Royal Academy of Dance
PDA'S Ballet Discipline
The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is designed to bring the highest possible level of dance education to students all around the world. Founded in 1920 to set standards for dance teaching within the UK, today the RAD has a presence in 85 countries, with 36 offices and approximately 14,000 members worldwide.
For more information on the RAD visit the links below:
ROYAL ACADEMY OF DANCE
Each year PDA students participate in RAD exams under our registered RAD teacher; Andrew Needhammer ARAD, RAD, RTS. Exams provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate what they have learned and gain recognition from the largest examining body in the world. Exams are held in March or April. PDA Ballet students in Grade 3 and above are strongly encouraged, but are not required, to take the exams. In order to take an exam, students must take both classes of their level per week. All students taking the exam are also expected to have character shoes. If you have any questions please speak to our Ballet Mistress; Rebecca Needhammer, ARAD.
Click below to see an RAD promotional video about exams!
RAD DANCE CHALLENGE
We will be participating
in the RAD Dance Challenge!
This ballet competition is specifically designed for students in Grade 4 and above who are studying RAD. Join other students from across the country and compete for cash and other prizes.
(RAD Dance Challenge
is not affiliated with the
PDA Firebirds Dance Team.)
DRESS CODE & LEOTARD
DRESS CODE FOR FEMALE STUDENTS:
All female students are expected to wear pink footed tights, pink ballet shoes, and hair in a neat bun or comparable style. No skirts, warm-ups or jewelry.
Leotard style for Grade 1-5 must be tank sleeved.
LEOTARD COLORS FOR THE CLASSES:
GRADE 1: Light Blue
GRADE 2: Light Blue
GRADE 3: Lilac
GRADE 4: Mulberry
GRADE 5: Burgundy
POINTE & ADVANCED:
Any color and style
DRESS CODE FOR MALE STUDENTS:
All male students are expected to wear black shoes with black socks or white shoes with white socks and hair neatly arranged. No warm-ups or jewelry.
Black or navy bike shorts or dance shorts with a white t-shirt or leotard. Leggings or tights may be worn in cold months.
Black, navy or gray tights or leggings with a white t-shirt or leotard
INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED:
Black, navy or gray leggings or tights with any solid colored t-shirt or leotard.
All students taking the exam are also expected to have character shoes.
You may order a leotard through the front desk.
Order forms can be found on the bulletin board in the studio lobby. Payment must be submitted BEFORE the order is place.
CONGRATULATIONS R.A.D. DANCERS!!
SO PROUD OF OUR 2018-2019 RAD BALLET DANCERS
Congratulations to the following students for successfully passing their RAD Exams:
Naimah Aramburo, Ellie Peacock
Clare Lueken, Sedona Peacock
Tatiana, Ceballos, Olivia Kennefick, Ava Morgan, Kirra Newsome