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Adult RAD Ballet Exam Program

Adult RAD Ballet Program

Are you an adult who wishes you could have trained in ballet as a child? Or do you dream of continuing your training where you left off years ago? If so, Joy of Dance offers you a unique opportunity.

Our Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) program trains adults for ballet exams. This one-of-a-kind program offers conservatory-style training within an accessible, part-time schedule. Directed by Emily Tench, the courses inspire discovery and excellence in an inclusive environment. We see your potential and want to help you reach your goals.

Please note that all RAD classes are registered classes. Every student in the program has to be fully enrolled.

New Student Form


The benefits of training at Joy of Dance for an RAD ballet exam:

  • progressive training
  • small class sizes
  • attention to detail
  • consistent personal feedback
  • accelerated progress
  • perform solo ballet variations
  • sense of achievement
  • feedback reports from exams

We offer two streams for adult RAD exams:

  1. The Vocational Stream
  2. The Repertoire Stream

Dancers can take courses from either stream. For the best results, we suggest alternating between streams.

2021-2022 Course Schedule at a Glance:

RAD Intermediate Foundation

1 year course

September 2021 to June 2022

  • Fridays 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Sundays 3:15-5:15 p.m.

RAD Discovering Repertoire Level 3

1 year course

September 2021 to June 2022

  • Mondays 5:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays 12:30-2:30 p.m.

RAD Advanced Foundation*

2 year course

September 2020 to June 2022 (depending on the student’s level)

  • Sundays 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays 7:30–9:30 p.m.

RAD Advanced 1*

2 year course

September 2020 to June 2022

  • Wednesdays 6:00–8:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays 5:00–7:00 p.m.

For more information about the courses we offer, please see the descriptions below. Note that the lengths of our courses have been extended due to the pandemic.

To enter the Adult RAD Program you need to attend an in-person or virtual assessment. If you are interested in the program, please fill out our “New Student Form” and you will be contacted to schedule your assessment shortly.

New Student Form

*Click for an application questionnaire students must fill out before they can join the program
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SCHEDULING NOTE:

The studio is CLOSED on Sunday April 3 and Monday April 4 for Easter.

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Adult RAD Vocational Stream

The RAD offers a series of 5 vocational syllabi which provide an in depth, progressive education in ballet. Each syllabus course introduces movements and concepts appropriate to the level. In these courses, you will develop the skills to dance confidently at an advanced, or professional, level.

Class Structure

Female syllabus work:

  • 1h 25 minutes ballet class
  • 30 minute pointe class

Male syllabus work:

  • 1h 30 minute ballet class
RAD Intermediate Foundation

Prerequisite: 3 years of continuous ballet training at beginner and advanced beginner levels.

Assessment: Group or private assessment required for new students.

Current Course Registration: September 2021

Next Exam Period: June 2022

Course Description:

Intermediate Foundation is a course for advanced beginners. Through basic choreography, you will develop your fundamental ballet technique and hone your artistic skills. To be exam ready in this course, we recommend you take 2 RAD classes a week. To supplement your training, we also recommend you take at least 1 non-exam ballet class per week and practice at home 1-2 hours a week.

Ballet Vocabulary Examples:

All: Basic pas de bourrées, single pirouettes en dehors and en dedans, developes devant and 2nd in the centre. Allergo: glissades de côté, basic assemblés, sissonnes fermé, jeté ordinaire, temps levé in 1st arabesque, grand jetés.

Male: single tour en l’àir.

Pointe: Courus sur place, relevés 5th and echappé relevés at the barre and in the centre.

RAD Intermediate

Prerequisite: 3-5 years of continuous ballet training and 1 year of pointe experience for women or having passed the RAD Intermediate Foundation exam.

Assessment: Group or private assessment required for new students.

