About Mini Ballet in Irlam / Cadishead:

We love that we can bring ballet kids dance classes to Irlam / Cadishead. Our Ballet dance classes are currently for 4 to 6 year olds, but we intend to open further classes, so feel free to get in touch, even if your child is outside those age groups.

Ballet encourages self-discipline and self expression, developing listening skills, encouraging children to follow instruction, learning to work as an individual and in groups, developing  co-ordination, good posture, strength and suppleness. Ballet also provides a nurturing environment for the development of artistry and musical appreciation.

There are many ballet dance techniques to be learnt. Here are a few that our Irlam dance class learnt in their first month:

Ballet Tendus

Ballet Plies – First position

Ballet Plies – Second position

Bounce and Piquet



Walking on tip toes


Ballet Gear

The academy can order these on your behalf. You do not have to have these specific items, but a leotard, shoes and tights will be compulsory. If your child continues ballet after the trial, and doesn’t have ballet gear, then these items will be ordered on your behalf and added to the direct debit. Budget ballet gear: The total cost is £35.70, not including delivery for 3 years old and above – for 2 year olds: £40.32. (this will be the default gear that will be ordered) Exam ballet gear: The total cost is £49.20, not including delivery.

Budget Ballet Gear

Delivery: £2.95 UK Standard Tracked (3 – 5 Working Day lead time)

Ballet tights: £3.24

Ballet pink leotard (3 years old and above): £21.48

Ballet pink leotard (2 years old toddlers): 26.10


Ballet shoes: £10.98

Leotard sizes


Boy’s Uniform

Light blue Tshirt and dark blue shorts

Baby sizes:

1 to 14 years old:


Ballet Exam Gear

The ballet items we recommend for exams, are the RAD approved ones below. The total cost is £49.20, not including delivery.

Delivery: £2.95 UK Standard Tracked (3 – 5 Working Day lead time)

Ballet tights: £4.68

Ballet pink leotard: £30

Ballet shoes: £14.52

Ready for an exam?

Exams are NOT compulsory, but if you would like to enter one, there are costs to consider. There will be an exam entry fee, children doing an exam must have completed at least 40 hours in class at the level they want to do an exam for and specific exam outfits must be purchased.

Other elements to consider:

Readiness to take an exam is based on the teacher’s perception that the child is able to perform these exercises in a consistent and secure manner. Every child is different in their physical and emotional development. They need emotional maturity to be able to concentrate and do the repetitive practice required and they also need maturity of the motor system to achieve the coordination required. 

Exam Day

Normally only the candidates, the examiner and a pianist / music operator may be present during an exam.  Candidates should arrive in time to warm up, and be ready to begin at least 10 minutes before the scheduled start time.

Cancelling an exam

Candidates who become ill before or during the exam, whether or not they complete the exam, are eligible to apply for Special Consideration (see below). However, in this event they will forfeit the right to apply for a credit note or refund 

Notice of withdrawal of any candidate who cannot be present for an exam must be submitted as soon as the inability to attend is known, and certainly no later than the day of the exam, to the RAD office where the original entry was sent, with an explanation of the reason. If a candidate is unable to attend an exam due to circumstances beyond their control, such as illness, compassionate reasons e.g. family bereavement, serious adverse weather conditions, compensation may be sought, on the basis of evidence submitted, as detailed in the Fees section.


Wear the regulation RAD ballet uniform in either Pink or Aquamarine. Short sleeved (e.g. Chloe style) or skirted leotard, georgette wrap over skirt – colour to match leotard, pink / flesh coloured socks, pink / flesh coloured (to tone with socks) soft toe ballet shoes with elastic (satin or leather)

Presentation – general guidelines  

uniform should be clean and well-fitting  elastic or ribbons should be firmly sewn on shoes in the correct position and securely fastened before entering the studio  hair should be neatly and appropriately styled off the face and neck in order that the line of the head and neck is not obscured  glasses may be worn  jewellery must not be worn, unless required for religious or cultural reasons  where used, make-up and nail varnish should be light and kept to a minimum  candidates may wear arm or leg supports if necessary. These should be white or flesh coloured   Where worn, underwear should not be visible. 

