink ballet tights, lavender wrap (optional extra for class) and elasticated leather ballet shoes.
  • Grade 3-4 - Mulberry sleeveless ruche front regulation leotard and belt, pink ballet tights and elasticated leather ballet shoes.
  • Grade 5 + - Black double strap regulation leotard, pink ballet tights, elasticated leather/canvas split sole ballet shoes.

Boys Uniform

  • Pre-Primary - Grade 3 - Close fitting white regulation t-shirt or white capped sleeve regulation leotard, navy blue regulation shorts, white ballet socks, white elasticated leather ballet shoes.
  • Grade 4 + - White capped sleeve regulation leotard, navy blue regulation stirrup tights, white ballet socks, white elasticated leather/canvas split sole ballet shoes.

Prices / Timetable
Free Trial Class available. Please visit our TIMETABLE page for details of current classes and tuition fees.