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Starlight Academy - Ballet 

This classical style of expressive movement has something to offer for everyone. 
Ballet for pleasure or for the more serious-minded, this classical style has something to offer everyone. Ballet dates back to the 17th century and the conventional steps, grace and fluidity of movement are still found in Ballet today. Composers through the ages have influenced choreographers. 
Ballet has a technique, which is the foundation of all dance. 
Through a carefully planned curriculum we aim to create fun, interesting and imaginative classes for all pupils who attend the Academy. 
Pupils will work through the grades according to ability and experience starting with the introduction and development of basic feet and arm positions.. However, classes will not be totally geared to examinations as the Academy places a strong emphasis on developing a pupils joy of dance, encouraging freedom of expression and creativity. 
Preparatory & Primary Grade 
First steps in ballet include plies (knee bends), rises, point and close, saut├ęs (jumps), petit jetes (springs from foot to foot), spring points and travelling steps such as walking on the demi-pointe (tiptoes), skips, running and gallops. 
Let us first teach little children to breathe, to vibrate, to feel, and to become one with the general harmony and movement of nature. Let us first produce a beautiful human being, a dancing child. 
Isadora Duncan 

Barre Work 

Aims to promote strength, placing and turnout and prepares students for technically advanced steps, which are performed in the centre during the later grades. 

Centre Work 

Port De Bras (carriage of the arms), Degages (points), Chasses (sliding movements), Arabesque and Attitude lines and eventually movements like Pirouettes and Set Adage. 


Jumps and quicker movements associated with Ballet. Technical placing and strength needed for elevation is extremely important here. 

Set Balletic Variations 

Pupils study the set syllabus variations and perform them individually. 

Free Expressive Movement 

Pupils interpret select pieces of music through free expressive movement. Movements should reflect changes of pitch, speed or mood with or without a theme. 

Pointe Work 

Once a pupil has reached the appropriate level and has become technically proficient on demi-pointe, exercises to develop muscle strength to sustain this demanding section commence. 

Classical Award 1 & 2 

Classical Ballet Awards are designed to encourage artistry and musical awareness in performance whilst preparing for the Vocationally Graded Examinations. 

Intermediate, Advanced 1 & 2 

Professional performers examinations prepare the pupil for vocational training within a Theatrical Dance Organisation. 
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