2023 Examinations and Assessments Guide

Royal Academy of Dance Examinations and Assessments

Simply Ballet provides Classical Ballet training with structure and intent.  As a Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Registered School, we are part of a worldwide dance community in over 89 countries.

Ballet is what we do, and we are proud to offer high quality education and experience in ballet training.  Simply Ballet’s training is designed to be enjoyable and exciting, whilst also developing strong classical ballet technique through a wholistic framework.  This includes stimulating a student’s sense of musicality and performance.

One way to achieve this is through Examinations and Assessments where students have the change to reach a goal, perform for an audience, and feel a sense of achievement.

Ballet Students sitting RAD Exam Simply Ballet

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

Regardless of whether students choose to participate in assessments or not, the progressive and graduated curriculum at Simply Ballet allows learners to achieve a sense of accomplishment, and develop an appreciation for the art of classical ballet.

Royal Academy of Dance Registered Teacher

Types of Assesments

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, accessing tertiary or Higher Education.  Assessments exist in a number of formats to be adaptable to individual students’ training and level.

Demonstration Class

Dance To Your Own Tune – Level 1 or Level 2

Candidates 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 and report from their class teacher.

Class Award

Pre-Primary to Grade 8 and Discovering Repertoire (studying once per week)

Students prepare a selection of class exercises and a dance in groups, 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 ballet studies. 


Primary to Grade 8 and Discovering Repertoire (studying twice per week)

Students prepare all class exercises and up to two dances to be presented to the Examiner without a teacher being present.  Students also have the opportunity to dance solo, and develop their performance skills.  Students undertaking and Examination 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.

2023 Examinations and Assessments Guide

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