• Ballet

  • The roots of Imperial Classical Ballet stem from the early days of the ISTD and the first written syllabus in 1913 which was based on the teaching of the French School from the Paris Opéra.

    The syllabus has now evolved to promote the English classical style and address the changing needs of Ballet dancers today.

    The aims..

    The aim of Imperial Classical Ballet is to increase the standard and appreciation of Classical Ballet, both in performance and in teaching. Founded over fifty years ago, this Faculty continues to exert a strong influence in the international promotion of the English classical style

    The syllabus

    The syllabi were originally compiled by a committee of well-known and established teachers. Nowadays they are regularly reviewed, thus ensuring that they continue to provide the strong foundation for today's ever advancing technical standards. The use of the Imperial Classical Ballet syllabi gives the teacher guidance in correct and safe teaching methods for all age groups and at all levels from beginner to professional. Children and students are encouraged to acquire a sound basic technique combined with an understanding of co-ordination and musical interpretation which are the essentials of a pure classical training. Numerous outstanding teachers, and classical dancers in major international ballet companies, have been wholly trained within the Imperial Classical Ballet syllabi. More details about I.S.T.D. ballet can be found at the their website http://www.istd.org/imperial-classical-ballet/