Next Course Dates: September 2022 to June 2023

Registration: September 2022

Next Exam Period: June 2023

Course Description:

RAD Intermediate is the first mandatory syllabus. It is a prerequisite for all advanced-level RAD exams. You must also pass this level to apply for RAD teacher training. To be exam ready in this course, we recommend you take 2 RAD classes per week. To supplement your training, we also recommend you take 1-2 non-exam ballet classes per week and practice at home 1-3 hours a week. Dancers who are not interested in taking exams are still welcome to take this course.

Ballet Vocabulary Examples:

All: Double pirouettes en dehors and en dedans, posé piqué turns en dedans, fouetté of adage, developé passé, entrechat quatre, assemblé battu, sissonne ouvert, brissé dessus, pas de basque sauté.

Male: Grand allegro and chassé coupé turns en manège, single tours en l’air, sissonnes with changes of alignment.

Pointe: Barre: Coupé fouetté racourci and posé piqué de côté. Centre: Relevé devant/ derriere/ passé, temps lié en avant and de côté, courus de côté and en tournent.

RAD Advanced Foundation

Prerequisite to take the course: 5+ years of continuous training and 2-3 years of pointe for women.

Prerequisite to take the exam: Having passed the RAD Intermediate Exam

Assessment: Group or private assessment required for new students.

Current Course Dates: September 2020 to June 2022

Registration: Closed/Pending Assessment and special circumstances.

Next Exam Period: June 2022

Course Description:

This course introduces ballet movements used by professional dancers. The choreography you will learn in this course is both challenging and fun. To attend this course, your posture and alignment must be secure. Your turnout, core, feet and legs must be strong and well controlled. To be exam ready in this course, we recommend you take 2 RAD classes per week. To supplement your training, we also highly recommend you take 2-3 non-exam ballet classes per week and plan to spend a minimum of 2 hours a week practicing in your own time.

Ballet Vocabulary Examples:

All: Double pirouettes en dedans with fouetté, posé piqué turns en dedans, pivots (promenade) in attitude derrière, entrechat trios and cinq, brissé desus, failli, sissonne doublé, ballonnée, grand jeté en tournent.

Male: Double tour en l’air, multiple piroettes en deshors.

Pointe: Barre: relevé 1-1. Centre: relevé passé with ¼ turns, assemblé soutinue, posé piqué en avant to arabesque, posé piqué de côté and en arrière to retiré, emboités, single pirouettes en dehors and en dedans, posé piqué turns en dedans.

RAD Advanced I

Prerequisite to take the course: 6+ years of continuous training and 4-6 years of pointe for women or having passed the RAD Advanced Foundation exam.

Prerequisite to take the exam: Pass the RAD Intermediate Exam

Assessment: Group or private assessment required for new students.

Current Course Dates: September 2020 to June 2022

Registration: Closed/Pending Assessment and special circumstances.

Next Exam Period: June 2022

Course Description:

Advanced 1 is a true vocational syllabus. The movements taught in this course can be seen in professional ballets around the world. The training is detailed, demanding and rewarding.  To be exam ready in this course, we recommend you take 2 RAD classes per week. To supplement your training, we also recommend you take 3-5 non-exam ballet/pointe classes per week (at the advanced level). Plan on practicing a minimum of 2 hours a week in your own time. To succeed at this level, you must maintain a high level of fitness, strength and flexibility. To prevent injuries, we recommend cross training such as Pilates and yoga.

In your first year, you will learn all the movement vocabulary needed for the exam. Training focuses on strength, coordination, control and artistry.

In your second year, you will solidify your technique, learn the exam choreography and prepare (both mentally and artistically) for your exam.

Ballet Vocabulary:

All: Pas de bourrée couru, pivots (promenade) in arabesque, penchée, fouetté turns (female, demi-pointe), Piroettes finishing in open positions, chainés, coupé brisse, sissonnes changées, fouetté sauté, ballottés sautés.

