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.

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.

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

We are accredited by the Royal Academy of Dance.

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!

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 and Central School of Ballet
  • National Youth Ballet of Great Britain
  • English Youth Ballet
  • Midland Theatre Ballet
  • Milton Keynes Dance Theatre

RAD Ballet is taught by Miss Natalie, Miss Hayley and Miss Beth

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

Please choose one of the options below to view the timetable.

Our academic year is 35 weeks over 3 terms.

Autumn Term 2020: Sep – 7, 14, 21, 28 Oct – 5, 12, 19 Nov – 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Dec – 7

Spring Term 2021: Jan – Feb – Mar –

Summer Term 2021: Apr – May – Jun – Jul –

Pre-Primary 4.05pm – 4.40pm
Grade 1 4.50pm – 5.35pm
Advanced 2 5.50pm – 7.00pm
Grade 6 7.10pm – 8.10pm
Adult Ballet 8.15pm – 9.15pm

Our academic year is 35 weeks over 3 terms.

Autumn Term 2020: Sep – 8, 15, 22, 29 Oct – 6, 13, 20 Nov – 3, 10, 17, 24 Dec – 1, 8

Spring Term 2021: Jan – Feb – Mar –

Summer Term 2021: Apr – May – Jun – Jul –

Primary 4.25pm – 5.05pm
Grade 4 5.15pm – 6.10pm
Grade 5 6.20pm – 7.15pm
Advanced 1 7.25pm – 8.35pm

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

These classes are only open to pupils who attend Pitsford School.

Autumn Term 2020: Sep – 15, 22, 29   Oct – 6, 13, 20   Nov – 10, 17, 24

Spring Term 2021: Jan – Feb – Mar –

Summer Term 2021: Apr – May – Jun –

Reception and Year 1
3.20pm – 4.00pm
Grade 1 4.00-4.45pm

Our academic year at Spratton Hall is approximately 30 weeks over 3 terms.

Autumn Term 2020: Sep – 9, 16, 23, 30 Oct – 7, 14, 21 Nov – 11, 18, 25

Spring Term 2021: Jan – Feb – Mar –

Summer Term 2021: Apr – May – Jun –

Spratton Hall Reception Pupils STARTS 16th SEP 3.30pm – 4.00pm
Spratton Hall Year 1
Pupils
4.00pm – 4.35pm
Spratton Hall Year 2
Pupils
4.35pm – 5.15pm
Grade 1
at Spratton Hall Pupils
5.20pm – 6.05pm

Our academic year is 35 weeks over 3 terms.

Autumn Term 2020: Sep – 9, 16, 23, 30 Oct – 7, 14, 21 Nov – 4, 11, 18, 25 Dec – 2, 9

Spring Term 2021: Jan – Feb – Mar –

Summer Term 2021: Apr – May – Jun – 24 Jul –

Grade 2 5.35pm – 6.25pm
Grade 8 6.35pm – 7.45pm
Advanced 2 7.50 – 8.50pm

Our academic year is 35 weeks over 3 terms.

Autumn Term 2020: Sep – 10, 17, 24 Oct – 1, 8, 15, 22 Nov – 5, 12, 19, 26 Dec – 3, 10

Spring Term 2021: Jan – Feb – Mar –

Summer Term 2021: April – May – Jun – Jul –

Grade 34.40 – 5.35pm
Intermediate Foundation 5.45 – 6.45pm
Advanced Foundation 6.50 – 7.50pm
Intermediate 7.55 – 8.55pm

Our academic year at Maidwell Hall is approximately 30 weeks over 3 terms.

These classes are only open to pupils who attend Maidwell Hall.

Autumn Term 2020: Sep – 17, 24 Oct – 1, 8, 15, 22 Nov – 12, 19, 26

Pre-Primary3.25 – 4.00pm
Intermediate Foundation 4.00 – 4.35pm

Our academic year is 35 weeks over 3 terms.

Autumn Term 2020: Sep – 12, 19, 26 Oct – 3, 10, 17, 24 Nov – 7, 14, 21, 28 Dec – 5, 12

Spring Term 2021: Jan – Feb – Mar –

Summer Term 2021: Apr – May – Jun – Jul –

Tiny Ballet 8.50am – 9.20am
Pre-Primary 19.30am – 10.00am
Pre-Primary 210.15am – 10.55am
Primary11.10am – 11.55am
Grade 112.10pm – 1.00pm
Grade 21.15pm – 2.05pm
Grade 32.20pm – 3.15pm
Grade 4 3.25pm – 4.20pm
Grade 6 2.10pm – 3.05pm
Grade 5 4.30pm – 5.25pm
Grade 5 Pointe Work 5.30pm – 6.00pm
Grade 6 and Pointe Work 2.15pm – 3.40pm
Beginners Pointe Work 3.50pm – 4.20pm
Grade 8 Level & Up and Pointe Work 4.25pm – 5.55pm

Ballet Uniform

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.

Girls’ Uniform

  • Leotard – colour and style according to the Grade
  • Ballet tights or socks
  • Ballet shoes
  • Character shoes and skirt from Grade 1
  • Crossover ballet cardigan and optional legwarmers for the winter months
  • Hair in bun or pinned plaits

Boys’ Uniform

  • White short sleeved leotard or slim fit t-shirt
  • White ballet socks, white ballet shoes and black character shoes from Grade 1
  • Navy dance shorts or stirrups
  • NSD dance trousers and white long sleeved thermal vest for the winter months

The correct uniform must be worn for all lessons, as we find this helps students get into the right mindset for the class.

All uniform items, including hair accessories (nets, pins, grips), tights/socks, leotards and warm ups (crossovers, leg warmers) can be ordered by emailing your requests to: admin@northamptonshiredance.co.uk

NSD Uniform Extras

  • Short sleeved t-shirt – Royal Blue | child and adult sizes
  • Male Dance Trousers – Black | child and adult sizes
  • Female Dance Leggings – Black | child and adult sizes
  • Hoodies – Royal Blue | child and adult sizes
  • Tote bag – Royal Blue or Pink
  • Holdall bags and rucksacks – Royal Blue or Pink
  • Legwarmers
  • Tights and socks
  • Crossovers
  • Hair nets, grips and pins
  • Ribbon sticks
  • Tambourines