Class Information & Uniform Requirements

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CONTEMPORARY (1 x 3/4 or 1 hour class/week)
In contemporary we use basic combinations with a focus on good technique, breathing, style and performance, incorporating play with finding and losing our centre of balance, and moving in and out of the floor.  It is a great opportunity for students to expand their movement repertoire and compliments ballet and jazz classes.

Uniform Requirements:
WBS marine blue t-shirt (available to purchase) with students own below the knee leggings and socks/bare feet (as required by the teacher).

JAZZ American Jazz Dance Affiliation syllabus (1 x 3/4 or 1 hour class/week)
The AJDA syllabus is structured on a progressional basis that starts at age five years and progresses through 14 levels to Advanced and Solo Seal. The work fully trains the student in all aspects of basic ballet technique and the dynamics required to encourage performance, style, and enjoyment of dance. Jazz is a great complimentary dance style for ballet and contemporary students encouraging confidence, as well as being a fun alternative dance style with solid technical foundations.

Uniform Requirements:
Black singlet top leotard and bike pants. Black jazz shoes with low socks, hair should be in a high ponytail or out of the face with a headband if short.

TIPPY TOES (2-3 year olds, 1 x class/week)
A 1/2 hour introduction to dancing based around a nursery rhyme or similar for two to three year olds and their Parents to enjoy dancing together.

Uniform requirements:
The children can wear any thing they would like to and are able to move freely in.

MAGICAL MOVEMENT (3-4 year olds, 1 x class/week)
A 1/2 hour introduction of natural motor movements using varied types of music, imagination, expression and props in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. The emphasis is on participation and fun! Parents/Caregivers stay and observe each class.

Uniform requirements:
The children may wear anything they would like to and are able to move freely in. Ballet shoes are a bonus but are not compulsory.

BEGINNING BALLET (4-5 year olds, 1 x class/week)
A 1/2 hour class which uses imagination, props and interesting music, while starting to think about line, shapes, rhythms, patterns and use of space. This class prepares the building blocks children need for the next year level (RAD Pre Primary) in a fun, friendly atmosphere. Parents/Caregivers stay and observe each class.

Uniform requirements:
The children may wear anything they would like to and are able to move freely in. Ballet shoes are a bonus but are not compulsory.

RAD PRE PRIMARY (5 years by 1st September, 1 x class/week)
A 3/4 hour class. Students begin wearing a ballet uniform and participate in a presentation class with their teacher later in the year as an introduction to ballet exams. They experience imaginative and narrative movement sequences and begin to study some basic elements of classical ballet. Parents may stay to observe.

Uniform requirements:
Girls – Lavender leotard and chiffon skirt. Pink ballet socks and pink ballet shoes with elastic.
Boys – Well fitted white t-shirt and black ballet shorts (loose fitting style). White socks and white ballet shoes.

RAD PRIMARY (6 years by 1st September, 1 x class/week)
A 1 hour class to prepare students for their first ballet exam. They learn a simple, imaginative and narrative ballet dance to perform in pairs which children really enjoy. The RAD syllabus promotes musicality, the early foundations of classical ballet and the opportunity to use imagination and expression in a performance setting. Parents may stay to observe.

Uniform requirements:
Girls – Lavender leotard and chiffon skirt. Pink ballet socks and pink ballet shoes with elastic.
Boys – Well fitted white t-shirt and black ballet shorts (loose fitting style). White socks and white ballet shoes.

RAD GRADE 1 (7 years by 1st September, 1 or 2 x classes/week)
1 hour classes. The students begin character work which complements their classical work, as well as learning a ballet dance as part of their exam which is performed solo for the first time.

Uniform requirements:
Girls – WBS white cap sleeved leotard and waist elastic, pink ballet socks and pink ballet shoes with elastic. WBS character skirt and character shoes.
Boys – Well fitted white t-shirt and black ballet shorts (loose fitting style). White socks, white ballet shoes and character shoes.

RAD GRADE 2 (8 yrs by 1st September, 2 x classes/week)
1 hour classes. Further develops the skills learnt in Grade 1. Students begin barre work and are learning some of the fundamental ballet steps.

Uniform requirements:
Girls – WBS light blue leotard and waist elastic, pink ballet socks and pink ballet shoes with elastic. WBS character skirt and character shoes.
Boys – Well fitted white t-shirt and black ballet shorts (loose fitting style). White socks, white ballet shoes and character shoes.

RAD GRADE 3 (9 yrs by 1st September, 2 x classes/week)
1 hour classes. Grade 3 barre, center and dances are full of interest, varied and are a step up for students with more complex exercises and technical challenges.

Uniform requirements:
Girls – WBS light royal blue leotard and waist elastic, ballet tights, pink ballet flats with elastic (ribbons just prior to exams), WBS character skirt and character shoes.
Boys – Well fitted white t-shirt and black ballet shorts (loose fitting style).White socks, white ballet shoes and character shoes.

RAD GRADE 4 (10 yrs by 1st September, 2 x classes/week)
1 hour classes. Students broaden their vocabulary with exercises that contain multiple components and are studied in detail before putting exercises together.

Uniform requirements:
Girls – WBS navy blue leotard and waist elastic, ‘flesh’ ballet tights, pink ballet flats with elastics. Optional navy blue chiffon skirt. WBS Character skirt with white, light blue and royal blue ribbons (note- I am phasing out the burgundy ribbons on character skirts to keep the same colours through Grades 1-4). NO character shoes at this level for girls, we study the tarantella danced in flats).
Boys – White short-sleeved leotard, navy blue stirrup tights. White socks, white ballet shoes and character shoes.

RAD INTERMEDIATE FOUNDATION Levels 1&2 (11 yrs minimum age requirement)
WBS students study the Intermediate Foundation vocational syllabus progressively, generally entering for an exam mid way through their 2nd year of study. Readiness for pointe work varies for each student and is determined by a qualified Dance Physiotherapist.

IF Level 1 students also do a Pre Pointe class and have the option of attending the Open class.
IF Level 2 students entering for the exam have a separate Pointe class and must attend the Open class.

Uniform requirements:
Girls – WBS black leotard and waist elastic, optional matching black chiffon skirt for class (not allowed in exams), ballet tights, pink ballet flats with elastics or ribbons.
Boys – White short-sleeved leotard, black stirrup tights. White socks, white ballet shoes and character shoes.

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PRIVATE LESSONS
WBS students may be invited to have extra coaching/private lessons from Primary level upwards. These are for dedicated and promising students who wish to enhance their performance experience and confidence by participating and representing WBS in local ballet competitions.