Male: Pivots (promenades) à la second, pirouettes à la second, double tours en l’air, retiré passé sauté, pas de basque sauté battu, sissonne battu fermé, sauté de basque en menage

Pointe: polka step, single pirouettes en dedans with fouetté, posé piqué turns en deshors, chainés, emboité turns, relevé in 2nd en l’air with rond de jambe en l’air, sissonne fermé relevés.

Adult RAD Repertoire Stream

The RAD recently introduced 3 new syllabi called Discovering Repertoire. Their focus is teaching solo variations from classical ballets like The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, and Coppélia. In each Discovering Repertoire syllabus there are 3 possible exams: a technique-class exam, a variation 1 exam and a variation 2 exam. Each 2 hour class includes a technique class and then variation training. Depending on your ability, you may take class in soft shoes or all on point. Male and female dancers will train together, however they have different variations.

For more information about Discovering Repertoire, see the course descriptions below. To get a taste of these new syllabi, watch this RAD video:

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Discovering Repertoire Level 2

Level equivalent:

  • On Demi-Pointe; RAD Grade 5, Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate
  • On Pointe; Advanced Foundation, Advanced 1.

Assessment: In-studio assessment required.

Next Course: TBA. Please fill out our NEW STUDENT FORM if you are interested.

Registration: TBA

Exam Period: TBA

Course Description:

This year the course will focus on the variations from Giselle and Coppélia. Classes are two hours long. The first hour is a technique class. The second hour focuses on progressively training the variations. Regardless of your ability, this course will give you the confidence needed to perform each variation. There are two possible formats for this course. We can choose to do 2 exams, one in February and one in June, or we can spend the whole year working towards 2 exams in June.

Exams offered:

1.Technique Class

2.Variation 1: Coppélia

  • Female: Act II, Spanish Variation
    Male: Act I, Franz Variation

3.Variation 2: Giselle

  • Female: Act 1, Peasant pas de deux excerpt
    Male: Act 1, Peasant pas de deux excerpt
Discovering Repertoire Level 3

Level equivalent:

  • On Demi-Pointe; RAD Grades 6-8, Intermediate, Advanced Foundation
  • On Pointe; Advanced 1 and 2.

Assessment: In-studio assessment required.

Current Course: September 2021 – June 2022

Registration: September 2021

Next Exam Period: January 2022 and/or June 2022

Course Description:

This course will focus on the variations from The Sleeping Beauty and Paquita. Classes will be two hours long. The first hour will be a technique class. The second hour will focus on progressively training the variations. Regardless of your ability, this course will give you the confidence needed to perform each variation. There are two possible formats for this course. We can choose to do 2 exams, one in February and one in June. Or we can spend the whole year working towards 2 exams in June.

Exams offered:

  1. Technique Class
  2. Variation 1: The Sleeping Beauty

Female: Princess Florine (Blue Bird)

Male: Act 2, Prince Désiré

  1. Variation 2:Paquita 

Female: Pas de Trois

Male: Variation from Paquita

Discovering Repertoire Level 4

Level equivalent:
On Pointe or Demi-Pointe: Advanced Foundation, Advanced 1, Advanced 2.

Assessment: In-studio assessment required.

Student Trajectory: To take this course, you must complete Advanced Foundation, Advanced 1 or Discovering Repertoire Level 3. Female dancers preparing for  Advanced 1 or Advanced 2 should take the course on pointe.

Next Course: September 2023 to June 2024

Registration: Summer of 2023

Exam Period: June 2024

Course Description:

This year the course will focus on the variations from Giselle and Coppélia. Classes are two hours long. The first hour is a technique class. The second hour focuses on progressively training the variations. Regardless of your ability, this course will give you the confidence needed to perform each variation. There are two possible formats for this course. We can choose to do 2 exams, one in February and one in June, or we can spend the whole year working towards 2 exams in June.

