A progressive syllabus choreographed for BAL by JOEL PEISLEY, incorporating warm-ups and/or barre exercises, stretching and limbering, arm & head combinations, pirouettes, travelling steps and kicks, turning steps, and lyrical movements. All grades have compulsory Combinations (updated in 2020 and 2021) to demonstrate dance and performance ability in jazz/funk and musical theatre.

The  syllabus is up to date with modern trends, while still providing an examinable training in the basic movements of jazz dance.
Music speeds are advised, but the choice of music used is determined by the teacher. This allows you to select music that the students can relate to and will enjoy dancing to, and gives you the opportunity to update your music whenever you wish, to keep your classes fresh and interesting.


Jazz grades are:

  • Beginners (Assessment)
  • Pre-Primary
  • Primary
  • Grades One – Five
  • Minor Solo (optional performance exam)
  • Elementary
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Major Solo (optional performance exam)

Teaching Certificate III can be taken at age 16 after successfully completing Elementary standard.

A link to the full list of current exam fees can be found on the “Members/Exam Entry Forms” page.