Class Information

Tiny Tots - Pre School Ballet (3-4 years)

A 30 minute class once a week.

Using varied types of music, movement & imagination, children are introduced to ballet in a fun & relaxed atmosphere. Props & dress ups are included to add to the magic.

Budding Ballerinas - Pre School Ballet (4-5 years)

A 30 minute class once a week.

This class builds on the skills learnt in the Tiny Tots Pre School class, encourages creativity & confidence in dance  & prepares children for the following level: Pre Primary in Dance.

Pre Primary in Dance (5 years before September 1st)

A 45 minute class once a week.

Students are introduced to the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Syllabus & have the opportunity to participate in a Presentation Award in Term Four. Pre Primary in Dance builds on the skills learnt in the Budding Ballerinas class as well as introducing new & exciting steps. A Magical Mime sequence is included & is a favourite amongst the students.

Primary in Dance (6 years before September 1st)

An hour class once a week to prepare students for their first ballet exam. Primary in Dance involes short exercises performed in pairs as well as building up to their first structured dance. Musicality, imagination, expression as well as the basic principles of ballet are nurtured in this level.

Grade One (7 years before September 1st)

An hour class once a week see students introduced to Character Dance. The strength learnt in the Character steps complements their classical work. Students learn two dances for their exam which are performed solo for the first time.

Grade Two (8 years before September 1st)

An hour lesson twice a week is required to prepare students for the skills required for Grade Two. Students begin Barre work & develop the steps learnt in the previous levels. A real sense of progression begins to emerge as students are well on their way to learning the foundation steps of Classical Ballet.

Grade Three - Five

An hour lesson twice a week enables students to prepare for their graded exam. The grade work becomes increasingly difficult including more complex steps & exercises to ensure that students are challenged whilst being encouraged to develop their technique & artistry.


Vocational Levels - Intermediate Foundation - Advanced 2


The Vocational Syllabus provides an
in-depth study of ballet, developing students’ technique, music and performance skills and introduces pointe work for female candidates. This highly-focused and practical training prepares students for a dance, or dance-related, career. The syllabi are appropriate for students from the age of 11 years. Students wishing to study for Vocational Graded examinations should have the maturity and technical aptitude for demanding study.

Discovering Repertoire

An hour lesson twice a week.

Discovering Repertoire is a classical ballet performance programme, an innovative new concept in training and assessment from the RAD. Uniquely, the programme includes well-known classical repertoire, meaning students will learn and dance choreography that they have seen on stage, set to music that they know and love.

Over the course of the three levels, students will study variations from; Coppélia, Giselle, Paquita, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker & Swan Lake.

The programme is based on modular assessment, to enable students to learn at their own pace. Each level is made up of three units: Class – Which includes Barre & Centre, Variation 1 - development exercises and Variation 1 & Variation 2 - development exercises and Variation 2.

To promote a sense of achievement and progression, students will be awarded a certificate for completing each unit, while those successfully completing all three units will achieve a qualification at the corresponding level. Female students have the option whether or not to dance en pointe, giving greater flexibility in how the work is approached and executed.

General Information

Term lengths will generally follow Primary School terms.

No lessons will be held on Public Holidays

Students are strongly encouraged to enter the Royal Academy of Dance graded exams (held in the fourth term)

Pre-Primary to Grade One attend one class per week with additional lessons closer to the exam date.

Grade Two & above attend two classes per week.

Private lessons are available on a regular basis for selected students interested in entering Ballet competitions.


 Phone: 021 1389049             Email: g.hofsteede@gmail.com              Address: 223 High Street, Lower Hutt