Exams offered:

  1. Technique Class
  2. Variation 1: Swan Lake

Female: Act 2, Odette

Male: Act 3, Prince Siegfried

  1. Variation 2:  The Nutcracker

Female: Sugar Plum Fairy

Male: Act 2, The Nutcracker Prince

Teen Ballet

Teen Ballet Level 1

Our Teen Ballet Program offers Recreational and and R.A.D. Exam Prep Classes

Joy of Dance offers Teen ballet classes for recreational students as well as more serious dancers. Any dancer who is new to dance or has up to 5 years of ballet experience is welcome. The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is an internationally recognized organization which trains ballet teachers, provides a fantastic syllabus for students to learn and offers exams to help promote goal setting, motivation, and personal achievement in students. Our Ballet teachers are all registered teachers with the RAD and offer the chance for our Teen students to take part in this fantastic system of training.

TEEN Ballet is a yearlong program. Showcase performance is in June.

 

LEVEL 1: 2021-22

Teacher: Emily Tench

Once/week Recreational Class: Wednesday 4:15 – 5:45 p.m. (Full year with 2-terms September – June)

No Prerequisite.

Course will include: Foundational ballet training for beginner students who want to experience ballet. Vocabulary based on the RAD Grades 1-3 syllabi. There is no exam offered at this level. This course develops the skills necessary to proceed into Level 2 after a full year. Students will perform in the June Showcase.

Fees: $420 for term + HST.  No discount available. (Showcase costume fee $60-$80)

You can sign up for this class here on the Upcoming Class Schedule by choosing the first day of class from the calendar.

Teen Ballet Level 2

Our Teen Ballet Program offers Recreational and and R.A.D. Exam Prep Classes

Joy of Dance offers Teen ballet classes for recreational students as well as more serious dancers. Any dancer who is new to dance or has up to 5 years of ballet experience is welcome. The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is an internationally recognized organization which trains ballet teachers, provides a fantastic syllabus for students to learn and offers exams to help promote goal setting, motivation, and personal achievement in students. Our Ballet teachers are all registered teachers with the RAD and offer the chance for our Teen students to take part in this fantastic system of training.

TEEN Ballet is a yearlong program. Showcase performance is in June.

EXAM TRACK: For 2021-22 year we will spend time re-training after some time off due to Covid. We will work towards being exam ready for 2023. Dancers who wish to train twice a week may speak to Program Director, Emily Tench about their options.

 

LEVEL 2: 2021-22

Teacher: Emily Tench

  • Recreational Once/week Classes: Thursday 4:00-5:30 p.m. (Full year with 2-terms September – June)

Prerequisite: Teen Ballet Level 1 or equivalent.

Recreational Course will include: Ballet training at the RAD Grade 5/ Intermediate Foundation level developing strength, flexibility, technical ability and artistry. Students will perform in the June Showcase.

FEES: No discount available. (Showcase costume fee $60-$80)

  • Recreational Once/Week = $420/term + HST.
Teen Ballet Level 3

Our Teen Ballet Program offers Recreational and and R.A.D. Exam Prep Classes

Joy of Dance offers Teen ballet classes for recreational students as well as more serious dancers. Any dancer who is new to dance or has up to 5 years of ballet experience is welcome. The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is an internationally recognized organization which trains ballet teachers, provides a fantastic syllabus for students to learn and offers exams to help promote goal setting, motivation and personal achievement in students. Our Ballet teachers are all registered teachers with the RAD and offer the chance for our Teen students to take part in this fantastic system of training.

TEEN Ballet is a yearlong program. Showcase performance is in June.

EXAM TRACK: Twice a week students can choose between recreational or exam track. Exam Track dancers present their syllabus work for an external RAD examiner in June. There are two mandatory mock exams in May/June. Private lessons are available to students at a reduced rate.

