Once ready, our rising 5 year olds join our Primary Ballet Class. This is a structured 45 minute session, in which we introduce the Cecchetti Primary syllabus and we build upon the imaginative and improvisational exercises that the children have grown to love in the pre-school classes (Pre-school Ballet). Primary children are able to work towards their first ballet exam – the Cecchetti Classical Ballet Primary Class Examination and can take part in our annual shows.
At age 6 or 7, children progress to more formal syllabus classes where we work with them to develop technique, strength, flexibility and performing skills. From age 7 (and once they have achieved the appropriate standard) children are encouraged and supported to enter ISTD Cecchetti Classical Ballet Grade (individual) or Standard (whole class) examinations and they are encouraged to take part in all our performance opportunities.
ISTD Cecchetti Classical Ballet
There are several systems used for the training of dancers, the main ones are affiliated with professional examination boards. Importantly, these syllabi can only be taught by trained, professional teachers who have a thorough understanding of safe dance practice with regard to the physical and emotional development of children.
Penzance Ballet School teaches Cecchetti Classical Ballet, affiliated to the leading professional examination board, the ISTD (The Imperial Society for Teachers of Dance) and based directly on the world renowned Cecchetti Method. With a very clearly defined structure the method uses incremental progression to deliver fully rounded classical training within sound, safe dance practice.
Would you like your child to join a class at Penzance Ballet School?
Take a look at our Starter Class Guide to find which class is recommended for children of different ages starting ballet for the first time, then check our Timetable to find the class for you. For your next steps see our Child Registration Page.