Royal Academy of Dance Classes

The school follows the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus. Established in 1920, the Royal Academy of Dance is an internationally renowned dance organisation operating in over 80 countries. The quality of their syllabus is respected worldwide, and their examinations set the standard for classical ballet.

Pupils are assessed by an RAD examiner and students are awarded either a Pass, Merit or Distinction. Some exam results can be used towards UCAS points when applying to university or higher education courses in the UK.

Grace Buskell is an RAD registered teacher and Relevé School of Ballet is an RAD registered school. RAD registered teachers are renowned for their dedication and expertise. They follow a strict code of professional conduct and are required to keep their skills up to date through a programme of Continuing Professional Development.

The Benefits of Ballet
Ballet classes have many benefits. It is a wonderful and inspiring form of exercise in which children can explore new movements and improve their co-ordination, balance, control and posture.

Children are taught to be disciplined and follow instructions, whilst performances and examinations nurture children’s confidence. In addition, not only do ballet lessons expand both their dance vocabulary and knowledge of music, but children get to make new friends and develop a life-long love of the arts.

Graded Syllabus

The graded syllabus consists of Pre-Primary in Dance, Primary in Dance and Grades 1-8.

It provides a brilliant introduction to the world of classical ballet, with students progressing through a clearly structured syllabus, with each grade building upon the next.

The graded syllabus develops dancer’s technical, musical and performance skills, as well as incorporating character work and free movement dances.

Additionally, all students who take examinations are awarded with certificates and/or medals to celebrate their achievements.

Students are not required to take graded syllabus examinations in order to move up to the next grade.

Grades 3-5

Building on the fundamentals of classical ballet, Grades 3 to 5 offer a more focused study of technique and performance.

With each grade, dancer’s knowledge of ballet vocabulary will become more expansive, their movements will become more accurate and the strength of their technique will increase.

Grades 6-8

By Grade 6 dancers will already have good ballet technique and a solid understanding of classical ballet terminology.

Grades 6-8 build on the previous grades and introduces students to more advanced steps. Character work, performance quality and musicality are also all developed to a higher standard.

Students who pass these exams can use their result towards their points tariff when applying to a relevant UK higher education or university course.

Vocational Graded Syllabus

The vocational graded syllabus is designed for the serious student who is looking to embark on a dance performance or teaching career, or who wants to pursue dance in further education.

Students gain an advanced ballet vocabulary and develop strong, precise technique.

The syllabus provides an in-depth study of classical ballet and includes pointework for girls.

By the time a student reaches Advanced 2 they are technically proficient, mature dancers, with an excellent knowledge of ballet.

The Vocational Graded Syllabus classes are often taken alongside the graded syllabus, with most students completing Grade 4 or 5 before beginning Intermediate Foundation.
The vocational syllabus is more challenging than the graded syllabus, thus requiring greater commitment from the dancer.

Students who pass their Intermediate or Advanced Foundation can use their RAD exam result towards their points tariff when applying to a relevant UK higher education or university course.


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