 

LEVEL 3: 2021-22, RAD Intermediate Syllabus

 

Teachers: Emily Tench and Irene Yacoub

  • Once/week: Thurs 5:45 – 7:15 p.m. (Full year with 2-terms, September – June)
  • Twice/week: Thurs 5:45 – 7:15 p.m. & Sat 2:45 – 4:15 p.m. (Full year with 2-terms, September – June)
  • POINTE Class: Sat 4:15 – 4:45 p.m. (Full year September – June)

R.A.D. Exam Track dancers must register for Monday and Saturday classes. (Pointe is required for the exam.)

Prerequisite: Attend the Placement class. Ballet Training for 3-5 years.

Recreational Course will include: Ballet training at the RAD Intermediate level developing strength, flexibility, technical ability and artistry. All students will perform in the June Showcase.

RAD Exam Course includes: Ballet training at the RAD Intermediate level developing strength, flexibility, technique and artistry with the goal of presenting the syllabus work in an exam with an external examiner provided by the RAD. Students are required to attend two Mock Exams and are strongly suggested to take private coaching lessons. Students will perform in the June Showcase.

Pointe Classes: Available to recreational and exam students who are taking two classes per week and have been given permission to join.

FEES: No discount available. (Showcase costume fee $60-$80)

  • Recreational Once/week or twice/week = $420/$840+ HST per term
  • Pointe = $210+ HST per term
  • RAD Private 30 minute Coaching= $45+HST
  • EXAM REGISTRATION FEE: Each RAD Exam level has a different price between $150 – $160. CASH ONLY. This fee will be due in March 1 of the exam year.

Please Note: It is our goal at Joy of Dance to prepare each teen to the best of their ability for their exam. If a student progress has been delayed, we will contact the family and discuss a plan to ensure that student’s best option for success. Solutions might include private lessons, or a decision to not take the exam that year. This will be a collective decision.

Teen Ballet Level 4

Our Teen Ballet Program offers Recreational and and R.A.D. Exam Prep Classes

Joy of Dance offers Teen ballet classes for recreational students as well as more serious dancers. Any dancer who is new to dance or has up to 5 years of ballet experience is welcome. The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is an internationally recognized organization which trains ballet teachers, provides a fantastic syllabus for students to learn and offers exams to help promote goal setting, motivation and personal achievement in students. Our Ballet teachers are all registered teachers with the RAD and offer the chance for our Teen students to take part in this fantastic system of training.

TEEN Ballet is a year long program. Showcase performance is in June.

 

LEVEL 4 2021-22: Not Offered This Year.

Teachers: Emily Tench

  • Recreational Once/week Classes: Not running this year (Full year or 2-terms September – June)
  • POINTE Class: Not running this year (Full year or 2-terms September – June)

Prerequisite: 5 years of Ballet training or RAD Intermediate.

Recreational Course will include: Ballet training at the RAD Advanced Foundation level developing strength, flexibility, technical ability and artistry. All students will perform in the June Showcase.

Pointe Classes: Available to recreational students who are taking two ballet classes (the second one can be a level 3 or adult jump in class) per week and have been given permission to join.

FEES: $420/term + HST. No discount available. (Showcase costume fee $60-$80)

 

Summer Intensive and Workshops

Progressing Ballet Technique Workshops

Progressing Ballet Technique is an innovative dance conditioning program developed by Marie Walton-Mahon in Australia. This training system develops a dancer’s muscle memory to improve their core stability, weight placement and alignment, as well as over-all strength and control. Dancers perform exercises using a fitness ball or resistance band. The tools give the dancer immediate feedback on their alignment while training specific muscle groups and coordinations required for ballet and other dance forms. Each exercise has been developed with the care and guidance of a team of physiotherapists. The system is now taught world wide and has helped countless dancers prepare for careers in dance.

Please stay tuned to our website for future website.

