The Richmond Academy of Dance - Celebrating 31 Years of Excellence

A photo from the Richmond Academy of Dance's Classical Ballet program.

Classical Ballet

Classical ballet is one of the core dance disciplines taught at the Academy. The Ballet Program is the Academy’s own carefully constructed system of training developed from the wealth of experience of expert teachers building on the strengths of the Vaganova, Cecchetti and Royal Academy of Dance Syllabi. Students are prepared for a career with the world’s top dance companies.

Dancers are accepted from three years old, where the focus is rhythm and coordination. A thorough grounding in their basics is developed in the younger years, including character dance and body conditioning.

The Academy’s Ballet Program offers General, Closed and Professional Divisions, including the Half-Day Programs. Each Division is developed to meet the goals of each individual dancer. The Royal Academy of Dance examinations are offered in all divisions from the Primary to the Solo Seal level.

The Professional Divisions are entered into by audition only. The course of study includes Experiential Anatomy, pointe, repertoire, pas de deux, body conditioning, Pilates, variations, and Men’s classes.

The Ballet Program strives to develop each dancer’s confidence, poise, motivation and self-discipline. The Program is unique in that it also includes intensive studies in modern, as well as opportunities to train in lyrical, contemporary, jazz, musical theatre, tap and voice. The Academy’s diverse dance disciplines allow Ballet Program dancers to create their own specialized programs based on their interests and strengths.

Graduates from the program continue to be the strongest classical and most well-rounded dancers possible. Our alumni dancing professionally in some of the world’s most respected companies are a testament to the results this program achieves both technically and artistically.