Taking Exams with the Royal Academy of Dance

"The RAD Syllabus is without doubt the most comprehensive and purest of the classical syllabi that is available to the teachers of today. Deceptively simple, but technically demanding, it challenges students of all levels..."
-Tracey Alvey
Artistic Director, Alabama Ballet

As an awarding body, the Royal Academy of Dance Examinations Board offers an internationally recognized portfolio of exams and assessments. These are designed to motivate and encourage students of all ages and levels of ability, through a systematic measurement of progress and attainment. Last year, over 230,000 students entered RAD exams worldwide. We offer examination programs to suit all, whether students are new to ballet or already have dance experience.

Students can only be entered for exams by a qualified Royal Academy of Dance Registered Teacher. To qualify for RAD RT status, teachers must complete one of the RAD's rigorous certification, BA or Master degree programs.

Our exams provide students with:

Graded exams:

Vocational Graded exams: