About the Royal Academy of Dance

The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD for short) is one of the world’s most influential dance education and professional membership organisations. Founded in 1920, they set global standards for exams in classical ballet, teacher training and continuing professional development for dance. They are also the longest-standing and most recognized examination board in Singapore.

RAD Syllabus and Minimum Age

The RAD Syllabus consists of the Graded Syllabus and the Vocational Syllabus:

  • 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+). There is no pointe work in the graded syllabus.
  • 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+). Vocational syllabus includes progressive levels of pointe work.
  • Many of our students take both the Graded and Vocational Graded Examinations concurrently.

To ensure safe dance practice, candidates must have reached the following minimum age by:

  • 1 January (for exam sessions taking place between January and August); or
  • 1 September (for exam sessions taking place between September and December), in the year the exam takes place:
Level Minimum age
Pre-Primary in Dance 5
Primary in Dance 6
Grades 1-5 7
Grades 6-8 11
Intermediate Foundation 11
Intermediate 12
Advanced Foundation 13
Advanced 1 14
Advanced 2 15
Solo Seal 15

Course Fees

Level Class Duration (mins) Trial Class Term Fees (2x/wk 3 months)
Primary in Dance 45 $30 $594
Grades 1-2 60 $35 $704
Grade 3 75 $38 $880
Grades 4-5 90 $40 $990
Grades 6-8 90 $40 $1056
Intermediate (IF & Inter) 90 $40 $1056
Advanced (AF, A1 & A2) 120 $50 $1210

Package rates are available for students attending more than 3 classes a week. Please call us at 63853321 to enquire.

There is a $30 registration fee and $150 deposit (refundable with 1 calendar month written withdrawal notice).

We accept cash, cheque and fund transfer to our DBS Current Account 003-930663-6 (preferred). There’re no NETS and credit card facilities at our premise.

Sign Up For Class

There is no maximum age imposed on RAD syllabus. We welcome students of all ages to join our syllabus class. Whether you are a beginner or have taken a break and wish to resume dancing ballet, we will do our best to fit you in. Do not hesitate to contact us for a trial class.

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