Ballet Syllabus

Due to the many requests we have received from schools over the past four years, we have extended our current syllabus to include The DM™ BALLERINA / BALLERINO syllabus in 2014. In 2016 we decided to develop the content all the way up to Advanced level. For this reason we have revised the syllabus thus far and decided to add an extra two levels to the primary school levels to balance the progression of the work. Their work will still be at the age appropriate level, it is just the title of the level that has changed.

The levels will progress as follows:
Module 1: Level 000, 00 and Level 0. – Dance Mouse Ballerina (for girls) & Dance Mouse Ballerino (for boys)
Module 2: Primary Level, Pre – Level 1, Level 1, 2 & Level 3. – Dance Mignon Ballerina & Dance Minion Ballerino
Module 3: Level 4, 5, 6 & Level 7. – Dance M’mselle Ballerina & Dance M’sieur Ballerino
Module 4: Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced Level. – Dance Madam Ballerina & Dance Maestro Ballerino


The Pre – School (Module 1) Syllabus was choreographed by Tamra Cawood/ De Beer who completed her RAD Ballet to Intermediate. She also finished IDTA Modern Advanced & Tap with Distinction and after School completed her 3 year diploma in Dance at the Technikon Pretoria and trained by Teachers such as: Vicci Karras, Gillian Joubert, Debbie Rakusin, Sonya Mayo, Henri Noppé & Pat Gush. For 7 years she danced in Adele Blank’s FREE FLIGHT DANCE COMPANY that showcased numerous performances, nationally and internationally. She danced at the Miss World 1992 & Mr South Africa Pageants and performed with singers such as; Johnny Clegg, Mango Groove & Steve Hofmeyer, just to name a few. In 2008 she was named Dance Umbrella’s most promising dancer and in that same year started Dance Mouse CC as Franchisor. Tamra has been teaching for 19 years and is also a qualified sports massage therapist. It was in 2005 that Tamra started the Dance Mouse Concept. Dance Mouse/ Madness & Ballet now has 43 Franchises with over 8000 dance students countrywide. DM DANCE CC is endorsed by the SADTA.

The Pre – school (Module 1) dances was choreographed by Karon Borstlap Rossouw. Karon was trained by Daphne Kruger and is a Principal Ballet Teacher, Choreographer & Ballet Examiner. She has over 35yrs of experience training students from a very young age up to teacher and associate level and has a Senior Primary Teaching Diploma. Karon is also qualified in Tap, Modern, Hip Hop, Spanish and Freestyle. Other dances are choreographed by Bea Van Wyk who has completed her DASA exams, Modern Exams and she is DM Student qualified.

The Primary School (Module 2) Syllabus & Dances was choreographed byAniela Halliday Stücki, who was trained in the RAD Ballet technique. Her performance career commenced at the age of sixteen in a Richard Loring production of Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 1987. After Matric she completed a three year Teachers Diploma in Ballet at the Pretoria Technikon and was trained by Teachers such as: Vicci Karras, Gillian Joubert, Debbie Rakusin, Sonya Mayo, Henri Noppé & Pat Gush. Still wanting to perform she joined Sun International and danced in a family show at Sun City for three years. Other shows at Sun City included the Miss World Pageant in 1995 and the Steve Hoffmeyer concert in the Super Bowl in June 1996 which she also choreographed. She opened Dance schools in Port Elizabeth – 1999, Woodridge Schools – 2000, and Jeffreysbay in 2007, teaching the Dance Educators of S.A. (DESA) syllabus in which she is qualified. She also obtained her certificate as a Pilates & Body Conditioning instructor at Technikon Pretoria and has been teaching Ballet, Modern & Contemporary Dance for 19 years. Some of the Module 2 Dances was Choreographed by: Vee Maingard

The new DANCE MOUSETM Ballet syllabus will include Ballet and Body Conditioning techniques, Warm-up, Barre, Centre & Corner Exercises, Ballet & character dances and general stretching techniques. Contemporary dance and Pointe Work will also form a part of the curriculum and will be introduced at the age appropriate levels. Our program is to train dancers in the structure & discipline of ballet techniques as well as a performance program. This aims to improve and strengthen dancers in their mind and body by lifting their confidence.

Boys enrolment pack will include a black T – Shirt, bag & bottle(Ballet Boys Deluxe pack). Additionally they must get black shorts/ pants or cycling shorts, black socks and black ballet shoes, on their own account.

The Girls’ enrolment pack will include a leotard, tutu bag & bottle (Deluxe pack) or leotard & tutu only (standard pack) for Module 1 dancers and a leotard, skirt bag & bottle (Deluxe pack) or Leotard & skirt only (standard pack) for Module 2, 3, & 4 dancers. Pale pink ballet shoes and pale pink stockings are required and for your own account. Girl’s hair will need to be in a traditional bun, for practice.

Assessments will be held annually at a showcase/assessment presenting the years’ work. The Assessment fee will be added to the 3rd terms fees and is a compulsory assessment. Dancers will achieve a medal, report and certificate for their efforts.

THE DMTM BALLET syllabus will be taught by ballet teachers from both a national and international scale.