Ballet

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Ballet classes at ITW are based on the encouraging and inclusive classical examination syllabi of the Irish Board of Dance Performance to maximise understanding of various classical ballet styles and techniques such as Checchetti, Russian, RAD syllabus inspired, Balanchine, Bournonville methods and more. Each class focuses on the traditional ballet format:

  • Barre including plies, tondus, degage/jetes, ron de jambs, frappes, fondus, grand batments, developes, etc.

  • Centre including adagio, petite allegro, grande allegro, waltzes, pose/pique turns, pirouettes and more

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Timetable:

Senior/Young Adult Ballet: Tuesdays 6.30-7.30pm ITW Clonskeagh

Inter Ballet - Thursdays 6.45-7.45pm ITW Clonskeagh

Junior Ballet - Tuesdays 4.00-5.00pm ITW Clonskeagh

Primary Ballet for Senior Infants - Thursdays ITW Ranelagh 3.30-4.00pm

Tots Little Ballerina's - Thursdays ITW Ranelagh 2.25pm-2.55pm

ITW Ballet teachers:

Our ballet classes are taught by highly qualified teachers:

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Head of Dance at ITW (Junior and Senior ballet teacher) Sacha Hendricks trained in RAD style (Royal Academy of Dance, London) at the University of Cape Town is a former artiste of Cape Town City Ballet, South Africas Premier Ballet Company.

Sarah Dennis (Tots and Inters ballet teacher) holds a distinction level in Dance and Ballet Education (Royal Academy of Dance, London) and dance instruction and education (ISTD). Credits include The Nutcracker and Coppelia, (Irish National Youth Ballet), Swan Lake (Ballet Ireland) and touring nationally with Monica Loughman and INYB. 

 

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Ballet Class

We offer a range of classes for girls and boys, suited to different ages and technical levels:

  • Little Ballerinas (Pre/Mont, Junior Infant)

  • Pre-Primary (Junior Infant, Senior Infant)

  • Junior (1st, 2nd, 3rd Primary)

  • Intermediate (4th, 5th, 6th Primary)

  • Senior (1st Secondary and up)

  • Pointe Class (by invitation only)

Please click here to see ballet timetable and read more about our classes: 

For your ballet class we do have a few expectations. They are as follows:

  • Be on time (this allows for proper warm up which prevents injury) and ready to go at start time.

  • Hair is to be out of the face (bun or pinned up braids, with no bangs)

  • Ballet uniform (Please ensure you purchase the correct one for your grade/class)

  • Go to the washroom before class starts as it is disruptive to stop class for washroom breaks

  • Bring a water bottle (only water is allowed in class to protect the floors)

  • Ensure you have a sweat towel if needed

  • Appropriate footwear is to be worn: ballet shoes absolutely no socks or street shoes.

Ballet Examinations

Our Ballet exams are based on the examination syllabi of the Irish Board of Dance Performance.

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Please click here to read more about the Irish Board of Dance Performance:

This system offers each child the chance to achieve their personal best and gives them a goal to work towards. Every ballet student within the school is given the chance to take examinations and it is assumed that parents will encourage this.


Here are some basic points with regards to the examination system we follow: 

The teacher of the class will decide when a suitable standard has been reached and the children and parents will be advised.

Examination dates and times

A date will be arranged and an external examiner from the Irish Board of Dance Performance will be booked to come out to the dancing school.

The examination will take place during school time and absence from school will be necessary. This doesn’t usually cause a problem as headteachers are familiar with the process and are generally happy to authorise the absence. The amount of time required off school is generally no more than a couple of hours. (We will advise ballet parents and students of eximination days and times in Term 1)


Exam Fees  

Ballet level

Preliminary One. €30

Preliminary Two €35

Junior One €35

Junior Two €35

Junior Three €35

Senior One €40

Senior Two €40

Graduate Award €40

The exam fee will be advised in advance and an invoice issued. This must be paid before the exam closing date to secure the child’s place.

The children are examined in groups of a maximum of 4, not individually. However the result is based on the individuals performance.


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THE MARKING SYSTEM

The grades awarded for Classical Ballet are as follows:

AWARDED WITH A PASS: The work shown was of an acceptable standard.

AWARDED WITH MERIT: The work shown was of a good standard.

AWARDED WITH HIGHLY COMMENDED: The work shown was of a very good standard.

AWARDED WITH DISTINCTION: The work shown was of an excellent standard.

CERTIFICATES, REPORTS AND MEDALS: Every student will receive a written report, a certificate and a medal following the examination – usually within one month of the exam at the latest.

An email will be sent when your child is to be entered for an exam. It covers in depth what to expect. Parents should advise at the earliest opportunity if they do not wish their children to take part in examinations.

