Exams quick guide

Name of award What? Who? Assessed? Where?*
Demonstration class (Dance to Your Own Tune) free content, led by teacher candidates age 2.5 to 5 years no, the examiner only observes AEC or RAV
Solo performance award (Grades 1-7) 3 solo dances, at least 2 from exam syllabus from age 7 yes, as per award criteria AEC or RAV
Class award (Pre-Primary in Dance to Grade 8 and Discovering Repertoire) class award syllabus (a selection of exercises and one dance), led by the teacher from age 5, Discovering Repertoire from age 12 yes, a broad indication of standard rather than a detailed breakdown AEC or RAV
Examination (graded, vocational and Discovering Repertoire) candidates perform the exam syllabus from age 6, Discovering Repertoire from age 12 yes, as per exam criteria AEC or RAV
Solo Seal candidates perform three variations and a virtuoso finale for a panel of judges and an audience from age 15 yes, by an RAD examiner and a dance professional approved by the Artistic Director RAV or theatre venue

*AEC – Approved Examination Centre, normally the teacher’s own studio

*RAV – RAD Approved Venue, premises provided by the RAD.

Our exams glossary explains other terms that you may not be familiar with.

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