Pupils are accepted from 2 1/2 years old (at the start of the academic year in August) for Music and Movement classes in preparation for the Introduction to Ballet at Primary Level. From seven years of age they progress through the school following the syllabus set by The Royal Academy of Dance in their Children's Classical Ballet Grades.
Pre-School pupils and Primary pupils can choose to participate in annual Ballet tests awarded by the United Kingdom Alliance of Professional Teachers of Dance. Major Ballet syllabus is studied with The Royal Academy of Dance and The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing at both professional dancer and teacher levels.
Jazz and Tap classes are held as one combined class and are offered initially to existing ballet pupils at Grade 1 level. Non ballet pupils are also welcome to join these classes where places are available from 7 years of age. Pupils wishing to take exams are tested through the United Kingdom Alliance.
Highland classes are available to pupils from Primary level and beginners classes and are open to children from 5 years of age. We only offer examinations and occassional performance opportunities to our Highland pupils and do not compete in competitions.
Adult classes operate on the timetable where there is enough interest to hold a class. These vary from year to year. Please see our website for current timetables or contact the school office for information. All our adult classes are drop-in pay on the door and do not require registration.
Boys are welcome to join any class on the timetable. Please see the website for the current timetables or contact the office for further information.
The school awards Scholarships annually to selected pupils. Auditions are held when spaces are available and information is displayed on the notice boards when auditions are due to take place. The Scholarship is designed for pupils wishing to study dance as a career and we invite guest teachers to operate these classes, offering pupils the chance to experience a variety of different dance genres.
Scholarship applications are open to pupils aged 10 years old or Grade 4 Ballet level that are taking a minimum of two classes per week.
We periodically invite parents to view the work of their child in class. We only offer Parents Days in Ballet classes up to and including Grade 3 level. The opportunity to view Jazz and Tap, Highland and senior pupils dance is during the school performances. Classes are not open to visitors at any other time to comply with our child protection policy.
Parents are notified in writing when a pupil is ready for a test or examination. The Royal Academy of Dance Class Awards are conducted from Grade 1 level. It is compulsory for pupils to attend extra coaching lessons leading up to a Class Award and details are included on the entry forms. The Royal Academy of Dance Examinations are only offered to invited pupils where we are confident of a successful pass. Pupils selected to go forward at Examination level are invited by their teacher to attend a second (weekly) lesson (Usually from Grade 3 level and above). The school directors reserve the right to withdraw any pupil from any examination or presentation during the preparation time, if deemed necessary without refund.
School shows are performed every two years. Junior School performances (Pre-School to Grade 2) can take place at varying times of the year and all pupils are encouraged to participate. Senior School shows take place at the end of the summer term (Grade 2 - Senior & Advanced). Entry to the Senior School show is at the discretion of the directors.
Our popular Summer School takes place during the school summer holidays, usually at the beginning of August. The week long event is themed around dance but we also include a variety of activities, including Art & Craft, Singing and Music, Outdoor Trails and Activities, Fun & Games. Summer School is open to all children from Primary One to S1. Non Manor School of Ballet pupils are also welcome to attend. Application can be made via the Events page on our website and we advise booking early to avoid dissapointment.
Birthday parties and corporate events can be arranged through the school office. We will try our best to accommodate your event, however, it may not be possible depending on rehearsals, examinations, staff availability and holiday dates. For further information, please contact the school office.
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