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Royal Academy of Dance

The Royal Academy of Dance is one of the world's most influential dance education and training organizations. The RAD promotes the knowledge, understanding and practice of dance internationally by educating and training teachers. The RAD is a training system with carefully designed graded levels with the safety of the student at the forefront. The graded syllabus is continually revised to meet the standards of the industry and provides an excellent foundation for both the recreational dancer and those seeking a professional career. Because our teachers are registered teachers with the RAD, our students will have the opportunity to participate in annual RAD examinations and assessments designed to motivate and encourage students of all ages and levels of ability, through a systematic measurement of progress and attainment. Our faculty, as qualified royal Academy of Dance registered teachers are required to attend RAD conferences, workshops, training courses or summer schools for their continued education. Today the RAD has a presence in 79 countries and approximately 14,000 members 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.

Examinations 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
Graded exams:
  • incorporate Ballet, Free Movement and Character
  • include our innovative Primary in Dance syllabi
  • are suitable for candidates from the age of 5
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
Equality and Diversity Policy

The Royal Academy of Dance Examinations Board prides itself on its commitment to diversity and takes steps at all times and with respect to all its functions, policies, and procedures to ensure that no learner is discriminated against on grounds of race, disability, gender, religion, sexual orientation or for any other reason. This includes ensuring that no unnecessary barriers (Financial, Disability, Religious, Age, Gender) are present which deny access to candidates who could otherwise enter for examinations and achieve credit and/or qualifications.