Filming exams
Where it is not possible to hold examinations with an examiners present, please contact your local office about the possibility of filming exams.

Pianists for vocational graded examinations
Teachers will not be required to use a pianist for their vocational graded examinations in AECs and for filmed examinations. In RAVs, where possible, a pianist will be provided. If teachers can use a pianist, and would like to do so, we would of course encourage this.

Soft-pointe shoes
The use of soft-pointe shoes will not be compulsory for Vocational Graded examinations (Intermediate to Advanced 2). Soft ballet shoes may be worn with either ribbons or elastic. Pointe shoes are required for the pointe section.

Free Enchaînements (Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced Foundation)
To facilitate the free enchaînement in examinations without a pianist at the relevant levels, teachers should provide access to the free music found on the official RAD Vocational CDs, associated with the level that is being examined.
Guidance for teachers regarding how to deliver the free enchaînement in filmed examinations can be found in the filming guideline documents available from local offices and in the free enchaînment guidelines for filmed examinations document available in the members’ area.

Grade 6, 7, 8 class awards
We brought forward the introduction of the grades 6, 7 and 8 class awards to September 2020. These are now in place for teachers who would like to take this option instead of an examination.                                                                                               The RAD will no longer provide grade 6, 7 and 8 presentation classes.
Successful candidates for grade 6, 7 and 8 class awards will receive a certificate, result form and a medal, although due to the current pandemic-related supply issues, it is likely that students are sent their medals at a later date (for the remainder of 2020 at least).
We will update teachers with developments as soon as we have them.

Class Awards

There are no prerequisites for our graded examinations, solo performance awards or class awards. If candidates have been previously working towards, or entered for, an examination, the entry can be changed to a class award if this a more appropriate option under present circumstances.

Pre-Primary in Dance – Class Award

  • The Warm-up, Cool-down and Imaginative Movement Sequence should be presented.
  • Teachers may choose to present any 7 of the 9 set exercises.

Primary in Dance – Class Award
The following exercise choices are permitted at the teacher’s discretion.

Technique 2 Bend and run OR Bend and point
Technique 4 TWO of the following exercises: Jumps, Spring or Hops, Jumps and springs
Technique 5 Galops and skips OR Run and leap

Graded Examinations:

Grade Exercise Adaptations
Primary in Dance Run and leap One diagonal only – Teacher/candidate’s choice
Grade 1 Step hop and parallel assemblé One diagonal only – Teacher/candidate’s choice
Grade 2 Turns and parallel assemblés One side only – Teacher/candidate’s choice
Grade 3 Grands battements A – devant OR Grands battements B – second and derrière Teacher/candidate’s choice of exercise
Ronds de jambe à terre Teacher/candidate’s choice of en dehors OR en dedans
Glissades, sissonnes and assemblés Teacher/candidate’s choice of starting right OR left foot devant
Turns One diagonal only – Teacher/candidate’s choice
Grade 4 Assemblés and temps levés Teacher/candidate’s choice of starting right OR left foot devant
Grade 5 Glissades and sissonnes Teacher/candidate’s choice of starting right OR left foot devant
Turns One diagonal only – Teacher/candidate’s choice
Grade 6 Battements frappés OR Demi-pointe enchaînement Teacher/candidate’s choice of exercise
Pirouettes en dehors OR Pirouettes en dedans Teacher/candidate’s choice of exercise

Vocational Graded Examinations

Level Exercise Adaptation
Intermediate Foundation (male/female) Port de bras Teacher/candidate’s choice of starting right OR left foot devant
Intermediate (male/female) Pirouettes en dedans and posé pirouettes (female) Teacher/candidate’s choice of starting side (corner 7 OR 8)
Relevés passés derrière OR Relevés passés devant (female) Teacher/candidate’s choice of exercise
Allegro 5 (male) Performed one side only – Teacher/candidate’s choice
Advanced Foundation (female) Pirouettes (pointe work) Teacher/candidate’s choice of starting side (corner 7 OR 8)
Advanced 1 (male/female) Port de bras Teacher/candidate’s choice of starting side – right OR left foot devant
Pirouette enchaînement Teacher/candidate’s choice of starting side – right OR left foot devant; Double pirouette en dehors finishing in attitude derrière en croisé OR 2nd arabesque
Adage (female) Teacher/candidate’s choice of pivot en dehors in arabesque OR attitude derrière
Advanced 2 (female) Port de bras Teacher/candidate’s choice of starting side – right OR left foot devant
Pirouette enchaînement Teacher/candidate’s choice of starting side – right OR left foot devant
Allegro 3 Teacher/candidate’s choice of starting side – right OR left foot devant
Advanced 2 (male) Port de bras Teacher/candidate’s choice of starting side – right OR left foot devant; Double pirouette en dedans in attitude derrière OR 1st arabesque
Battement fondus and ronds de jambe en l’air Teacher/candidate’s choice of starting side – right OR left foot devant; Double pirouette en dedans in attitude derrière OR 1st arabesque
Pirouette en dehors in attitude or arabesque Teacher/candidate’s choice of double pirouette en dehors in 2nd arabesque OR attitude derrière
Pirouette enchaînement Teacher/candidate’s choice of starting side – right OR left foot devant
Allegro 4 Teacher/candidate’s choice of starting side – right OR left foot devant

Discovering Repertoire

Level Exercise Adaptations
Level 3 – unit: Class Allegro 3 Teacher/candidate’s choice of starting side
Level 4 – unit: Variation Development exercise H (male) Teacher/candidate’s choice of starting right OR left foot devant

Further guidelines

  • AEC – Where there is a choice of exercise or starting position, all candidates in the same set should perform the same setting when they are required to demonstrate the work all together or 2 x 2.
  • RAV – where exercises are shown all together or 2 x 2 in sets with candidates from mixed schools, groupings in the examination will be adapted to facilitate the candidate’s choice of starting foot.
  • Candidates in the same set may choose different diagonals/sides to perform continuous 1 x 1 exercises.
  • Reasonable adjustments to floor patterns exercises will be accepted if required to facilitate social distancing guidelines.
  • There will be no change to the length of examinations.
  • Should you have any questions about the adaptations, please contact your local office or the headquarters Examinations Department at exams@rad.org.uk