High-Quality Dance Education at Shanghai City Ballet

By That's Shanghai, September 29, 2020

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Shanghai City Ballet was founded to bring high-quality dance education to students of all ages. Since opening its doors in 2013 with a single classroom school and a handful of students, it has now expanded to its current location on Changle Lu with three fully-equipped classrooms including sprung floors, changing area, waiting area, reception and private washroom.

From ages 2-4, Shanghai City Ballet offers PreDance programs designed to enable students to learn dance in a fun way. The goal of the program is to improve listening skills, coordination, cooperation, musicality and expose students to the structure of our class and curricula. They encourage their students to use their imaginations in a fun, safe, nurturing dance class that finds the balance between discipline, student exploration and self-expression. 

With an emphasis on creating a positive learning environment that encourages the development of a lifelong love of dance, these classes can contain up to 10 dancers and are divided into two sections: My First Steps & HipHop.  My First Steps is a ballet based program divided into three age groups: PreSteps (2yrs+); Steps 1 (3yrs+); and Steps 2 (4yrs+).  These classes are designed with a ballet base utilising a wide variety of music.  

HipHop is for dancers 3-5 and is designed in the same manner as the My First Steps classes, but uses the HipHop style of dance. PreSteps classes welcome parents inside the classroom to participate alongside their child. Steps 1, 2 and HipHop are independent learning with parents remaining outside the classroom. All ages are determined as of December 31. Fees are paid by term with a rate of RMB160 per class.


From ages 5 and up Shanghai City Ballet follows the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) curricula within their ballet classes. The RAD was established in 1920 and is one of the world’s most influential dance education and training organisations. With 13,000 members in 89 countries and offices in 36, the RAD has an incredible global network of passionate and skilled employees, teachers and members, including SCBs Director. 

SCB utilises the RAD syllabus as a framework to develop their dancers over our a 40 week school year. Each year the RAD’s renowned classical ballet examination syllabus is taught to thousands of young people worldwide, with around a quarter of a million pupils per year taking their examinations, including many of the students at SCB. The RAD’s examinations are recognised by Ofqual and contribute to UCAS points.

By making use of the RAD syllabus SCB can provide age-appropriate, safe and challenging ballet classes with a clear structure, progression and objective. The use of a globally practised and recognised syllabus also allows students who will relocate to continue their training seamlessly.  To accompany their RAD ballet program, SCB also offers Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) classes. PBT is an innovative body-conditioning and strengthening program. One of the important elements used in the PBT method is muscle memory that helps to improve students' understanding of core stability, weight placement and alignment.  

All classes at SCB are taught in English by foreign-trained instructors who have 10 or more years of teaching experience.  This team is lead by their studio director who holds a Masters Degree in Dance Education as well as membership with numerous dance teaching organizations including Royal Academy of Dance, Imperial Society of Dance Teachers and Progressing Ballet Technique.

For more information about Shanghai City Ballet’s classes please contact their admin via WeChat at SCB-Admin or scan the QR code on the flyer below:


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