4 June 2023 10.30am – 5pm BST

Syllabus Strategies: Focus on Grades 1–3 (London, UK and Online)

A one-day practical course in which participating teachers will gain an understanding of how to teach the Grade 1 – 3 syllabi. Learning activities will focus on creating appropriate development exercises to encourage an accurate interpretation of the criteria used in the mark scheme of the examination.


The Syllabus Strategies course is designed to:

  • Look in depth at the philosophy of the work,
  • Offer a chance to improve understanding of specific areas within the syllabus, particularly in regards to technical, musical and performance aspects of the work, as identified by examiners during examinations,
  • Reflect on the relevance and interpretation of the assessment criteria in selected exercises and dances,
  • Provide a platform to discuss, explore and develop strategies to strengthen areas of the work,
  • Support the creation of development exercises for Grades 1 – 3 students by defining the requisite skills and knowledge to do so, and
  • Participants at the course will be better able to understand the ‘how’ of teaching the syllabus, increase knowledge of the assessment criteria and gain insight into how the candidates are generally coping in the examinations.

Learning Outcomes

You will be able to:

  • demonstrate, physically and/or through explanation, an understanding of the technique/s at each level, and
  • discuss the relevance and interpretation of the assessment criteria in selected exercises and dances.

You will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • approaches to help your learners develop the necessary strength and understanding to achieve the requirements of the assessment criteria in the examination.


You can participate in-person or online.

In-person: RAD headquarters, London SW11 3JZ

Online: You will access the course via Zoom. You will receive further information within five working days prior to the start date. This course will not be recorded for later access. If you are booking outside of the UK, please check your time zone against BST (British Summer Time).

Recommended Preparation

Participants should have knowledge of the exercises and dances of the RAD Grade 1 – 3 syllabi.


Emily Anne Koschyk RAD Teaching Dip Dip LCDD ISTD DDE

Emily trained at London College of Dance and Drama in Bedford and graduated with Distinction in Teaching Studies.

In 1988, she moved to Germany and danced in national television and theatre productions. She taught in various schools around the country before opening her own school in 1998.

During this period, she also led a full-time 3-year teacher-training programme, from which many young aspiring teachers successfully graduated.

In 2020, Emily relocated back to the south of England and now teaches on a freelance basis. She conducts workshops and teaches at various summer schools in Europe.

Since its inception in 2004 Emily has been a tutor for a number of modules of the Royal Academy of Dance’s CBTS and tutors on the PDPTC Programme based in Berlin. She is an examiner and has been invited to be a CPD tutor for all levels from Pre-Primary to Advanced 2 and travels extensively in these roles.

CPD Hours

8 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 – 5pm BST Member Fee: £107/€124/$129
Non-Member Fee: £150/€174/$181