Karen Clark Dance Studio RAD Ballet Program

RAD Exams 

Posted March 16, 2020


UPDATED - March 25, 2020

There will be no RAD Ballet Exam session in June 2020.  Once we are back on the dance floor we will re-evaluate where our dancers are at.  Over the next few weeks our Ballet Teachers will meet (on line) and chart the course of what is to come.  We will update you here as we formulate our 2020/2021 plan.  $80.00 Deposits paid on November 3, 2019 will be moved to November 3, 2020.  





“Due to the escalation of the COVID-19 coronavirus worldwide, and the additional government directives on travel, school closures and public gatherings, the Royal Academy of Dance is suspending all international examination travel from 18-March until 30-April 2020. Domestic examinations already underway in locations deemed safe by local health authorities may proceed to the end of the week, 20-March 2020.”



I will not be sending our entries in on Friday March 20, 2020. I have sent an email explainining that until I know what is happening with studio closure I am unable to commit to the entries.  ALSO - I understand that The RAD is still taking entries, but until I am confident that our exams will actually take place I am not willing to part with that money. For now your $80.00 RAD Exam deposit will remain with KCDS and you will not see a balance  due on your account  at this time.  Once I have an update I will be sure to let you know.  

We are pleased to continue with the Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Exams.  RAD exams may take either a Ballet Presentation Format or Ballet Exam Format.  At times a pianist will be available during our year for the RAD Ballet exam classes.  There is a non-refundable $80.00 Presentation/Exam deposit that will be posted to your account in October and charged November 3, 2019.   The balance of the Presentation/Exam payment will be due a month before the exam date.  There may be additional fees for extra rehearsals.  The clothing outlined in our section under Dance Attire on page ten of this booklet will be what the dancers are required to wear in their weekly classes and to their Presentation/Exam.


  • Withdrawal for KCDS COMPETITION TEAM DANCERS: September 30, 2019

Written notice (e-mail is fine) is required for withdrawal from class(es) and will be accepted until, September 30, 2019  . Please submit your written notice to us by the 30th of the month. This will result in you not being charged on the 1st of the next month. After September 30, 2019 it is expected that dancers will remain with the studio for the dance year. Costume deposit(s) and RAD Exam deposit(s) are due after September 30, 2019  and are non-refundable. 

Pink ballet tights, hair nets, bobby pins are available for purchase through the studio for dancers that require them.



Pre Primary and Primary Ballet:

Girls: Ballet pink short sleeve body suit, RAD ballet pink ballet skirt available for purchase at Ellswear Dance and Active Wear, white ankle socks, pink ballet shoes (fitted from the dance store.  Generic shoes from big chain retailers are not suitable.)  Hair in a tightly secured bun with a hair net. 
Boys: White T-Shirt and black shorts, black ballet shoes.

Grades 1-8 ~ body suit and skirt
Grades 1-5:  royal Capezio bodysuit (CC202) or (SL10) style chosen will depend on the best fit.  Character  skirts are made to order please contact Ellswear Dance and Active Wear 205-721-5356

Grades 6-8:  burgundy body suit made by Ellswear, a sheer ballet skirt and a black character skirt available for purchase through Ellsewear Dance and Active Wear

Grades 1-8 - shoes and tights
Grade 1 & 2:    pink tights, pink ballet shoes (no split sole) and black character shoes with a low heel.
Grade 3, 4 & 5:  pink tights, pink ballet shoes, and black character shoes with a Cuban heel.

Grades 6-8:  pink convertible tights, pink ballet shoes, and black character shoes with a Cuban heel. 


Pointe Classes

Dancers will wear the body suit they wear in their RAD Ballet class either royal Capezio or burgundy, ballet pink tights and pink ballet shoes.  NO POINTE SHOES until your teacher says you are ready for them.  

Why Choose an Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Program

If you are looking for a Ballet program that offers learning along with fun and a feeling of accomplishment; the RAD Ballet problam is perfect.  The RAD Syllabus has been devised with great care.  It progresses a dancer in stages, demanding no more of a young body that it can easily cope with.  The RAD Syllabus is great fun for dancers to dance, it also helps develop co-ordination, fitness and a sense of rhythm, musicality and expression, as well as promoting self-discipline and boasting confidence.  


RAD Ballet is no more competitive than any other activity, and RAD examinations are simply setting goals toward which children can work.  For our Dancers; examinations offer a challenge and a great sense of achievement; for Parents they give an indication of their child's progress. The RAD was founded in 1920 and has grown to become the largest training body for classical ballet in the world.  The RAD Syllabus is taught in more that 70 countries, setting high standards along with a balance of making learning fun. 



Why Choose a Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Teacher

While ballet is fun, it is also physically demanding care should be taken to send your dancer to a professional, qualified teacher. That is why Karen Clark Dance Studio is proud to offer RAD registered teachers, with current registered teacher status and who teach the RAD syllabus. This is important because


  • RAD teachers utilize carefully structured Academy syllabus, which is both fun and safe.

  • RAD teachers have the training and qualifications necessary to teach dance to young children and students.

  • RAD teachers continue training throughout their careers to ensure they are abreast of changes and have updated their skills and knowledge.

  • All qualified RAD teachers must graduate from one of our comprehensive teacher training programs in order to be included in our Register of Teachers.

  • The RAD monitor teachers each step of the way, throughout their training and after they become registered, to ensure teaching standards are maintained.


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