The Royal Academy of Dance is an awarding body, approved by the Qualifications & Curriculum Authority, which has accredited the Academy’s Grades 6, 7 & 8 and Vocational exams. Passing Grades 1, 2, & 3 is equivalent to a GCSE Grade D – G or Level 1 NVQ. Primary in Dance examination is awarded at Entry Level 3 of National Qualifications Framework. Continuing through to Grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 earns ucas points depending on the pass mark and will accomplish a result to the value of an A level for Grade 8. Many of our girls achieve this. More information is available on the Royal Academy website.
The size of the school allows us to hold Ballet exams every term in our own venue, which means that the children may progress at their own pace, taking an exam as soon as they are able and not having to wait until there are enough children ready to book an Examiner.
ISTD Modern & Tap is offered in all Grades & Majors and exams are held twice a year.
Baby Ballet is offered from age 2 ½ – 3 ½.
Melody Movement * syllabus is taught from 3 ½ – 4 ½ where the children celebrate their achievements in class with special stickers on a Melody Bear chart and medals are awarded throughout the year. At 4 ½ the children then move up to the RAD Pre-Primary syllabus.
*Parents are welcome to watch classes in the first class after the half term of each term, with the exception of the Baby Ballet and Melody Movement classes, for which the watching week will be the last class of the term