Founded in 1920 to set standards for dance teaching within the UK, RAD today has a presence in 83 countries, with 36 offices and about 14,000 members worldwide. They count more than 1,000 students in their teacher training programmes and more than a quarter of a million students are being examined on their syllabi.

How Does It Work Within RAD Ballet?

Starting with Dance to Your Own Tune, students as young as three, move through our Pre-Primary and Primary levels before moving on to Graded and Vocational Graded levels.

Class Awards Available from Pre-Primary in Dance to Grade 5. These are conducted by the teacher and assessment is less detailed than for exams, allowing candidates to demonstrate their progress and to receive feedback.
Graded Syllabus Grade 1 to Grade 8 incorporates ballet, free movement, and character, and is suitable for candidates from seven years (Grades 1–5) and eleven years (Grades 6–8).
Vocational Graded Syllabus This develops the technique, music and performance skills of the experienced ballet student to an advanced level, preparing them for a dance or dance-related career.

A Real Measure of Achievement

These higher levels are accepted as a measure of achievement by the vocational schools attended by most young people aiming to enter the performance profession. They are also highly valued by universities and other higher education institutions offering degree programmes in the performing arts.

All exams and awards are assessed by RAD appointed examiners. All examiners are trained and monitored by the RAD. Our RAD Ballet classes are taught by RAD registered teachers.

Here at UKTheatreSchool, we are an accredited private centre for RAD examinations.

For more information on RAD Ballet grade class times and any related costs, please email


Programme fees can be paid annually or monthly (by arrangement). All programme fees are in place to sustain the Programme and go towards helping disadvantaged and talented young people get involved in performing arts. Means-tested bursaries are available for all Programmes for underprivileged young people. For additional information, please email