THE Royal academy of dance SYLLABUS (RAD)

For those children wishing to take examinations, the RAD Graded Examination Syllabus consists of 10 grades each incorporating classical ballet, free movement and character dance.

The Grades

 

Minimum age
for examination
(must be reached by
1 January in year of exam)
Approx age
to participate in class
Pre-Primary – 5 years 3 – 5 years
Primary – 6 years 5 – 7 years
Grade 1 – 7 years 6+ years
Grade 2 – 7 years 7+ years
Grade 3 – 7 years 8+ years
Grade 4 – 7 years 9+ years
Grade 5 – 7 years 10+ years
Grade 6 – 11 years 11+ years
Grade 7 – 11 years 12+ years
Grade 8 – 11 years 13+ years

A child will begin studying the RAD Vocational Graded Syllabus only if able and willing to commit to at least two lessons a week, usually after passing Grade 5 but sometimes earlier.

 

The Vocational Grades

 

Intermediate Foundation 11+ years
(non compulsory)
Intermediate 12+ years
Advanced Foundation 13+ years
(non compulsory)
Advanced 1 14+ years
Advanced 2 15+ years
Solo Seal Must hold their
Advanced 2 with distinction

BALLET TERMS

3rd Position: One foot is placed in
front of the other, the front foot heel
is near the arch.

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