JUNIOR SCHOOL

Pre-School Ballet Class Age 3 – 4

Our youngest dancers are 3 years of age and attend Pre-School Ballet Classes in Malahide & Portmarnock. These classes are a gentle introduction to dance concentrating on co-ordination, musicality and expression. Through imagery and the use of stories the children learn how to express themselves to music while basic stretching and co-ordination exercises improve their motor skills.

**Classes held in Portmarnock Sports & Leisure Centre on Saturday**

Pre-Primary Ballet Class Age 4 – 6,  Primary Ballet Class Age 5 – 7,  Grade 1 Ballet Class Age 7 – 9,    Grade 2 Ballet Class Age 8 – 10

From 4 years of age students can attend Pre-Primary Ballet Classes where they learn set exercises from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus. From Primary to Grade 2, students have the option of participating in Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Awards. Each child moves up to the next grade when they are physically and mentally ready which can take from 1 to 2 years depending on each individual.

**Classes held in Portmarnock Sports & Leisure Centre on Saturday and Wednesday.  Classes held in Applewood Community Centre, Swords on Friday**

SENIOR SCHOOL

Grade 3 Ballet Class Age 9 – 11, Grade 4 Ballet Class Age 10 – 12,  Grade 5 Ballet Class Age 12 upwards

From Grade 3 upwards students are encouraged to take 2 ballet classes a week if possible. This is to enable them to develop their potential in ballet and maintain a strong and healthy physique. This is totally optional and students may also continue with 1 class per week.

**Classes held in Portmarnock Sports & Leisure Centre on Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.  Classes held in Applewood Community Centre, Swords on Friday**

VOCATIONAL SCHOOL

Vocational Grades begin with Intermediate Foundation Ballet Classes from age 12 upwards.  At this level students begin PrePointe training with the aim to eventually attempt Pointe work. Attendance at 2 ballet classes per week is compulsory for any student who may wish to participate in Pointe work. This is necessary to develop the required strength and stamina to dance at this level.

**Classes held in Portmarnock Sports & Leisure Centre on Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday**