Ballet examinations are an enjoyable and very rewarding process to show each students progress.

It is important in ballet to not only demonstrate that the individuals can remember the exercises, but to also show how each student possesses the appropriate discipline and decorum for classical ballet. Exams are ultimately the way we can showcase students’ technical ability, performance ability and most of all their hard work throughout their time in the ballet studio.
To ensure all students have an enjoyable experience the examiners work hard during the exam to put candidates at ease, creating a positive atmosphere to help them perform to the best of their ability.

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Getting Ready for an exam

If you/your child has just been selected to be entered for examination here are some things you need to know:

  1. All examinations are taken at The Royal Academy of Dance HQ in Battersea.

  2. Students will attend 6-8 weeks of 30 / 45 minute exam coaching classes prior to the examination as well as their normal weekly class (+some practice at home.

  3. Students will have to miss a bit of school in order to participate, but don't worry official absence letters are sent out.

  4. Uniform needs to be in a good condition on exam day,especially our shoes and socks.

  5. Girls must have their hair in a ballet bun, check out the tutorial video on how to get the perfect ballet hair.

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Types of Examinations

RAD Graded Examination 

An examiner conducts exams, with no teacher present. Up to four candidates perform the syllabus and are marked against set criteria. They are available for every level from Primary in Dance to Solo Seal Award.

Award - is a certificate with the attainment band (Pass / Merit / Distinction), marked result form and a medal.

RAD Class Award

Up to eight candidates perform selected exercises from the syllabus. Class Awards are led by a teacher or an assistant, and the examiner assesses the Class. The mark scheme provides candidates with a broad overview of standard rather than a detailed breakdown with marks.

Award – is a certificate, assessment report and a medal.