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Royal Academy of Dance - Ballet Examination Syllabus

Classes

Jacqueline Harman School of Ballet Nursery

Nursery

3+ years

An introduction to basic ballet foundation, skipping, galloping, marching, using pretend roll play, imagery, nursery rhymes and stories to music. Rhythm. Self discovery of movement.

Jacqueline Harman School of Ballet Pre-Primary

Pre-Primary

4+ years

Building on basic ballet foundation with structured movement such as skipping, galloping marching, working in pairs, positions of the feet, pointing toes, soft arms, themes and stories. Group dances, Improvisation to music and rhythm.

Jacqueline Harman School of Ballet Primary

Primary

5+ years

Building on foundation with well placed and strengthening technique, working on turn out from the hips with natural positions of the feet. Enchainments and class dances. Free movement and improvisation to different pieces of music, working in pairs and groups.

Jacqueline Harman School of Ballet Grade One

Grade One

6+ years

Establishing and strengthening technique, introduction to barre work, transfer of weight, posture awareness, arms and legs co-ordination, allegro jumping, rhythm, class dances, free movement and Hungarian character dancing.

Jacqueline Harman School of Ballet Grade Two

Grade Two

7-8+ years

Establishing and strengthening technique, standard barre exercises, centre work shown with arm co ordination, developing left and right side co ordination, allegro jumping, dancing in patterns, class dances, free movement and Hungarian character dancing.

Jacqueline Harman School of Ballet Grade Three

Grade Three

8-10+ years

Classical ballet technique and exercises developing to an understanding. Posture awareness establishing, technical exercises are being established and are the basis of some advanced movements, class dances, free movement and Russian Character dancing.

Jacqueline Harman School of Ballet Grade Four

Grade Four

10-11+ years

Structured barre, structured centre, introduction to pirouettes, allegro and link jumps, class dances, free movement and Russian Character dancing.

Jacqueline Harman School of Ballet Grade Five

Grade Five

11-12+ years

Structured barre, structured centre, introduction to pirouettes, allegro and link jumps, class dances, Adage, Pirouettes en Dehors, Tarantella dance study. Free movement and Russian Character dancing.

Jacqueline Harman School of Ballet Grade Six

Grade Six

12-14+ years

Dance quality should be establishing, structured danced barre set as enchainments, centre work exercises set as enchainments danced with feeling, class dances, free movement and Polish Character dancing.

Jacqueline Harman School of Ballet Character

Character

Character steps from three different countries have been added to the syllabus to offer additional knowledge. Hungarian, Russian and Polish steps are learnt throughout the grades studying one country at a time.

It has been designed to introduce national dancing that are in traditional ballets such as Swan Lake and the Nutcracker to the pupils. The professional ballerina perform dances from different countries as well as classical ballet.

Jacqueline Harman School of Ballet Free Movement

Free Movement

Free movement is designed to add a more relaxed dimension to dance where good line, relaxation, stretch, breathing, impulse and lift of the body and natural turnout are the important factor. Self expression and dance quality to music is essential to compliment technical aspects of classical ballet.