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NTBS Senior School Training

The training offered at the NTBS for senior school students


The NTBS prides itself in offering first class training to all our students delivered by some of Australia’s top dance educators. The majority of the NTBS staff are former principal dancers of Ballet companies from around the world that include The Australian Ballet – English National Ballet – London City Ballet – The Royal


The NTBS believe that the foundation of producing dancers of excellence is to provide a training programme based on structure, discipline and the progressive extension of skills.

To this end, the NTBS chooses to teach the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus (RAD); the world’s most influential examining body for Classical Ballet. Alongside of teaching the RAD syllabus, the NTBS also offers regular Open Classes to both our Senior students and our Junior students when they are of an appropriate maturity.

Open Classes take the steps and technique learnt in syllabus lessons but apply them in a setting where the exercises are choreographed specifically for that class. In this way, the students are given the best of both worlds – syllabus work to calmly extend technical skills with exercises they know and repeat routinely over the year, coupled with open exercises that require quick thinking, immediate response and discovery.

Our Senior School is based on The Royal Academy of Dance syllabus with vocational graded examinations available for all students with the required technical skills to further their training and acquire higher qualifications. Exams are optional and a personal decision.

Our Senior School also offers Open Classical Classes which are not syllabus based but designed to extend each student both technically and artistically and enable them to think and perform beyond the structure of a set syllabus.

Intermediate students and above should attend the Senior Open both on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.

Senior students can also enrol in Senior Jazz, Senior Tap and Contemporary.

Senior School Curriculum

Royal Academy of Dance (RAD)Syllabus

Intermediate Foundation – (11 – 14 years)

Intermediate – (12 years plus)

Advanced 1 – (14 years plus)

Advanced 2 – (15 years plus)

Solo Seal – (must hold Advanced 2)