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  1. I can see from other threads I am not the only adult who is doing (or has done) RAD Intermediate Foundation, and I thought I would start a new thread for sharing experiences, past and present. I started studying the syllabus in the autumn term 2015. Having started with one Inter Foundation class, I am doing two classes each week at RAD HQ and having a private lesson with my local teacher. I had hoped to be able to do the exam in this summer, but my teachers don’t think I am quite ready. I am really hoping for the November/December exam, but it does mean keeping everything up over the school summer holiday. Pirouettes and allegro are my main problem areas (and also not looking tense!) Pointe work in the centre also needs work.
  2. Hi everyone, DD is joining some additional classes from her dance school soon and one of them is RAD Intermediate. Does anyone know how RAD’s Intermediate compares with ISTD’s Intermediate? In terms of difficulty, no. of exercises, etc. Also I believe for the RAD exam she needs soft blocks/Demi pointe shoes as well as pointe shoes. Does she not need regular flats at all? If not do they wear the soft blocks in class instead of flat? Many thanks!
  3. Does anyone know the piece of music that's used for variation 2 in the RAD Advanced Foundation Exam? Thanks x
  4. Fiz

    Silver Swans

    Lisa, after my first ballet class in I don’t know how many years, I was sore and stiff for four days. It passed and the next time it was fine. I also lost weight! I’m not dancing now as I’m not well enough to go every week and am hoping that Lincoln will soon get a Silver Swan class like some other areas in Lincolnshire have as I think it would suit me better. Hang in there! x
  5. hi everyone, has anyone has done the silver swans teacher training course ? how was it? thank you
  6. This appointment may be of some interest: https://www.royalacademyofdance.org/news/royal-academy-of-dance-appoints-gerard-charles-as-new-artistic-director
  7. Hi Everyone, I'm curious.... DD is currently qualified BBO grade 4 (distinction) and working on grade 5 (not en pointe yet, as she is 11). How does that compare to RAD? Are these grades essentially similar levels, or is BBO 4 comparable to RAD 3 or 5? Thanks,
  8. This might seem like an odd question, but what sort of results are 'normal'? I know that the RAD website shows proportions of distinctions, merits etc. but understandably it doesn't show whether those distictions are marks of 76 or 95. My DDs go to a dance school where RAD Ballet exam marks are nearly all distinctions with just a smattering of high merits. Dancers (girls and boys) regularly receive marks well into the 90s. In fact, a couple of years ago, one dancer even achieved 100!! How 'normal' (common, usual) is it for dancers to gain marks as high as this (I don't mean 100, I mean 90+)? The reason I ask is that, having received a set of exam results yesterday, some of the dancers felt disappointed and upset to "only" receive marks of 82-85 - because their friends achieved marks of 94-97. Dancing at a school where such high marks are commonplace every year, means that we all lose perspective over what is 'normal' and it affects expectations. There are very few dance schools in the area and we are the only one who do RAD graded exams (the others - still 10 miles away so not next-door, do ISTD ballet) which means that our dancers find it difficult to relate their marks to anything outside the bubble of our own dance school. I have no idea whether marks in the 90s are quite unusual and difficult to come by ...or reasonably commonplace and a significant number are awarded across RAD schools every exam session... My own feeling is that a score of 82 is a really good score - it falls well into the distinction category. I am not complaining in any way - I feel very lucky to be part of a dance school that clearly teaches and prepares the children so well. I am just trying to improve my own knowledge and understanding. Can anyone help put things into perspective?
