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.
We also offer classes in ballet, street jazz and mat based Pilates this summer with the Adult Summer Course from 22–26 July 2013.
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 Exam 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 Exam 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.
NEW General Fitness
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 West End performer, Rosy Thompson. 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.
High energy and stylised, Street Dance is a popular urban style of dance that has inspired music videos by artists such as Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga and Rhianna. Learn routines that incorporate movements such as popping, locking, funk and hip hop, all to your favourite commercial and popular music tracks. This class is for you if you enjoy watching dance companies such Diversity and ZooNation or if you want to use any previous dance training to explore a different style. 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 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.
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!
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+ with at least one year of recent ballet experience
Romeo & Juliet
Date: Sunday 30 June 2013
Venue: Colours of Dance Studio, Cambridge
Teacher: Natalie Marks, PDTD
Closing Date: 10 June 2013
Forms and information
Our classes are now closed. The 2013/2014 Application Pack will be available to download in July.
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Change of Class Form
Dancers across Scotland have left little to the imagination to create Genée Uncovered
RAD Conference: Dance and Lifelong Wellbeing, 26-28 April 2013
Booking for the Introduction to the new Advanced Foundation, Advanced 1 and Advanced 2 syllabi Teachers’ courses is now open.