About Mini Ballet in Irlam / Cadishead:
We love that we can bring ballet kids dance classes to Irlam / Cadishead. Our Ballet dance classes are currently for 4 to 6 year olds, but we intend to open further classes, so feel free to get in touch, even if your child is outside those age groups.
Ballet encourages self-discipline and self expression, developing listening skills, encouraging children to follow instruction, learning to work as an individual and in groups, developing co-ordination, good posture, strength and suppleness. Ballet also provides a nurturing environment for the development of artistry and musical appreciation.
The academy can order these on your behalf. You do not have to have these specific items, but a pink leotard, pink shoes and pink tights will be compulsory. If your child continues ballet after the trial, and doesn’t have ballet gear, then these items will be ordered on your behalf and added to the direct debit.
-Shoes: £11 https://www.ids.co.uk/cbt-1st-position-canvas-ballet-shoe
-Tights: £3.50 https://www.ids.co.uk/ad134-silky-essential-footed-ballet-tights
-Leotard RAD approved: £30 https://www.dancedirect.com/rad001-rad-approved-sophia-princess-line-skirted-leotard
-Toddler leotard: £27 (size 2-4)
Delivery: £2.95 UK Standard Tracked (3 – 5 Working Day lead time)
The total cost for the full ballet gear:
-for 4 year olds and above: £45.50 (not including delivery)
-for 2 year to 4 year olds: £41.50 (not including delivery)
There are many ballet dance techniques to be learnt. Here are a few that our Irlam dance class learnt in their first month:
BOUNCE AND PIQUET
WALKING ON TIP TOES
Plie - First Position
Plie - second position
REC AND Y1- MINI BALLET - AGE 4-6 - Pre Primary
On successful completion of a course of study of 40 hours of Mini ballet, students, through participation and practice, will be able to: articulate parts of the body, demonstrate awareness of positions of the body, perform with an awareness of space, demonstrate control and co-ordination, demonstrate elevation, demonstrate use of appropriate movement dynamics, respond to the elements of music, perform expressively, perform a sequence of simple steps to depict a story and confidently recall the settings.
-first 2 years of ballet – 40 hours of learning required-
The Syllabus aims to develop motor movement and balance. Fun exercises and ballet music are used to train the children to articulate their feet, and gain control of various actions. Basic movement rhythms are introduced in hop, skips and gallops.
Basic ballet technique: Turned out knee bend, Tendu position, Plies
Ballet positions: 1st position
Steps: Skipping, Jumping, Galloping
Bounce and Jump
Legs and Feet
YEAR 2 - AGE 6-7 - (LITTLE STARS) 40 LEARNING HOURS REQUIRED
Skills: Walking with stretched feet, Stretching the feet and legs with correct alignment and use of turnout, Hops, Jumps, Springs and Leaps
Legs and Feet
Arms and Head
Bend and Run
Bend and Point
Transfer of Weight
Galops and Skips
Run and Leap
YEAR 3 - AGE 7-8 - 40 LEARNING HOURS REQUIRED
Spatial awareness of the placement of the limbs as well of the floor pattern is a new skill but controlling the turnout is the biggest and most difficult ask of all the techniques learned in this grade. It takes maturity of the body to get control of the turnout and some children are also starting to struggle with growing muscles. It is very important to give them the time to find their own path through.
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the fundamental and relevant technique, demonstrate co-ordination, control and accuracy in a range of sequences perform with an awareness of line perform with spatial awareness of the body in travelling movements and turning actions demonstrate an awareness of the appropriate dynamic values in the performance of the vocabulary.
Demi plié – half bend, Battement – beat, Tendus -stretch, En croix -in the shape of a cross, Grandes -large, Grandes battements en croix -l arge beats in the shape of a cross, Retire – draw up, Port de bras -carriage of the arms, Dégagé -disengage/point, Devant -front, Derriere -behind, A la seconde -to second, En avant -forwards, En arriere -backwards, De coté -sideways, Chasse -chase, Posé -step, Temps levé -hop, Petit -small/little, Jetés -throw, Petits jetés devant -little throws in front, Petits jetés derriere -little throws at the back, Saute -jump, Retiré saute en arriere -skips backwards, Changement -change, Allegro -brisk, lively. Jumping section, Adage -slow controlled movements.
Bras bas -arms low
En avant -forwards (opposite tummy button)
En couronne -shaped like a crown
A la seconde -out to the side
Attitude -one arm above head and the other out to the side in seconde
Bras croisés -arms crossed, one arm in front of tummy, the other out to the side
Demi bras -half arms, presenting a bunch of flowers