Children and older students are entered for Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) examinations and can be prepared for entry to vocational schools and universities. Examinations give children and students an incentive and goal. The RAD syllabus is fun and creative. It allows children and students to progress through the levels safely and with gradual progression. Examinations are not obligatory.
The Royal Academy of Dance is recognised as an Awarding Organisation of England by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual). The RAD’s qualifications are accredited by the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). The RAD also provides UCAS tariff points for 14-19 year old students.
Learning ballet requires patience and continual study over time. It is recommended by the Royal Academy of Dance that the commitment for students studying for a Graded examination or Presentation class should be a minimum of one class a week with extra coaching in the period leading up to the examination, particularly as the student progresses towards the higher levels. At Eleonora Dance Studios children wishing to be entered for ballet exams are required to attend two classes per week from the term prior to the examination. However, children studying at Grade 3 level and above are required to attend twice weekly on a regular basis. As progression is made to the Vocational Grades, it is usual for students to attend more than two lessons a week.
Royal Academy of Dance: www.rad.org.uk