Ballet Exams


Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Exams

TPDS has been participating in ballet exams through the Royal Academy of Dance since 2001. The Royal Academy of Dance offers a wide range of exams and assessments to motivate and reward students of all ages and abilities. Their focus is on creativity and musicality, with the Graded System (Primary to Grade 8) providing opportunities to progress and achieve. All candidates who successfully pass an examination or award receive a certificate of achievement and a breakdown of their result. Some grades and awards also offer medals. The Vocational Graded Syllabus develops the technique, music and performance skills of the older ballet student to an advanced level, preparing them for a dance or dance-related career.

Here at TPDS, both Miss Fenton & Miss Meagan are Royal Academy of Dance Registered Teachers.  By choosing an RAD Registered Teacher you are choosing quality, safety and professionalism.


All RAD Registered teachers hold a recognized dance teaching qualification. This means that you can be confident in their dance knowledge and teaching ability, including what is developmentally appropriate at every stage of a child’s learning.


We recommend that all our teaching members have an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Disclosure Scotland or similar international organizations. Every teacher on our register is expected to adhere to our Code of Professional Practice which outlines an ethos of integrity, competence and professionalism.


From the ringing of the bell to patiently waiting for your results, experience an RAD exams day from the perspective of a student, teacher and Examiner. Take a peak at the video for a insight into ballet exams:

Ballet Exam Attire

Primary Ballet
• Pink sleeveless bodysuit
• Pink ballet skirt (provided)
• Pink leather ballet slippers (full sole)

Grade 1 – Grade 5 Ballet
• Navy scooped neck sleeveless bodysuit
• Navy waist elastic
• Pink microfiber tights
• Pink leather ballet slippers (full sole)
• Character shoes (black canvas)

Intermediate-Advanced Ballet
• Black sleeveless Mondor bodysuit
• Black waist band
• Pink microfiber tights
• Soft blocs with pink ribbons
• Pink pointe shoes with pink ribbons

Ballet Exam Syllabus

All ballet classes are taught under the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus.

The following are the syllabus lists for each class:

Pre-Primary Syllabus

Primary Syllabus

Grade 1 Syllabus

Grade 2 Syllabus

Grade 3 Exam Syllabus

Grade 4 Syllabus

Grade 5 Exam Syllabus

Intermediate Syllabus

Advanced Fond Syllabus

Advanced 1 Sylllabus



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