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Margaret Flynn’s Junior Grades Syllabi & Exams

Syllabi – Margaret Flynn created this pre-ballet syllabus in 1969. It is designed for children aged 3 and up and helps to prepare young dancers for the Cecchetti and RAD grades work. There are 7 levels with examinations possible for all levels.

Courses, Sheet Music, & CD’s – There are annual teacher courses offered at the Edmonton School of Ballet to help prepare young and aspiring teachers to teach pre-ballet. Sheet Music and CD’s are available for purchase from the Edmonton School of Ballet.

**For more information about the syllabi, courses, or music, please contact the Edmonton School of Ballet.

Ballet Progressions Syllabi & Exams

Syllabi – Margaret Flynn created this program in 2003. It is designed for children who are interested in recreational dance classes. It is also ideal for dancers with physical limitations.

Courses, Sheet Music, & CD’s – This syllabus is still currently under construction. Please refer to this document for an explanation of the names of the levels.

**For more information about the syllabi, courses, or music, please contact the Edmonton School of Ballet.

Cecchetti & RAD Syllabi & International Exams

Students training in the Preparatory Program at the Edmonton School of Ballet prepare for syllabus examinations in the Cecchetti and RAD methods of Ballet. Examinations are held annually and students are selected for entry on an individual basis. Placement for examinations is at the discretion of the teacher and Artistic Director. International exams require a very high standard of achievement; therefore, not all students will qualify for the professional examinations. Exams are a privilege that must be earned.

Students must attend exam tryouts to be selected for examinations. Cecchetti Grades 1 to 6 tryouts are usually held on a Sunday in February. Tryouts for major examinations in Cecchetti are also held in February. Examinations for both Grades and Majors are typically held in June and scheduled by the Cecchetti Society.

RAD exam tryouts are usually held on a Sunday in late November or early December. Students in Grades 1 through Advanced will be prepared for their Royal Academy of Dancing (RAD) examinations, usually in the spring session.

Exam fees are not included in student fees. Notices will be given to students regarding amounts and deadlines. If a student is entered for an examination, but is subsequently pulled from the exam, the fee is forfeited and is non-refundable according to the International Societies that run examinations. In some instances, students with a medical certificate verifying injury may receive a partial refund applied towards their next examination.

Non-Syllabus

There are several classes available for dancers that are not exam or syllabus based. These Non-Syllabus classes allow dancers to study and grow in new and different areas, including learning new work quickly and accurately. It also allows teachers to focus on areas of technical weakness in a class in a different way than in syllabus class.

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All dancers studying ballet at the Edmonton School of Ballet (except those who begin in January classes) will perform at the Annual Spring Show. Most of the younger students will learn their choreography in class time; however, older students and students in the ESB Preparatory Program will have an additional class for choreography. These Variations/Preparatory classes will be used to learn choreography for the Spring Show and other performances, as well as for festivals and competitions (where appropriate.) As well, all students will be required to attend some extra rehearsals for the Spring Show Performance.

Pre-Pointe/Pointe

When young dancers achieve a certain level of technique and are at an appropriate level in their physical development, they may add Pre-Pointe or Pointe classes to their schedule. Students hoping to achieve an Intermediate or higher Cecchetti or RAD exam will be examined on their pointe work as well as their regular ballet technique.

Character/National/Flamenco

Classes in Character Dance, National Dance, and Flamenco are offered at the Edmonton School of Ballet. All students studying the RAD grades will study Character Dance in their regular ballet classes or as an addition class to their RAD syllabus class. Flamenco classes are also. These dancers may learn choreography for performance or competition.

Jazz

Jazz classes are offered for students from the age of 7 or from Junior 2 and up. Students studying jazz will perform in the Contemporary Show each May and may also perform in competitions or festivals (where appropriate.)

Lyrical

Lyrical classes and choreography are added to the schedule/classes of more experienced jazz dancers. Choreography will be performed in the Contemporary Show each May and may also be performed in competitions or festivals (where appropriate.)

Modern

Modern classes are offered to all students in the Edmonton School of Ballet who are at a Cecchetti/RAD Grade 3 level and higher. Students studying modern will perform in the Contemporary Show each May and may also perform in competitions or festivals (where appropriate.)

Tap

Tap classes are offered to students from the age of 6 or from Junior 1 and up. Al Gilbert Syllabi & Exams are offered at the discretion of the teacher and the Artistic Director to those students who are old enough and technically strong enough. Students studying tap will perform in the Contemporary Show each May and may also perform in competitions or festivals (where appropriate.)

Hip Hop

A full range of Hip Hop classes are offered. Students studying hip hop will perform in the Contemporary Show each May and may also perform in competitions or festivals (where appropriate.)