The RAD is one of the world’s most influential dance education organisations. RAD’s exams set standards in classical ballet and they are a global leader in Continuing Professional Development for dance.


Founded in 1920 to set standards for dance teaching within the UK, today RAD has a presence in 85 countries, with 36 offices and over 14,000 members worldwide. There are more than 1,000 students in RAD’s teacher training programmes and more than a quarter of a million students are being examined on RAD’s syllabi.


RAD supports the membership through the knowledge, and expertise of their highly qualified staff and through conferences, workshops, training courses and summer schools.



  • The RAD’s Faculty of Education is dedicated to meeting the needs of current and future dance teachers by providing dance teacher education programmes and qualifications.
  • The exams are recognised by Ofqual and contribute to UCAS points. The RAD’s patron is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.



The Royal Academy of Dance offers an internationally recognised portfolio of examinations and assessments designed to encourage, motivate and reward students of all ages and abilities, outlining a progressive structure for learning and achievement in dance.

Students start with the Dance to Your Own Tune curriculum, move through Pre-Primary and Primary levels and then into eight Graded and six Vocational Graded levels. Students can move from Graded Examinations to Vocational Graded Examinations at an appropriate time; or they can study both pathways simultaneously.

The Dance School offers classes in the full range of RAD Examinations and many students study syllabus work alongside other styles of dance.



  • Demonstration classes (Dance to Your Own Tune) is the curriculum for children from 21⁄2 to 5 years.
  • The graded syllabus (Pre-Primary in Dance, Primary in Dance and Grade 1–8) provides a broad practical dance education and develops technical, musical and performance skills (age 5+).
  • Vocational graded examinations (Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced Foundation, Advanced 1, Advanced 2) provide an in-depth study of ballet and prepare students for a career in dance (age 11+).