Classical ballet is the corner-stone of Terry Simpson Studios' dance training
We teach the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus for learning classwork and vocational examinations.
Junior School Ballet classes start with Recreation and Pre-Primary.
Primary and Grades One, Two, Three and Four - Students from Primary and upwards can participate in Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) examinations.
Pre-Primary - This class is designed for 5-6 year olds and is an introduction for very young students to ballet and examinations
Primary - For ages 6-7 years. The Primary Grade is where the real training begins with students developing the strength, posture and turnout required for future Grades and character dances.
Grade One, Two, Three, Four - Students in these grades are now building on their technique and vocabulary of dance steps. The continuation of National Character in these grades is very much enjoyed by the students and gives them the opportunity to study styles from various countries.
Primary, Grade One, Two, Three & Four students wishing to undertake examinations will be required to attend all specified exam classes per week.
There is a holiday workshop for students from Pre-Primary and upwards in preparation for the examinations and attendance at these workshops are mandatory.
Junior Ballet classes are held throughout the week and on Saturdays and are at held at our Mitcham Studios.
Middle (Grade 5, 6, 7, 8) and Senior School (Intermediate Foundation and above)
These ballet classes include Grade 5, 6, 7 and 8 and Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced Foundation, Advanced 1 and Advanced 2. Pointe work now begins and creative development is nurtured.
Middle and Senior students undertaking examinations will be required to complete all classes in their respective levels.
These grades and vocational examinations are for students who wish to develop their strength, technique and artistry to the highest levels.
Classes are held throughout the week and on Saturdays at either Mitcham or our City Studios.
There is also a holiday workshop for students from Grade 5 and upwards in preparation for the examinations and attendance at these is mandatory.
Holiday schools are held at other times with renowned guest teachers and attendance and these are recommended.
Vocational Graded classes concluding with Solo Seal are designed for students wishing to fulfil a career in classical ballet.
Training is intensive and requires a high level of commitment.
All students have the opportunity to participate in the annual performance
“I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to to dance better than myself.” - Mikhail Baryshnikov
Our students have received countless RAD accolades & awards for excellence including the Genee International Ballet Competition,
RAD Awards for South Australia, Graded & Vocational examinations &.Bursary.
Terry Simpson Studios’ Vocational Coaching Programme is designed for the serious student wishing to build a career in professional dance, choreography, dance teaching and allied dance fields.
The Programme runs 5 days a week involving around 30 studio hours, and aims to increase, improve, and refine technique, strength, knowledge and presentation.
Students have access to all studio classes, as well as Private Coaching, helping to build not only stronger technicians and dancers, but also well rounded and intelligent artists.
Our expert faculty offers daily training and coaching in classical ballet, contemporary dance, pas de deux, pointe work, choreography, male technique, production, artistic coaching, repertoire & body conditioning/pilates.
The Programme is as much about technique and discipline as it is about body conditioning and wellbeing.
Programmes are tailored to suit the individual needs and aspirations of each student and are arranged on either a Full-time or Part-Time basis.
Arrangements have been made with selected Secondary Schools for students to complete their academic studies, in conjunction with attending this Programme.