Live To Dance Academy is proud to offer Classical Ballet training in The Royal Academy of Dance
Our Ballet curriculum follows the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus. The RAD was founded in 1920 and comprised the joining of the Russian, Italian, French, English, and Danish schools of thought. The RAD, based in London,England, is the largest examining body of classical ballet worldwide, with its syllabi being taught to teachers internationally, including the National Ballet School in Toronto,ON. The Royal Academy of Dance promotes knowledge, understanding and practice of dance internationally. They seek to accomplish this through promoting dance, educating and training students and teachers and providing examinations to reward achievement.
Baby Ballet/Kinder Ballet follow the pre ballet syllabus and is offered to preschool children that combines basic ballet principles, creative movement, improvisation, body awareness, coordination and musical appreciation.
Graded Levels ( 1-4) combine classical ballet, free movement, based upon the contemporary movements inspired by Isadora Duncan, and character folk dance. Studying these three elements together gives the students a solid, versatile foundation for their dance education. Examination, Presentation and Solo Medal Award streams are made available to all eligible students to ensure each child is working to their potential.
From Intermediate Foundation through to Advanced 2, the introduction of pointe work commences, in addition to classical and contemporary variations.
Students may only dance en pointe under the discretion of their teacher, when it is deemed that they are physically capable and possess the maturity required to dedicate to this beautiful and challenging art form. Pointe work should not be attempted until the bones and growth plates have strengthened sufficiently. This generally takes place after the growth spurt occurring around the age of 11, however students must show strength in posture, placement and rotation of the legs, regardless of what age they are, in order to be considered.
In addition to the RAD classes, senior students will have the opportunity to take non syllabus classes (Vaganova, Cecchetti, etc) and explore both traditional and contemporary choreography.