Ballet

At the Northamptonshire School of Dance our ballet classes follow the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus from Beginners Ballet, to Pre-Primary and Primary, to Grades 1 to 8 and the Vocationals. Exams and Class Awards are offered three times per year and although these are optional at our school, they are wholeheartedly encouraged, as children thrive on the sense of achievement that taking part and success can bring. Pupils also have the unique and enriching opportunity to dance in our exciting shows which are held at The Derngate in Northampton. View our gallery, which includes photos from of our latest production of The Nutcracker.

We are accredited by the Royal Academy of Dance

Learn more about the school's principal, Natalie Carter, who was formerly a professional ballet dancer, and our other teachers on the team by reading our biographies page.

The benefits of ballet include:

> strength, stamina, control and endurance

> flexibility and range of motion

> musicality and appreciation of different music genres

> coordination and balance

> good listening, co-operation and self-discipline

> enhanced imagination and creativity

> social skills and improved confidence

> UCAS points for university applications earned through RAD exams

> having fun with friends!

Where could dance take you? Be inspired by this video from Royal Academy of Dance

Northamptonshire School of Dance teachers offer the Royal Academy of Dance exams

We expect all girls' hair to be very neat in a bun or pinned plaits and the correct uniform must be worn for all lessons, as we find this helps students get in to the right mindset for the class.

We organise visits from dance companies and former professionals in order to broaden our pupils' dance experiences. Past workshops have included:

> Vienna Festival Ballet Company

> Richard Alston Dance Company

> Former dancer with Hong Kong Ballet & vocational teacher from Bird College, London

> Former dancer with the Birmingham Royal Ballet

Pupil’s successes include:

> Junior Associates of the Royal Ballet School, Associates and Classical Ballet Academy at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, Elmhurst Associates and Graham Fletcher Associates

> Full time vocational training at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts

> National Youth Ballet of Great Britain

> English Youth Ballet

> Midland Theatre Ballet

RAD Ballet is taught by Miss Natalie and Miss Hayley

Fees are payable in advance of each term - please contact admin@northamptonshiredance.co.uk for more information.

MONDAYS

East Haddon Village Hall - NN6 8BU

Our academic year is 35 weeks over 3 terms.

Autumn Term 2019:

Sep - 2, 9, 16, 23, 30     Oct - 7, 14       Nov - 4, 11, 18, 25     Dec - 2, 9

Spring Term 2020:

Jan - 6, 13, 20, 27     Feb - 3, 10, 24      Mar - 2, 9, 16, 23

Summer Term 2020:

Apr - 20, 27     May - 4, 11, 18      Jun - 1, 8, 15, 22, 29      Jul - 6

 

Primary4.00pm - 4.40pm
Grade 14.40pm - 5.20pm
Grade 25.20pm - 6.10pm
Grade 36.10pm - 7.05pm
Grade 47.05pm - 8.00pm
Adult Ballet8.00pm - 9.00pm

TUESDAYS

Creaton Village Hall - NN6 8NA

Our academic year is 35 weeks over 3 terms.

Please note that on the dates marked with a * classes will be held in Creaton United Reformed Church, NN6 8ND (next to Poppy's Coffee Shop)

Autumn Term 2019:

Sep - 3, 10*, 17, 24     Oct - 1, 8, 15      Nov - 5, 12*, 19, 26     Dec - 3, 10

Spring Term 2020:

Jan - 7, 14, 21, 28     Feb - 4, 11, 25      Mar - 3, 10, 17, 24

Summer Term 2020:

Apr - 21, 28     May - 5, 12, 19      Jun - 2, 9, 16, 23, 30      Jul - 7

 

Pre-Primary4.05pm - 4.45pm
Grade 34.45pm - 5.30pm
Grade 55.30pm - 6.25pm
PBT Level 16.25pm - 6.50pm
Grade 66.50pm - 7.45pm
PBT Level 27.45 - 8.10pm
Grade 78.10pm - 9.10pm

TUESDAYS

Pitsford School - NN6 9AX

Our academic year at Pitsford School is approximately 30 weeks over 3 terms.

