It’s long been advised to take ballet as the main dance subject with all other styles as complimentary extras. Classical ballet training strengthens and improves technique and overall dance quality in all styles of dance. A student learning ballet will gain skill, discipline, poise, grace, body alignment, flexibility, musicality, creativity and confidence. Students with a sound classical training can pick up most other styles of dance with great ease. Students start to learn the basics in preschool and prep. Exams begin in an informal manner at Pre Junior level (grade 1) where the teacher enters the room with students and conducts the exam. At Sub Junior level (grade2) it is essential to participate in two classical classes per week to establish the muscle recruitment and co ordination required to develop correct technique. This is when students begin to feel the benefits of this hard work and when the foundation of good technique starts to consolidate. This is when the true passion for dance appears. Students will continue with two ballet classes per week throughout the primary school years with exam & concert work being studied in the 2nd class. From high school age onwards, 2 -3 classes per week are required for the major exams and further development to continue exam work in class time. It’s important to note that ballet is a technical art form that takes time to master, but is extremely rewarding when you do.