Dedicated to excellence in the education and training of students and teachers of classical ballet.(CDA Preparatory replaces RAD Intermediate foundation & VL1 replaces RAD Advanced foundation)
CLASSICAL DANCE AUSTRALIA (CDA) was established in 2015 by JOHN BYRNE, one of Australia’s leading teachers of classical ballet. Since its inception, two syllabi have been produced: (1) The PREPARATORY SYLLABUS and (2) The VOCATIONAL LEVEL 1 syllabus. Both of these syllabi have incorporated the principles of the Vaganova system and they have been designed to serve the needs of the vocational student of today. Since 2015, over 600 teachers have attended courses in the work in Australia and in 8 other countries in Asia and Europe. The response to the work from the technical, artistic and musical points of view has been overwhelmingly positive. The aim of the syllabus is to establish a pure, elegant classical technique from the basis of strong technical and postural foundations and with equal emphasis on the development of musicality and artistry. The syllabi are suitable for all vocational students whether they have ultimate ambitions to go on to pre professional training or not. From 2017, examinations in the work have also been available. The examination format is a unique one in that it incorporates a teacher's mark based on the student's attendance, application and achievement over the course of study, thereby eliminating some of the pressure on examination day. Written reports are issued to all students and to all teachers who enter students.