The Rose Academy Dance School Palmerston North

The Rose Academy


Classical Ballet

With pure lines, a graceful elegance, and a beautiful expressiveness, classical ballet has been captivating audiences since the 15th century. 

Ballet is still just as popular today with many young girls dreaming of becoming ballerinas. 

The core technique of ballet has been the foundation and beginnings for many of today's most loved dance forms,

such as jazz, lyrical and contemporary.


We use the International Dance Teachers' Association syllabus

Preparatory & Primary

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A wonderful introduction to moving to music, focusing on imagination and creativity,

while subtly developing the foundations for classical ballet technique.


We accept students into preparatory level from 3 years of age.

Must be 4 years old to sit Preparatory exam and 5 years old to sit Primary exam.

Medals tests are available from 3 years old as an exam alternative.


Preparatory 30 minute class | Primary 45 minute class

Grade One - Grade Five

These grades further develop the technical foundations of ballet while still ensuring creativity and musicality are enjoyed.

Grade five students will be introduced

to the excitement of pointe work. 


Students must be at least 7 years old to enter graded exams.


Grades One to Five 60 minute classes

From Grade Three onwards, students are encouraged to take an additional dance class per week. 

classical ballet tutu ballerina performance

Intermediate - Advanced Two

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Now training at vocational level students are developing their technique to a much higher level, as well as focusing on their artistry and performance skills. Pointe work is now an important component of all classes.


Students must be at least 13 years old to enter vocational ballet exams.


Vocational ballet classes are 90 minutes. 

Students at this level should be regularly taking at least 2 ballet classes and 1 other dance class per week.