  9. As many of you know, the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) have recently launched their new classical ballet performance programme, Discovering Repertoire, and we at the North East Dance Co-operative think it is perfect to launch our next phase of Co-op Classes! What makes our Co-op Classes unique is that there is no traditional hierarchy as you would find in more standardised dance environments — individual members work as a team of equals, rather than a teacher or a studio owner being the primary decision-maker. Our Co-op Classes are all about peer-to-peer collaborative learning, sharing collective knowledge and experience and together enjoying a truly unique dance experience. We are very excited to be getting back to the roots of where the NEDC all started, and launch the next generation of Co-operative Classes! For more information, please message us with your email address and we will send you a PDF with all the details. You can message us here: www.facebook.com/NorthEastDanceCooperative Also, you may like to check out this video introducing the Discovering Repertoire programme: https://bit.ly/2JT6gWu Here is the link to our original Facebook post about our Co-op Classes: https://bit.ly/2HcWKzC (Likes and Shares are very much appreciated as it helps us raise awareness of the NEDC and build our Co-op community ) NB: This is not a commercial venture. Those who register to take Co-op Classes work together and pool resources (including equally dividing studio hire costs) and no profits are taken. For more details please ask for our Co-op Classes PDF. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I will be keeping an eye on this thread, but to ensure a timely reply I suggest sending a message via our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/NorthEastDanceCooperative Kindest, Angeline Founder, North East Dance Co-operative
  10. Can anyone recommend a good RAD teacher who does private tuition for Intermediate Foundation/Advanced exams please in the Essex area?
  11. My dd has just done her first RAD ballet exam, Grade 4 and did well but seemed to fall down a little on the performance scores. She has another exam in two weeks time and is worried that she is missing something in the performance area but just doesn't know what exactly :/ We don't come from a dance background so we're of no use to her. We'd love if all you pro's could share some tips on exactly HOW to perform more - her teacher keeps saying "you need to perform more" but is not telling her exactly what she is supposed to be doing to achieve that! All help gratefully received Thank you
  12. I've just picked this up via twitter: https://www.rad.org.uk/events/project-b-dance-challenge-london?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=PSSwap_ProjectBDanceChallenge
  13. I'm 71, I had my very first lesson ten years ago, I've just got the news that I passed my RAD Grade 6. I'm soooo excited. I passed every section, and got 51% - not brilliant, but the six girls taking their exams (G5 & G3) on the same afternoon got between 40% and 52%. Also, during those ten years I've had an arthroscopy on my left knee, followed by a unicompartmental knee replacement three years ago. Sorry folks, I just had to brag! I hope I've got my tags correct, and that I'm posting this in the correct place. Apologies if I've got it wrong.
  14. The Ballet Exam Fun comedy sketch by 'Hunt & Murphy', showing the delightful humour of a Ballet Exam. I'm sure we can all relate Hope it makes you giggle, and perhaps relax and enjoy your Ballet Exam's a little more after watching this! Please share & subscribe if you like it, and we'll do more! xoxo
  15. Apologies if this has already been picked up in the links but a snippet in this week's Stage states that Paula Hunt is to step down following complications resulting from major foot surgery.
  16. Hi all - I'm hoping someone can give us some advice please. My dd is doing her first ballet exam ever - Grade 4 - in two weeks time. As this is her first exam she has no idea of what to do when she arrives. Her friend told her that there is a certain way to hold the character skirt, shoes etc. Her ballet teacher hasn't gone over this yet so I'm hoping that someone could let us know what to expect when dd arrives. Does she line up, does she just walk in and put her things down, does the examiner tell her what bit shes doing next or does she just keep playing the music, is there a certain way to hold things and put them down, does she need to say anything? Sorry if these are stupid questions but this is a totally new area for us! Thanks
  17. The RAD have extended the deadline for booking onto the spring series of Adult Associate classes at Elmhurst (starting February 4th) and the rep workshop on Ashton's Dream. It looks like they are under the required numbers and may cancel. So if you might be interested but haven't signed up, please do. I think the Dream should be really interesting, quite different from the big 19th century ballets that seem to be the most common focus for rep workshops.
