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Adult RAD Ballet Exam Program

FALL TERM 2019

Sunday, September 8 –
Monday, December 23, 2019

Benefits of training towards an exam

As an adult, do you wish you could have trained in ballet as a child? Or maybe you dream of continuing your training where you left off as a youth? At Joy of Dance we offer a very unique opportunity for Adults to train for Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Exams. This one-of-a-kind program is in its 5th year and is steadily growing.

  • Progressive classes, learning new movements and concepts from the ground up over the course of a year
  • Personalized feedback and corrections from teachers
  • Faster rate of learning and improvement with clear expectations and goals
  • The opportunity to learn solo variations, polishing them until quality, musicality and performance ability is at its peak
  • The sense of achievement that comes from performing a set ballet class, solo variation and pointe work or character work for an external, international RAD Examiner

If you are interested in our Adult RAD Ballet program, please fill in the following form by clicking the link and we will be in touch with you as soon as possible:

New Student Form

 

Dancers interested in levels we are not currently offering are also welcome to contact us as we are always looking to start new levels.
Contact us at Joy of Dance at info@joyofdance.ca or 416-406-3262 to leave a message for RAD Program Director Emily Tench.

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SCHEDULING NOTE:

The studio is CLOSED on Sunday, October 13 and Monday, October 14, 2019 for THANKSGIVING.

CHRISTMAS and NEW YEARS holidays are Tuesday, December 24 – Thursday, December 26 and Tuesday, December 31 – Wednesday, January 1.

RAD Ballet Exam Program

Intermediate Foundation RAD (Ongoing)

Exam planned for November/December 2019.

Course Description:

Intermediate Foundation is an excellent syllabus, with fairly simple choreography, that allows the dancer to develop and clean up their basic technique and hone in on specific artistic skills. This course is 1 year long. Dancers who are ready will take their exam in November/December of 2019. Most dancers will require 2 RAD classes a week to be exam ready. The course is progressive, build-up exercises being taught for the first few months to solidify technical issues, moving into set exam material and variations by the early Spring. Fall will be focused on cleaning and preparing mentally and artistically for the exam.

Vocabulary Examples:

Single pirouettes en dehors and en dedans, developes devant and 2nd in the centre. Allergo: basic assemblés, sissonnes fermé, jeté ordinaire, temps levé in 1st arabesque, grand jetés. Male: single tour en l’àir, lots of allegro. Very simple pointe work: Relevés 5th and echappé relevés at the barre and in the centre.

 

Pre-requisite:
2-3 years of continuous ballet training. Assessment required.

Schedule:
2 hr class

FALL

Mondays: 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Thursdays: 12:00-2:00 p.m.

 

Intermediate RAD (Ongoing)

Exam planned for November/December 2019.

Course Description:

The Intermediate RAD syllabus is an excellent foundation for your ballet training. The skills and vocabulary you learn at this level are your spring board into advanced ballet. This is also the level you must pass in order to apply to teach for the RAD. This course is 1 year long. Dancers who are ready will take their exam in November/December of 2019. Most dancers will require 2 RAD classes a week to be exam ready. The course is progressive, build-up exercises being taught for the first few months to solidify technical issues, moving into set exam material and variations by the early spring. Fall will be focused on cleaning and preparing mentally and artistically for the exam.

Vocabulary Examples:

Double pirouettes en dehors and en dedans, posé piqué turns en dedans, fouetté of adage, developé passé, entrechatquatre, assemblé battu, sissonne ouvert, brissé dessus, pas de basque sauté, grand jete. Male: Grand allegro en manège Pointe: Coupé foetté racourci and posé piqué de côté at the barre. Relevé devant/ derriere/ passé, temps lié en avant and de côté, courus de côté and en tournent, all in the centre.

 

Pre-requisite:
3-5 years of continuous ballet training and 1 year of pointe experience for women. Assessment required.

Schedule:
2 hr class

FALL

Mondays: 9:30-11:30 a.m. (live accompanist)
Fridays: 6-8:00 p.m.

