At Shoreline Dance Academy we know that the early beginnings of a dancer’s training are just as important as the later years. Our faculty has the most current R.A.D certification in the new Pre-Primary and Primary syllabi which teaches musicality, rhythm, coordination, mime and many other important fundamentals needed to continue through their training for years to come.

Mommy and Me
For ages 2.5 – 3.5yrs

A perfectly timed class for mom’s (dads too) and their wee ones who still need parental assistance in the studio. This class focuses on building basic motor skills, the relationship to music and other sounds, working with props, and how to respond to direction from a teacher.

Musical Movement
For ages 4 – 5yrs

A class expertly built for young children that can work in a studio setting without parental assistance this movement class introduces students to basic ballet movements and mime. Set to a delightful mix of music created specifically to engage the imagination, musical movement offers young dancers an interactive and stimulating class which will set them up of success in all their future training.

Pre-Primary in Dance
For ages 5 – 6yrs

Using the new R.A.D syllabus, young students learn the beginnings of fundamental classical terminology and technique. An introduction to use of turnout, working both as a soloist and in a group, more advanced musicality, coordination, and weight placement.

Primary in Dance
For ages 6 – 7yrs

Prepares students for the more technical work of Grade 1 ballet. Dancers build on their musicality and stamina with more complicated settings. Students learn to multitask using props, mime and dance together.

R.A.D Graded Examinations
Grades 1 – 8

The training journey continues with R.A.D Graded examinations.  These classes offer students a variety of training all in one beautifully constructed syllabi. These classes consist of classical ballet, free movement and character work (Hungarian,Russian, and Polish) and prepare students for the more rigorous and artistically demanding work in the Vocational Graded examinations.

R.A.D Vocational Graded Examinations
Intermediate Foundation – Advanced 2

Built for the aspiring professional dancer, the R.A.D Vocational Graded examinations work on advanced coordination, musicality, artistry and classical vocabulary. At the Intermediate Foundation level students are assessed for pointe shoe eligibility. Examinations at this level are by Director selection only, however all dancers will participate in the learning experience.

Solo Seal Examination

Introduced in 1928 it is the highest Vocational Graded examination of the Royal Academy of Dance, focusing on solo performance. Candidates are required to perform three contrasting variations. The Solo Seal takes place in front of a panel of judges and audience. Only those that achieve Distinction on their Advanced 2 examination are eligible to prepare for this exam.

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Examinations are open to both male and female candidates. Candidates may take any Grade without having passed previous examinations, provided they satisfy the minimum age/technical requirements as assessed by the Director. Students must take 2 classes of the same R.A.D grade each week in order to be eligible for an examination after completing Primary in Dance. Dancers at the Vocational Graded level must take all proposed classes in order to be eligible for an examination.

Class Awards are the latest addition to the R.A.D group of assessments and are available at Pre-Primary in Dance and Primary in Dance levels. They are conducted by the teacher in the examination room. Students are assessed by an R.A.D examiner through observation of performance of all exercises and a dance. All candidates receive an assessment report, certificate, and medal from the R.A.D.

Presentation Classes enable teachers to offer all students in their school a goal to obtain regardless of their physical ability or pace of learning. Presentation classes are an excellent source for those students that wish to work towards an examination but don’t want the stress of trying to achieve a particular mark. All candidates receive an assessment report, certificate, and medal from the R.A.D.

**Free-Movement is a dance style where movement is expressed without emphasis on a turned out hip position. Working on qualities such as suspension, drop, swinging movements, a sense of breadth and travel. Some grades use silk scarves for this section. Comparable to basic modern dance movement qualities.

**Character is the stylized representation of a traditional folk or national dance, normally from a European country, and uses movements and music which have been adapted for the theatre. Dancers must have character shoes and character skirt to school specifications.

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