Frequently asked questions

Which syllabus does the school follow?
Classical ballet: The Royal Academy of Dance
Tap: Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance
Theatre/choregraphic/junior associate classes draw on Miss Winmill’s extensive professional teaching training.

Why are qualifications important for a dance teacher?
Today, there are many ballet classes on offer for a wide range of abilities of student. Even gyms offer ballet barre fitness classes. However the standard of teaching also varies significantly. By having qualified teachers, you can be assured that you or your child will be trained by professionals who work to develop dancing ability in a structured and safe manner.

Does my child need to take dance examinations?
No. However, children who are looking to audition for junior associate programmes or vocationals schools are encouraged to take examinations as this is helpful for assessment panels. Graded and vocational graded examinations in dance at RQF Level 3 are allocated points on the UCAS tariff. This means that candidates who have achieved a pass or higher in Grades 6, 7, 8, Intermediate or Advanced Foundation, can use their RAD exam result towards their points tariff when applying to a relevant course at a university or higher education in the UK.

What is the ideal age to begin?
Ideally, children are suited to start ballet from the age of 3.

How do I know if a class is suitable for my child?
We encourage all potential students and parents to watch a class and this can be followed up with a conversation with Miss Winmill who will advise you on availability and suitability of classes.

What do I need to consider for my child if they thinking of a career in dance?
Professional dancers usually start their careers at the age of 18. This means that they need to put in significant and dedicated time to practising their art from an early age (ideally no later than 8 or 9 years old). Please contact Miss Winmill directly to discuss your child’s dance potential.