About the RAD Examinations
The Royal Academy of Dance offer examinations in classical ballet for young children starting out in dance classes to the student aspiring to become a professional dancer. We also train teachers of classical ballet through taught and distance learning programmes at certificate, diploma and degree levels.
The Royal Academy of Dance stresses the importance of every student having an achievable goal. This is measured either by an Examination or Presentation Class, which involves the study of either the Graded or Vocational Graded Syllabus.
With over 13,000 members’ spread across 83 countries, The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is one of the largest and most influential dance education and training organisations in the world.
The Academy’s patron is HM Queen Elizabeth II and was established in 1920. There are currently over 1,000 students in full-time or part-time teacher training programmes with the Academy and each year, the examination syllabus is taught to more than a quarter of a million students worldwide.
Why do an Exam?
“When my teacher started doing exams my dad asked her, ‘why should we pay for exams when we have survived without them all this time?‘ Her reply was, ‘Karen may want to teach one day.’
Now I was 13 and had never thought about teaching, however not only did that come to pass, I eventually became an Examiner and I now write curriculum for the industry and travel the world teaching teachers.
I thank my father every day for having the foresight to realise that, whilst it may not come to pass, he was setting me up for life if I did want to travel down this road. I am one of 8 children, so finding the exam fees was on an as needs basis and I am very grateful that my parents permitted me to do them (also my 3 sisters).
My own children listed their results on CV’s when seeking teenage employment and potential employers could see they had a great work ethic by their examination results and seeing they undertook extra curricula activities.
That aside, just giving your children something to strive for, an opportunity to tell them how wonderful they are when they get their results (regardless of the results) is an opportunity that I always encouraged my students and parents to do.”
– Karen Malek, President Australian Teachers of Dance, Examiner and Adjudicator
A little insight into the Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Exams and why we do them!
RAD Exam day
The exam bell is used by the examiner to prompt students to enter the examination room. As it is the sound that starts the examination, the bell’s ring is charged with many emotions for students, teachers and examiners alike! The quote about the bell in our recent film explains this really well. Does this match your experience? Tell us in the comments below!Posted by Royal Academy of Dance on Friday, 28 October 2016