Ballet Courses

Moorland School Ballet Classes

The technique of classical ballet is learned and perfected in a highly structured daily regime of classroom work delivered by experienced professionals. It is here that technique is maintained, strengthened and constantly refined.

At Moorland Ballet the students thrive on the positive and inspiring atmosphere for learning that the staff create. Classes are conducted so that they are physically beneficial and instructive providing objective and constructive criticism regarding technique and artistry.

We encourage self-discovery and nurture the development of each student’s unique artistic qualities.

The programme is a partnership between parents, pupils and Moorland School. Our promise as professionals, is to equip pupils with an outstanding Ballet Programme of study, whilst ensuring they are both safe, happy and growing in confidence. We ask parents to work with the school in partnership, respecting our professional judgement and guidance. We ask pupils to make a promise to listen and work hard academically, artistically and socially, showing respect to staff and their peers.

Pre-Vocational Course
Y5 to Y6

The Pre-Vocational Course prepares pupils for Vocational training, pupils begin to learn how to function in a traditional ballet classroom setting, this course is for pupils aged 8-11.

Classes on the Vocational course include:

  • Classical Ballet Technique
  • Body Conditioning
  • Cecchetti Grades
  • Pilates Mat Work/ Reformer (supplementary)
  • Drama (enhancement)
  • Contemporary Dance (enhancement)
  • Choreography
  • Character Dance (enhancement)
  • Jazz (enhancement)
  • Nutrition
  • Dance Studies
  • Anatomy and Physiology

An assessment will take place at the end of Year 6 with consideration for entry onto the vocational course.

Vocational Course
Y7 to Y9

Entry onto the Vocational Course is by audition only.

The course offers students with exceptional potential the foundational resources to become classical ballet dancers. Students receive a bespoke programme with the benefits of small classes. This enables teachers to work closely with pupils and allow for personal mentoring time and individual technique coaching. Continued attention is given to co-ordination, musicality and artistry. Students focus on a deeper understanding of posture and alignment, and are encouraged to become intelligent, self-motivated confident dancers, whom are aware of their bodies.

Enhancement classes are constructed to ensure versatility in preparation for the demands in professional ballet companies, students may also be invited to pursue supplementary classes.

Classes on the Vocational course include:

  • Pointe Work (girls)
  • Boys Strengthening
  • Body Conditioning
  • Cecchetti Grades/ Intermediate Foundation/ Intermediate Syllabus
  • Pilates Mat Work/ Reformer (supplementary)
  • Drama (enhancement)
  • Contemporary Dance (enhancement)
  • Choreography
  • Spanish Dance (enhancement)
  • Jazz (enhancement)
  • Nutrition
  • Dance Studies
  • Anatomy and Physiology

An assessment will take place at the end of Year 9 with consideration for entry onto the pre-professional vocational course.

Pre-Professional Vocational Course
Y10 to Y11

Entry onto the Pre-Professional Vocational Course is by audition only.

Students on the Pre-Professional Course work towards high standards of technique and artistry with 14 or more hours of training. Pupils will also receive tutorials, extra rehearsal time and studio time for private practice. Individual timetables allow for GCSE options.

On completing the course students are trained to the highest pre-professional level are ready to graduate to a Professional Vocational Course.

Classes on the pre-professional course include:

  • Boys Strengthening
  • Body Conditioning
  • Pointe Work (girls)
  • Cecchetti Intermediate / Advance 1 / Advance 2
  • Pilates Mat Work / Reformer (supplementary)
  • Drama (enhancement)
  • Contemporary Dance (enhancement)
  • Choreography
  • Spanish Dance (enhancement)
  • Jazz (enhancement)
  • Nutrition
  • Dance Studies
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Supported Adage
  • Repertoire
  • Virtuosity