RAD Assessments Guide

Posted on 7 April 202130 April 2024Categories Simply Ballet News

We’re about to embark on one the best times of year – it’s time to start thinking about RAD Assessments!

Why is this one of the best parts of the year? Because we believe strongly in our Simply Ballet value to “Celebrate Achievement” and assessments help us to do this in a fun and rewarding way.

Celebrate your achievements
Celebrate your achievements

We’re about to embark on one the best times of year – it’s time to start thinking about ballet exams!

Why is this one of the best parts of the year? Well, because we believe strongly in our Simply Ballet value to “Celebrate Achievement” and assessments help us to do this in a fun and rewarding way.

Assessments should not be stressful, anxiety inducing, or onerous.  Rather, they should be exciting, satisfying and rewarding for all students.  Our aim is to help students reach goals and enjoy the process of getting there.  Assessments also help build self-confidence, motivation, and offer internationally recognised qualifications in dance.

Assessments are not compulsory, but we do encourage you to consider them.  

RAD Examinations and Class Awards offer worldwide recognised qualifications that develop specific skills and outcomes, which can also be used as stepping stones to achieving SACE certificates, and accessing tertiary or Higher Education. 

Assessments are available in a number of formats designed to be adaptable to individual students’ goals.

What's the difference between assessements?

Demonstration Class (Dance To Your Own Tune)

Students participate in a class in front of an RAD Examiner, as well as invited friends and family.  Students and audience enjoy a sense of occasion as they share their skills and imagination.  All participants receive a certificate from the Examiner and a progress report from their class teacher.

Class Award (PPID, PID, Grades 1- 8 and Discovering Repertoire)

Students prepare a selection of class exercises and a dance to be presented to the Examiner with the help of their class teacher.  Class Awards are an excellent way for students to gain an insight into their progress, receiving a certificate, report and medal bringing a well-earned sense of achievement to their studies. 

Examination (PID, Grades 1 – 8 and Discovering Repertoire)

Students prepare all class exercises and up to two dances to be presented to the Examiner without a teacher being present.   Students undertaking receive a mark out of 100, certificate, and medal as well as an internationally recognised qualification, but more importantly – a sense of achievement and accomplishment.

Dates and Rehearsals

Assessments will be held between August 12th and September 6th An exact date will not be known until after all Adelaide entries are scheduled.  All levels (except DTYOT) will require at least 1 dress rehearsal, to be scheduled on a Friday evening or Sunday depending on student availability.  Examination, and some Class Award students will require at least 2 x extra rehearsals to learn their assessment dance to be scheduled in the July school holidays, Fridays, or Sundays depending on student and studio availability.

When submitting your registration, you will need to let us know of any dates you know of that you will be unavailable during the Examination session.  Students who are unable to be examined on the schedule day (eg. sudden illness) will be filmed and submitted as a video assessment.

Costs and Requirements

Your ‘Total Entry Costs’ include your RAD Entry Fee, as well as rehearsal and other costs paid to Simply Ballet.  This cover items associated with taking an assessment such as music attendant fees, Skirt hire (where applicable), Prop hire, extra rehearsals/classes (excluding private lessons), photos on assessment day, and staff attendance on the day for supervision and hair etc. 

Once you have registered, you will be issued with an invoice that itemises your RAD Entry Fee and costs paid to Simply Ballet.  Payment for entries is due no later than Saturday June 8th.

Total costs do not cover normal uniform leotards, tights, or shoes.

Any fees paid to the RAD are only refundable under certain conditions. Please see the RAD’s refund policy for more details https://au.royalacademyofdance.org/exams/exam-refunds/

Costs paid to Simply Ballet may be refundable depending on your circumstances, but we cannot offer of a change of mind refund in this instance once entries are submitted.

