BALLET :: Ages 3+

Canadian School of Ballet offers world-class dance education in Kelowna. Ballet is based on techniques that have been developed over centuries and uses music and dance to tell stories. Ballet dancers have the ability to transport an audience to another world. At The Canadian School of Ballet in Kelowna, we teach and study The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus. RAD is a worldwide organization that governs ballet through a series of graded exams and is one of the world’s most influential dance education and training organizations.

Ballet serves as a backbone for many other styles of dance, as many other dance genres are based on ballet.

RAD ballet exams are a set of predefined steps, exercises, and dances that students learn and practice throughout the year. Each year, students register for these formal exams through the recommendation of their teacher. Typically, exams occur in the fall and in late spring.

Please note that students can advance to the next graded level without completing an RAD Ballet Exam.

Children who are in Grade 2 ballet and up, require a minimum of 2 classes each week in their designated exam level. It is important to note that RAD grade level does not necessarily correspond with academic grade level.

How old does my child need to be to register for ballet?

Dancers can start taking ballet at CSB at the age of 3. Dancers do not start taking ballet exams until they are in Grade 2 ballet.

What are the different RAD graded and vocational levels offered at CSB?

Graded Levels:

  • Primary Ballet: Ballet for ages 6+. This class is only 45 minutes and dancers start to learn the RAD syllabus. Dancers do not take exams at this level.
  • Grade 1 Ballet: Ballet for ages 7+. This class is 1 hour, once a week. Dancers will learn the RAD syllabus. Dancers do not take exams at this level.
  • Grade 2 – 5 Ballet: Dancers must take 2 ballet classes per week and can take their ballet exam with teacher recommendation.

Vocational Levels:

  • Intermediate Foundation Ballet: Dancers begin pointe work at this level with teacher recommendation.
  • Intermediate Ballet
  • Advanced 1 Ballet
  • Advanced 2 Ballet

Can my child move up to the next level without taking the exam?

Yes, your child does not need to take their ballet exam in order to move up to the next level.

If you have any more questions, please email us at


No: Jewellery

Mandatory: Hair in a bun.

  • 3-5 yrs: Pink Bodysuit (any style), tutu or skirt (optional), Pink Ballet Tights, Pink Leather Ballet Shoes.
  • Primary and Grade 1 Ballet: Pink Bodysuit (any style), skirts allowed, Pink Ballet Tights, Pink Leather Ballet Shoes.
  • Gr II Ballet – Gr V : Navy Blue Bodysuit, Pink Ballet Tights, Pink ballet shoes (Ballet shoes can be either: full sole or split sole leather OR split sole canvas), Character Shoes (Grade 2 & 3: Low Heel, Grade 4 & 5: cuban heel) & Character Skirt.
  • Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced 1, Advanced 2  – Black Bodysuit, Pink Ballet Tights, Canvas Ballet shoes.

Dance wear and shoes can be purchased at Dance Essentials (#8 – 1960 Springfield Rd)

White fitted t-shirt, black leggings or shorts, thin black socks and black ballet slippers (leather or canvas – can be full sole or split sole).

Dance shoes can be purchased at Dance Essentials (#8 – 1960 Springfield Rd)