All classes follow the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Syllabus. The RAD is a globally renowned and prestigious institution, offering examinations and assessments designed to encourage students to work through a series of graded examinations (Pre-Primary - Grade 8)
We offer examination programmes to suit all, from students just beginning ballet, to those who wish to pursue a career in dance. Candidates can begin the RAD curriculum aged 5, but there are no upper age limits for the syllabus. Students of all abilities are welcome to work through this system of examinations, providing them with a feeling of progression and success.
The examinations provide students with:
• Achievable goals.
• Recognition from the world’s largest ballet examination board.
• Qualifications accredited by UK regulatory authorities -providing the opportunity to put their exam grades towards their UCAS points for University entry.
Ages 2 1/2-4. A strong emphasis is based on fun and creative movement. Enjoying an abundance of different stories and props within class helps to encourage the children's imagination and build confidence in movement.
(Parents are welcome to stay in this class to watch and help their little budding dancer when needed)
This class focuses on basic ballet steps and creative movement sequences which are built upon each week. Following the RAD syllabus, this class still uses plenty of props, imagery and stories to keep those budding dancers inspired.
Following on from basic ballet steps and various techniques which are advanced further from pre-primary. Developing through the use of more musical and technical exercises.
The Grades 1 to 3 syllabi is designed to encourage the development of an appropriate sound technique, relevant for the ballet world of today. 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.
Following on from Grades 1-3, the knowledge and skills gained through successful completion of these qualifications provide a basis for progression to subsequent Graded Examinations in Dance (Grades 6-8).
Grade 6-8 The Higher Grades
Following on from Grades 4-5, the knowledge and skills gained through successful completion of these qualifications help to provide a basis for progression. This helps with personal development, lifelong learning and can help build a foundation for educational opportunities.