Murilova Ballet School follows the N.A.T.D. syllabus (National Association of Teachers of Dancing), examinations start at Class level (from 4 years of age) followed by Primary and Grade One to Six. In addition to the teaching and development of basic ballet technique, the syllabus aims to encourage an appreciation of music, mime and national dance.
Vocational grades, Intermediate Foundation to Advanced Two, are available to further develop technical and performance skills. There is also a series of medal tests catering for all age groups.
The N.A.T.D. syllabus is a Russian Style of ballet, the main difference between other styles of ballet such as Royal Academy style and Cechetti style, is that in Russian style there is a strong emphasis on the use of the arms and also of the head position over the front shoulder, which is called épaulement and also the use of the eyes following the arm movements. this equal emphasis on the upper and lower body allows dancers to use their whole bodyexpressively and beautifully.