Classes at The Belmont School of Ballet
The Royal Academy of Dance
The Royal Academy of Dance is a training method beginning with children at age 3 and takes students through a graded syllabus to the professional level. The Children’s Syllabus includes classical work, free movement and character dance. The Vocational Syllabus is for the students who desires a career in ballet. It takes much dedication on the part of the dancer to achieve the required level of training to progress at this level. Both the Children’s and Vocational syllabi are examined in seventy five countries throughout the world. It is an extremely high level of training.
Cecchetti Council of America
The Cecchetti Council of America is a training method which begins with five year old students and progresses to the Diploma Level. The Cecchetti syllabus is based on the teachings of Enrico Cecchetti who taught in London, Russia and throughout Europe. As students progress they may take examinations in this syllabus as well.
Examinations produce wonderful results. Students who work for exams excel in their training and strive to reach their personal best. Having a goal encourages students to focus in class, build strength quicker and requires correctly demonstrated technique. It prevents dancers from only learning to do tricks but makes for a more versatile dancer. Additionally, examinations are an unbiased evaluation of a student’s progress. Please schedule a conference examinations.
Solo Performance awards
NEW – SOLO Performance Awards The Royal Academy of Dance has introduced the new solo performance awards. Students who have passed Grade I – III are eligible to take the Solo Performance Award for the grade level in which they have passes. The Solo Performance Award is a performance of three solos. Two from the syllabus and third of the student and teacher’s choice. Please schedule an appointment with your instructor discuss participation in the solo performance awards if you are interested.
The advancement of a dancer happens through the correct repetition of steps and the development of physical strength until both mental and physical comprehension is achieved. Every student is different and reaches this comprehension at different times. It is essential that students can successfully demonstrate and fully understand the movement before moving on to the next, more challenging level.
Our instructors are trained to evaluate the students and understand each child’s physical development. Instructors will advise the parents of a different placement if adjustments need to be made.
Classes we Offer
Pre Ballet and Tap
Pre-Primary Ballet and Tap
R.A.D. Grades 1 – 8 Ballet
R.A.D. Vocational and Cecchetti Professional Exams
Intermediate and Advanced Classes
“Silver Swans® classes have been specifically designed for the over-55s, but whatever your age, if you are looking for a new way to keep fit and active our ballet classes will put a spring in your step. Whether you’ve never danced before or want to get back into the swing of dancing your heart out, our classes have something for everyone. The RAD developed this program based on research into dance practice for older learners – classes are only taught by Silver Swans licensees” (www.radusa.org).