Classical

The ADV classical ballet syllabus gives the student a balanced, comprehensive and progressive training in this beautiful art form. The syllabus includes creative and flowing exercises at the barre. In the centre there are choreographed port de bras and allegros which challenge and inspire. Each level within the classical syllabus is progressive so that the student gains strength and understanding of musicality and dance quality.

The ADV syllabus technical work is enriched by additional body science and classical ballet history worksheets. ADV syllabus worksheets are a valuable and compulsory part of the syllabus and assessment process.  Worksheets start from Preparatory level and are used in conjunction with the Attitude and Ability marks. All students complete worksheets at each level required – these are marked by the teacher and checked by the assessor.

Creator, Penny Lancaster, worked with a number of dance teachers and assessors to create the classical syllabus. Most notably Glenda Lloyd, Bella Swartzberg, Peta Davidson and Dilys Yap. In more recent times Mandy Dodd and others have improved and added exercises to the syllabus.

The music was chosen by Penny Lancaster and June Haythorn (Penny’s dance school pianist for many years) from composers from the 19th Century and is beautiful to listen to and inspiring to dance.  Performance, computer sequencing and typesetting of music scores was developed by Derek Williams, B. Mus, Dip.Tchg, FTCL, L.Mus.TCL.

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