From 7 to 9 By ability.
RAD Grade 1 is suitable for pupils in Year 4 at school age 8-9. By this stage pupils are offered to enter for their first RAD Grade 1 ballet examination should they wish to.
Examinations are not compulsory and many children chose to just move up, however MyBallet Academy likes to offer the option of ballet exams to those pupils who are keen to focus on perfecting the syllabus.
We believe it is good for youngsters to study towards exams as it encourages them to practice and perfect steps working hard towards achieving a goal.
RAD Grades 1 to 3 constitute Level 1 of the RAD’s Graded syllabus and are the equivalent to GCSE Grades D-N or NVQ Level 1.
RAD Grades 1 to 3 promote “feeling before form” where the children are unafraid to try out new sensations of spinning, leaping and balancing. Musically inspired, exercises motivate pupils to acquire a well rounded understanding of ballet and character work, and promote joy in movement, sense of dance and performance quality.
The music for Grades 1 to 3 is a glorious collection of three centuries of dance music.
In our Grade 1 to 3 classes, student develop their understanding of ballet technique, their co-ordination, good posture, strength and flexibility, and in a nurturing environment develop their artistry and musical appreciation. Pupils learn Ukrainian (Grade 3), Hungarian (Grade 2) and Russian (Grade 1) Character work too.
It is also at this stage that we introduce our students to the Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT), thus encouraging a better understanding of Ballet technique.
At this level, we want our Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) classes to stay imaginative, guiding students through the demands of classical technique with constant encouragement and inspiration.
In keeping with the quality of our tuition for younger children, our Primary classes classes are also accompanied by experienced pianists.
Uniform: Lavender Leotard, Pink cardigan, Ballet sock and shoes, Character skirt, and shoes.