Your child's teacher will decide when an examination is due. The length of time in a grade depends on whether your child is dancing once or twice a week and generally on the pace and dynamics of the class. An average of four, possibly five terms is usual for ballet grades 2-5 if dancing once a week only (See Grade study hours on this page).
You will be told if your child is ready for the examination in the previous or start of a new term and asked if your child can attend a second class. This obviously strengthens the technique and focuses the child.
Extra exam coaching classes are essential leading up to the exam and there will be a mock exam for some classes usually the week before. The mock exam familiarises the child with the room and it is a chance to use the space correctly ( use of space is marked as part of the graded examination ). There will be a fee to pay and you will find the form below. There is a closing date for the exam sessions so please make sure
you forward your form and payment in time. Please remember it is you and your child's choice whether to take part in the examination session.
Each level of examination has a grade
requirement and will be examined as such.
All teachers will follow this syllabus and will follow the examination structure laid out by the Royal Academy of Dance or the ISTD.
There are a set number of movements that
need to be regulated to show the students
competence at that level before they can
move onto the next. This is to ensure that
there is standardisation throughout the
dance world. All information can be found
for ballet on the
Ballet Grade Study Hours
The learning rate of individual students will
vary and the length of examination training for each student is at the discretion of the teacher.
It is recommended, however, that students studying for Vocational Graded
Examinations should take a minimum of
two syllabus classes a week at the lower
levels, increasing as the student progresses
towards the higher levels. Additional time,
particularly when growth spurts occur, can
only be beneficial in the long term.
Grades 1, 2 and 3
Guided Hours/ Lesson Time = 60
Practice Hours (Notional) = 10
Total Hours = 70
Grades 4 and 5
Guided Hours/ Lesson Time = 75
Practice Hours (Notional) = 20
Total Hours = 95
Grades 5, 6 and 7
Guided Hours/ Lesson Time = 90
Practice Hours (Notional) = 40
Total Hours = 130
Grade 8 and Intermediate Foundation
Guided Hours/ Lesson Time = 150
Practice Hours (Notional) = 125
Total Hours = 275