The Academy enters pupils for Examinations with The Royal Academy of Dance, who examine Classical Examinations and The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, who examine Modern, Jazz and Tap Examinations and LAMDA who examine Acting and Musical Theatre Examinations.
Further information can be found here on the Royal Academy of Dance Examinations Leaflet
The Academy currently upholds a 100% pass rate in all genres. The Academy offers the relevant training to examination level to enter students up to and including Advanced 2 Levels in Ballet, Tap and Modern.
All Examinations are entered regularly throughout the year at Graded and Vocational level. Children and students are encouraged to take examinations although these are not compulsory.
Here is a video created by the RAD to give a further insight into the experience of taking a Ballet Examination, watch here!
Both the ISTD and RAD are accredited by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA). This information provided by the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre is an interesting read for parents deciding to start Graded Dance Examinations for their child.
Some RAD and ISTD graded and vocational examinations attract UCAS tariff points and can be used to gain entry to higher education at UK universities.
Visit the definitive online resource for graded examinations at www.gradedexaminations.com. A site hosted by the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre. This report focuses on the factual context of graded exams and provides a selective, evidence-based account about their past and present relationship with educational and regulatory landscapes.
The Academy also teaches the Discovering Repertoire syllabus, please click on this link to see an example of the work studied.
Uniquely, this new syllabus includes well-known Classical Repertoire, meaning students will learn and dance choreography they have seen on stage, set to music that they know and love from some of the great traditional ballets.
Successful Examination Candidates receive a Report Form & Certificate, the RAD Examinations also award a Medal in Bronze (Pass), Silver (Merit) or Gold (Distinction). The ISTD Jazz Awards also award medals to successful candidates.