In 2006 I attended a Summer School at the Royal Academy of Dance, a nine-year old Italian girl staying overseas for the first time without her family. When I think back to that week the two things that come to mind are dancing during a heat-wave and the interesting English breakfasts; my first introduction to baked beans!
Today, with eight girls from my year group I travelled the seven miles from White Lodge to the Academy’s Headquarters in Battersea to sit the Advanced 1 Ballet Examination.
Eighteen months ago I was happy to attain a distinction in the R.A.D. Intermediate Examination. Those of us who pass with the same top grade today will be eligible to compete for the coveted Phyllis Bedells Bursary next March. More importantly these qualifications are widely recognised throughout the United Kingdom and in many countries worldwide. Advance 1 is also an important step towards the R.A.D. Diploma in Dance. [Results update 26/10/12: Passed RAD Advanced 1 with distinction, so happy!]
The Royal Academy of Dance qualifications are accredited on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) as follows: Award (1-12 credits), Certificate (13-36 credits) and Diploma (37 or more credits).
|Qualification title||Abbreviated title||Credit Value|
|R.A.D. Level 3 Certificate in Vocational Graded Examination in Dance: Intermediate (Ballet)||Intermediate [Passed 2011]||28|
|R.A.D. Level 4 Certificate in Vocational Graded Examination in Dance: Advanced 1 (Ballet)||Advanced 1 [Passed 2012]||33|
Earlier this year, world-renowned Prima Ballerina Darcey Bussell CBE was elected President of the Royal Academy of Dance, becoming only the fourth President in the organisation’s 92 year history.