All dancers will participate in a pre-exam class and will be assessed by Head of Dance, Sacha Hendricks. Their teacher will be present in the class.

Participation in the exam is not a requirement to move on to the next level. Students will progress to the next level if the teacher thinks they have met the requirements of each grade.

Uniforms

It is essential that students have the correct uniform and ballet shoes for their grade. When signing your child up for ballet, you are signing them up, not only for dance, but for lessons in discipline and hard work as well.  With that, comes the ballet dress code:

Although it may seem unnecessary to parents or people unfamiliar with the dance world, ballet dress code has been around for centuries, and exists to make class more focused and structured. Ballet requires a great deal of discipline and giving your dancer a set dress code helps them to understand simple rules.

When children wear their proper ballet attire, it reminds them of where they are-class, and not on a play date or on the playground.  This gets them in the mindset of learning.  Plus, when children all wear their pink tights and black leotards, they are much less likely to be distracted by their clothing and the clothing of others.  Additionally, when hair is pulled back securely, students won’t be be as likely to play with their hair or need to push it out of their face for the majority of their class time or put the class on hold while asking the teacher to fix their hair.

Another reason ballet dress code is important is so that teachers can properly correct the students.  Ballet attire makes the lines and body placement much more visible to the instructor, and can help your child dance correctly and safely.  This grows even more important the older your child gets.

Not only does the dress code help with the class, but dressing like a dancer makes you feel more...like a dancer.  Students in their proper ballet attire are typically so much more eager to learn and feel like they’re a part of a group that has to work together.  So please, do your best to observe the ballet dress code. If you need help with any aspect of it, please don’t hesitate to ask a staff member before or after class. 

To take part in the exams, it is essential students have the correct uniform for their grade.

All ballet dance uniforms can be purchased at the following stores:

Dimensions Dancewear, 124 Drumcondra Rd Upper, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

Dance World, Ranelagh 16 Sandford Rd, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Dance World, Parnell St, 163 Parnell St, Rotunda, Dublin


Each of these stores has a list of the ITW ballet uniform requirements, they will assist you in purchasing the correct ballet clothes for your ballet class. If you are unsure please contact Sacha, Head of Dance, via email or telephone.

Girls Uniform:

Little ballerinas:

Pink Tutu dress or Pink Leotard with skirt attached or Pink Leotard

Pink socks

Waist elastic

Pink canvas or leather ballet shoes

Hair tied up in a bun covered with hairnet that matches your hair colour or pinned up plaits

Pink or black headbands (if needed to keep hair out of eyes)


Pre primary:

Pink or Blue Leotard with skirt attached

Waist elastic

Pink tights

Pink canvas or leather ballet shoes

Hair tied up in a bun covered with hairnet that matches your hair colour or pinned up plaits

Pink , blue or black headbands (if needed to keep hair out of eyes)


Junior ballet:

Short sleeved lilac leotard

Lilac skirt

Pink tights

Waist elastic

Pink canvas or leather ballet shoes

Hair tied up in a bun covered with hairnet that matches your hair colour or pinned up plaits

Black headbands (if needed to keep hair out of eyes)


Inter ballet:

Sleeveless lycra leotard

Black wrap skirt (optional)

Waist elastic

Pink tights

Pink canvas or leather ballet shoes

Demi pointe shoes with ribbons (check with your teacher she will decide if you are ready for these)

Hair tied up in a bun covered with hairnet that matches your hair colour or pinned up plaits

Black headbands (if needed to keep hair out of eyes)


Senior ballet:

Sleeveless black leotard

Black wrap skirt (optional)

Pink tights

Pink canvas or leather ballet shoes with elastics or demi pointe shoes with ribbons

Hair tied up in a bun covered with hairnet that matches your hair colour or pinned up plaits


Senior pointe class (by invitation only)

Sleeveless black leotard

Black wrap skirt (optional)

Pink tights

Pointe shoes with ribbons

Toe caps

Hair tied up in a bun covered with hairnet that matches your hair colour or pinned up plaits


Extras:

Pink, blue or black ballet crossover wrap top

Calf length leg warmers (to be worn for warm ups only)

NB! No hotpants may be worn for ballet classes


Boys Uniforms:

Little Ballerinas, Pre-Primary, Junior

Navy shorts

White capped leotard or fitted white shirt

White ballet socks

Black leather or canvas ballet shoes


Inter & Senior

Navy or black leggings

White capped leotard or fitted white shirt

White ballet socks

Black leather or canvas ballet shoes

Please contact us if you are interested in enrolling for The ITW ballet classes; click here to see days and times of ballet classes.