Pre-Primary and Primary
Pre-Primary in Dance and Primary in Dance are the introductory levels of the RAD’s Graded Examination Syllabus.
Pre-Primary in Dance and Primary in Dance develop the students’ physical skills, stamina, creativity, expression, and musicality using a range of sounds and musical styles.This strong foundation prepares students for a successful transition to ballet and other dance genres at higher levels.
These levels are appropriate for students between the ages of five and eight years.
The Graded Examinations in Dance Syllabus consists of three dance disciplines:
Ballet - the foundation and the most important part of the syllabus
Free Movement - it has been influenced by and incorporates movements in common with other dance styles such as Natural Movement, Contemporary and Classical Greek Dance.
Character - the theatrical presentation of national dance using original ethnic dance and music which has been freely adapted for the theatre. The three styles — Hungarian, Russian and Polish — were selected because of their historic importance in the development of the nineteenth century full-length classical ballets.
Grade 1-3 (Level 1)
The Grades 1 to 3 syllabi is designed to encourage the development of an appropriate and sound technique. Through studying the syllabi and taking the examination candidates will develop secure technique through
Turnout and line
The candidate's awareness of artistry and dynamics is also recognised and rewarded through the examination.
Grade 4-5 (Level 2)
The Grades 4 to 5 syllabi is designed to hone, improve and develop the skills and technique learnt in the previous grades. There is a higher emphasis on artistry, dynamics and performance for these examinations.
Grade 6-8 (Level 3)
The Grades 6 to 8 syllabi is designed to demonstrate strong technique, knowledge, musicality, and artistry.
Following on from Grades 4-5, the knowledge and skills gained through successful completion of these qualifications provide a basis for progression to further personal development, lifelong learning and further and higher education opportunities. Grades 6-8 are accepted as benchmarks of achievement by vocational schools, universities and other HE institutions.