Ballet classes at KAD are split into four categories: Pre School ballet, Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Graded classes, RAD Vocational classes and adult classes.

Pre School Ballet 1&2 (age 2-4)

Pre School classes provide a magical arrangement of activities. The aim is to capture and nurture young children’s imagination and creativity, in a fun and safe environment.  An array of different narrative settings, aided by the use of props, is used to enable the children to learn through play and explore through Dance. The focus for these classes is to build upon confidence and social interaction, and provide young children with a fun, exciting way to begin their dance experience.

RAD Graded Classes

RAD Graded Ballet classes develop on skills previously achieved in the Pre School class; the focus is now tailored more to the physical development of the child. Posture, Balance, motor skills, physical fitness, spatial awareness, rhythm and musicality are all taught at a developmental level. The RAD Syllabus offers a progressive programme of ballet and character dance for all age groups. Students can prepare for RAD exams or simply dance for pleasure.

KAD recommends studying a grade for a minimum of 4 terms before being entered for an exam.

If students take Grade 6 and above, the marks attained also count towards UCAS entrance points as they are recognised by Ofqual – the Office for Qualifications and Examinations Regulation.

RAD Vocational Classes

Students who wish to develop their ballet can choose to follow the Vocational pathway simultaneously with their grades. Vocational grades provide an in-depth study of ballet; developing the technique, music and performance skills of the student. It also introduces Pointe work as part of the exam.

This is highly focused and practical training. Available for students Grade 3 and up
Vocational Graded classes require maturity and technical aptitude.

Adult Ballet

Our adult ballet classes are open to all abilities Coordination and technique are developed through short exercises and routines; improved fitness and strength being a great bonus to learning a new skill.

Tap

Pupils follow the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) syllabi and are given the opportunity to take graded examinations. Exercises and dances develop rhythm and spatial awareness as well as improving coordination and confidence.

KAD recommends studying a grade for a minimum of 4 terms before being entered for an exam.

If students take Grade 6 and above, the marks attained also count towards UCAS entrance points as they are recognised by Ofqual – the Office for Qualifications and Examinations Regulation.

Modern

Pupils follow the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) syllabi and are given the opportunity to take graded examinations. The process of learning, memorising and performing choreographed sequences and dances increases self-confidence as well as strength and flexibility. The syllabi promotes fitness and coordination, influenced by dance routines from Shows seen in the West End.

KAD recommends studying a grade for a minimum of 4 terms before being entered for an exam.

If students take Grade 6 and above, the marks attained also count towards UCAS entrance points as they are recognised by Ofqual – the Office for Qualifications and Examinations Regulation.

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