Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet School

Welcome to Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet Training

Our Philosophy

Among the many ballet disciplines, Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet bases its training in the Royal Academy of Dance, the largest teaching organization in the world. This approach emphasizes a combination of correct anatomical placement and strong technique which allows for greater artistic freedom. The studio focuses on training bodies for a lifetime of dancing, free of the injuries that cut so many young dancers’ dreams short.

Internationally recognized most notably by Britain’s Royal Ballet Director Monica Mason… “the purity of her training with such great care and attention to detail was very impressive” … Artistic Director Pamela Hayes brings a wealth of knowledge to our community from a professional career spanning over 25 years.

What is Classical Ballet Training?

"Ballet, especially classical ballet, puts great emphasis on the method and execution of movement. A distinctive feature of ballet is the continuous outward rotation of the thighs from the hip, referred to as "turnout". The foundation of the dance consists of five basic positions, all performed with the turnout. Young dancers receive a rigorous education in their school's method of dance, which begins when they are young and ends with graduation from high school. Students are required to learn the names, meanings, and precise technique of each movement they learn. Emphasis is put on building strength mostly in the lower body, particularly the legs, and the core (also called the center or the abdominals) as a strong core is necessary for all movements in ballet, especially turns, and on developing flexibility and strong feet for dancing en pointe." - Wikipedia article on Classical Ballet.

"The style of ballet that forms the basis of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus has become recognised internationally as the English style of ballet. This style of ballet formed when the founders of the RAD merged their respective methods (Italian, French, Danish and Russian), to create a new method that would demand a high technical standard from students.

The most identifiable aspect of the RAD method is the attention to detail when learning the basic technique of ballet and the progression in difficulty is often very slow. Whilst the difficulty of an exercise may only increase slightly from grade to grade, more importance is placed on whether the student is performing the step with a greater degree of technique. For example, plie exercises follow an almost identical setting throughout the lower grades, however this is done to enable the student to steadily deepen the plie and improve the turnout. The principle behind this is that if enough time is spent achieving the maximum level of technique before introducing new vocabulary, the easier it is for the student to learn the harder steps, whilst working the basic technique to the maximum at all times." - Wikipedia article on Royal Academy of Dance