 

RAD Advanced I (New)

Course starts September 8, 2019. Estimated exam date: Spring 2021

Course Description:

The RAD Advanced 1 syllabus is a vocational ballet syllabus. The movements taught at this level can be seen in professional ballets around the world. The training is intensive, detailed and demanding. Students studying ballet at this level require 7-10 years of ballet experience. It is expected that students in Advanced 1 level are taking 3-5 drop-in ballet classes at the advanced level each week in addition to their 2 RAD classes at Joy. Ballet at this level is an extreme sport and must be respected at such. A high level of fitness, strength and flexibility must me maintained. Cross training like Pilates and Yoga is recommended to help prevent injury.

 

Year 1: Progressive training building the strength, co-ordination, vocabulary and artistry required at this pre-professional level.

New vocabulary examples: penchée, fouetté turns (demi-pointe), a variety of single pirouettes en pointe, Piroettes finishing in open positions, Pivots (promenades) in arabesque, sissonnes changées, fouetté sauté, ballottés sautés.

Year 2: Continued Progressive training, building set exercises and variations for the exam.

 

Pre-requisite:
RAD Intermediate level exam

 

Schedule:
2 hr class

 

FALL

Sundays: 2:00-4:00 p.m. (live accompanist)
Thursdays: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Term Dates and Fees

The Adult RAD Program is a year long registered course. Dancers must register for at least 1 of the 2 offered weekly classes and may buy a jump-in card to attend their second class. If a student wishes to be prepared for their exam it is strongly recommended that dancers attend both weekly classes as often as possible.

Fall Term (15 Weeks):

Sunday September 8, 2019 – Monday December 23, 2019

We are closed for Thanksgiving, October 13-14, 2019.

Term Fees (payment deadline: September 14, 2019):

Once/ week: 15 classes: $390
Twice/ week: 30 classes: $750

RAD Jump-in Passes:

Single: $28
5-Class Pass: $133
10-Class Pass: $255

Note: Prices do not include HST. Students must register 1/week to be eligible for RAD Jump-in passes. They are valid for 6 months.
Make up Class Policies and Procedures
  • Students are allowed 2 make-up classes, per registered class, per 15 week term, OR 1 make-up class per 8 week term
  • Students MUST EMAIL the studio 24 hours IN ADVANCE of a missed class to have access to their make-up class: info@joyofdance.ca
  • You may book your make-up class in advance, or use a make-up on the day-of
  • Make-up classes may be used for RAD course classes or regular Joy of Dance jump-in classes
  • Make-up classes must be used by the end of the term, or during the following Jump-In Week

Make-up Email protocol:

  • State your full name
  • State the course you are registered for
  • State the class you will be missing
  • If known, state the date and class you would like to use your make-up class for
RAD Program Initial Assessment and Coaching Sessions

Registered RAD Program Assessment Special

Are you interested in training for RAD exam and you don’t know what level you are at? At Joy of Dance, you have access to a $30 private assessment for 45 minutes. Please call for availability.

RAD Ballet Examination Coaching

If you are registered for one of our Teen or Adult RAD programs and are preparing for a ballet exam you have access to RAD coaching classes. These are half hour private lessons specifically designed to work on your exam exercises and choreographies. We want you to succeed in your exams, and private lessons give a huge boost to your training and progress. Contact your teacher for bookings. At Joy of Dance, you have access to a $35 coaching session for 30 minutes.

Adult RAD Exam Uniforms

It is not necessary that dancers wear their exam uniform in classes all year. However, it is strongly recommended that they wear the exam uniform for the final term before the exam. Please refer to the Course Expectations menu for more information.

Female: Vocational Syllabus (Intermediate Foundation-Advanced 2):

Body Suite: sleeveless or capped sleeve scooped neck leotard
Body Suite Colours: black, navy blue, royal blue, purple
Skirt: Variation 1 – Half/practice tutu may be worn. Colour should tone or match with leotard.
Variation 2 – Short chiffon wrap skirt may be worn . Colour should match or tone with leotard.
Belt: optional waistband. 2cm elastic, colour to match leotard
Tights: pink / flesh coloured tights
Shoes: Soft block/ dead pointe shoes

*For Intermediate Foundation only: soft ballet slippers may be worn
Pointe shoes worn for the pointe work section
All shoes should be pink / flesh coloured (to tone with tights) with matching ribbons.
Split sole shoes are permitted.

