Student Progression

Beginners (Age 3/4)

Imaginative themes form the basis of each lesson ranging from "A day at the Seaside" to "The Enchanted Castle". Accompanying music is carefully selected for its rhythmical quality in assisting dance moves and mime. Children are encouraged to participate fully and enthusiastically to develop muscle tone, co-ordination, balance, musicality, confidence and a joy of dance.

Pre-Primary in Dance (Age 4/5)

Imaginative themes are still used but the class is more structured and focuses on improving some of the physical skills introduced in Beginners.

Primary in Dance (Age 6/7)

The children work towards their first Royal Academy of Dance exam with structured exercises and dances aimed at developing good posture, co-ordination, control, expression, musicality, spatial awareness and confidence. They are assessed by an external examiner and awarded either bronze, silver or gold medal. Children and parents are encouraged to see the exams as a positive, confidence building exercise and within our school I am pleased to say that pupils have always enjoyed their exam experiences.

Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (Age 7 and above)

Within the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus a systematic and structured approach to Classical Ballet Technique, Contemporary Dance, and Character Dance is undertaken with an examination at each level. All the Grades have recently been updated by the Royal Academy of Dance resulting in the development of dancers who can move with grace, athleticism and dynamic performance skills. Pupils are delighted by the new syllabus.

Grade 8 Ballet

New for 2016. This will give senior students the opportunity to study for the highest grade in the RAD. It is a performace syllabus where students learn and perform 4 solos to show off their various dance styles.


Vocational Grades (Age 11 and above)

In Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced Foundation grades Classical Ballet technique is studied in more depth with the introduction of pointe work. Success in these exams is necessary for those who wish to undertake professional training and the exams also carry UCAS points which count towards university applications.

Adult Ballet (16+)

New for September 2016 this is for Beginners and those who danced as a child and want to revisit their memories.


Every two years Pointe the Way Ballet School presents a Summer Showcase at Solihull Arts Complex. All children in Grade One and above are included in the show (Beginners/Pre-Primary/Primary are not usually included). Each class performs two dances; one in the first half of the show and the other in the second half. A brand new costume is provided by the school which must be purchased by parents and which the children keep after the final performance. A professional DVD of the show is produced which may be purchased by parents. These have proved extremely popular with parents and children alike as it is a wonderful record of each child's progress and development throughout their time in the school.

Our next Summer Showcase will take place in 2018 with a matinee and evening performance.

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