RAD Grades 1-8 Ballet Classes

From the age of 7, students at Shore Dance are taught the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus. From the age of 11, student have the option of continuing on with Higher Graded Syllabus (Grades 6, 7, 8) or the Vocational Graded Syllabus, or they may choose to do both. Students have the opportunity to work towards an RAD examination in August of each year.

Royal Academy of Dance Graded Syllabus:

As quoted by the Royal Academy of Dance (2013), the aims of the Graded Examination syllabus are to:

  • promote the study of ballet and related dance disciplines as a leisure and/or vocational activity
  • 
provide a means of measuring the acquisition of technical, musical and performance skills in ballet and related dance disciplines;
  • promote and encourage enjoyment of movement as a form of physical exercise
  • 
provide all candidates, particularly children and young people, with an opportunity of experiencing dance accompanied by live and recorded music
  • 
encourage personal self-confidence and group awareness through the experience of dancing solo, with partners and in small groups
  • aid the development of a general appreciation of music through dancing to 
various musical styles and rhythmic patterns
  • 
motivate students by providing a series of clearly defined goals which have 
been structured to reflect the principles of safe dance practice
  • 
provide teachers with a means by which to measure the individual progress of 
their students.

For more information on the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus, please visit the following websites:

Royal Academy of Dance New Zealand: www.rad.org.nz

Royal Academy of Dance UK: www.rad.org.uk


Grade 1 Ballet Classes (7+ year olds):

  • Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm (Miss Josie – Back Studio)
  • Saturdays 11:15-12:15pm (Miss Olivia– Front Studio)
  • Saturdays 2:30-3:30pm (Miss Olivia – Back Studio)

Grade 2 Ballet Classes (8+ years old):

  • Tuesdays 3:30-4:30pm (Miss Stephanie – Front Studio)
  • Thursdays 4:30-5:30pm (Miss Stephanie – Front Studio)
  • Saturdays 9:00-10:00am (Miss Whitney – Back Studio)

Please note: It is compulsory that students attend 2 classes per week if they wish to enter the exam

Grade 3 Ballet Classes (9+ years old):

  • Wednesdays: 5:15-6:15pm (Miss Stephanie – Front Studio)
  • Thursdays: 3:30-4:30pm (Miss Stephanie – Front Studio)
  • Thursdays: 5:30-6:30pm (Miss Stephanie – Front Studio)
  • Saturdays: 10:00-11:00pm (Miss Whitney – Back Studio)

Please note: It is compulsory that students attend 2 classes per week if they wish to enter the exam

Grade 4 Ballet Classes (10+ year olds): 

  • Mondays: 4:30-5:30pm (Miss Stephanie – Back Studio)
  • Tuesdays: 4:30-5:30pm  (Miss Stephanie – Front Studio)

Please note: It is compulsory that students attend 2 classes per week if they wish to enter the exam

 Grade 5 Ballet Classes (11+ year olds):

  • Tuesdays: 5:30-6:30pm (Miss Stephanie – Front Studio)
  • Thursdays: 4:30-5:30pm (Miss Josie – Back Studio)

Please note: It is compulsory that students attend 2 classes per week if they wish to enter the exam

Grade 6 / Inter Found Ballet Classes (12+ year olds): 

  • Tuesdays: 6:30-7:30pm (Syllabus Class – Miss Stephanie – Front Studio)
  • Thursdays: 6:30-7:30pm (Syllabus Class -Miss Stephanie – Front Studio)

Please note: It is compulsory for students attend 2 syllabus classes per week if they wish to enter the exam