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RAD Program

The RAD Ballet Program, Royal Academy of Dance, is a London-based educational organization founded in 1920 to develop standards of excellence in ballet instruction. This ballet program is focused on passing ballet exams. The syllabus is delightful, engaging and challenging.

The R.A.D. Ballet Program

The RAD Ballet Program, Royal Academy of Dance, is a London-based educational organization founded in 1920 to develop standards of excellence in ballet instruction. RAD instruction is based on an educational dance syllabus that prescribes physical, emotional, and social dance goals for each age, so skills are learned sequentially with an emphasis on developing the muscle memory and personal confidence necessary for mastery before attempting greater challenges.

This ballet program is focused on passing exams. The syllabus is delightful, engaging and challenging. It is achievement and test based. Students in this program are learning their grade level syllabus and repeat the exercises to make sure it is grounded in muscle memory. The RAD technique is a clean, pure technique, based on healthy dance alignment, and the syllabus has been well thought out and developed over decades. 

There are many benefits to this program. Some students really gain from the repetitive structure and muscle memory from the repetition. The step by step, advancing thru the levels, can be assuring to many so that they can measure their level of achievement.There is also the advantage of being seen and tested by International Examiners, who are masters of the technique. 

We are so fortunate to have International Examiner, Angela Watkin for the next 2018 – 2019 School Year, along with Christina Biggin. Both will be available for private lessons as we move into the next syllabus training school year. 

R.A.D. class days for 2018 – 2019 will be Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  Often times the classes are split into two different days so that there is more retention in the learning process of the materials. 

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R.A.D. Program Highlights & Details

-       Highly recommended supplemental private lessons per month

-       R.A.D. can count as one ballet requirement class for the Ballet Academy requirements 

-       Highly recommended to participate in PADC’s large, theater performances, "The Nutcracker Ballet" & "Beauty and the Beast" as well as In-Studio Performances

-       Participation in the R.A.D Spring time Exams at our own, PADC studios. Mock Exams will be in the weekends before the actual Exams for plenty of practice and preparation. 

-       Encourage to take extra Character class per week

 PADC"s two International Examiners, Gillian Davis and PADC's RAD Director, Angela Watkin.

PADC"s two International Examiners, Gillian Davis and PADC's RAD Director, Angela Watkin.

Details: R.A.D. Required Classes, Events and Extras

Required:

·       Level/Grade Classes per week

·       Private lessons for catch up if missing the R.A.D. Summer Intensive

·       Scheduled Master Classes throughout the session that are mandatory

·       Attending Mock exams

·       Attending Spring Presentation 

Encouraged Electives: 

·       Private Lessons

·       Ballet Academy classes or Studio Ballet classes

·       Pre-Pointe and/or Pointe classes

·       Character class

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What is the difference between R.A.D. and the Ballet Academy

Both the R.A.D. syllabus and PADC's Ballet Academy are "ballet" and "ballet class". The difference is that the R.A.D. syllabus provides a measured testing system for the students to track their knowing the material and the progress they have made by an outside source with an International trained and certified Examiner. The R.A.D. technique is a clean ballet technique that also respects and nurtures the emotional development and age of the individual child. 

PADC's Ballet Academy is more of the fast track, accelerated program to becoming a ballerina. Students are trained and then expected to learn combinations quickly, develop the strength and endurance required of their level, and also continuously perform, as Ballet is a performing art form, not necessarily just a great way to stay in shape. 

Marie Arts has continually fined tuned her Ballet Academy philosophies and program. She often team teaches with her teachers so they refine their teaching skills and develop a keen eye for corrections. We also explain the corrections to students in a way that they understand for their age and development. Students develop a deep understanding of the technique, what correct muscles to use and why, and form an intelligence in the classroom/studio and on stage where they truly embody the work and understand it for themselves.