Pre-Primary in Dance and Primary in Dance 

On successful completion of a course of study based on Pre-Primary in Dance and Primary in Dance, students, through participation and practice, will be able to:  articulate parts of the body, demonstrate awareness of positions of the body, perform with an awareness of space, demonstrate control and co-ordination, demonstrate elevation, demonstrate use of appropriate movement dynamics, respond to the elements of music, perform expressively, perform a sequence of simple steps to depict a story and confidently recall the settings.

RAD Pre Primary – Rec and Y1 – age 4-6 (Minis)

-first 2 years of ballet – 40 hours of learning required-

First year = Level 1 (classes are 30 minutes) / Second year = Level 2 and can learn Pre Primary exam (additional classes required to pass exam)

RAD Syllabus aims to develop motor movement and balance. Fun exercises and ballet music are used to train the children to articulate their feet, and gain control of various actions. Basic movement rhythms are introduced in hop, skips and gallops. 

Basic ballet technique: Turned out knee bend, Tendu position, Plies

Ballet positions: 1st position

Steps: Skipping, Jumping, Galloping

Exam content:

P10 – PP6: Bounce and Jump 

P14 – PP8: Picked-Up Galops 

P3 – PP2: Legs and Feet 

RAD PrePrimary Exam:

Pre -Primary / Primary Transition

Students begin to jump a lot more and are expected to be rhythmical and perform with lightness and stretch through the legs and feet. The exercises become longer and more aerobicly demanding, and the floor patterns much more complex as children are expected to travel with co-ordination and a good understanding of transfer of weight. 

Skills: Walking with stretched feet, Stretching the feet and legs with correct alignment and use of turnout, Hops, Jumps, Springs and Leaps

RAD Primary – Year 2 – age 6-7 – (little stars) 40 learning hours required

Exam content:

P26 – P2: Legs and Feet 

P28 – P3: Arms and Head – Music A 

P30 – P3: Arms and Head – Music B 

P32 – P4: Bend and Run 

P34 – P5: Bend and Point 

P36 – P6: Transfer of Weight 

P46 – P11: Galops and Skips 

P46 – P12: Run and Leap 

P52 – P14: Dressing-Up Dance

Primary Exam:

RAD Grade 1 – Year 2 – age 7+ – 40 learning hours required 

Spatial awareness of the placement of the limbs as well of the floor pattern is a new skill but controlling the turnout is the biggest and most difficult ask of all the techniques learned in this grade. It takes maturity of the body to get control of the turnout and some children are also starting to struggle with growing muscles. It is very important to give them the time to find their own path through.

Further grades

A candidate who has successfully completed a course of study based on Grades 1-5 will be able to: demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the fundamental and relevant technique required at Level 1 / Level 2  demonstrate co-ordination, control and accuracy in a range of sequences  perform with an awareness of line  perform with spatial awareness of the body in travelling movements and turning actions  demonstrate an awareness of the appropriate dynamic values in the performance of the vocabulary. 


Demi plié – half bend, Battement – beat, Tendus -stretch, En croix -in the shape of a cross, Grandes -large, Grandes battements en croix -l arge beats in the shape of a cross, Retire – draw up, Port de bras -carriage of the arms, Dégagé -disengage/point, Devant -front, Derriere -behind, A la seconde -to second, En avant -forwards, En arriere -backwards, De coté -sideways, Chasse -chase, Posé -step, Temps levé -hop, Petit -small/little, Jetés -throw, Petits jetés devant -little throws in front, Petits jetés derriere -little throws at the back, Saute -jump, Retiré saute en arriere -skips backwards, Changement -change, Allegro -brisk, lively. Jumping section, Adage -slow controlled movements.

Do you know your arm positions?

Bras bas -arms low

En avant -forwards (opposite tummy button)

En couronne -shaped like a crown

A la seconde -out to the side

Attitude -one arm above head and the other out to the side in seconde

Bras croisés -arms crossed, one arm in front of tummy, the other out to the side

Demi bras -half arms, presenting a bunch of flowers

Grade 1 Exam:

Music: perform with correct and accurate timing and appropriate response to the music. 

Performance: perform with expression and communication. 

In the exam, candidates will be assessed on their ability to:  perform a series of prepared ballet exercises which require the ability to demonstrate secure posture, correct weight placement, co-ordination of the whole body, control, line, spatial awareness and dynamic values  dance, throughout the examination, in time to the music and show responsiveness to the music  dance, throughout the examination, with expression and communication  perform two dances which require the candidate to demonstrate all the above aspects of technique, music and performance.