2016 – 2017 Royal Academy Of Dance Ballet Programs
Ages 6 +
Enrolment in R.A.D. ballet programs is “closed” which means that enrolment is by invitation only.
To inquire about enrolling in an R.A.D. program, please contact us.
An R.A.D. ballet program includes at least one ballet technique course, at least one R.A.D. syllabus class per week, and usually also includes a ballet performance course and at least one course in a discipline other than ballet.
Ballet Performance courses (as opposed to Basic Ballet courses which include both technique instruction and the preparing a performing piece) are closed except to those in full R.A.D. ballet programs.
Home practice with parental assistance is obligatory for all R.A.D. program students. Practice music will be provided by digital download for all enrolled students.
Students at the Primary level who wish to pursue RA.D. examinations, will ideally take a program of 4 or more hours of Ballet/ Modern/ Jazz/ Acrobatics per week to develop core strength, flexibility, jumps, and turning skills. Students who take Tap have better musicality and rhythm than students who do not, and those who take Musical Theatre and/or Acting have better confidence/stage presence and expressivity than those who do not. Hip Hop is a necessary part of career preparation in dance, even classical dance.
Please see the Courses by Age Schedule pages for days and times of courses in other disciplines.
Performance Training Company membership (by audition only) and limited Private and /or Semiprivate instruction in Voice, Speech Arts, and any Dance Discipline available.
Information on the Royal Academy of Dance Program
The Royal Academy of Dance, or R.A.D., is the world’s leading organization for ballet instruction. The syllabi are progressive, expressive, and complete.
Primary R.A.D. students do not usually participate in an R.A.D. examined examination. From Grade I on, examinations are recommended for goal-setting and achievement; the R.A.D. program, when taken level by level without interruption provides a complete education in classical dance. All students in the program must work with dedication to improve. Promotion to Grade I is by instructor assessment.
Success in the later examinations can be used towards B.C. Ministry of Education graduation requirements, and greatly enhances all performing career options. With success in the Intermediate Vocational examination, students have achieved world-recognized proficiency in the art of Classical Ballet.
Character Dance, Free Movement, and Pointe Work
The Primary R.A.D syllabus does not include Character Dance, Free Movement or Pointe Work components. Only Grade I through VIII students learn “Character Dance” which is unauthentic European folk dance, and “Free Movement” which is Modern/ Contemporary based dance, as separate components of their syllabi. Only the Vocational levels include pointe work.