Step Ahead Scores Highly with the Royal Academy of Dancing
As well as the National Association of Teachers of Dancing (NATD) syllabus work, Step Ahead dance school also offers senior students the exciting chance to participate in Royal Academy of Dancing (RAD) graded ballet classes, starting at intermediate foundation level. We are extremely lucky to have the expertise of Ms Judith Thompson (an experienced RAD qualified teacher) in the teaching of this discipline.
The RAD was established in 1920 and Queen Elizabeth II is the patron of the Academy. Each year, over a quarter of a million students are taught from its syllabus. The RAD standard is extremely high nationwide, and is centred around vigorous ballet training for those who may aspire to dance professionally.
RAD is not compulsory for pupils at Step Ahead, but the work strengthens and improves students’ work by focusing on the intricacies of technique and stamina. Step Ahead is one of the few NATD establishments that offers RAD work alongside its own.
We also enter students for the RAD exams when they have reached a suitable standard. Recent successes include Jennifer Bates and Anna Beck, who achieved their intermediate foundation certificates in June and November 2007 respectively. Natalie Bates, principal of the school, also passed her advanced foundation examination in June 2008.
These are incredible achievements for a local dance school, which spends a fraction of the time on training that a professional ballet school would.