Around the world, RAD exams are recognised for their quality, and each year, nearly a quarter of a million candidates across the globe choose to take their dance exams with us.
We offer a wide range of exams and assessments to motivate and reward students of all ages and abilities. Our focus is on creativity and musicality, providing opportunities to progress and achieve. It’s not just professional or young dancers who take our exams; age is no barrier to success. At any stage of your life or career you can develop your fitness, musicality and artistry. Our candidates range in age from 2 to 60+!
Quick Guide to Exams
|Name of Award||What?||Who?||Assessed?||Where?|
|Demonstration Class (Dance to Your Own Tune)||Free content, led by teacher||Cadidates age 2.5 - 5 years||No, the examiner only observes||AEC or RAV|
|Solo Performance Award (Grades 1 -5)||3 Solo dances, at least 2 from exam syllabus||From age 5||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 5, 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|