Ballet Overview

We are incredibly privileged to have Liliana Durlai as our Ballet Mistress; previously a professional dancer for the prestigious and influential English National Ballet, Croatia National Theatre and Vienna Festival Ballet. All the way through from our Early Years parent and tot classes, up through the RAD syllabus, we hope to nurture in every child a love of ballet, and use imaginative settings, mime and free work to learn the ballet technique in a fun and creative way.

Make sure you get in touch today to sign up and we will get back to you shortly to arrange the best possible Ballet Class for your child*

*Please note that class level assignment will be at the sole discretion of the Ballet Mistress.


Course: Ballet Tots
Age: 2 ½ to 3 ½ years
Location: East & Fusionopolis
Teachers: Megan Chng (Teacher Bios click here)
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Ballet Tots is a “Mummy and Me” ballet class designed for the pre-schooler who is keen to join ballet. The class introduces basic ballet steps using imaginative stories, exciting props and dancing with Mum (or Dad!). We hope to inspire every child with a love of ballet, discipline, imagination and poise. At age 3 ½, children may “graduate” to Beginner Ballet, which is a drop off class based on the Royal Academy of Dance pre-school syllabus.


Course: Beginners Ballet
Age: 3 ½ to 5 years
Location: Portsdown, East & Fusionopolis
Teachers: Megan Chng & Lucy Calvert (Teacher Bios click here)
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Beginners Ballet classes are drop off classes based on RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) syllabus, which is a London based children’s ballet training programme for girls and boys.

The classes incorporate classical ballet technique, an introduction to basic positions and movements, free work and improvisation, imagination and story telling. We aim for every child to develop a love of dance and theatre as well as improved posture, poise, coordination, musicality and self-confidence, grace and discipline. As well as having fun in ballet class!

All children are invited to take part in our ballet performances and at age 5, they will be considered for their readiness to move into the syllabus class of Pre-Primary.


Graded Ballet Syllabus – Pre-Primary up to Intermediate

Our classes follow the RAD syllabus, and those who have achieved the standard required will be invited to take an examination – normally held around Easter.

Irrespective of exams, all children taking classes with us will be invited to participate in our ballet performances, and all classes have a parent ‘watching week’ at the end of each term.

 We hope to inspire the children to appreciate ballet, develop coordination, poise, musicality, confidence and a life long love of the theatre.


Course: Pre Primary & Primary Ballet
Age: 5 to 7 years
Location: Portsdown & East 
Teachers: Megan Chng & Josh Kiernan (Teacher Bios click here)
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These syllabi develop the students’ classical ballet technique, an introduction to basic positions and movements, free work and improvisation, imagination and story telling. We aim for every child to develop a love of dance and theatre as well as improved posture, poise, coordination, musicality and self confidence, grace and discipline. As well as having fun!

 This strong foundation prepares students for a successful transition to ballet and other dance genres at higher levels. These levels are appropriate for students between the ages of five and eight years.

In both Pre-Primary in Dance and Primary in Dance, students, through participation and practice will be able to:

  • Articulate parts of the body
  • Demonstrate awareness of positions of the body
  • Perform with an awareness of space
  • Demonstrate control
  • Demonstrate co-ordination
  • Demonstrate elevation
  • Demonstrate use of appropriate movement dynamics
  • Respond to the elements of music
  • Perform expressively
  • Perform a sequence of simple steps to depict a story
  • Confidently recall the settings

We hope to nurture in every child a love of ballet, and use imaginative settings, mime and free work to learn the ballet technique in a fun and creative way.


Course: Grades 1 up to Intermediate
Age: 7 years +
Location: East & Fusionopolis

Teachers: Liliana Durlai, Josh Kiernan & Megan Chng (Teacher Bios click here)
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The Graded Examination Syllabus consists of three different components: classical, free movement and character dance.

  • Classical: is the foundation and the most important part of the Graded Syllabi.
  •  Free movement: incorporates movements in common with other dance styles such as natural movement, contemporary based dance and Greek dance.
  • Character danceis the theatrical presentation of national dance using original ethnic dance and music that has been freely adapted for the theatre. There are three styles – Hungarian, Russian and Polish – and these were selected because of their historic importance in the development of the traditional full-length classical ballets.

Beginner Pointe work 

Those who have successfully completed Grade 5 Ballet, if deemed ready for the challenges of pointe work, will be invited to participate in the Beginner Pointe class. This class is in addition to their weekly graded syllabus class.

RAD Syllabus: http://www.rad.org.uk/

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