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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. Hello! I’m in the process of preparing for my RAD intermediate foundation exam and I’m hoping to sit it at the end of this year or next year. I’m doing 2 classes a week, a one hour private lesson, 2 hours of weights and tracking my calorie and protein intake on my fitness pal with my online personal trainer. I started ballet a year ago now having never danced before and was wondering if there’s anyone on here preparing for the same exam so we could share experiences and tips. Or any teachers that can share wisdom about how best to prepare, how much to practice, how many classes to take, cross training etc. Looking for some RAD intermediate foundation buddies - I’m nosy about how other people prepare for RAD exams 😂🩰
  3. New exhibition at the V&A (London) On Point: Royal Academy of Dance at 100 opens at the V&A on 2 December until 19 September 2021. http://royalacademyofdance.org/onpoint https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/darcey-bussell-announced-had-made-principal-shock/
  4. RAD Vocational Graded Exam Intermediate DVD for sale, new syllabus, male and female set exercises and variations. £10 + £1.50 p&p
  5. I have the following uniform for sale, prices do not include postage. Can send pictures if needed. Elmhurst 3 x Polo shirts. Age 11-12. £4 each 1 x Fleece jacket. Age 11-12. £10 1 x Character skirt. 24" waist, 25" length. £10 Also have an old style skirt and blazer if anyone needs them. RAD 1 x Black Alice leotard. Size 2. Hardly worn. £10 1 x Royal blue Alice leotard. Size 2. £8 1 x Black vocational skirt. Size small. Worn only for exam. £12 https://www.radenterprises.co.uk/ballet-wear-props/female-ballet-exam-wear/vocational-graded/freed-advanced-skirt-500adv?zenid=vip6d97r91cosa5o1ocgcf56f0 Others 1 x Wear Moi Altesse lace skirt. Age 8-10 in bright pink. £8 1 x Degas 9501 in Grenat (dark red). Size T2. Hardly worn. £25
  6. Hi, Does anyone have the RAD Intermediate DVD for sale please? Thank you
  7. Has anyone on here used this app and can you tell me if it has worked for you as the reviews are terrible, also you can access the videos on more than one device after you have paid? There is no info on the app at all! My DDs dance teacher has just closed the school due to coronovirus and told us to practice using this app (grade 2 exam in early June). Thanks xx
  8. If anyone has any experience (good or bad) of RAD summer schools, I would really appreciate your feedback. Thank you in advance.
  9. Hi, I have one Size 22" (waist) Character skirt for sale, suitable for RAD or non-syllabus classes. 3 'Blues' stripes at the bottom. Perfect condition; never before worn Looking for around £5 plus postage but open to offers. Money will be going to charity. Pictures are available too x
  10. I have for sale: Never before worn Roch Valley split sole pink satin ballet shoes Ribbons have been sewn on. Size 2.5 £4 and Worn once only Katz Dancewear black character shoes 1-1.5" heel Size 1.5 but would fit sizes up to a 2.5 as well I would say £3 They are very good quality but I grew out of them before use! Photos available and open to offers too x
  11. HI, my daughter is relocating from Australia to Leeds to take up a place at NSCD. She was supposed to be taking her RAD Advanced 2 exam before she leaves but her studio has just received their exam dates and it is too late for her. We are investigating the possibility of transferring her exam to the UK and wondering if anyone can recommend a good ballet school in Leeds who could facilitate this? Doing the exam earlier here is not an option, unfortunately. Thanks in advance!
  12. Anyone else looking forward to the new RAD syllabus coming in the new year? I've found a video showing clips from the DVD - https://www.radenterprises.co.uk/discovering-repertoire More info here
  13. I was just wondering if anyone’s child has done the RAD summer school before (and done the residential)? We’ve been offered a cancellation for my daughter, who’s just turned 9, and has just taken her grade 2 RAD. It’s a lot of money, but I think she would enjoy it (she was keen when we looked before, then found it was fully booked), but my only concern is that 9 is quite young for the residential aspect, but on the other hand, I can see they would get most of out of it socially by staying. Would appreciate any experience anyone may have on this.
  14. 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!
  15. Does anyone know the piece of music that's used for variation 2 in the RAD Advanced Foundation Exam? Thanks x
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    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
  17. hi everyone, has anyone has done the silver swans teacher training course ? how was it? thank you
  18. This appointment may be of some interest: https://www.royalacademyofdance.org/news/royal-academy-of-dance-appoints-gerard-charles-as-new-artistic-director
  19. 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,
  20. 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?
  21. 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
  22. Can anyone recommend a good RAD teacher who does private tuition for Intermediate Foundation/Advanced exams please in the Essex area?
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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.
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