We follow the Royal Academy of Dance syllabi for our ballet lessons. This syllabus is split between Graded and Vocational Graded Examinations.
Pre-School- (Ages 2 ½ -4)
The Pre-School Dance Curriculum develops basic movement skills, musical awareness, expression and creativity. Themed classes incorporating props encourage class participation, focus and confidence that prepare students for entry to the Pre-Primary in Dance syllabus.
The Graded Syllabus
(Pre-Primary in Dance, Primary in Dance and Grades 1 – 8) provides a broad practical dance education and develops technical, musical and performance skills. The syllabus incorporates ballet, free movement and character.
The Vocational Graded Examinations
Pointe Work Classes - (Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced Foundation, Advanced 1 and Advanced 2) provides an in-depth study of ballet and prepare students for a career in dance. The syllabus develops technique, music and performance skills and introduces pointe work for female candidates.
There are strict age guidelines set by the Academy to ensure safe dance practice. Candidates must have reached the following minimum age by:
1 January (for exam sessions taking place between January and August); or
1 September (for exam sessions taking place between September and December), in the year the exam takes place:
Pre-Primary in Dance - min age 5
Primary in Dance - min age 6
Grades 1-5 - min age 7
Grades 6-8 - min age 11
Intermediate Foundation - min age 11
Intermediate - min age 12
Advanced Foundation - min age 13
Advanced - min age 14
Advanced 2 - min age 15
Solo Seal Award - min age 15
The Academy also recommends that candidates study each grade for a minimum of 70 hours before being put forward for an examination.
For more information please see the Academy’s website www.rad.org.uk