FAQs The Lewis Foundation of Classical Ballet

Ballet as an Extra-Curricular Activity

Entering its 17th year, the Dance in Education Programme is currently active in The International School of Bangalore and Indus International School Bangalore. Since 2002, hundreds of students have passed through this programme. Many have continued their development in the arts by furthering their studies at universities across the globe. Following the internationally recognized ISTD Imperial Classical Ballet syllabus from London, and employing highly qualified teachers, the foundation ensures that students are taught to the highest standard throughout their training. 

How is classical ballet different from other extra-curricular classes?

Over and above the many physical benefits of classical ballet such as grace, poise, core strength and stamina, the art form also instills discipline, perseverance and dedication in its students. It gives students the opportunity to collaborate, working together as a team to achieve technical feats, and allows them to explore and develop their weaknesses and strengths within the movements arts. 

To find out more detail about what makes classical ballet a great choice for an extra-curricular activity, click here:


Will ballet help my child in their studies?

That arts in education improve academic scores as well as the well-being of students has been the source of many studies acrosst the world. Despite this, the arts are often given little credit when it comes to helping students reach their highest academic potential. 

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Will my child get to perform onstage?

Students have the opportunity to perform onstage each year during annual events, as well as displaying their achievements to their parents during an open class once a year. 

Can my child do more than one class in a week?

Students may attend classes outside of school at one of our centres if they wish to pursue classical ballet further. Get in touch with enquiries@tlfcb.org to find out about classes available. 

What will my child learn? Do you follow a syllabus?

Classes follow the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) syllabus of Imperial Classical Ballet. Students will learn the appropriate level of the syllabus over the course of the year. Once students have reached examination standard at their level, they will be moved to the next grade.

What qualifications do the teachers have?

Our teachers are qualified through the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) and the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD).

Where can I find current news about ballet in India?

You can follow us on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram for regular updates. You can also subscribe to our mailing list via our website www.thelewisfoundation.org

Can I reach the foundation directly?

You are welcome to get in touch with us on our board line +91 8088006677, through email on enquiries@tlfcb.org, or through Facebook or Instagram messengers.

Will my child need to attend extra rehearsals outside of school?

Students do not need to attend any extra rehearsals outside of school timings.

Does my child need to wear a uniform?

Yes, students are expected to wear ballet uniform in class. The Foundation maintains a dress code to encourage improved concentration.  The dress code further enables muscles and physique to be seen clearly, and defines and continues the lines of the body.

All uniforms should be kept clean and neat. Holes and frayed edges must be mended.

Class uniform may be purchased from Fitness and Fairies Dancewear shop situated on Wood Street. You may either purchase online from www.fitnessandfairies.com or visit them. Fitness and Fairies is closed on Mondays.

Girls – Ballet pink leotard, ballet pink skirt, ballet pink tights and canvas/satin/leather pink colour ballet shoes.

Boys – White t-shirt, black tights or shorts and black canvas ballet shoes.

Do you monitor students’ attendance?

Yes. An attendance register is kept throughout the year.

Is ballet only for girls?

Ballet is for boys and girls. There is no gender restriction in our classes, and boys are encouraged to join the classes, too! To read more about some of the boys of the foundation, click here:


When is the ideal age to start ballet?

There is no set age when students should start, and it is never too late to join a class! If a student wants to become a professional ballet dancer, an earlier start, ideally by the age of 4 or 5, helps. There are, however, professional ballet dancers who have begun dancing at age 15!

Will ballet improve my child’s fitness?

Fitness levels improve with most physical exercise which is undertaken with discipline and consistence, and so too with classical ballet. The goal of classical ballet is not primarily to enhance fitness, but to develop the dancer technically and artistically. Increased fitness levels is a welcome addition to the many benefits of learning the art form.

Can my child learn other styles of dance at the same time as ballet?

Learning other forms of dance will compliment classical ballet, if undertaken under the supervision of qualified teachers.

Can we visit your centre?

Absolutely! Our office is open Monday to Friday between 10am and 6pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 2pm. Send us a message if you want to visit, or just drop in.

The Lewis Foundation of Classical Ballet 
#34/1, P1 & P2, Salma Bizhouse
Meanee Avenue Road, Above Coffee Day
Opp. Lakeside Hospital
Bangalore 560042, INDIA

Board Line Phone: +91 8088006677  (available from 10am-6pm Monday – Friday, 10am – 12pm on Saturday)

My child has already done ballet before - will these classes help?

We ensure that all students, regardless of previous experience, continue to develop and learn at the appropriate level. If you have further questions regarding this, please get in touch with us on enquiries@tlfcb.org and we will be happy to guide you in the right direction.

Please contact your school to sign up for the Dance in Education Programme!
For any questions, email us at enquiries@tlfcb.org