*please contact us if you are unable to bring a large fitness ball when you register. We have some balls to loan.
Ballet Adult Summer Intensive 2021

August 26-29
Thursday/ Friday: 6-9:00 p.m.
Saturday/ Sunday: 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Elementary Level Classes
Advanced Level Classes

Progressing Ballet Technique *BYOBall
Ballet Classes
Pointe/ Demi-Pointe/Turns Classes (Male and Female)
Variation Classes (Male and Female)
Stretch Classes

Come Join us for 4 fantastic days of Ballet!

Course Fee: $295

*Progressing Ballet Technique is a conditioning class created specifically for ballet dancers. If you are able please bring:
-65-75 cm Fitness Ball
-9-14 cm Fusion Ball (or children’s ball)
-lacrosse ball
-medium strength theraband

Adult RAD Program Information

General Information

Skills assessment:

To apply for any Adult exam course, you must first book an assessment. This ensures that you are placed in a level that matches your abilities. To book an assessment, please fill out the New Student Form.

Entry level requirements:

If you have less than 2 or 3 years of ballet training, we recommend you take Adult Beginner Ballet for 1 year, followed by Adult Advanced Beginner Ballet for 1 to 2 years. We do not offer RAD ballet exams for beginner adult dancers.

Prerequisite exams:

The Intermediate RAD exam is a prerequisite for all Advanced levels. If you have non-RAD training, please let us know. The RAD recognizes some exams from other organizations.

Preparing for your exam:

To prepare for a ballet exam, we recommend you take 2 exam classes per week. Depending on your level, you should supplement these exam classes with 1 to 4 drop-in ballet classes per week. This will give you the fitness, strength, confidence and consistency required for the exam.

Progressive courses:

Adult RAD courses are progressive. This means that each new movement of concept introduced is building on skills you have learned previously. Each course has three terms. During term 1 you will learn preparatory exercises. This training will give you the technical skills needed for the exam material. In term 2, you will learn the set exam choreography. In term 3, we will clean and finesse your choreography and prepare you (mentally and artistically) for your exam.

Exams are optional:

If you want rigorous ballet training, but do not want to take an exam, you are still welcome in our adult RAD program. You may take any exam-level course without doing the exam.

I want to become a registered teacher with the RAD.

If you are an aspiring RAD teacher, you must pass the Intermediate exam before you can apply to the RAD’s teacher training program. For more information on the RAD’s teacher training options, visit radcanada.org.

Information about Virtual RAD Classes

Virtual Class Protocols:

  • * Only 2 credits can be used during the term
  • * 24 hrs notice is needed to early cancel you out of a class. The credit must be used within the term
  • * If you miss a class and wish to receive the video, please email us at info@joyofdance.ca.  We will provide the video link to you which will expire one hour before the next class and is not downloadable
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):

September 5, 2021 –  December 20, 2021

Term Fees for Men – Vocational Stream (1.5 hr classes):

Once/ week: 15 classes: $325
Twice/ week: 30 classes: $650

         Term Fees for Vocational Women (Pointe) & All Repertoire Stream (2 hr classes):

Once/ week: 15 classes: $435
Twice/ week: 30 classes: $870

         RAD Private Lessons:

Single, 30 minutes: $45

RAD Jump-in Passes:

Single (women/pointe/rep): $29
5-Class Pass (women/pointe/rep): $145
10-Class Pass (women): $290

Single (vocational men): $21
5-Class Pass (vocational men): $105
10-Class Pass (vocational men): $210

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
RAD Program Initial Assessment and Coaching Sessions

Adult RAD Program Private 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.

Adult RAD Program Group Assessment

All new students who are interested in joining the Adult RAD Ballet Program must attend an assessment. Dancers can be assessed in our Elementary/Intermediate or Advanced level jump-in ballet classes or in currently running RAD syllabus classes. Please call to book your spot in a class. Jump-in class rates apply.

RAD Ballet Private 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. You have access to a 30 minute coaching session for $45.

