Celebrations from our Autumn 2023 Exams!
13th December 2022

We are delighted to announced that after our recent session of RAD and ISTD exams in November 2023 we have had 100% pass rate. Congratulations to everyone who participated, we are so proud of you all!

RAD Exams

  • RAD Pre-Primary Ballet: Aimee & Bethany
  • RAD Grade 1 Ballet Class: Amy, Catriona, Isobel, Julia, Lucie, Lucy, Marcella, Mila
  • RAD Grade 1 Ballet: Amber, Ava-Jane, Daniela, Eve, Eve, Jessica, Stefaniak
  • RAD Grade 3 Ballet: Ava Rose, Elysa, Emma, Grace, Keziah, Kyla, Molly, Nicole, Valentine
  • RAD Grade 4 Ballet: Annabel


ISTD Exams

  • ISTD Grade 1 Ballet: Aria, Ava, Brooke, Cadha, Darcy, Evie, Isla, Kara, Katie, Kayla, Lily, Mia, Sadie
  • ISTD Grade 5 Ballet: Callie, Emma Bo, Emma Br, Emma D, Hanna, Jasmine, Laila, Leilah, Maja, Ruby, Weronika
  • ISTD Grade 1 Tap: Alana, Amber, Ava-Jane, Daniela, Elowen, Eve F, Eve G, Harper, Jessica, Lily, Maja, Mila, Nina
  • ISTD Grade 2 Modern: Amber, Ava, Eliza, Ellis, Georgia, Lacey, Millie, Rebecca, Rosie, Ruby, Scarlett
  • ISTD Grade 4 Modern: Alexandra, Amy, Annabel, Elsie, Holly, Iona, Isabella, Isobel, Madison, Yasemin, Zoe


Why do we study both ISTD & RAD Syllabi?

At DN Dance we offer students the opportunity to sit exams in both the ISTD and RAD syllabi. Both examination boards offer an excellent pathway for progression of skills and techniques in classical Ballet. We study both syllabi because we believe dancers will benefit from the strengths of each syllabus.

Our interpretation of the difference is, the ISTD syllabus teaches a precise build-up of techniques whereby exercises learned in the early grades are built upon systematically as you progress up the grades. It teaches a wide range of vocabulary and requires dancers to learn how to combine different steps on request of the examiner – like sight reading in a piano exam (for example).

Comparatively, the RAD exam syllabus is centred around learning pre-set exercises – like playing a set piece of music in a piano exam – as well as a range of dance choreography and repertoire of different styles to include character (character uses traditional instruments from the country they are studying. For example; In Grade One the children study the Russian Style, Grade Two is Hungarian, Grade Three is Ukrainian and Grade Four is Italian)

There are clear benefits to both syllabi, teaching expert execution and beautiful development of work which is why we are proud to offer students the opportunity to learn both.

RAD Registered Teacher