Students are taught the components of the ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing) Ballet Syllabus. There are nine practical assessment standards, starting with Pre-Primary, Primary and Standards 1 to 6, and Higher Standards 7 and 8. In order to indicate the increasing order of difficulty – 8 represents the highest level of attainment.
The assessment is pre-arranged by the Imperial Ballet Faculty, to music commissioned to stimulate and educate the child’s musical knowledge, and feeling of interpretation.
Students develop technique and skills in Ballet, with a focus on the alignment of the body and the structure of each individual component.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:
- Develop an assured and confident sense of performance
- Develop technical accuracy, whether based upon classical or character work
- Ability to understand spatial awareness
- Where applicable, involvement within the character with convincing mime and assured use of properties
- Correct alignment and placing of the body to the best of the individual physical facility
- Appropriate use of the limbs, with an understanding of the purpose of each exercise, thus developing motor skills
- Sense of line and coordination of movement
- Rhythmic and musical awareness
- An appreciation of artistry, both in own movement and that of others