The Pointe of School Aged Classes: Primary and Grade 1

Children who are at primary school (Foundation/Reception – Grade 2) enter our school aged classes: Primary and Grade 1.

In these classes we continue using Australian Teachers of Dancing (ATOD) syllabus. This lets us infuse our classes with some different exercises. We cotninue to develop appropriate technique and expose students to the language of ballet in these age ranges. Despite our using the syllabus to support our teaching, Bebe Ballet will always be full of creative inspiration and fun!

Entering the Dance Space

Most of our venues have a distinct wait area and dance space. During the first few weeks of this term the teacher will line the children up in the wait area before bringing the children into class. This begins the separation of the children from the parent.

Whilst for the first few weeks you may think it’s acceptable to enter your child into the class, it’s much easier to start with clear rules immediately. Children in these levels of ballet are either at school or starting school this year. There should be no need for the parents to enter the dance floor.

Exams

Our students will have the opportunity to take their ATOD exams. These exams will be held in June. Information is sent out in April.

Family Watching Weeks

Family members are invited to watch the last fifteen minutes of class twice a year – one in term 1 and the other in term 4. We have found at these formal levels the children tend to not perform at their best with their loved ones watching.

The children will also have opportunities to participate in a Mid Year Showcase, Spring Gala and Christmas Concert, where family members can watch the children perform on stage.

Housekeeping

  • We know how excited/exhausted the children are after school but if we could get them to channel their exuberance into dancing during class as opposed to running around loudly before class it would be much appreciated.
  • We would appreciate if you could clean up any mess that your children make in the waiting area.
  • We encourage our children to bring a water bottle to class.