Ballet training is the backbone of dance training and is strongly recommended for any young dancer (whether it be for the recreational or exam candidate) for developing muscular strength, good posture, coordination, flexibility, balance, control, musicality and gracefulness. Ballet is offered from the age of 4 ½ years.
For those younger students (3-4 years old), Creative Movement classes are offered. This is an introduction to dance; exploring mime and imagery, musical interpretation, body awareness by coordinating basic dance moves, and fundamental concepts of spatial awareness.
For students in Ballet Grades 1-6, Character Dance, an integral part of classical ballet training, becomes part of the curriculum and helps to develop a child’s natural sense of rhythm.
Pointe work is normally introduced to our pre-professional students around the age of 12. Students are only ready for pointe classes when they can hold their turnout from the hips while performing center combinations, hold a proper ballet position, pull up correctly in the legs, and balance securely in relevé. Dancing en pointe requires the use of the entire body, including the legs, back, and abdominal muscles.
Extrava Danse has chosen to follow The Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.), an internationally accredited, ballet training program. R.A.D. offers a carefully designed syllabus that prepares the student to become a confident, graceful and fit adult, whether or not they wish to become a professional dancer or teacher. Dancers who have achieved a specific standard are encouraged to enter the R.A.D. examination program offered for their level. Examinations can only be offered in schools that have registered R.A.D. teachers.