Ballet

At the Northamptonshire School of Dance our ballet classes follow the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus from Tiny Ballet, to Pre-Primary and Primary, to Grades 1 to 8 and the Vocationals, right up until Advanced 2, the highest level the RAD offer.

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 in Northampton. View our gallery, which includes photos from of our last 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 and Elmhurst Associates
  • Full time vocational training at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, London Contemporary Dance School, English National Ballet School 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 Bethan

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.

Autumn Term 2022: Sep – 5, 12, 19, 26 Oct – 3, 10, 17, 31 Nov – 7, 21, 28, Dec – 5, 12

Spring Term 2023: Jan –  9, 16, 23, 30, Feb –  6, 20, 27, Mar – 6, 13, 20, 27

Summer Term 2023: Apr – 17, 24, May – 8, 15, 22, Jun – 5, 12, 19, 26, Jul – 3, 10

Primary and Grade 1 (Hedgehogs)5.15pm – 6.00pm
Grade 2 and Grade 3 (Flamingos)5.15pm – 6.00pm
Crocquet match characters5.15pm – 6.45pm
RAD Advanced 16.45pm – 7.45pm
Adult Ballet7.45pm – 8.45pm
Timetable before the show (until Nov 13)
Primary4.10pm – 4.50pm
Grade 24.50pm -5.35pm
Grade 15.35pm – 6.20pm
Grade 36.20pm – 7.05pm
Grade 47.05pm – 7.55pm
Adult Ballet8.00pm – 9.00pm
Timetable after the show (from Nov 21)

Autumn Term 2022: Sep – 6, 13, 20, 27 Oct – 4, 11, 18 Nov – 1, 8, 22, 29, Dec – 6, 13

Spring Term 2023: Jan – 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb – 7, 21, 28 Mar – 7, 14, 21, 28

Summer Term 2023: Apr – 18, 25, May – 2, 9, 16, 23, Jun – 6, 13, 20, 27, July – 4

RAD Advanced 23.25pm – 4.25pm
Pre-Primary, Primary, Grade 1 (Fish)4.30pm – 5.15pm
Private One-to-Ones5.20pm – 6.05pm
RAD Intermediate 6.05pm – 6.50pm
Grade 6, 7 and 8 (Caterpillar)6.50pm – 7.50pm
Grade 6, 7 and 8 (Free syllabus) 7.50pm – 8.35pm
Timetable before the show (until Nov 13)
Advanced 23.30pm – 4.30pm
Pre-Primary4.35pm – 5.10pm
Boys Only5.10pm – 5.40pm
One-to-One5.40pm – 6.00pm
One-to-One6.00pm – 6.20pm
Grade 76.20pm – 7.10pm
Pilates7.15pm – 7.55pm
Grade 67.10pm – 8.00pm
Grade 8, Free Syllabus8.00pm – 9.00pm
Timetable after the show (from Nov 22)

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

Autumn Term 2022: Sep – 6, 13, 20, 27 Oct – 4, 11, Nov – 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Spring Term 2023: Jan – 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb – 7, 21, 28, Mar – 7, 14, 21, 28

Summer Term 2023: April – 18, 25, May – 2, 9, 16, 23, Jun – 6, 13, 20, 27, July – 4

Reception, Year1 and Year 2 (Dragonflies) 3.40pm – 4.20pm
Year 3 and above (Dragonflies)4.00pm – 4.45pm
Timetable before the show (until Nov 13)
Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 3.40pm – 4.20pm
Year 3 and above4.20pm – 5.05pm
Timetable after the show (from Nov 15)

Autumn Term 2022: Sep – 14, 21, 28, Oct – 5, 12, 19, Nov – 9, 16, 23, 30

Spring Term 2023: Jan – 11, 18, 25 Feb – 1, 8, 22 Mar – 1, 8, 15, 22

Summer Term 2023: Apr – 19, 26, May – 3, 10, 17, 24, June – 8, 15, 22, 29

Spratton Hall Reception Pupils 3.30pm – 4.00pm
Spratton Hall Year 1 Pupils (Cakes) 4.00pm – 4.35pm
Spratton Hall Year 2, 3, and 4 Pupils (Bakers) 4.35pm – 5.20pm
Timetable before the show (until Nov 13)
Spratton Hall Reception Pupils 3.30pm – 4.00pm
Spratton Hall Year 1 Pupils 4.00pm – 4.40pm
Spratton Hall Year 2, 3, and 4 Pupils 4.40pm – 5.20pm
Timetable after the show (from Nov 16)

