Sarasota Dance Academy is an official registered school of the Royal Academy of Dance
USA/London and enters students annually for Examinations and Presentation Classes.
With over 13,000 members spread across 79 countries, the Royal Academy of Dance
(RAD) is one of the largest and most influential dance education and training organizations
for classical ballet in the world. Visit www.rad.org.uk for more info.
The RAD Examination Board
We offer examinations in classical ballet suitable for everyone from young children
starting out in dance classes to students aspiring to become professional dancers.
There are no upwards age limits on any examinations or presentation classes and a
syllabus has been designed for both male and female candidates at all levels.The
Royal Academy of Dance stresses the importance of every student having an achievable
goal. This is measured either by an Examination for students studying the Graded
or Vocational Graded syllabus or the option of a presentation class for Graded students.
The Graded Examination Syllabus
The Graded syllabus consists of three different components; c lassical work, free
Character dance, see below for more information and the entry requirements needed
for this examination and where they are held. Classical work is the foundation and
most important part of the Graded Syllabi. The Free Movement section incorporates
movements in common with other dance styles such as natural movement, contemporary
based dance and Greek dance. Character Dance is the theatrical presentation of national
dance using original ethnic dance and music which has been freely adapted for the
theatre. There are three styles-Hungarian, Russian and Polish-and these were selected
because of their historic importance in the development of the traditional full-length
The Vocational Graded Syllabus
Students wishing to study for the Vocational Graded syllabus should have the type
of body that can respond to demanding study. Students must also be able to concentrate
for long periods of time and be able to accept and welcome constructive comments
Why choose the Royal Academy of Dance?
The Academy considers professional training of young children in classical ballet
to be vitally important. The Academy's syllabi have been devised with great care
to enable a child to progress through their dance training in planned stages, demanding
no more of a young body than it can cope with.
Why choose an RAD registered teacher?
While ballet is fun, it is also physically demanding and parents should take great
care to send their child to professional, qualified teachers.
• RAD teachers adhere to a carefully structured syllabus, which is both fun and safe.
• RAD teachers have the training and qualifications necessary to teach dance to young
children and students.
• RAD teachers continue training throughout their careers to update their skills