The Royal Academy of Dance offers a wide range of courses, classes and workshops for young people
The RAD offers a full programme of adult dance courses for beginners through to more experienced dancers. Please find descriptions of the classes below to help you decide which is the right one for you.
Weekly Dance Classes
The adult ballet classes are non-syllabus classes and are taught by highly experienced RAD teachers. Classes are run as a course and are not available on a 'pay as you go’ basis. Check below to find out which is the most appropriate level for you:
A fun and informative class which is suitable for those with some ballet experience. This class will allow you to gain a good understanding of ballet steps and enable you to further develop classical ballet technique. This is a mixed level class with an emphasis on enjoyment and is structured as four or seven week blocks, therefore participants will not have to commit to a whole term.
This class is suitable for those with very little or no previous experience in dance; this class teaches the basics of ballet technique with the view to moving up a level after a year. We do not enrol new participants for the Summer term at this level unless you have some experience - please speak to the Trainnig Co-ordinator about your options.
Improvers Level 1
This class is suitable for those with some previous ballet experience and who already have a good grasp of ballet technique. This class will enable you to progress through the levels as you improve your technique.
Improvers Level 2
This class is suitable for those with at least two years of recent training in ballet technique and who wish to develop their skills and technique further. Students will broaden their knowledge of ballet practice with the view to moving up to Level 3.
Improvers Level 3
This class is suitable for those with at least three years of ballet training, who have developed a strong ballet technique and who wish to take on a challenging class.
This class is for participants at advanced level or professional dancers who would like a fast-paced and challenging class. Students can move up in to this class from an Improvers 2 or 3 level on their teacher’s recommendation only.
Intermediate Foundation Syllabus Class
Due to popular demand from students, the RAD created an Intermediate Foundation class for students aged 18+ giving adults the opportunity to work towards and take a Vocational Graded Examination. The Examinations in Dance syllabus provides an in-depth study of ballet developing the technique, music and performance skills of the student. It introduces pointe work for female candidates. Students must have at least two years of recent ballet training to apply for Intermediate Foundation. Students will be assessed by the teacher in their first class and entry into the class does not guarantee entry into the exam.
Intermediate Syllabus Class
Following the success of adult students taking their Intermediate Foundation exam, we are now introducing an Intermediate class. The Examinations in Dance syllabus provides an in-depth study of ballet developing the technique, music and performance skills of the student. To apply for this class students should either have at least three years of recent ballet training, have completed their Intermediate Foundation exam or achieved RAD Grade 6 ballet (or equivalent). Students will be assessed by the teacher in their first class and entry into the class does not guarantee entry into the exam.
Classicore – NEW
Taught by Dr Anne Hogan, BA, MA, PhD – Director of Education at the RAD
A new class designed to enhance flexibility, strength, and fluidity of movement, the ‘Classicore’ approach is a unique integration of Pilates and ballet based floor work, dynamic stretching and body conditioning exercises. Classicore has been developed uniquely for dancers as a core-strengthening supplement to their technique class, and emphasizes proper alignment, fluidity and movements that lengthen as they tone, increasing both suppleness and stamina.
A new adult fitness class that will include and combine elements of Body Conditioning, Pilates, Floor Barre, Yoga and stretching techniques. Providing an invigorating workout, this class will focus on muscular strength, body alignment and balance to deliver an innovative, intense and highly effective full-body workout.
Enjoy a fun-filled, high energy dance class taught by teacher, choreographer and performer, Sonny Ward. Develop Jazz technique, co-ordination and physical fitness in a fun and friendly environment. This is a general level class with an emphasis on enjoyment.
Street Dance Level 2 (14 - 25 years)
High energy and stylised, Street Dance is a popular urban style of dance that has inspired music videos. Learn routines that incorporate movements such as popping, locking, funk and hip hop, all to your favourite commercial and popular music tracks whislt getting a great work out. Previous experience in Street Dance is required for this class.
This class offers adults a unique opportunity to experience and explore a movement vocabulary blended from various Contemporary Dance techniques. Challenging yet invigorating, emphasis will be placed on building strength and cultivating skills in various areas of Contemporary Dance. Split into six blocks over the year, each block will explore a specific theme allowing participants to select that which they feel may be greater suited to their current needs. All classes will be paced and specifically tailored to match the needs and requirements of those participating, therefore open to all ranges of ability and experience.
Block One: Body Awareness (7 September to 19 October)
Block Two: Learning and Making Movement (9 November to 7 December)
Block Three: Cardiovascular (6 January to 10 February)
Block Four: Límon-based Dance Technique (1 March to 29 March)
Block Five: Improvisation (26 April to 24 May)
Block Six: Contact Work (7 June to 12 July)
NEW Saturday Adult Classes Offer:
Make Saturday your new day of dance!
Contemporary Dance (12.00 – 1.15pm)
General Fitness (2.00 – 3.00pm)
General Level Ballet (3.00 – 4.00pm)
If you join all three of the Saturday Adult Classes, you will receive a 10% discount off all three classes and could save up to £30!
Forms and information
Application pack 2013/14
Terms & Conditions
Direct Debit Form
Additional Class Form
Change of Class Form
Adult Repertoire Workshops
These repertoire workshops offer participants the unique opportunity to explore a well-known ballet through dance, music and acting. Following a brief warm up, participants will learn choreography from a selected scene, gaining an insight into the way in which a corps de ballet dancer studies and rehearses. The workshop will also improve both technical and performance skills.
Who can attend: Students aged 18+ who have recent ballet experience and have developed a good technique
Date: Sunday 8 December
Closing date: Monday 18 November
Venue: South East dance Studios, 39 Egerton Avenue, Hextable, Kent BR8 7LG
Time: 3.15 – 5.45pm
Fee: £38.00 (includes screening of The Nutcracker 6.00-8.00pm)
Faculty: Matthew Paluch MA, PDTD (Dist.)
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