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The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is an international teacher education and awarding organisation for dance. Established in 1920 as the Association of Operatic Dancing of Great Britain, it was granted a Royal Charter in 1936 and renamed the Royal Academy of Dancing. In 1999 it became the Royal Academy of Dance.
The RAD offers an internationally recognised portfolio of examinations and assessments which is designed to motivate and encourage students of all ages and levels of ability, through a systematic measurement of progress and attainment. Examinations are organised and administered by the RAD Examinations Board.
- Pre Primary and Primary 1/2
- Ballet 1
- Ballet 2
- Ballet 3
- Ballet 4 and Ballet 5
- Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate
- Advanced Foundation, Advanced 1 and 2
Aims at developing student's 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.
After completing the Pre-Primary or Primary syllabus, students should be able to achieve part of, or all of the following:
- Articulate parts of the body
- Demonstrate awareness of positions of the body
- Perform with an awareness of space
- Demonstrate control, co-ordination, elevation
- Demonstrate use of appropriate movement dynamics
- Respond to the elements of music
- Perform expressively
- Perform a sequence of simple steps to depict a story
- Confidently recall the settings
Ages 7 +
The Ballet 1 syllabi aims to teach students the following:
- Basic vocabulary of ballet
- Basic technical skills such as demi-pliés, transfer of weight, sautés
- Basic sense of appropriate timing and rhythm
- Basic responsiveness to music
- Basic use of expression to convey emotions
- Basic awareness of an audience
After completing the Grade 1 syllabi, students should be able to achieve part of, or all of the following:
- Perform simple movement sequences showing awareness of basic ballet techniques
- Develop basic musicality
- Show awareness of performance in ballet
Ages 8 +
The Ballet 2 syllabi aims to teach students the following:
- Continue to expand vocabulary learned in Grade 1, such as 3rd position of the feet
- Continue to build on technical skills learnt in Grade 1, such as battement tendus and grand allegro
- Sense of appropriate timing and rhythm
- Responsiveness to music
- Basic use of expression as appropriate
- Awareness of an audience
After completing the Grade 2 syllabi, students should be able to achieve part of, or all of the following:
- Perform simple movement sequences showing better awareness of basic techniques
- Gain better control and co-ordination in a range of sequences
- Have a basic awareness of line and space in travelling movements and turning actions
- Improved musicality in responding appropriately to music and with good sense of timings - perform with expression
Ages 9 +
The Ballet 3 syllabi aims to teach the students the following:
- Continue to build on vocabulary and technical skills learned in Grade 2
- Respond to music appropriately with basic understanding of appropriate timing and rhythm
- Use of expression as appropriate and awareness of an audience
After completing the Grade 3 syllabi, students should be able to demonstrate / achieve part of, or all of the following:
- Knowledge and understanding of the fundamental and relevant technique of ballet (grades 1 – 3)
- Co-ordination, control and accuracy in a range of sequences
- Performing with an awareness of line and spatial awareness in travelling movements and turning actions
- An awareness of the appropriate dynamic values in the performance of the vocabulary
- Performing with correct and accurate timing and appropriate response to the music
- Performing with expression and communication
(MIN 3 YEARS OF PREVIOUS BALLET EXPERIENCE)
Ages 10 +
The Ballet 5 syllabi aims to teach the student the following:
- A sound knowledge and understanding of the vocabulary of ballet and technical skills
- A clear understanding of musical interpretation
- confident communication with the audience
In the examination, the candidates will be assessed on their ability to:
- Perform a series of prepared ballet exercises which require the ability to demonstrate secure posture, correct weight placement, co-ordination of the whole body, control, line, spatial awarness and dynamic values
- Dance, throughout the examination, in time to the music and show responsivness to the music
- Dance with expression and communication
- Perform two dances demonstrating all of the aspects of Technique, Music, and Performance
Age 12 +
These levels are part of the Graded Vocational syllabus. The Syllabus challenges and inspire students technically, artistically, musically and creatively with exercises that encourage critical thinking and physical fitenss while also developing a sense of theatre, movement dynamics and musical interpretation. No previous attainement in dance is necessary in order to enter for the Intermediate Examination. Students must be taking two or more classes a week to attend this class and must be serious about their ballet training. Students have to be ready to work on pointe at an Intermediate level.
The Intermediate syllabi aims to teach the students the following:
- Apply and demonstrate through performance a sound and established knowledge and understanding of the fundamental and relevant technique and vocabulary of ballet
- Perform a range of complex movement sequences showing sound and secure technical and musicality skills in ballet
- Apply and demonstrate a range of performance skills with assurance in ballet
- Demonstrate a sound level of co-ordination, control and accuracy in a range of sequences
- Perform with an aesthetic awareness of line
- Perform with enhanced spatial awareness of the body in travelling movements and turning actions
- Demonstrate appropriate dynamic values in the performance of the vocabulary
- Perform a more complex range of movements en pointe with control, for girls
- Perform with spatial awarness of the body in allegro sequences both in place and travelling, for boys
- Perform, showing a sound level of understanding of interpretation and expression
- Demonstrate communication and projection in performance.
Age 14 +
Vocational Graded Examinations in Dance are courses of study which lead to recognised achievement at a high level in dance performance.
The higher level qualifications (starting at Intermediate level) are accepted as benchmarks of achievement by Vocational Schools, attended by most young dancers intending to enter the profession.They are also taken into account by universities and other HE institutions offering degree courses and programmes in dance and dance teacher education (such as the RAD itself).
Such qualifications also aid progression to workplace opportunities such as: professional dancer, professional dance teacher, professional choreographer, professional dance notator, professional dance historian, lecturer in dance, and facilitator in community dance.
In order to enter the Advanced Foundation, candidates need to have passed an Intermediate level Vocational Graded Examination in ballet from RAD or any other recognised Awarding Body.
Achievement in dance contributes to a learner's all round achievement, as it helps to develop competencies such as motor control, health and safety awarness, self expression, physical fitness and stamina, discipline, mental ability and confidence.