CSB runs the children’s program of study in two semesters of 18 weeks each. A student may begin pre-ballet classes after reaching his/her 4th birthday.
The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) graded program begins with two pre-ballet classes followed by 8 graded levels. Both age and accomplishment contribute to the teachers’ placement suggestions. Students in the upper grades may also elect to participate in RAD’s pre-professional (Vocational) syllabus which consists of an additional 6 levels.
The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus is taught in all of our children/teen classes. With its headquarters in London, England, and a presence in 79 countries, more than a quarter of a million students worldwide are taught using this teaching system. The Community School of Ballet is an approved center to host the Children's and Vocational RAD examinations. and the examinations are designed to encourage, motivate and reward students of all ages and abilities. The syllabus outlines a progressive structure for learning and achievement in dance.
Please visit the Royal Academy of Dance website (radusa.org) for information on the syllabus, training and examinations.
The adult program of study consists of ‘sessions’, which run nearly year round. Fall and Winter sessions run for 15 weeks each, and Spring/ Summer run 7-8 weeks each.
The open classes for adult students are taught based on the training received by the instructors during their professional careers. Both John and Camilla received primarily Russian training but both had influence from teachers the Cecchetti style including Camilla's teacher in Paris, Olga Preobrajenskaya , and John's teacher in New York City, Vincenzo Celli. Alexandra trained and completed RAD vocational examinations both under Camilla and with teachers at the National Academy of Arts (Champaign IL). She also studied with Russian teachers in New York City and Cecchetti teachers while with New York Theatre Ballet (NYC).