Classes before 4.45pm only open to students of Pitsford School.   

Grade 2 at 4.45-5.35pm is now open to all NSD pupils.

Autumn Term 2019:

Sep - 17, 24     Oct - 1, 8, 15       Nov - 5, 12, 19, 26

 

Reception and Year 1
PRIMARY
3.20pm - 4.00pm
GRADE 14.00-4.45pm
GRADE 2 - open to all NSD pupils from Sep 20194.45pm - 5.35pm

WEDNESDAYS

Spratton Hall School - NN6 8HP

Our academic year is 35 weeks over 3 terms.

Classes before 5.20pm are only open to Spratton Hall School pupils.

Classes from 5.20pm (from Grade 1) are open to all NSD pupils.

Dates marked with a * mean classes start at 5.20pm on these days, so no classes before 5.20pm on these dates.

Autumn Term 2019:

Sep - 4*, 11, 18, 25     Oct - 2, 9, 16       Nov - 6, 13, 20, 27     Dec - 4*, 11*

Spring Term 2020:

Jan - 8, 15, 22, 29     Feb - 5, 12, 26      Mar - 4, 11, 18, 25

Summer Term 2020:

Apr - 22, 29     May - 6, 13, 20      Jun - 3, 10, 17, 24      Jul - 1, 8

Spratton Hall Reception3.30pm - 4.00pm
Spratton Hall Year 14.00pm - 4.35pm
Spratton Hall Year 24.35pm - 5.15pm
Grade 15.20pm - 6.05pm
Grade 26.05pm - 6.55pm
Intermediate Foundation6.55pm - 8.00pm
Intermediate8.00-9.05pm

THURSDAYS

East Haddon Village Hall - NN6 8BU

Our academic year is 35 weeks over 3 terms.

Autumn Term 2019:

Sep - 5, 12, 19, 26     Oct - 3, 10, 17, 31       Nov - 7, 14, 21, 28     Dec - 5

Spring Term 2020:

Jan - 9, 16, 23, 30     Feb - 6, 13, 27      Mar - 5, 12, 19, 26

Summer Term 2020:

Apr - 23, 30     May - 7, 14, 21      Jun - 4, 11, 18, 25      Jul - 2, 9

 

 

Pre-Primary and Primary examimation 4.00pm - 6.00pm
exact times tbc
Intermediate Foundation, Advanced Foundation, Advanced 1, Repertoire L26.00pm - 9.15pm
exact times tbc

SATURDAYS

Spratton Hall School - NN6 8HP

Our academic year is 35 weeks over 3 terms.

Please keep 14th December 2019 and 11th July 2020 free in your diaries for school displays...more details soon.

Autumn Term 2019:

Sep - 7, 14, 21, 28     Oct - 5, 12, 19       Nov - 2, 9, 16, 23, 30     Dec - 7

Spring Term 2020:

Jan - 4, 11, 18, 25     Feb - 1, 8, 22, 29      Mar - 7, 14, 21, 28

Summer Term 2020:

Apr - 18, 25     May - 2, 9, 16, 30      Jun - 6, 13, 20, 27

 

 

Tiny Ballet 18.50am - 9.20am
Tiny Ballet 29.20am - 9.50am
Pre-Primary9.50am - 10.30am
Primary10.35am - 11.20am
Grade 111.20am - 12.10pm
Grade 212.10pm - 1.05pm
Grade 31.05pm - 2.00pm
Grade 42.00pm - 2.55pm
Grade 53.00pm - 3.55pm
Pointe Level 13.55 - 4.15pm
Grade 64.15pm - 5.10pm
Pointe Level 25.10 - 5.30pm
Grade 7 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Ballet Uniform

We are on hand to provide the correct uniform required for ballet as the correct attire must be worn for every class.

We recommend that dance shoes are ordered through Northamptonshire School of Dance to ensure quality and teachers will check fittings. Pointe shoes should be professionally fitted, please contact us for recommendations.

Click here to read more information about the required uniform and NSD extras, and how to order.