Ballet Classes at Greta Leeming

All our ballet classes are based on the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Syllabus. The RAD is the world’s largest examining and teacher education organization of classical ballet. The carefully designed syllabus benefits the recreational as well as the professionally oriented student. There are opportunities for yearly examinations at the grade and vocational levels.

Ballet Exams – Graded

Exams/Class Awards are not mandatory but highly recommended as they offer a sense of accomplishment and proof of achievement.

Required Classes – Graded

Each level has a recommended amount of hours of training in order to be successful at passing an exam. In order to be eligible to take an RAD graded exam, students must be registered in 2 classes (for Primary, Grade 1, and Grade 2 students) or 3 classes (for Grade 3, 4, and 5 students) starting in September.

About Exams

Students go into the exam room in groups of 4 or less. The RAD method is an internationally recognized ballet standard. All of the dancers that have gone through exams come out smiling and wanting to do it again.

Class Awards – Graded

If students register in only one Primary – Grade 2 or two or less Grade 3-5 ballet classes, they will only be eligible to attempt a Class Award with the same criteria as above but with slightly less stress on the dancer as they perform fewer exercises and dances, they go into the room in groups of 8 or less and the teacher goes into the room with them.

Eligibility

Students must show all the exercises and dances they learn in class with confidence, focus and technique. Whether or not a student is eligible to attempt either an exam or class award is the decision of the registered teacher. They are required by their professional organization to only submit candidates they feel have achieved the standard required for the level.

Dancers who do not meet the standard within the 3 terms may require additional training at the same level the following year before they can proceed to the next level, again the registered teacher will make the decision.

Exam Times

Exams/Class Awards usually take place just before March break (there is an additional cost for exams and class awards plus some additional exam practices, normally in Jan/Feb). The exams are scheduled by the RAD – GLS has no scheduling power for exams and unfortunately we are unable to accommodate vacations or other commitments.

Ballet Exams – Vocational

Vocational exams are for our older and more dedicated students. Again, like graded exams they are not required, however they are highly recommended as they offer a sense of accomplishment and proof of achievement. The higher vocational levels are at a college/university level and show dedication/perseverance on a resumé or university application.

About Exams

Students go into the exam room in groups of 4 or less. The RAD method is an internationally recognized ballet standard. All of the dancers that have gone through exams come out smiling and wanting to do it again.

Exam Eligibility – Vocational

To be eligible to attempt for vocational graded exams, Intermediate Foundation-Advanced 2, all of the above apply. Students must be registered in 3 classes, 4 from Intermediate-Advanced 2 as there is a separate pointe and variation class. Class Awards are not an option at this level of training.

Pointework Policy

Students are not recommended to register in fewer than the required amount of classes at this level of training as it is vocational training. If students are registered in fewer classes pointework will not be permitted due to safety.

A Note from the Ballet Department

As your teachers, we want all dancers to have a positive experience and grow a true love of ballet so the best path for each student is entirely individual and there is no standard path. We know it can be hard as some dancers are making decisions with part-time comp hours and other activities, we fully understand.

The key is to make sure every dancer proceeds at a pace they can handle safely without getting discouraged.

RAD Graded Exams: February 2019

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