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Frequently asked questions

Find answers here to commonly asked questions about our work and activities.
No, there is no formal audition.

You will be invited to undertake a free ‘taster class’ where the teacher will assess if the class is appropriate for you.

You can download an application form from Dance School section on our website or you can request an application pack by emailing

Once we have received your application we will send confirmation that it has been processed and you will join the waiting list. If there is availability in the class we will invite you to a taster class.

This is free of charge and allows the teacher to assess your suitability to the class level. If the class is satisfactory, we will invite you to enroll at the Dance School.

Please note that places are issued on a first come basis. If there is no availability then you will be placed on a waiting list. As soon as a place becomes available you will be invited to attend a taster class.  

Visit our application page for more information.

It is recommended from Graded level and above, that two classes are attended per week. This is not compulsory but is strongly advised as there is a lot of work to be covered in the Graded syllabus.  

This is dependent on your age and dance background.

Generally for Grade 3 level and above, some ballet experience is required as the students in these classes already have a good grasp of positions and terminology. For Pre-School and Primary classes, no ballet experience is required. If a class is unsuitable then we will try to find a class that can accommodate you.

No, examinations are not compulsory.

Students can move to the next grade without taking the exam so long as the teacher feels that they are ready to progress.

There is no set amount of time for learning a syllabus.

It is entirely dependent on how many classes you attend per week, how the class progresses and how the teacher decides to approach the work. 

Yes. We recognise the importance of ballet classes tailored to young male students. Taught by Patrick Lewis, former professional dancer, these classes focus on building strength and flexibility, and offer a fun and friendly environment for learning. The boy’s classes are for 9 – 11 year-olds.

See our Boys Only! classes for more information.

Pointe work is part of the vocational graded syllabus, therefore students will be required to study this work from Intermediate Foundation level and above.

The best source of information related to examinations is the specification document, Examinations Information, Rules and Regulations.

This details official policies, guidelines, advice, and terms and conditions. This should be read in conjunction with individual Specifications for various exams and groups of exams, which detail learning outcomes, assessment criteria, mark schemes and resources. 

Examination content is detailed in the syllabus books, which include word notes and Benesh Movement Notation and are available from along with DVDs, CDs and sheet music.

Focus on Exams is published three times a year and is dedicated to matters relating to examinations, eg updates on syllabus content, examination policies and procedures, reminders and advice, and general articles of interest. The annual Fees Table is published in the October edition. It is translated into several languages and sent to all RAD Registered Teachers, as well as being published on RAD websites.

Visit our exams section for further information.