Autumn Term 2022: Sep – 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct – 5, 12, 19, Nov – 2, 9, 23, 30, Dec – 7, 14

Spring Term 2023: Jan – 11, 18, 25, Feb – 1, 8, 22, Mar – 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Summer Term 2023: Apr – 19, 26, May – 3, 10, 17, 24, Jun – 7, 14, 21, 28, Jul – 5

Grade 1 (Robins)5.50pm – 6.35pm
Grade 5 (Foxes) 6.30pm – 7.25pm
RAD Advanced 2 7.25pm – 8.25pm
Timetable before the show (until Nov 13)
Grade 1 5.50pm – 6.35pm
Grade 26.35pm – 7.20pm
Grade 57.20pm – 8.10pm
Grade 88.10pm – 9.10pm
Timetable after the show (from Nov 23)

Autumn Term 2022: Sep – 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct – 6, 13, 20, Nov – 3, 10, 24, Dec – 1, 8, 15

Spring Term 2023: Jan – 12, 19, 26 Feb – 2, 9, 23 Mar – 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Summer Term 2023: Apr – 19, 27 May – 4, 11, 18, 25 Jun – 8, 15, 22, 29, Jul – 6

RAD Intermediate Foundation4.45pm – 5.15pm
Grade 3 and 4 (Pixies)5.15pm – 6.00pm
RAD Advanced Foundation6.00pm – 6.45pm
RAD Intermediate Foundation Adults6.45pm – 7.45pm
Timetable before the show (until Nov 13)

Grade 34.30pm – 5.10pm
RAD Intermediate Foundation5.50pm – 6.35pm
RAD Advanced Foundation6.35pm – 7.15pm
RAD Advanced 17.15pm – 8.15pm
RAD Intermediate8.15pm – 9.05pm
Timetable after the show (from Nov 24)

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

Autumn Term 2021: Sep – 15, 22, 29, Oct – 6, 13 Nov – 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec – 1, 8

Spring Term 2022: Jan – 12, 19, 26, Feb – 2, 9, 23 Mar – 2, 9, 16

Summer Term 2022: TBD

Reception, Year 1 and Year 23.15pm – 4.00pm
Timetable all term

Autumn Term 2022: Sep – 3, 10, 17, 24 Oct – 1, 8, 15, 22 Nov – 5, 26, Dec – 3, 10, 17

Spring Term 2023: Jan – 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb – 5, 12, 26, Mar – 5, 12, 19, 26

Summer Term 2023: Apr – 22, 29, May – 6, 13, 20, 27 Jun – 10, 17, 24 Jul – 1, 8

Tiny Ballet8.55am – 9.25am
Pre-Primary and Primary (Bunnies – Cast B)9.25am – 10.05am
Tiny Twirlers9.30am – 10.00am
Pre-Primary and Primary (Bunnies – Cast A)10.05am – 10.45am
Tea Party10.45am – 11.30am
Little Roses11.30am – 12.20pm
Big Roses12.00pm – 1.05pm
Pointe Work Beginners1.10pm – 1.35pm
Opening Party2.00pm – 3.00pm
Non-Show Ballet Class2.05pm – 2.50pm
Cards3.00pm – 4.00pm
Painters4.00pm – 4.45pm
Timetable before the show (until Nov 13)
Tiny Twirlers (Parent accompanied)9.00am – 9.30am
Pre-Primary 19.00am – 9.35am
Pre-Primary 29.35am – 10.15am
Primary 210.15am – 10.55am
Primary 110.55am – 11.35am
Grade 111.35am – 12.20pm
Grade 312.25pm – 1.15pm
Grade 21.15pm – 2.05pm
Grade 42.05pm-3.00pm
Pointe Work Beginners3.05pm-3.30pm
Grade 63.05pm – 4.00pm
Pointe Work 13.30pm – 3.55pm
Pilates for Grades 4-74.05pm – 4.35pm
Pointe Work 24.40pm – 5.10pm
Grade 54.40pm – 5.35pm
Grade 75.35pm – 6.30pm
Timetable after the show (from Nov 26)

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