Examination Categories

Levels Primary to Four

Levels Primary to Four introduces the beginner to the joy of dance. The fundamental principles of ballet technique are established in these important years. Musical comprehension, mime and improvisation are vital components in the development of movement and expression in the young student.

These levels are open to students from five to 14 years of age. This broad age range welcomes the late-starter to ballet and the examination process. The set exercises in these levels are readily achievable for the average child.

Levels Five to Eight

Levels Five to Eight, for students aged nine to 18 years of age, expands on the basic fundamentals of the lower levels. Students are challenged by the introduction of more complex adage, allegro and turning movements in preparation for advancement to the major levels. Again the broad age range welcomes students of varied experiences to the exam process.

From Level Five onward teachers are required to choreograph all examination classes from the list of technical elements. In all levels teachers are given numerous options and choices in the presentation of syllabus elements.

Major Levels – Pre-Elementary to Pre-Professional

These levels are for the serious dance student, who is potentially career oriented. These examinations are available to students aged 13 years and over. The major levels focus on the development of performing artistry and virtuosity. Two hallmarks of the Russian style, expressive coordination of port de bras and powerful allegro are emphasised. Extensive pointe work for female students is also included.

Teaching Certification

To enter students for dancer examinations teachers must first obtain certification from the Society of Russian Ballet. The Society offers five levels of Teacher’s examination and certification. For further information about teacher certification please see the Membership page of the website.

Ballet is a complex and technically challenging art form. Sending your child to a qualified ballet teacher is important to their health and safety. Our members are provided with opportunities for professional development that incorporates up to date information and scientific practices in kinesiology and dance pedagogy. Our syllabus has been carefully developed to ensure a steady, careful technical and artistic progression from one level to the next.