RAD Ballet – Royal Academy Of Dance

About the RAD Grades
The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is a globally recognised institution with syllabus classes starting from Pre-Primary and Primary, then progressing up to Grade 8, and Vocational Levels. The students will learn classical ballet, free movement and character dancing within the grades, introducing pointe work with Vocational.

Our optional annual examinations at all levels are designed to encourage, motivate and reward students of all ages and abilities. The RAD examinations are listed on the UK’s Educational framework, therefore allowing students to collect UCAS points for their examinations taken which can be used towards University entry.

Pre-Primary and Primary Grade ballet classes are for younger children who have started school, and are interested in learning ballet through fun, energetic sequences.

Grade 1-8 Ballet classes are suitable for students who wish to explore ballet, have fun and gain grades. It provides a broad practical dance education and develops technical, musical and performance skills.

Start Date
Classes can be started all year round, but please contact our principal, Miss Georgina for more information.

Level / Age
Pre-Primary Ballet (Age 4-5 years; reception year at school, exam can be taken at 5 years +)

Primary Ballet (6 years+)

Grade 1-5 Age 7+

Grade 6-8 Age 11+

Our Pre-School to Grade 2 classes are one class per week, with Primary to Grade 2 increasing to two classes per week during exam term. From Grade 3 onward, we require our students to attend two classes per week. These grades usually take 1-2 years before students are ready to move up.

Pre-Primary and Primary (available from our online shop)

Pink leotard, pink chiffon skirt, pink leather or satin ballet shoes, pink ballet socks and optional pink wrap around cardigan.

Grade 1 to Grade 2 (available from our online shop)

Lavender leotard, pink leather or satin ballet shoes, low heel character shoes and a character skirt, optional lavender cross over, hair band and leg warmers.

Grade 3 to Grade 5 (available from our online shop)

Navy blue leotard, pink leather or satin ballet shoes, Cuban heel character shoes and a character skirt, optional navy cross over, hair band and leg warmers.

Grade 6 to Grade 8 (available from our online shop)

Black leotard, split sole ballet shoes, Cuban heel character shoes and a character skirt, chiffon skirt.

Boys Wear (available from our online shop)

White / Baby blue RAD logo t-shirt, Navy blue RAD shorts, white socks and white leather ballet shoes.

Location and times

Please view our timetables page

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