The Royal Academy of Dance is a leader in continuing professional development in dance that supports and promotes dance teachers at every step of their career encouraging their innovative contributions to dance and education throughout the world. The RAD helps and encourages teachers to perfect their teaching skills and pass on this knowledge to their students
ARAD: After successfully completing the RAD Vocational Advanced Examination, a dancer/teacher may take the title of Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance. ARAD is also awarded after successful completion of any of the professional teaching courses.
PDTC: Professional Dancers Teaching Course; RAD Rgistered Teacher
The PDTC program is designed for professional dancers wishing to prepare for a career in teaching, or for dancers who are already teaching but wish to gain an internationally renowned RAD teaching qualification. Currently PDTC is arranged for distance learning with an onsite Intensive Study Period as a more flexible program. The PDTC was previously an intensive 6 month, full time training program in London, England which required the study and presentation of the entire RAD syllabus. The students were examined on their knowledge of the syllabus, techniques in effective and safe instruction, and ultimately their ability to do so at all levels (Pre-Primary - Advanced and Solo Seal).
Camilla Chiapuris successfully completed this program in 1978 and continues to maintain active certification as ARAD PDTC.
RTS: Registered Teacher Status
Teachers who have successfully completed the RAD Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS) program may then apply for Registered Teaching Status. The 2 year CBTS program includes distance learning, and an Intensive Study Period with practical workshops and discussion groups with RAD Tutors. As in all of the Teaching programs students are examined on their knowledge of the syllabus, techniques in effective and safe instruction, and ultimately their ability to do so at all levels (Pre-Primary - Advanced). a minimum of 45 classes over the time frame of the module and are provided with additional tutoring and support from a Practical Teaching Supervisor. All programs include required research, class development and written papers.
RAD Teachers study and are examined in areas including :
The Code of Professional Practice for Teachers Registered with the RAD.
Requirements of teachers for safe practice and professional responsibilities.
Creating and maintaining safe dance environments.
Government policies such as child protection, equal opportunities and rights for persons with disabilities.
Functional anatomy, focus on the posture, supplementary conditioning
- The stages of physical, mental and emotional development for appropriate
Key features and progressions of the RAD syllabi, focusing on Pre-Primary and Primary in Dance, Grade 1-5, Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced levels. The units cover fundamentals of ballet and Character Dance technique, demonstration as a teaching tool and music for dance teachers.
The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) graded program begins with two pre-ballet classes followed by 8 graded levels. Both age and accomplishment contribute to the teachers’ placement suggestions. Students in the upper grades may also elect to participate in RAD’s pre-professional (Vocational) syllabus which consists of an additional 6 levels.
The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus is taught in all of our children/teen classes. With its headquarters in London, England, and a presence in 79 countries, more than a quarter of a million students worldwide are taught using this teaching system. The Community School of Ballet is an approved center to host the Children's and Vocational RAD examinations. The syllabus outlines a progressive structure for learning and achievement in dance.
What does it mean to be a Registered Royal Academy of Dance Teacher: ARAD, PDTC, and RTS?
THE COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF BALLET
The Royal Academy of Dance Examinations Board offers an internationally recognized portfolio of exams and assessments designed to motivate and encourage students of all ages and levels of ability through a systematic measurement of progress and attainment. Last year, over 230,000 students entered RAD exams worldwide.
Students can only be entered for exams by a qualified Royal Academy of Dance Registered Teacher. To qualify for RAD RT status, teachers must complete one of the RAD's rigorous certification, BA or Master degree programs.
RAD exams provide students with:
an achievable goal to work towards
recognition from the world's largest ballet examination board
qualifications accredited by UK regulatory authorities
the impetus to achieve their personal best in a fun and nurturing environment
incorporate Ballet, Free Movement and Character
include our innovative Pre-Primary in Dance and Primary in Dance syllabi
are suitable for candidates from the age of 5
include our Pre-School Dance Curriculum for candidates from the age of 2½
Vocational Graded exams:
build on the elements covered in the Graded syllabus
are intended for students who wish to pursue a career in dance
are suitable for candidates from the age of 11 years
include the prestigious Solo Seal Award - the highest Vocational Graded examination offered by the RAD, which focuses on solo performance
Students in Grades 2 and above who are eligible and interested in participating in the 2020 exams will be required to attend at least two classes per week to support adequate preparation and develop the confidence to present their very best work.
RAD Frequently Asked Questions
The Royal Academy of Dance examinations offer students an opportunity to work toward a standard that is followed world wide, challenging themselves to reach their greatest potential. When students have a specific goal, it helps them focus, persevere, and finish with a sense of pride and accomplishment. Students receive and medal from the Royal Academy of Dance headquarters in London, England.
What are the benefits of taking an exam?
No. Instructors offer the opportunity to students who meet the required criteria, and students may
decide if they would like to participate. Students are not penalized in any way if they decline to participate.
Are Exams mandatory?
The RAD exams take place in Spring (March or April). The RAD office organizes a 6-8 week tour for the examiner traveling through the midwest and east coast so the dates are not set until all schools have made their entries. CSB may request 7 days of ‘impossible dates’ for the exams which is always the week of the Ann Arbor Public School Spring break.
When are the exams?
No. students go in to the exams in groups of maximum 4 at a time.
Do students take the exam alone?
No. The students go in on their own and the only observer is the examiner .Neither the teacher or parents can observe.
Does the teacher go into the exam with the students?
Students will present the syllabus work they have learned and practiced in their classes. There are no surprises. Each student will know the work and will simply perform it for the examiner.
What do students have to do in the exam?
Instructors will offer the opportunity to those students who present with the focus, desire and ability to achieve the set goals of the syllabus at the appropriate level. In addition , the Royal Academy has specific age and attendance requirements as well:
Primary Exam students must be at least 6 years old by December 31st prior to the Spring exam date,
Grade 1 students must be at least 7 years old by December 31st.
Grade 2 students must be at least 8 years old by December 31st.
Students in Grades 2 and above be enrolled and attend two classes per week in order to be appropriately prepared.
What are the requirements for a student to participate?
The goal is to be able to properly prepare within the scheduled class times. As exam time approaches, we often schedule some extra practices if needed. We try to work with student/parent’s schedules so everyone can participate.
Students in Grades 2 and above who are eligible and interested in participating in the 2021 exams will be required to attend at least two classes per week to support adequate preparation and develop the confidence to present their very best work.
Do students have to take extra classes to participate?