Examinations are not compulsory but will be offered to all students who have attained the necessary
standard. To enable students to reach this standard, basic class requirements are as follows:
Pre-primary, Primary - 1 or 2 technical classes per week
Grade 1 - 2 technical classes per week
Grades 2 / 3 / 4 & 5 - 2 - 3 technical classes per week
The Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) conducts one children's grade examination session annually in August. Examination is by selection only. Students must show the necessary technical skills and emotional capabilities to be considered for selection.
Students must attend ALL scheduled technical classes for their Grade throughout the year to be eligible for selection. When available from the R.A.D., students will receive detailed information together with an entry form during May/ June.
In addition to attending all normal classes examination candidate swill be required to:
Grade exam holiday classes will be conducted during the break following Term 2.
Grade exam Private Sunday classes will be conducted on the Sundays prior to the commencement of the exams.
These classes can be arranged privately with the director for exam candidates. When exam dates have been received from the R.A.D. dates and times of classes will be posted on the school notice board.
The RA.D. Vocational Graded Examinations in Dance ( formerly Major syllabi ) are quite different to the Graded Examinations as they are designed to develop the strong technical base needed for a professional career if the student should so choose. This does NOT mean that only 'intending professionals' should consider these examinations as they ARE within the reach of most students, provided they understand that the standard required for a PASS at Vocational Graded Examination level is considerably higher than in the Graded Examination Syllabi.
It is therefore necessary for students to attend an absolute minimum of three lessons weekly over the two year period if they wish to make the Vocational Graded Examinations. It is also strongly recommended that students attend as many additional classes as possible.
As with the Graded Examinations, the Vocational examination are not compulsory but will be offered to all students who have attained the necessary standard.
Potential candidates will be selected prior to the examination session now held in June / July.
Potential candidates MUST attend a week of holiday classes prior to examination AND any additional Classes
Vocational exam holiday classes will be conducted during the break following Term 1.Times of classes will be posted on the school notice board.