Here are some of our most frequently asked questions. Do contact us with any further queries.
What is the RAD?
RAD stands for Royal Academy of Dance. It is one of the world’s most influential dance education organisations. Their exams set standards in classical ballet worldwide and they are global leaders in dance education.
Darcey Bussell is the RAD’s president and it’s patron is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
What is the RAD syllabus?
The RAD syllabus starts from the age of 2 and a half years old with Dance To Your Own Tune. This is suitable for children up to the age of 5 and then the examination classes begin.
From the age of 5 children may choose to enter for class awards for Pre-Primary in Dance and from the age of 6 they may enter class awards or formal examinations for Primary in Dance. Candidates will receive a medal and a certificate. Gold, silver or bronze medals are awarded depending on the result of distinction, merit or pass.
What is an RAD Registered Teacher?
All RAD Registered teachers hold a recognised dance teaching qualification. This means that you can be confident in their dance knowledge and teaching ability, including what is developmentally appropriate at every stage of a child’s learning. Teaching members have an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), and every teacher on the RAD register is expected to adhere to their Code of Professional Practice which outlines an ethos of integrity, competence and professionalism.
Finding a good teacher, one that is right for your child, can take some time, but it is worth the effort. In the end you will benefit from selecting a teacher who is a qualified, safe and reliable. The Royal Academy of Dance Registered Teacher mark, assures you of just that.
Are the exams and class awards compulsory?
No, your child does not need to enter exams or class awards.
Do I have to sign up for a whole term or can I pay weekly?
Classes are booked termly with fees starting the week following the free trial class. Terms are generally 10 weeks long for Saturday classes and 12 weeks for week day classes.
What happens if my child misses a class?
If your child misses a class you will be *offered a space in an alternative class to make up for it.
There will be no refunds issued.
*if there is space available
Can adults stay in the class?
No, adults are a distraction in the class. It is difficult to teach with this distraction and it is confusing to the other children. If your child does not want to enter the class without you we will try our best to encourage them and make them feel at ease. If they still do not want to enter we suggest they may not be ready to join in this kind of class.
We have comfortable areas next to the classes where you can relax while your child is dancing.
Also we have class demonstrations at the end of every term when you can sit and enjoy watching what the children have learned that term.
Will we get to watch our child's class?
Yes, we have lovely class demonstrations at the end of every term when you can sit and watch the class.
You are invited to watch the class. This can be exciting but also daunting for the children and we ask that you refrain from talking. Please let us know if you have objections to other parents taking photographs or filming as otherwise we will let them do so. We do ask that you do not share other children’s images on social media.