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I.S.T.D. IMPERIAL BALLET
Ballet is considered the foundation of all dance disciplines as it focuses on good posture, correct alignment, use of important core muscles, strength, flexibility, stamina, and what Ballet is most renowned for - beautiful lines. People always say you can tell a Ballet dancer just from the way they hold and conduct themselves.
Although Ballet is not compulsory for pupils at Aspire School of Dance, Ballet classes do come strongly recommended (which is why we have the most pupils participating in Ballet classes).
Children can start Ballet from the age of 3, where they are taught basic Ballet technique (walking, skipping, marching, jumping) through the use of imagination, songs and story telling. We also use props in each lesson such as magic wands, ribbons and scarves to add to the excitement!
From the age of 5, children can be entered for their first Imperial Ballet exam under the ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing). This Pre-Primary exam is not compulsory, however it teaches children the relevant discipline needed for subsequent exams - whether it be in dance or something entirely different!
From here, children progress through Grades 1-6, continually learning and developing their skills. Those who are serious about dance as a career can move onto the Vocational exams; Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced 1 and Advanced 2. These exams are challenging and pupils are marked at a professional level, meaning months of careful, regular practice in order to reach the required standard.