At Liberal Music and Art School, we aim to provide promising, quality, caring and achievable dance tuition to everyone. In addition to that, we aspire to nurture and train students in such a way that the joy of dance may be experienced. Our school provides RAD ballet classes, RAD exam preparation classes, workshops, conditioning and concert dance. Classes are currently being run through a total of 4 terms per year. Students will increase their knowledge of dance and skills through RAD exams, presentation classes and concert dance. The skills and experience that students obtained can be brought into different aspects of life. 

Things about RAD

From the RAD website: 

“The RAD’s patron is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and our President is Dame Darcey Bussell, DBE. With 13,000 members in 89 countries and offices in 36, we have an incredible global network of passionate and skilled employees, teachers and members, each shaping and influencing the future of dance.

Our higher education programmes are regulated and a recent Ofsted inspection found the RAD to be an ‘outstanding’ provider of initial teacher education. The RAD’s examinations are recognised by Ofqual and contribute to UCAS points.

There are currently over 1,000 students in full-time or part-time dance teacher training programmes and each year the RAD’s renowned classical ballet examination syllabus is taught to thousands of young people worldwide, with around a quarter of a million pupils per year going on to take our exams.” 

RAD stands for the Royal Academy of Dance and it originates

from the United Kingdom and was founded back in 1920 in London,

England. It has been long established for a 100 years as of now. The RAD is one of the most influential dance education and training organizations. The teaching method and dance technique was devised for the Academy by a group of well-known European dancers. They provide a comprehensive syllabi for students as young as 3 years old to professional. The RAD method is often taught by trained and registered teachers in order to ensure that the standards set by the RAD remain high. The RAD method is tailored to students of all ages and abilities that allow students to learn progressively and it provides a great platform for ballet training along with the music they can relate to.

Examination entry is at the care of the Director in concurrence with the Teacher.

The RAD syllabus starts from the Pre-Primary level and Primary Level, graded level from Grade 1 until Grade 8 then followed by 6 vocational graded levels. 

Pre- Ballet 

The program aims to inspire children the love of dance and an introduction to ballet. Students will be introduced to the idea of working as a group through the guidance of a teacher. Through this program, students will be able to develop gross motor skills, group skills, listening skills and confidence. The class includes using props such as hoops, scarfs, flower petals to bring life to activities and dance concepts like spatial awareness, running, bending, jumping, balancing and free movement will also be introduced.

Pre-Primary and Primary Level 

The syllabus is established to introduce the fundamentals of classical ballet. Students will be dancing along with different styles of music and broaden their knowledge of dance concepts such as the coordination of arms, legs and eyes, rhythm of music and dance expression. The skills obtained will benefit and enable them to progress to the next level efficiently and other dance genres. 

Grade 1- Grade 8

The syllabus is crafted in a way where students are able to enhance and broaden their ballet technique such as posture, weight placement, turn out and poise and performance skills. Students will also gain a deeper knowledge of the classical ballet dance in a progressive manner. Different cultural and historical background will be introduced as character work is being introduced starting from Grade 1 onwards.  In conjunction to that, students will gain an extensive musicality skill and movement coordination. 

Vocational Level

This level is approached with a more mature sense of music and performance. It provides an in depth study of the ballet techniques and provides student for future professional development. The vocational levels include progressive levels of pointe work. 

Recommended Age:

Pre- ballet (3.5-5years)

Pre-Primary (5 years above)

Primary (6-7 years)

Grade 1 (7-8 years)

Grade 2 (8-9 years)

Grade 3 (9-10 years)

Grade 4 (10-12 years)

Grade 5 (12-13 years) 

Grade 6- Grade 8 (13 years+, min 11 years)

Vocational Intermediate Foundation (12 years+, min 11 years)

Vocational Intermediate (13 years+, min 12 years)

Advanced Foundation (14 years, min 13 years)