Junior Graded Syllabus Program, Levels 1 to 5
7-13 Years Old – Full Year Program – 1 Hour Class, Once or Twice Per Week
Senior Graded Syllabus Program, Levels 6 to 7 & Level 8 Award
13+ Years Old – Full Year Program – 1.25 Hour Class, Twice Per Week
The RAD Graded Syllabus provides a broad, practical, challenging, and rewarding dance education, progressively developing the technical, musical, and performance skills of the student. Classes incorporate Classical Ballet, Free Movement and Character work. Classical Ballet is the core of the syllabus and Free Movement incorporates movements in common with other dance genres such as Natural Movement, Contemporary, and Classical Greek. Character is the theatrical presentation of national dance using ethnic dance and music, which has been freely adapted for the theatre. Three character styles have been selected for study: Hungarian, Russian and Polish.
The Royal Academy of Dance developed the senior graded syllabus levels to offer a wonderful dance experience to all ballet students as they move into their teenage and young adult years, regardless of whether they aspire to more professional ballet training or take ballet for recreational enjoyment. For students who take two ballet classes per week, there is the opportunity to be selected by your instructor to take the associated RAD exam for each level, based entirely on teacher’s recommendation. We do not enter students who we believe would be unsuccessful with an examination. Examinations are not mandatory, but offer an exciting goal for many students and are an internationally recognized standard. Successful completion of examinations at any grade level is not a pre-requisite to progress forward with their class at North London Dance Centre. All teachers of these levels at North London Dance have professional and performing backgrounds, in addition to their Registered Teacher Status (RTS) with the Royal Academy of Dance. Generally speaking, North London Dance Centre students study the Senior Graded Syllabus and Vocational Syllabus on alternate years, to give the most well-rounded ballet training.