The South London School of Ballet offers Classical Ballet, Contemporary and
Body Conditioning classes from preschool to vocational level in
beautiful purpose built dance studios in East Dulwich.
Classical ballet is a system of dance based on formalised movement and positions of the arms, feet and body, designed to enable the dancer to move with the greatest possible agility, control, speed, lightness and grace.
“The mental and physical discipline of classical ballet training provides a base from which the individual can diversify and enjoy a rich and productive life. Whether pursuing a career in dance, or becoming an avid audience member or educated parent, each student is a part of the experience that helps sustain the world of art.” (The Royal Academy of Dancing, 1997)
The South London School of Ballet teaches the Royal Academy of Dance syllabi which offers a classical ballet training system of 15 levels. The RAD is recognised to award qualifications on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) in England.
The examination and assessments are internationally recognised and designed to encourage, motivate and reward students of all ages and abilities, outlining a progressive structure for learning and achievement in dance.
The South London School of Ballet holds examinations throughout the academic year. Although examinations are by no means compulsory, they do provide a graduated measure of attainment against a specific criteria and increased self confidence through the learning, memorising and performing of prescribed sequences of movement, studies and dances.
- The graded syllabus (Pre-Primary in Dance, Primary in Dance and Grade 1–8) provides a broad practical dance education and develops technical, musical and performance skills (age 5+).
Vocational graded examinations (Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced Foundation, Advanced 1, Advanced 2) provide an in-depth study of ballet and prepare students for a career in dance (age 11+).
"Preparation for graded exams develops high standards of performance, perception, creativity, knowledge and understanding. Additionally, the grades provide a scheme of clear incremental standards by which candidates, teachers, parents/carers and employers may measure progress in acquiring genuine command of the skills required in each discipline, whether for educational, vocational or social purposes." Council for Dance Education and Training
Contemporary dance is offered to develop student’s movement skills and vocabulary while stretching physicality and creativity. Fun and informative, this class also provides additional technique support for those taking classical ballet classes and GCSE or A Level Dance.
Body conditioning combines Pilates, stretching and modern based corner work. The classes seek to improve flexibility, strength, fitness levels, stamina and coordination.
Performance opportunities are offered to students alongside their RAD training as well as audition opportunities for the gifted and talented.