Examinations

Our examination sessions are taken with the Royal Academy Of Dance (RAD) and The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) who visit our studios throughout the year.

The RAD and ISTD offer a wide spectrum of vocational, recreational and social dance exams to children, students, amateurs and professionals. The clearly defined exam structure allows dance education to take place in a safe, regulated practice by qualified teachers.

The examination criteria is designed to cater equally for all pupils and carry extra UCAS points for those wishing to pursue a career in the performing arts and for those who are enjoying a fun hobby whilst gaining valuable life skills.

Examinations structure

Grades

Aiming to build up progressively, ensuring that steps and skills learned at lower levels prepare for more complex movements as the candidate progresses.

Grade Examinations may be taken in Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre, Tap and Jazz. Grades 1-6 are accredited by Ofqual, but some genres have additional Grades prior to Grade 1, that is, Pre-Primary and Primary.

Medal Tests

These tests may be taken in Tap and Jazz from Bronze, through SIlver and on to Gold - enhancing the performance skills and 'current' look of their chosen genre.  

Vocational Grades - Major Examinations

The Vocational Grades are accredited by Ofqual and include Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced 1 and Advanced 2. These examinations form a cohesive bridge between grade work and professional examinations to provide the basis for either a career as a dancer, or further training as a dance teacher.

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