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What is certified ballet?

Rhythmus Happyfeet is affiliated to Ballet Manila and offers certification in ballet from Ballet Manila. Ballet Manila is a 20year old ballet arts performing academy in the Philippines. After completion of the final examinations, which will be accessed by Ballet Manila faculty , the kids would be awarded certificates. Scholarships will be awarded to talented students to attend the summer intensive program in Ballet Manila, Philippines.

Will my daughter get certified after joining the class and when?

Our term typically starts from Feb to Jan. If a student joins at anywhere from Feb to March will be eligible for the examinations. At the end of the term, i.e in the month of January, we conduct examinations which will be accessed by Ballet Manila faculty from the Philippines. After completion of these examinations, the student gets certified in the Vaganova Ballet method.

For how many years does one have to learn ballet?

Ballet is an intensive and a very technical form of dancing which needs years of practice. To master this form of dancing, it depends totally on various factors like child’s interest, regular practice, being able to take corrections and apply them in class. It typically take 5 to 6 years to get to a good level of dancing.

Why dont we teach children of age 3 to 5?

A structured ballet class which includes barre work, center work , adagio and allegro movements start at the age of 7yrs as kids can follow these movements at this age as their gross motor skills are developed by now.

Few reasons, why we don’t start pre ballet at age 3.

  1. If we start pre ballet at the age of 3yrs, the gap from 3yrs to 7yrs of age is too much for a child to keep doing the same class for 4 years. Some kids leave ballet after they reach 7years since they get bored doing the same thing. Infact, at age 7 is when a proper structured class starts.

  2. At age 3, kids are more curious. They love to explore and move around as much as possible. We don’t want to limit that. Instead we conduct ‘creative movement’ classes which is suitable for this age group. Creative movement is all about exploring various movements through the body. We play age appropriate music and songs that kids relate to. Songs that speak about going to granny’s farm, story of 3 best friends –jumping jack joe & jane.

Ballet for this age is a little technical and puts them in a box.

Are there any levels for ballet?

We have 8 levels in our ballet certification exams. Preparatory is the starting level , level 1 and so on.

What method of ballet do you teach ?

BBC educates kids in the Vaganova ballet method.

What’s the average time that a child takes to learn ballet?

Ballet is an intensive and a very technical form of dancing which needs years of practice. To master this form of dancing, it depends totally on various factors like child’s interest, regular practice, being able to take corrections and apply them in class. It typically takes 5 to 6 years to get to a good level of dancing.

My child has never done ballet but she’s 7. Why can’t she start with pre ballet?

Pre- Ballet is typically for age 4 to 7yrs of age. The focus of this class is basic arms and feet position, flexibility and strength.
At age 8, your child is ready for certified ballet classes, where she can take more instructions and follow a more structured class which include barre work, center, adagio and allegro movements. Unless the timings do not suit your child, we would not want to limit his/ her potential to do more.

What is the focus of Pre- Ballet classes?

In Pre ballet classes (4 - 7yrs), our focus is a lot on flexibility. Opening the child’s box splits, back arch, hip rotators. We also work on basic ballet arms and feet position, posture, basic ballet movements. This class is more about developing the love for ballet and therefore we teach routines on cute fairy and princess songs.