A Personal Message
I fell in love with dance and Ballet in particular when I was 4 years old – I saw a young girl with her hair in a bun and a leotard skirt outfit and I asked my Mum, “where is that girl going?”
Mum replied, she is going to Ballet. I asked my mum, “could I go to ballet?” The rest as they say is dance history!
I just had to see what it was that was making that little girl so happy and joyful as she skipped into the Hall – I know exactly what it that feeling is to this very day – and this is the experience I want for all our DanceStruck students – I invite you and your child to feel the music and the movement at our classes – dance memories do last a lifetime and your first steps start here….Catherine Fennell A.R.A.D RTS
DanceStruck are proud to have an association the RAD that began over 40 years ago when Our Principal, Miss Catherine first took her steps into a dance class. Your child’s dance memories will last a lifetime and we cherish the journey ahead for you and your aspiring dancer……
Miss Catherine currently holds the prestigious position of R.A.D. Chairperson Victorian & Tasmanian Regional Advisory panel and she continues to be a vibrant representative with the dance industry. DanceStruck values learning and we continue to be at the forefront of dance education within our local communities.
The R.A.D. offers an internationally-recognised portfolio of examinations and assessments designed to encourage, motivate and reward students of all ages and abilities, outlining a progressive structure for learning and achievement.
Your child will thrive within in our Ballet program with our progressive learning syllabus that acknowledges and rewards each and every student for their unique and individual dance qualities including, technique, musicality, creativity, expression and confidence.
The R.A.D Syllabus encompasses a vast array of traditional and contemporary dance influences including Character Dance, En Pointe Training & Repertoire – so much for your child to explore!
Royal Academy of Dance Classical
Ballet classes are conducted in the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus (R.A.D.). The R.A.D. syllabus develops technique, strength, confidence and artistry to the highest level.
All our teachers are accredited through the Royal Academy of Dance which delivers a ballet training program with the option to undertake examination at both a recreational and professional level in a fun and supportive atmosphere.
Ballet trains the body carefully, developing strength, control, coordination and line. Classes in ballet are available for all ages and beneficial to everyone.
Our Kinder Program combines RADacadabra™ Classes (developed in England) to encourage a love of dance and music which developing motor skills, co-ordination, a love of music and teamwork in an age appropriate format that is both relatable and fun to a young child.
Correct foundations of dance are taught with themes and activities progressing weekly. The programs have been developed so that each child is challenged yet not overwhelmed with lots of fun activities such as colouring in pages, story telling and of course, dance.
All of our class sizes are limited 8-12 stun a friendly and relaxed manner with Senior Student Aids in larger classes. This ensures all of our students recieve individual care and support in all things dance which is extremely important to us.
The ‘Art of Dancing on Air’ Pointe work training is available to those dancers with experience.
Training usually commences in the higher levels and with a developed technique available from our exceptional teachers. All of our pointe students are overseen by the Principal and Vice Principal to ensure the girls are engaging in their pointe studies in a safe and enjoyable manner and are approved by a Sports/Dance Podiatrist before beginning.
Character / Folk Dance
We are pleased to also offer the Khorubushka National Character Program which adds a depth of repertoire to any dancers training.
Character work is valuable to maintain the history and tradition of Classical Ballet. Cultural influences through dance make Character fun and interesting while also bringing a different stronger dance dynamic to their normal artistic repertoire.
Contemporary / Neo Classical
We also offer ballet in its modern form which develops expressive movements and a sense of freedom through use of space.
The use of more contemporary music with the adaptation of more current themes keeps ballet relevant to today’s dancer. This dance style is growing exponentially every day and we find it is another dynamic to our students dancing that they enjoy beyond belief.
Why do ballet with Dancestruck?
We develop grace, poise and coordination
We help improve performance in other activities requiring balance and control
Ballet increases focus, attention to detail and discipline
We also help our students achieve better school performance and an improved work ethic through dance
Our students are nutured to grow as serious dancers
Many of our Teachers were or are full time dancers both internationally and in Australia, who better to teach than those who have been there before!
Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) Exams and presentation classes are scheduled early in Term 3 and are held at our studio. Examinations are not compulsory.
Our students are well prepared (we have a 100% pass rate) and it is important to us that this special event be enjoyable and rewarding to each dancer.
Miss Catherine is happy to discuss options for your child as she is also the Vice Chair of the Vic/Tas RAD Panel.
DanceStruck believes in the importance of every student having an attainable goal. Progress is measured either by examination or presentation class. Examinations are open to all students studying the Graded and Vocational Graded syllabi, offering them a challenge to demonstrate their understanding and knowledge of the work.
The Royal Academy of Dance examination syllabus has been devised with great care and provides two distinct pathways. The Graded syllabus is for younger children and is great fun to dance. The Vocational Graded syllabus is for boys and girls over the age of 11 who wish to study ballet more seriously, possibly with a view to pursuing a career in dance or dance related subjects.
R.A.D Ballet Levels
Our recommendation – guideline only
R.A.D. PRE-PRIMARY SCHOOL GRADE 1
R.A.D. PRIMARY SCHOOL GRADE 2
R.A.D. GRADE 1 SCHOOL GRADE 3
R.A.D. GRADE 2 SCHOOL GRADE 4
R.A.D. GRADE 3 SCHOOL GRADE 5
R.A.D. GRADE 4 SCHOOL GRADE 6
R.A.D. GRADE 5 SCHOOL YEAR 7
R.A.D. GRADE 6 SCHOOL YEAR 8
R.A.D. GRADE 7 SCHOOL YEAR 9
R.A.D. GRADE 8 SCHOOL YEAR 10
R.A.D. INTERMEDIATE FOUNDATION SCHOOL YEAR 7
R.A.D. INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL YEAR 9
R.A.D. ADVANCED FOUNDATION SCHOOL YEAR 10
R.A.D. ADVANCED 1 SCHOOL YEAR 11
R.A.D. ADVANCED 2 SCHOOL YEAR 12
R.A.D. SOLO SEAL