Ballet Grade

Information for boys & girls over 6 years

Please note: if you are enquiring for more than one child, you will need to complete and submit separate forms for each child.

From around 7 or 8 years, children with the right dance experience can start to work towards ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance) Graded examinations.

In all classes, we encourage the children to develop artistic quality and musical awareness, alongside learning correct technique and improving strength, flexibility and stamina. Children who show outstanding potential, may be asked by the Principal to commence work on Major examinations (beyond Intermediate Foundation) alongside continuing working through the ISTD Graded syllabi.Ballet Grades

At SLDS, we teach ballet up to Advanced 2 standard, following the ISTD syllabus.  Through carefully structured classes, we teach correct technique and aim to achieve the highest standards relative to each individual’s physique and ability.  We strive for exceptional classical line and quality of movement alongside encouraging freedom of expression, particularly in the lower grades.  Ballet is superb for developing excellent posture, strength and flexibility.  Our classes are enjoyable and rewarding but require discipline, commitment and dedication.  Our teachers provide a caring and supportive environment in which our students can thrive.  As all dance forms compliment each other, to enhance their learning in ballet, we recommend that children also learn tap and modern dance.

For children in Grade 4 ballet and higher, it is necessary to attend weekly body conditioning classes and National Dance classes are compulsory for all children in Primary to Grade 5 ballet. Pointe work is normally introduced for girls when they move into Grade 5 ballet or at commencement of Majors work.

Prospective students with previous ballet dancing experience will need an assessment to find an appropriate level class. The assessment fee is £10 for Grades 1-4 and £15 for Grades 5+. Please bring relevant examination reports.

Class Times

Please refer to our timetable for class days and times for various levels.

Uniform for Primary to Grade 2 Ballet

Girls Uniform

  • ISTD ‘Molly’ style by Roch Valley in lavender cotton lycra (not RAD or Katz)
  • Roch Valley wrap around chiffon skirt in lilac (Primary only)  please ensure the ballet skirt fits tightly on the waist, not hips
  • Lavender ballet belt (Grades 1 & 2) (comes with leotard as standard)
  • ‘Nicky’ style crossover by Roch Valley in lavender cotton lycra
  • Pink ballet socks (Primary & Grade 1) ‘older’ beginners in Grade 1 ballet may wear pink seamless ballet tights instead of socks if they prefer
  • Pink ballet tights without seam (Grade 2)
  • Pink leather full-sole ballet shoes with pink satin ribbons (Primary & Grade 1 ballet classes) 
  • Pink satin full-sole ballet shoes with pink satin ribbons (Primary & Grade 1 ballet examinations)
  • Pink canvas split-sole ballet shoes with crossed pink elastic (Grade 2 ballet upwards classes) 
  • Pink satin split-sole ballet shoes with pink satin ribbons or full-sole if need wide fitting shoe (Grade 2 ballet upwards examinations)
  • Circular National skirt  – girls must be measured by a teacher and ordered in bulk from Duo Dance.  You may need to adjust the button on the National skirt so that it fits tightly on the waist, not hips.
  • Black leather National shoes by Freed – low heel with button fastening for small feet and higher heel with buckle fastening for bigger feet

Uniform notes for girls 

  • If your daughter is very cold in the studio, she may wear pink seamless ballet tights – no other tights though please!  We do, however, prefer pink ballet socks.  Children should not wear socks and tights at the same time!
  • Vests and pants should not be worn under the leotard
  • After an initial period of half a term, your child must be wearing correct uniform
  • Long hair should be neatly tied back in a classical ballet bun
  • Any hair band should match the leotard and should be kirby gripped on otherwise the band will slide off
  • No jewellery allowed (including earrings)
  • Dance shoes should not be worn outdoors
  • Please ensure your child’s name is on each piece of clothing

Boys Uniform

  • White Royal Academy of Dance leotard or plain white vest/tight fitting t-shirt
  • Black cotton leggings and soft belt
  • Dance support
  • Long white ballet socks
  • Black leather full-sole ballet shoes with crossed black elastic (Primary & Grade 1)
  • Black leather split-sole ballet shoes with crossed black elastic (Grade 2) (canvas optional for classes)
  • Boy’s National shoes

Uniform notes for boys

  • After an initial period of half a term, your child must be wearing correct uniform
  • No jewellery allowed (including earrings)
  • Dance shoes should not be worn outdoors
  • Please ensure your child’s name is on each piece of clothing

Where to get the uniform

Most uniform items and all dance shoes must be purchased from a specialist dance shop.  ‘Duo Dance’ in Herne Hill is the closest – 020 7274 4517.  

‘Dancia’ in Covent Garden and ‘Julienne’ in Beckenham also stock some items of our uniform.

Uniform for Grade 3 Ballet & National Plus

Girls Uniform

  • Black cotton lycra leotard by Capezio – own choice of style but without crossed straps
  • Black cotton lycra crossover 
  • Pink ballet tights without seam 
  • Pink canvas split-sole ballet shoes with crossed pink elastic (Grade 2 ballet upwards classes) 
  • Pink satin split-sole ballet shoes with pink satin ribbons or full-sole if need wide fitting shoe (Grade 2 ballet upwards examinations)
  • Demi pointe and pointe shoes with wide matte pink ribbons (when required) 
  • Circular National skirt – girls must be measured by a teacher and ordered in bulk from Duo Dance.  You may need to adjust the button on the National skirt so that it fits tightly on the waist, not hips.
  • Black leather National shoes by Freed – low heel with button fastening for small feet and higher heel with buckle fastening for bigger feet
  • Black canvas ballet shoes with crossed elastic (Grade 4 National plus)

Uniform notes for girls 

  • After an initial period of half a term, your child must be wearing correct uniform
  • Long hair should be neatly tied back in a classical ballet bun
  • No jewellery allowed (including earrings)
  • Dance shoes should not be worn outdoors
  • Please ensure your child’s name is on each piece of clothing

Boys Uniform

  • White Royal Academy of Dance leotard or plain white vest/tight fitting t-shirt
  • Black cotton leggings and soft belt
  • Dance support
  • Long white ballet socks
  • Black leather split-sole ballet shoes with crossed black elastic (canvas optional for classes)
  • Men’s National shoes

Uniform notes for boys

  • After an initial period of half a term, your child must be wearing correct uniform
  • No jewellery allowed (including earrings)
  • Dance shoes should not be worn outdoors
  • Please ensure your child’s name is on each piece of clothing

Where to get the uniform

Most uniform items and all dance shoes must be purchased from a specialist dance shop.  ‘Duo Dance’ in Herne Hill is the closest – 020 7274 4517.  

‘Dancia’ in Covent Garden and ‘Julienne’ in Beckenham also stock some items of our uniform.

Fees

30 minute class £66 12 week term
45 minute class £80 12 week term
60 minute class £102 12 week term
75 minute class £124 12 week term

Please note, the following additional fees:

  • Annual membership (Autumn term – all current students) – £10
  • Registration fee (Autumn Term  – new students) – £10
  • Registration fee (Spring Term – new students) – £7
  • Registration fee (Summer Term – new students) – £5