16 February 2024 10.30am – 1.30pm

Applying Principles of Dance Science to the Teaching of RAD Intermediate Foundation – Advanced 1 CPD Workshop (London, UK)

Through this workshop participants will examine, discuss and experience how relevant principles of dance science should be considered and implemented in devising training approaches to support students working towards vocational examinations (RAD Intermediate Foundation to Advanced 1). Led by Paul Doyle, Faculty of Education RAD Studies Manager, tutor and RAD Examiner, the workshop commences with discussion of how ‘teaching to’ and not ‘teaching of’ syllabi settings should be the starting point for teachers, with consideration given to the concept of ‘Feeling before Form’. A recap of RAD Examinations Assessment Criteria will initiate discussion of what Examiners look for in Intermediate Foundation – Advanced 1, and which aspects of these levels of study teachers and students find most challenging.

The second part of the workshop focuses on Adage, Core Control, Pirouettes and Allegro in relation to relevant principles of dance science as a means of optimising training and performance at Intermediate Foundation – Advanced 1. Participants will be invited to draw on the selected principles in creating, sharing and discussing the effectiveness of different training exercises for Intermediate Foundation – Advanced 1 students. The workshop will also provide participants to experiment with training resources such as TheraBands to support kinaesthetic and strengthening awareness as a means towards optimised performance.


The aim of this workshop is to explore and experience how principles drawn from dance science research can be applied to training programmes for RAD Intermediate Foundation – Advanced 1 levels of study.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the workshop, you will:

  • have an increased understanding of current dance science research, practices and principles,
  • be able to devise and deliver training exercises and experiences for Intermediate Foundation – Advanced 1 students based on selected dance science principles,
  • be confident in using resources such as TheraBands as part of a training schedule, and
  • have enhanced understanding of how RAD Assessment Criteria are referenced in relation to principles of dance science, developing training schedules and examination outcomes.


RAD headquarters, London SW11 3JZ

Recommended Preparation

A working knowledge of Intermediate Foundation to Advanced 1 is strongly recommended, however please note, this is not a syllabus course.

Recommended readings can be found in the booking confirmation email.


Paul Doyle

Paul currently works as a Lecturer in Dance Education for the Faculty of Education at the RAD. He works across multiple programmes the Faculty offer. Paul is also the RAD Studies Manager for the faculty and oversees the teaching of the RAD Syllabus on all the Programmes offered by the Faculty.

Paul completed an MSc in Sport and Exercise Science in November 2020. He completed research into ballet teaching styles, Psychological Skills for Youth and the use of Action Observation and Motor Imagery to improve pirouette performance. Paul applies his research and current dance science research into his teaching.

In 2013 Paul was appointed to the panel of Examiners for the RAD, he has travelled to many countries examining the RAD syllabus.

Before moving to the UK Paul was a freelance ballet teacher teaching in numerous schools around Ireland.

Paul holds RTS with the RAD and his DDE in Imperial Ballet and Licentiate for Modern Theatre for the ISTD.

CPD Hours

4 hours Time-Valued CPD


Members of the Royal Academy of Dance receive discounts on all CPD activities.

How to book

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Key Information

Time Fee
10.30am – 1.30pm Member Fee: £68 / €79 / $87
Non-Member Fee: £95.50 / €111 / $122