  18. The other adult student in my RAD Inter class has to go to Derby on a work training course and will be missing 5 weeks of our ballet classes (when we are already fast heading towards exam time). Can any of you lovely helpful and knowledgeable people here suggest suitable classes that she could take in Derby during the time she's away from home? Ideally RAD Inter, but also any suitable adult ballet classes. x
  19. rose66

    Grade 5 exam

    My Granddaughter took her Grade 5 Rad exam 23 November 2017 she is only 11 yrs old! We have just received her results 86 for her grade 5 exam and 87 for her gold medal test! She’s only been trained in RAD for 3 years is this a good mark ?
  20. Hello, Sorry if this topic has already come up but can someone please tell me if Elmhurst are still doing their extended associates, there is nothing on the website about it ? As I wanted to audition this year for it ! Thank you
  21. One of my local dance schools where I take pointe and floor barre classes is offering an Adult intermediate level class next term. Although it is not a syllabus class the teacher hopes to give a taster of some of the RAD Intermediate exercises, and it could become an RAD Intermediate syllabus class if there were enough interest. I am registered for the class, but even though it is a small class (pointe class has a maximum of 10) it needs enough numbers to go ahead. I am interested in the syllabus work, but equally happy with a free class. Classes are held at The Dance Lab, 63 Upper Richmond Rd, London SW15 2RD (very close to East Putney tube and not too far from Putney railway station). They start on Monday 8 January 2018. The time is 8.15pm to 9.30pm. It is not a drop-in class, but taster classes are available if there is space, and payment is half-termly. If anyone is interested contact carmelaguidaballet@hotmail.co.uk (http://www.carmelaguidaballet.co.uk).
  22. Due to teething problems with introducing a new uniform this year, we (I) am now going to have to sew three rows of ribbon on four character skirts in time for the Grade 6 exam in a month. The skirts are long as they're for teenagers, and measure 5.2m round the hem... I've started on DD's, but find it's taking me 2 hours for each row of ribbon – measuring, pinning, tacking. I haven't even got the sewing machine out yet! Just wondering if there are any tips out there in the dance parent mine of information? I'm wondering about using tailor's chalk to mark where the top of each ribbon should go, for example, but am hoping for a miraculous time-saving solution
  23. Hi guys, Met up with an old friend this week who I danced with back in the 90's. Long story short, she's offered to do some free 1-1's with DS. Only prob is we were trained in ceccheti ballet many moons ago and DS is taking classes for RAD exams. Would it have a negative impact on his style? At the minute, I'm thinking, he's just 10 and any extra ballet has to be good, right?? The only other consideration is if it will be ok with his teacher. Tempted with the cost of these things to say yes, but don't want to get anyone's back up! ? What would you do???
  24. Just wondering if anyone can help me out here, my dd takes AAD exams and teacher has told us that their exams are much harder than RAD and this is reflected in the grading requirements. For example dd last AAD exam was marked at 94 which is Honours whereas with RAD apparently 94 would get a higher mark such as distinction, meaning it's harder to get such high ratings with the AAD as the mark thresholds are higher. Dd has recently started taking RAD exams and I have no idea how their grading works, marks required for level of pass. So I was hoping someone could break it down for me. I'll post the AAD requirements below for anyone interested and this is all just down to idle curiosity, but would be nice to know what to expect from the grading system when she finally takes her RAD exam so a comparison would be helpful. AAD requirements- Under 65 - FAILED 65-68 - PASSED 70-75 - PASS PLUS 76-79 - COMMENDED 80-89 - HIGHLY COMMENDED 90-95 - HONOURS 96+ - DISTINCTION sorry if I've not explained myself very well or used the correct terminology, I'm sooo not a dance mom yet ?
  25. Hi, just after some information . My daughter has just taken her intermediate imperial classical ballet exam with ISTD . We are currently looking at the possibility of changing schools as my dd is taught alone at her current school as there are no other students at same level. The school we are looking at teaches RAD and said my daughter would need to take the intermediate RAD exam. I was wondering why ? Is ISTD intermediate not the same level?? Or is it a requirement of RAD to have done their exam before progressing??? ( I unfortunately was not at the meeting to ask questions my husband was and he didn't query it) thanks in advance
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