Here are just a few notes about the Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) for those of you who are not familiar with the organisation.
The style of ballet that forms the basis of the RAD syllabus has become recognised internationally as the English style of ballet. This style of ballet formed when the founders of the RAD merged their respective methods (Italian, French, Danish and Russian) to create a new method that would demand a high technical standard from students. The most identifiable aspect of the RAD method is the attention to detail when learning the basic technique of ballet.
The Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) offers two training programmes or syllabi, which are suitable for both male and female students and form the basis of the RAD’s work in the UK and overseas. Each programme represents a complete system of dance training and includes a series of progressively more difficult practical examinations. These programmes are the Graded Examination Syllabus and the Vocational Graded Syllabus.
The Graded Examination Syllabus consists of 10 grades and incorporates classical ballet, free movement and character dance.
The Vocational Graded Syllabus is designed primarily for older children or young adults who are considering a career in professional dance, as a performer, teacher or in another capacity. The vocational syllabus is technically demanding and comprises only of classical ballet and pointe work. Unlike the Graded Examination Syllabus, the vocational grades have to be studied in sequence and the student must successfully pass an examination at each level before progressing to the next.
While ballet is fun, it is also physically demanding and parents should take great care to send their child to a professional, qualified teacher. That is why all studios listed in our directory employ, or are owned by RAD members, with current registered teacher status and who teach the RAD syllabi. This is important because:
- RAD teachers utilize carefully structured Academy syllabi, which is both fun and safe.
- RAD teachers have the training and qualifications necessary to teach dance to young children and students.
- RAD teachers continue training throughout their careers to ensure they are abreast of changes and have updated their skills and knowledge.
- All qualified RAD teachers must graduate from one of our comprehensive teacher training programs in order to be included in our Register of Teachers. We monitor our teachers each step of the way, throughout their training and after they become registered, to ensure teaching standards are maintained. So before you send your child to ballet class, check first that the teacher is Registered* with the Royal Academy of Dance.