"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has it's own reason for existing" - Albert Einstein
It's the start of 2019, and of course the commencement of extra murals! Whether your child is already currently enrolled in ballet classes or you are contemplating dance for them this year, you're bound to have a number of questions you need answered.
We've put together a comprehensive FAQ's list, and PART ONE relates to young ones from age 3 years and up.
Q: At what age can my child begin ballet?
A: Firstpointe offers ballet and dance classes for children aged 3+.
Q: What are the benefits of ballet for my child?
A: Ballet is the foundation for all other dance forms, and the good news is that children can start ballet from as young as 3 years old. It is however, imperative that your child attends an accredited dance school which has qualified teachers, as safety in the studio and the safety of young students is always then the top priority.
The benefits of ballet include:
- Coordination, balance and control of their bodies both in motion and moments of stillness
- Dance and specifically ballet is a great form of exercise, keeping young child active and healthy
- Body awareness, improved posture, core activation, muscular development and strength, greater range of motion, increased flexibility, improved endurance and stamina are but some of the physical benefits of ballet
- Children build confidence, and become familiar with performing alone as well as in groups
- Child learn a sense of selfcontrol, discipline and develop better listening skills
- The emotional benefits of ballet include enhanced selfesteem, a sense of pride and achievement. Ballet can help shy ones overcome their sense of insecurity or fear
- Ballet helps nurture team work, and builds communication and trust
- Ballet is integral to the advancement of sensory awareness and cognizance including memory, attention and learning through the combination of music, movement and performance.
- Ballet serves as the foundation for other dance forms as well as sports and other wellness activities.
Q: Which style of ballet does Firstpointe offer?
A: Firstpointe offers Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) ballet classes. The RAD is an internationally recognized organization, their headquarters situated in London, UK. The various syllabi are internationally accredited and the same throughout the world. Other dance styles offered in South Africa include Checcetti, DASA, Vaganova and AIDT.
Q: Are the teachers at Firstpointe qualified ballet teachers?
A: Yes, Firstpointe's teachers have their internationally accredited Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS) through the Royal Academy of Dance. All teachers possess a police clearance certificate and have to meet, on an annual basis, the required RAD CPD (Continuing Professional Development) points in order to maintain their registered teaching status and qualification.
Q: What uniform is needed for ballet classes?
A: Firstpointe’s junior and senior school wear the following uniforms for classes and examinations:
- TutuTots | Pre-Primary in Dance | Primary in Dance:
Ballet pink thick strap leotard, pink tights (pink ballet socks for class) pink full sole leather ballet shoes with elastic straps, pink georgette wrap skirt, hair in a bun (compulsory for examinations) or plait (only for class)
*Optional: pink ballet jersey for winter.
- Grades One – Three:
Lilac thick strap leotard, pink tights (pink balletsocks for class), pink full sole leather ballet shoes with elastic straps, hair in a bun (compulsory for examinations) or plait (only for class)
Black Character skirt with clasp or button avoiding velcro (Must have 1 x lilac ribbon, the remainder of ribbons your choice of colour) and low-heeledblack character shoes with pink elastic strap. *Please note: Grade 3 candidates have the option of either low-heeled black character shoes or Cuban-heeled black character shoes.
*Optional: pink or black ballet jersey for winter.
- Grades Four and Five:
Cerise pink thick strap leotard, pink tights, pink full sole leather ballet shoes with elastic straps, hair in a bun (compulsory for both weekly classes and examinations).
Black Character skirt with clasp or button avoiding velcro (Must have 1 x lilac ribbon, the remainder of ribbons your choice of colour) and Cuban-heeledblack character shoes with pink elastic strap.
*Optional: pink or black ballet jersey for winter.
- Intermediate Foundation | Intermediate |Advanced Foundation | Advanced One & Two:
Black or Navy leotard of any style, pink tights, pink full sole canvas delco/soft pointeballet shoes with satin ribbons, hair in a bun (compulsory for both weekly classes and examinations).
Pink satin pointe shoes with pink satin ribbon.
Q: Where can I purchase the required ballet uniform in Johannesburg?
A: Below is a list of local dance shops where you can obtain your neccessary dance items:
- Shaftesbury Avenue: 13 Wessel Road, Edenburg, Rivonia
- Workshop 90: 1st Floor Morning Glen Shopping Centre, corner Kelvin Dr and Bowling Avenue, Morningside
- That’s Dancing: Kingfisher Shopping Centre, Kingfisher Drive, Fourways
- Dance Boutique: 26 Bradford Road, Bedfordview
- Ballet Barre: 81 George Storrar Drive, Groenkloof, Pretoria
Q: How do I enrol my child for classes at Firstpointe?
A: Contact Talia Scott-Parkin directly for all enquiries. E-mail [email protected] with your child's date of birth and your relevant contact details and you will receive the class details pertaining to your child and space availability.
Well that wraps up our FAQ's part one. PART TWO will focus on adult ballet.
I hope we've answered a few of your most pressing questions!
Yours in dance,
Teacher Talia xoxo