Classical Ballet Classes
We are proud to provide Classical Ballet dance classes and lessons right here at SCPAC studios in Caloundra. Following the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus, we strive for high standards throughout all ages.
Founded in 1920, RAD is the world’s largest and most influential dance organisation in the world. SCPAC has had great success with Classical students, including the acceptance into the world's most prestigious competitions such as The Prix De Lausanne (85 students accepted worldwide), and Youth America Grand Prix (Finalist).
Selected SCPAC students are invited to attend our Ballet Elite Dance Classes, which assist students with potential in this discipline, furthermore allowing them to be part of a successful ballet competition team.
Classical Ballet students enrolled in lessons from Grade 1 and above are required to enrol and attend two Ballet dance classes per week. Furthermore, Royal Academy of Dance exams are also available to students from age 6.
Classical Ballet Classes
Introduction to Dance
It's not just a saying, Ballet is the core of all dance, so starting on that journey from a young age provides the very best foundation for all the other genres as students grow and progress. Our Introduction to dance program classes incorporate some key fundamentals from the styles of Ballet, Jazz, and Tap.
Ages 5 to 6
Students will transition from Introduction to Dance, into a formal ballet class setting where their foundation and technique will be nurtured and evolved.
Grade 1 Ballet
Having completed their Primary Ballet years, students will move into their formal RAD led training as Grade 1 RAD students.
The use of props such as ribbons as well as character imagination and interpretation in their classical and character dances helps encourage our students in a fun atmosphere whilst building performance and acting skills.
It is at this age that students may be chosen to take their RAD exams.
Grade 2 Ballet
Continuation of the RAD curriculum and exams, with students building and improving on their technique, simple movement sequences and dances in ballet.
Students at this level and grade will begin regular barre work.
Grade 3 Ballet
Continuation of the RAD curriculum and exams, with students gaining awareness of musicality through performance.
Students will learn additional barre as well as centre skills.
Grade 4 Ballet
Continuation of the RAD curriculum and exams, with increased knowledge of the vocabulary of ballet, gaining performance skills, and moderate movement sequences.
Grade 5 Ballet
Continuation of the RAD curriculum and exams, with demonstrated use of expression, communication, interpretation and projection as required by an advanced level of complex choreographic demand.
Students will also begin to explore and prepare for going en-pointe if they are considered ready and invited.
Intermediate Foundation Ballet
Continuation of the RAD curriculum and exams, with students being able to demonstrate at a moderately challenging level.
Students will learn to show a clear understanding of a range of rhythmical sounds and timings, as well as show their ability to engage an audience and express their understanding and awareness of the subtleties of performance.
Intermediate foundation is the first grade to include vocational exams and incorporates a free enchainment where students need to demonstrate a clear understanding of ballet terms and vocabulary.
It is also at this grade level that students sitting exams will include pointe work.
Age 13 to 14
Continuation of the RAD curriculum and vocational exams. Students at this level will have a wide range of knowledge and skills on which to advance and build, including sound co-ordination control and accuracy in a complex range of sequences.
Intermediate Ballet is the first grade level to be a prerequisite for all subsequent level exams.
Advanced Level 1 Ballet
Students in this level will have a sound understanding and be able to demonstrate knowledge of the mechanics and purpose of ballet, clear ability to interpret musical pieces as required by complex choreography.
Advanced Level 2 Ballet
Students who undertake these classes will have a proven ballet training record and be able to cleanly communicate an increasingly mature and accomplished sense of performance. They are able to interpret music and display an increasingly sophisticated response to musical content and style.