Head Ribbons: optional and should be velvet, in the same colour as the leotard

Male: Vocational Syllabus (Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate)

Top: Leotard or well-fitted short sleeved t-shirt worn tucked into tights
Top Colour: white
Socks: white socks, worn over the tights
Tights: grey, navy or black stirrup tights
Shoes: white or black, canvas or leather soft ballet shoes with white elastic. Split sole shoes are permitted.

Male: Vocational Syllabus (Advanced Foundation-Advanced 2)
Top: Leotard
Top Colour: white, black, navy
Socks: short white socks (with grey or navy tights) or black socks (with black tights)
Tights: grey, navy or black stirrup tights
Shoes: white or black, canvas or leather soft ballet shoes with elastic. If black shoes are worn, then socks should be black. Split sole shoes are permitted.

Female: Discovering Repertoire, Levels 2-4:

Body Suite: capped sleeve scooped neck or camisole leotard
Body Suite Colour: black, burgundy
Skirt: Variations – Optional asymmetrical knee length chiffon skirt to match leotard,
OR a romantic or classical tutu in white or black with-or-without decorative ribbons may be worn.
No Belt
Tights: pink / flesh coloured tights
Shoes: soft ballet shoes in satin, canvas or leather ribbons may be worn for all Units. Split sole shoes are
permitted. Shoes may be pink / flesh coloured (to tone with tights) with pink / flesh coloured
elastic or ribbons.
Pointe shoes or soft pointe shoes may be worn for Units: Variation 1 and Variation 2, in all
levels. (satin pink or flesh coloured pointe shoes with ribbons).

*Note: Units: Variation 1 and 2 must be performed completely wearing the pointe shoes, the dancer cannot change shoes half way through.

Male: Discovering Repertoire, Levels 2-4:

Top: short sleeved leotard or well fitted t-shirt
Top Colour: white t-shirt / white, navy or black leotard
Socks: short white socks (with grey or navy tights) or black socks (with black tights)
Tights: grey, navy or black stirrup tights
Shoes: white or black ballet shoes in canvas or leather with matching elastic and socks

Course Expectations

Training towards an RAD ballet exam takes a real commitment. Here is what we expect of you, and what you can expect from us:

Studio Etiquette:

  • To attend class regularly, and not be late
  • To warm-up for class to prevent injury
  • To wear proper ballet attire and have your hair in a bun that will NOT fall out
  • To leave your cell phone OFF, unless there is an emergency phone call you are expecting.
  • To enter the studio with your mind and body focused on the task at hand (however, we know everyone has crappy days)

Course Expectations:

  • To practice personal corrections and syllabus choreography at home a minimum of 2 hours per week.
  • To take supplementary open ballet classes to maintain/improve fitness levels and to keep the mind sharp.
  • To communicate your best learning style to your teacher so we can facilitate the best learning environment for you.
  • To communicate all questions and concerns with your teachers. Issues are best dealt sooner, rather than later!
  • To have patience and perseverance for the process: This is a long course! We all have up days and down days. We have to be patient with each other and enjoy the process. We all have to work hard and keep our goals in mind.

What you can expect from us:

  • Knowledgeable, experienced and prepared teachers providing an excellent dance education
  • Patience as you develop and evolve as a dancer
  • Motivation and determination to bring out the best in our students
  • Personal corrections and feedback specific to your needs
  • A listening ear to your questions and concerns. We take everything you say seriously and will do our best to address your specific needs.

Instructors

Emily Tench

Teen and Adult Ballet Program Director

Irene Yacoub

Ballet & Barre Fitness

Inspire

Hard work, mental focus and dedication are all part of the process. Just remember that in life the best part is often the journey not the destination which gives us our greatest joy. Step into your future, point your toes and embrace your dream.

RAD Jump-in Passes:

Single: $28
5-Class Pass: $133
10-Class Pass: $255

Prices do not include HST.
Students must register 1/week to be eligible for RAD Jump-in passes.

Expiration: 6 months from purchase

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