Assessment Options by Level

Level Assessment Type Requirements Total Entry Cost
Dance To Your Own Tune
Demonstration Class
Regular class attendance
$68
Pre-Primary in Dance
Class Award
Regular class attendance and 1 x Dress rehearsal
$119
Primary in Dance
Class Award
Regular class attendance and 1 x Dress rehearsal
$138
Grade 1
Class Award
Regular class attendance and 1 x Dress rehearsal
$169
Grade 2
Class Award
Regular class attendance and 1 x Dress rehearsal
$183
Grade 2
Examination
Regular class attendance 2 classes per week and 2 x July school holiday rehearsals and 1 x Dress rehearsal
$225
Grade 3
Class Award
Regular class attendance and 1 x Dress rehearsal
$186
Grade 3
Examination
Regular class attendance 2 classes per week and 2 x July school holiday rehearsals and 1 x Dress rehearsal
$240
Grade 7
Class Award
Regular class attendance and 1 x Dress Rehearsal
$232
Grade 7
Examination
Regular class attendance 2 classes per week and 2 x July school holiday rehearsals and 1 x Dress rehearsal
$308
Adult Classical Level 1 (RAD Grade 4)
Class Award
Regular class attendance and 4 x 30min extra rehearsals and 1 x Dress Rehearsal
$212
Adult Classical Level 2 (RAD Grade 5)
Class Award
Regular class attendance and 4 x 30min extra dance rehearsals and 1 x Dress Rehearsal
$218
Adult Classical Level 3 (RAD Intermediate)
Examination
Regular class attendance 2 classes per week and 2 x extra rehearsals and 1 x Dress Rehearsal
$286
Adult Classical Level 4 (Discovering Repertoire Level 4 Class)
Class Award
Regular class attendance and 1 x Dress Rehearsal
$143
Adult Classical Level 4 (Discovering Repertoire Level 4 Class)
Examination
Regular class attendance 2 classes per week and 2 x extra rehearsals and 1 x Dress Rehearsal
$200

Uniform

Uniform for assessments is the same as general class uniform.  Items are available for purchase through Simply Ballet or can be ordered directly from dancewear stores or manufactures.  2nd hand uniform items and shoes are also available at the studio.  If you will have trouble purchasing uniform or need further details on what is required, please let us know.

Register Now

All entries and full payment must be received by Simply Ballet no later than 6pm Saturday June 8th 2024. 

Entries will then be submitted to the RAD by Simply Ballet.  Unfortunately, no late entries or payments can be accepted under any circumstances.

For more details, contact us or speak with your teacher.

To be entered for an RAD Exam or assessment you will need to fill out a registration form. Paper copies are available at the studio or forms can be completed online.

Assessment FAQ's

When will assessments be held?

Assessments will be held on a day during the assessment period. It is usually a weekday, but we will not know the date until it is issued by the RAD once all entries have been processed.  It is possible you will need to take some time off work/school.  You will generally need to be available for around 2 hours to prepare for, and complete your assessment. When submitting your registration, you will need to let us know of any dates you know of that you will be unavailable.

Where will assessments be held?

Assessments will be held at Simply Ballet’s studios

Are there extra classes or rehearsals?

All levels (except DTYOT) will require at least 1 dress rehearsal, to be scheduled on a Friday evening, Saturday afternoon, or Sunday depending on student and studio availability.

Some Grades will require at least 2 x extra rehearsals to learn their assessment dance or Assessment groupings.  Extra rehearsals will be scheduled depending on staff, studio, and student availability and in consultation with students.  Extra rehearsals for Examination students will generally be held at their regular class time in the July school holidays.

Any extra rehearsals required are included in the assessment costs you pay to Simply Ballet.

Do I need a Uniform?

Yes.  Our regular uniform will be required for all students. This is generally what most students wear to class already. 

Extra items such as Character skirts, chiffon skirts, headdresses, and props are hired through Simply Ballet and are included in your assessment costs.

What happens if I am sick?

In the event of Assessments being cancelled due to illness or COVID restrictions, Assessments will be filmed and submitted to the RAD.

Any fees paid to the RAD are only refundable under certain conditions. Please review the RAD’s refund policy before committing  https://au.royalacademyofdance.org/exams/exam-refunds/

How do I register for an assessment?

Registration forms are available at the studio or register online here

Need more information? Contact Us or speak with your class teacher.

Customer Portal

Posted on 1 March 202127 February 2024Categories How To, Simply Ballet News

Your Customer Portal

Your customer portal is the go-to place to find most administration things you need at Simply Ballet.  It’s your own personal log-in where you can update your details, see your invoices, notify us of an absence, or book a make-up class.

