Students tested in classical ballet

The Coast Academy of Dance (CAD) recently entered students from Grade 1 through to Advanced 2 for examinations in Imperial Classical Ballet, a faculty of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) based in London, England.

There is a very enthusiastic group of young students at CAD this year (seven to nine years old) so the time seemed right to offer them the chance to dance their Grade 1 exam.

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Most of the students in higher grades have taken ballet exams previously, so are more experienced. Brontë Hansen danced the Advanced 2 exam, the highest level offered for dancers in Imperial Classical Ballet. After this level, a dancer is ready to audition for more professional training or employment with dance companies.

The ISTD is one of the world’s leading international dance examination boards. In 1913, the first written syllabus for Imperial Classical Ballet was based on the French School at the Paris Opéra. Since then the syllabus has evolved to promote the English classical style of ballet and to address the changing needs of ballet dancers today. 

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