Course Expectations

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

Studio Etiquette:

  • Joy of Dance is a safe space for all 2SLGBTQ+ and BIPOC people. Respect your fellow students and staff.
  • Attend class regularly
  • Arrive on time
  • Warm-up for class to prevent injury
  • Wear proper ballet attire (please review the uniform requirements), flesh tone tights and shoes are encouraged
  • Hair tied up off the face and neck (must hold up through turns and allegro)
  • Turn off your cell phone (unless you are expecting an emergency call)
  • Enter the studio with your mind and body focused on dancing to the best of your ability

Course Expectations:

  • Practice your personal corrections and syllabus choreography at home for at least 2 hours per week
  • Supplement your training by taking open, non-exam ballet classes
  • Tell your teacher about the learning style that you prefer
  • Ask your teacher questions. If you are concerned about something, tell your teacher sooner than later.
  • Have perseverance. These are long courses! You will have ups and downs. Have patience, work hard and enjoy the process.

What you can expect from us:

  • Your teacher will be knowledgeable, experienced and prepared
  • We will be patient as you develop and evolve as a dancer
  • We will give you personal corrections and feedback that is specific to your needs
  • We will work to bring out the best in you and your fellow students
  • We will create a safe space for all dancers and staff
  • We will listen to your questions and concerns. We take your feedback seriously, and will do our best to meet your needs.

In Conclusion:

This program takes time and commitment. We understand that as an adult student, you have a career, a family, and non-dance obligations. We recognize that teaching ballet to adults is different than teaching ballet to children and youth. We encourage you to work hard, but will treat you with respect and empathy. We want your experience to be engaging, satisfying and rewarding.

Gender Identity and Ballet Class

Any dancer who wishes to register for the Adult RAD Ballet Program is welcome, regardless of their gender identity/expression. Any dancer who wishes to learn pointe may do so. Any dancer who wishes to learn the traditionally “Female” or “Male” choreography may.

Dancers have the freedom to wear a training uniform that best suites their gender expression. It may be the traditionally Female or Male uniform, or one that the dancer creates. The uniform should:
– be form fitting to allow teachers to correct technique
– allow for freedom of movement

Gender and RAD Ballet Exams
The RAD’s current policies on gender in examinations are as follows:
Students must chose a binary gender (Female or Male) to perform. They can not perform material from both genders in one exam. However students may chose to take 2 exams for the same level, preforming the Male work in one exam, and the Female work in the next.
-Students may chose to wear either the Female or Male uniform in the exam. The uniform does not need to match the gender of the choreography being performed.

Someday perhaps the RAD will find a way to include a non-binary examination and uniform.

Our Current Gender Labeling
The binary gender labels we are using for registration purposes mean the following:

Women (Pointe): Includes Pointe work and Female Variations.
Men: Includes Male specific Allegro and Pirouettes and Male Variations. Does not include Pointe work.

*Dancers who wish to learn Pointe should pay Female Term Registration Fees.
*Please speak to your teacher about what syllabus material you are interested in learning in class as well as your chosen pronouns.

Warm-up for Ballet Class Videos with Emily Tench

 

 

 

Adult RAD Ballet Program Uniform Information

Training Uniform

Dancers have the freedom to wear the training uniform that best suits their gender expression. It may be a traditional Female or Male uniform, or one that the dancer creates.

The uniform should:

  • be form fitting to allow teachers to correct technique
  • allow for freedom of movement
  • colour choices are optional
Exam Uniform

The RAD’s current policies on uniforms in examinations are as follows:

Students may choose to wear either the Female or Male uniform in the exam. The uniform does not need to match the gender of the choreography being performed.

Hair

The only requirements for hair style in our ballet classes and RAD exams are the following:

  • pulled off the face and neck
  • will not impede spotting and jumping
  • long hair is secure and will not fall out
Tights and Shoes Colour

We support and encourage dancers to wear shoes and tights that match their skin tone if they desire. This is also encouraged for RAD exams.

