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.


  • 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