JUNIOR SCHOOL

Pre-School Age 3 – 4

Our youngest dancers are 3 years of age and attend Pre-School Ballet in Malahide & Portmarnock. This class is 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 and Wednesday**

Pre-Primary Age 4 – 6, Primary Age 5 – 7 & Grade 1 Age 7 – 9

From 4 years of age students can attend Pre-Primary where they learn set exercises from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus. From Primary to Grade 1, students have the option of participating in RAD Awards. On successfully completing Primary, students move into Grade 1. All grades from 1 to 8 include the study of classical ballet, free movement and character dancing from countries such as Spain, Hungary, Ukraine and Poland. 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 and in Applewood Community Centre, Swords on Friday**

SENIOR SCHOOL

Grade 2 Age 8 – 10, Grade 3 Age 9 – 11, Grade 4 Age 10 – 12, Grade 5 Age 12 upwards

From Grade 2 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 and Applewood Community Centre, Swords on Friday**

Vocational Graded Students

Vocational Grades begin with Intermediate Foundation from age 10 upwards and are for those students who may have an interest in pursuing ballet as a career either as a performer or teacher, or have the passion and technical ability to pursue ballet further. Attendance at 3 classes per week is compulsory for any student who may wish to attempt the Vocational Exams. 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**