Classical Ballet – Royal Academy of Dance

Classical Ballet is exciting, demanding and inspiring.  For ballet to retain

its vigour it is vital to have professional classical ballet teachers, equipped with internationally recognised qualifications, imparting their knowledge and love of dance to future generations.

The safe and correct training for your child is one of our major concerns, which is why the RAD Grade Syllabus has been devised with great care.  It progresses a child in stages, demanding no more of a young body than it can easily cope with.

Not only is this syllabus great fun for children to dance, it also helps develop co-ordination, fitness, a sense of rhythm, musicality and expression, as well as promoting self-discipline and boosting confidence.

Please see our Uniform page for what students should wear to class.


Ballet is no more competitive than any other activity, and our examinations are simply setting goals towards which children can work.  For the students, examinations offer a challenge and a great sense of achievement; for the parents, they give an indication of their child’s progress and for the teacher, they present proof of their expertise and professionalism.  For the Academy, they are a means of upholding and improving the standards of dance training throughout the world.  Students must be able to show a basic understanding of the principals of movement and the fundamentals of classical ballet at their current level of study to be entered by the teacher for an examination.


The Royal Academy of Dance recently introduced the assessment.  The assessment is available to those students who for various reasons and at a particular time may not be able to cope with the formal examination requirements.  For these students, assessments offer programs of work which can be matched to their physical ability or pace of learning, leading to a sense of achievement and self esteem, which can equal that of those passing examinations.

Pre-School Dance Curriculum (Kinder Ballet & Toddler Ballet)

In 2013, the Kinder Ballet syllabus will be based on the Pre-School Dance Curriculum recently developed by the Royal Academy of Dance.  This approach emphasises enjoyment and expression through dance.

Graded Syllabus

Younger students begin with the graded syllabus, which is great fun to dance.

  • Pre-Primary
  • Primary
  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5

Older students who wish to study dance purely for pleasure can continue to follow the Academy’s graded syllabus; Grade 6 – Grade 7 – Grade 8.

Vocational Graded Syllabus

Alternatively, students over the age of 11 who wish to study ballet more seriously, possibly with a view to pursuing a career in dance or dance teaching, may follow the Academy’s Major syllabus.  It develops technique, strength and artistry to the very highest levels, producing dancers who can then adapt with ease to the demands of any dance style.

  • Intermediate Foundation
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced Foundation
  • Advanced 1
  • Advanced 2

The following classical ballet levels will be offered in 2017

  • Kinder Ballet (½ hour/week)
  • Pre-Primary Ballet (1 hour/week)
  • Primary Ballet (1 hour/week)
  • Grade 1 to 4 Ballet (2 x 1 hour/week)
  • Grade 5 Ballet (3 x 1 hour/week)
  • Grade 6 to 8 Ballet (3 x 1 hour/week)
  • Intermediate Foundation (4 ½ hours/week)
  • Intermediate (4 ½ hours/week)
  • Advanced Foundation (4 ½ hours/week)
  • Advanced 1 and 2 (4 ½ hours/week)

PLEASE NOTE: Grade students are to arrive at least 5 minutes before the commencement of their lesson and are to be collected immediately after. Major students are to arrive ½ hour before class to allow sufficient time for warm up.

Grade 5 students and above are expected to attend a class of a higher level as often as possible.  This is compulsory for all major students.  No additional fees will be charged for these extra lessons.


Our Funk classes at Mount Isa School of Dance are a fusion of the technical fundamentals contained in a traditional jazz class along with more upbeat commercial elements in the funk choreography. Our Funk classes enable students to develop a high level of proficiency in performance ability as they can often present a fusion of sub-styles including traditional jazz, contemporary dance, funk, hip hop, theatrical and musical theatre.

Students enrolled in these classes will have the the opportunity to learn great dance moves, develop a funky performance style, increase technique and boost confidence.

Choreography varies with routines that you would expect to see in many video clips. With a friendly, positive energy – students will be inspired, get an awesome workout and learn some cool moves!

Please see our Uniform page for what students should wear to class.

Tap Classes

Mount Isa School of Dance offers CSTD Tap Classes and exams.

The following Tap levels will be offered in 2017

  • Kinder tap- 4 & 5 years (30 minutes/week)Tap
  • Beginner Tap- 6 years (45 minutes/week)
  • Junior Tap -7 years (45 minutes/week)
  • Tap 1 to Tap 7 (1 hour /week)
  • Advanced Silver Tap (1 hour/week)
  • Adult Tap (1 hour/week)

CSTD have created a new tap syllabus which is being released this year to accompany the release of the new jazz syllabus last year. The syllabus is a complete tap training program containing a variety of barre, centre, turns, time steps, street tap exercises and dances.

Examinations for tap in 2017 will be offered from Tap 1 (9 years) through to Advanced Silver Tap.

Please see our Uniform page for what students should wear to class.

Contemporary Classes

Contemporary dance places a heavy emphasis on the connection between mind and body, with dancers being encouraged to explore their emotions through dances that push against traditional boundaries.

A Contemporary dance class can often fuse multiple dance disciplines together. You could find yourself dancing a routine that has elements of African dance, Tango, Salsa, Jazz, Ballet and so on.

The beauty of it is that it allows a freer dance, which can be initiated by music or by an internal theme or inspiration. During the contemporary dance classes, students will concentrate on modern dance techniques fused with improvisation, whilst learning the importance of core strength to enhance their performance.

Pointe Class

Pointe class is for classical ballet students who are currently doing levels Intermediate Foundation to Advanced 2.  These classes are mandatory for those students who are preparing for an examination as they cover both the pointe exercises included in the examination syllabus as well as the exercises that an examiner may ask of students on exam day without their prior knowledge.