Inverclyde's Premier Classical Ballet School


Royal Academy of Dance Exams at Elite Academy

Since 2010 Elite Academy of Dance have been entering Pupils for Royal Academy of Dance exams, with stunning success, results have been well above the UK average.

This has allowed students along with the specialised training received at Elite Academy of Dance to take this success forward to successfully audition for Scottish Ballet Associates, The Dance School of Scotland and Ballet West.

Don't accept second best with your Classical Ballet tuition, Elite Academy has a proven track record of success with Royal Academy of Dance Exams since we entered our first pupils six years ago.  


RAD Graded Ballet Examinations

We offer Graded Examinations and Presentation ballet classes for students from the age of seven years and Pre - Primary in Dance and Primary in Dance examinations and class awards for students from the age of five years.

Learning ballet requires patience and continual study over time. It is recommended that the commitment for students studying for a Graded examination or Presentation class should be a minimum of one class a week with extra coaching in the period leading up to the examination, particularly as the student progresses towards the higher levels.

The Royal Academy of Dance is one of the world’s most influential dance education and training organisations. 

We promote knowledge, understanding and practice of dance internationally. We seek to accomplish this through promoting dance, educating and training students and teachers and providing examinations to set standards and reward achievement.

The Academy's patron is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Today the RAD has a presence in 79 countries, with 36 offices and approximately 13,000 members worldwide

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Graded Ballet Examinations


The Graded Examinations in Dance Syllabus consists of three dance disciplines:

Ballet - the foundation and the most important part of the syllabus
Free Movement - it has been influenced by and incorporates movements in common with other dance styles such as Natural Movement, Contemporary and Classical Greek Dance
Character - the theatrical presentation of national dance using original ethnic dance and music which has been freely adapted for the theatre. The three styles — Hungarian, Russian and Polish — were selected because of their historic importance in the development of the nineteenth century full-length classical ballets.

Study for these examinations provides students with:

- an increasing ability to demonstrate practical knowledge of the above disciplines with the appropriate technique, musicality and performance qualities
- a graduated measure of attainment against specific criteria
- increased self-confidence through the learning, memorising and performing of prescribed sequences of movement, studies and dances
- awareness and understanding of working with others
- an appreciation, through practical experience, of three contrasting dance disciplines and their accompanying music

Graded examinations are numbered progressively in order of complexity, from Primary to Grade 8 Award. The Entry Requirements show which grade your candidate can be entered for.

The types of assessment are:

- Class Awards conducted by the teacher and assessed by an RAD Examiner
- Candidates receive an Assessment Report, a Certificate, and a Medal from the RAD
- Examinations
- Presentation Classes, based on Graded Examinations are also offered. These are performed in front of an RAD examiner and conducted by the teacher. The candidates are rewarded with a certificate of participation.

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Please feel free to contact us by email using the contact section opposite.

Julie can also be contacted directly on Tel 0775 324 6035 for information you may require may require about Elite Academy of Dance, Alba Ballet or Classical Ballet 

Our Private Ballet Studio is at 15a Watt Street Greenock, feel free to pop in any Monday, Tuesday,Thursday or Friday evening.

Our contact page also gives full address and how to find us details.

Elite Academy of Dance is Inverclyde's Premier School of Classical Ballet, we look forward to welcoming new students regardless of age or ability.