Specific RAD Ballet Exam Uniforms

Specific RAD Ballet Exam Uniforms

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. 2cm elastic, colour to match leotard

Tights: flesh coloured or pink tights

Shoes: Soft blocks or dead pointe shoes

Must have ribbons

*Intermediate Foundation only: soft ballet slippers may be worn

Colour: flesh coloured or pink, with matching ribbons.

Pointe shoes worn for the pointe work section

 

Hair:  Pulled up off your face and neck in a secure style that will not fall out.

 

Male: Vocational Syllabus (Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate)

Top: Leotard or well-fitted short sleeved t-shirt worn tucked into tights

Top Colour: white

Tights: grey, navy or black stirrup tights

Socks: white socks, worn over the tights

Shoes: white or black, canvas or leather soft ballet shoes with white elastic.

Hair:  Pulled up off the face and neck in a secure style that will not fall out.

 

Male: Vocational Syllabus (Advanced Foundation-Advanced 2)

Top: Leotard

Top Colour: white, black, navy

Tights: grey, navy or black stirrup tights

Socks: white or black (should match shoes), worn over the tights

Shoes: white or black (should match socks). Canvas or leather soft ballet shoes with elastic.

Hair:  Pulled up off the face and neck in a secure style that will not fall out.

 

 

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: flesh coloured or pink tights

Shoes: soft ballet shoes in satin, canvas or leather

Pointe shoes or soft pointe shoes may be worn for Units: Variation 1 and Variation 2, in all

levels.

Colour: flesh coloured or pink

Elastic or ribbons, should match colour of tights and shoes

*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, navy or black

Tights: grey, navy or black stirrup tights

Socks: white or black (should match shoes), worn over the tights

Shoes: white or black ballet shoes in canvas or leather with matching elastic and socks

RAD BALLET Policies and Procedures

Class Size

The Adult RAD Program at Joy of Dance offers small class sizes for excellent student to teacher ratio. If registration numbers are too low, however, rather than cancel classes we will make the following adjustments:

4-5 registered students*: Semi-private course
Regular Course Fees, No Make-up classes offered, limited live accompanist

6+ registered students*: Group class
Regular Course Fees, 2 Make-up classes offered per term. limited live accompanist.

8+ registered students*: Group class
Regular Course Fees, 2 Make-up classes offered per term. live accompanist 1 class/week.

*Average between the 2 weekly classes
Make-Up Classes

Students in registered classes with 6 or more students are allowed 2 make-up classes, per registered class, per 15 week term, OR 1 make-up class per registered class , per 8 week term.

 

  • Students MUST EMAIL the studio IN ADVANCE of a missed class to have access to a make-up class: info@joyofdance.ca
  • You may book the use of a make-up class in advance, or on the day-of your desired class.
  • Make-up classes may be used for Adult RAD classes or regular Joy of Dance jump-in classes
  • Make-up classes MUST be used by the end of the term.
  • If you know you will be away at the end of a term, we suggest you contact reception at the START of the term, get taken out of the classes you will miss and use the make-ups before you go away.

Make-up Email protocol:

  • In the Subject Line write: RAD Make-Up Class
  • In the Email, state your full name
  • State the course you are registered for
  • State the date of the class you will be missing
  • If known, state the date and class you would like to use your make-up class for.

Instructors

Emily Tench

Teen and Adult Ballet Program Director

Irene Yacoub

Ballet & Barre Fitness

Naya Valdellon

Ballet

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 (Female Syllabus):

Single: $28 | 5-Class Pass: $135 | 10-Class Pass: $265

Prices do not include HST.
Students must register 1/week to be eligible for RAD Jump-in passes.
To reserve a spot with the RAD Jump-in pass, please contact the Front Desk. Online registration is not available.

Expiration: 6 months from purchase
Note: Check Term Dates and Fees page for male syllabus prices

Signing Up Is Easy

Step 1

Create your profile

Step 2

Select a class and register yourself into class

Step 3

Pay for class online or by phone

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