Classical Ballet

Photo by Mark Lees, courtesy of RAD

Photo by Mark Lees, courtesy of RAD

Pointe Works trains students in Ballet through The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus.

This offers an internationally recognised portfolio of examinations and assessments which is designed to motivate and encourage students of all ages and levels of ability, through a systematic measurement of progress and attainment. Examinations are organised and administered by the RAD Examinations Board.

Students start in First Steps ballet with the Pre-School Dance Curriculum, and move up through Next Steps in their Reception year at School. At the start of year one, they work towards their first examinations in Pre-Primary and Primary levels and then into four Graded levels. 


Fantastic Ballet School. I would have no hesitation recommending Nicolle and her classes for both young and old
— Vanessa, mum to Tilly and Flo

Our examinations provide students with:

  • Achievable goals to work towards
  • Recognition from the world’s largest ballet examination board
  • Qualifications that are fully accredited by the UK regulatory authorities
  • The impetus to achieve their personal best in a fun and nurturing environment

We offer:

(1) A Pre-School Dance Curriculum that develops basic movement skills, musical awareness, freedom of expression and creativity. First Steps themed classes encourage class participation, focus and confidence. This curriculum is appropriate for students between the ages of three and five years. The emphasis is on capturing and nurturing young children's instinctive joy of movement. The goals are to enhance their physical fitness, aid them becoming physically and spatially aware, stimulate their listening skills, and encourage them to become co-operative and sociable. First Steps story lessons provide the framework for introducing fundamental travelling and stability movements. Example themes are : The Jungle, Outer Space and The Toy Kingdom.

(2) Next Steps lessons for the Reception Year of school. These classes build on this first stage with more complex story lines, such as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia and Aladdin. Through the movements in each of the stories they are able to master these fundamental motor skills, which will form the basis of their future dance training. The steps progress too, with more complicated sequences for the children to master with greater demands on their balance and co-ordination.

(3) The Pre-Primary in Dance and Primary in Dance syllabi; appropriate for students from the age of six to eight years. This level provides a strong dance foundation for any child. The classes involve lots of exciting props, with stories still a key part of the lesson to keep the children motivated and happy. The children will begin to attempt some more formal ballet vocabulary appropriate to their development and individual ability. During this  'specialised movement phase' the fundamental moves learned in First & Next Steps classes will be elaborated and technically refined to produce movements that demand more control and accuracy.

(4) The Graded Examinations in Dance syllabi, which provide a broad practical dance education and develops technical, musical and performance skills. From Grade One onwards they incorporate both classical ballet and national character dance.  Graded exams provide a series of qualifications that offer a progressive learning structure. They form a set of motivational milestones from beginner level to a standard of proficiency and artistry appropriate for entry to Higher Education.  Working through the grades represents a typical route for those wishing to become performing artists, as they are an authoritative source of internationally understood benchmarks.