Focus class: petit allegro

A class focused on understanding elements of technique needed for petit allegro, working on posture, alignment and floor pressure to improve small jumps.


  • 1 Class
  • Suitable for 11+

In this focus class, students will understand the technique needed for petit allegro and improve their skills with specific exercises. They will learn the importance of correct posture and alignment and increase their use of floor pressure through the lower leg to achieve a greater dynamic in take-off. They’ll also work on controlling the landing from the air. All exercises in this class are non-gender-specific and for all students.

What you will learn

  • How to maintain correct postural alignment for jumps
  • How to improve floor pressure and dynamics in take-off
  • How to maintain accurate alignment in the lower leg to control landing
  • To synchronise arms and legs to improve coordination

Your Tutors

Kenta Kura

Ballet Teacher

Kenta Kura was born in Hokkaido, Japan.

At 16, he joined The Royal Ballet School on a Prix de Lausanne scholarship and graduated into The Royal Ballet in 1997. He was a Soloist and danced many varied soloist and principal roles.

While a dancer with the Company he participated in projects such as Chance to Dance with the Royal Opera House’s Learning and Participation department.

After completing The Royal Ballet School Teacher Training Course, Kenta retired from The Royal Ballet in 2014 to take up the position of Ballet Teacher at The Royal Ballet School. In 2024 after close to a decade of teaching with the School, Kenta joined K-BALLET ACADEMY and K-BALLET SCHOOL as the newly appointed Director.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate?

These classes are recommended for students aged 11+ and reflect the training given to students aged 11-13 studying at The Royal Ballet School. The classes are not suitable for beginner students, students with limited experience or students under 11 years old.

For these classes, we recommend that:

  • Students are studying a syllabus delivered by a recognised classical dance awarding body, or if attending full-time vocational training, the method of training provided at their school.
  • Students have a good knowledge and understanding of ballet vocabulary.

What do I need to participate?

These classes are designed so that they can be executed in a smaller space than a ballet studio. We ask that students/parents ensure that:

  • The student meets the technical standards required for the class
  • Any apparatus used for a barre is stable and safe
  • The floor is not slippery, uneven or hazardous
  • The area used for dancing is cleared of any items which could hinder the student’s ability to fully extend their arms and legs. There should be enough space for reasonable movement. If a student cannot fully execute an exercise, they should either adapt appropriately or not participate
  • The student is able to clearly hear the teacher’s verbal instruction, see the teacher’s practical delivery and hear the music
  • The student is appropriately dressed to safely execute a dance class. Soft ballet shoes should be worn for ballet, not pointe shoes. Bare feet, socks or suitable shoes should be worn for contemporary and Pilates
  • The student’s hair is suitably tied back
  • The student is fit and well in order to take part.

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