You can access your customer portal here

The first time you log-in you will need to set a password

How to notify an absence

It’s never nice to have to miss a ballet class – but in the event you have to, you can notify Simply Ballet of an absence through your customer portal log-in

  1. Log in to your portal
  2. Click on Classes > Notify Absences
  3. Find the date or class you will be absent from and click Notify Absence and follow the prompts

Watch the video below for step-by-step instructions

How to book an Open Division Class

If you have purchased a class card and wish to book in for a class, you can do so through your Customer Portal

  1. Log in to your portal
  2. Click on Classes > Add Enrollments
  3. Select the student you wish to enroll using the top right hand corner drop down menu, and click ‘OK’
  4. Find the date or class you wish to attend and click Add
  5. Select the date/time you wish to take your class and follow the prompts to checkout
Watch the video below for step-by-step instructions

How to book a make-up class

What is a make-up class? Well, in the unfortunate situation where you have to miss a class you are entitled to a make-up class within 90 days.  This is a class you can take as a replacement for the missed class at either another time, or another level if appropriate.  Click here for our full Simply Ballet Make-up Class Policy

  1. Log in to your portal
  2. Select your student (if more than one student)
  3. Click on Classes > Book Make-ups
  4. Find the date or class you wish to attend as your make-up class and click Book Make-up
  5. Select the date/time you wish to take your make-up class and follow the prompts 
Watch the video below for step-by-step instructions

What else can I do in my customer portal?

  • Update personal details and emergency contact
  • Update students details
  • Update your direct debit details
  • View past and future invoices
  • Enrol in classes
  • Change you notification settings
  • Email Simply Ballet directly

and more!

Have questions? Just contact us and we’re happy to help.

Download Your Simply Ballet Info Pack

Posted on 22 January 202127 February 2024Categories Simply Ballet

Request an info pack for classes at Simply Ballet

Download Your Simply Ballet Information Pack

Thank you!

We can’t wait to help you find your perfect class.  You can download your Information Pack below containing details on classes, times, fees, uniform, exams, and more!

Ages 2-6
Simply Ballet Preschool Division Info Pack

 

Ages 7-18
Simply Ballet Graded Division Info Pack

 

Adults & Silver Swans Classes
Simply Ballet Open Division Info Pack

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Ballet students having fun after Examination
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Thank you

Posted on 11 January 202123 April 2024Categories Simply Ballet

Thank you for booking!

You will received a confirmation email for your booking.  (If you can’t find it – please check your spam folder).  This will have your class date, time and level.  There is also a link to complete any remaining details we might need before your class.

We’ve also sent you all the information you need to know before your trial class as a document, but below are some of the most important bits.

Finding the Studio

Classes are held at King George Hall, 4A Koongarra Court, Magill 5072. There is free parking available onsite.  Aim to get to the studio around 5-10 mins before the start of your class if possible.  The closet bus stops are Stop 23 – Moules Rd and Stop 24 – Glen Stuart Rd.

Enter through the door closest to the car park, next to the sign.  Come through to the dressing room, which is the stage area of the hall – you can wait here if a previous class is still running. 

Bathrooms are available near the front entrance – You might want to take make use of them before class begins. 

In the waiting room, you can put your shoes on and get ready for your class. When it’s time for class to start, your teacher will come and collect you or your child from the waiting room.  Please take your bag into the dance studio. 

What To Wear?

If you or your child already have dancewear, whatever coloured leotard and tights/socks you already own is fine.  

If your child doesn’t have any dancewear – wear clothes that will allow their arms and legs to move freely and doesn’t cover their feet such as shorts, leggings, or footless tights and a fitted T-shirt or singlet.  For adult, any kind of activewear is usually fine.

Ballet Shoes are available to purchase at the studio, but cotton socks are perfectly fine for your trial class. 

Hair

Hair should be be secured in a way that it will not move during class, especially during bending or turning movements.  This applies for both male and female students.  A ponytail is usually not sufficient for this so you may want to consider a bun, a braid with the end pinned up, or another style. 

If you don’t know how to do a ballet bun, that’s ok – wrap a ponytail around its own elastic a few times and secure with some bobby pins or another elastic.

Is there anything else I need to bring?

If your class is 1 hour or longer, we suggest having a water bottle to drink from.  Adults may also like to bring a hand towel if you’re worried about sweat.  In hot weather students are required to have their own drink bottle as per our hot weather policy.  Filtered water is available onsite.

We look forward to having you along to experience Simply Ballet for yourself and if you have any questions in the meantime just contact us.  We look forward to meeting you at the studio soon to start your ballet adventure!

Kind regards,

The Simply Ballet Team

Download an Info Pack

Posted on 6 January 202127 February 2024Categories Simply Ballet

Download an info pack for classes at Simply Ballet. Details on how to book your trial class are included.

Download a Simply Ballet Information Pack

We understand that choosing a ballet school or class can be an in depth process.

We’ve put together all the info you need into a handy pack for you to keep it simple.

Click here to download your information pack for all our classes. 

Your pack includes details on class types and ages, fees, exams, what to wear and how to book your no obligation trial class.

Ballet students having fun after Examination