Why RAD exams?
Question: Why do RAD Exams?
From new parents and students I always seem to get this question at the start of our Royal Academy of Dance examination enrollment.
Comments range from “Why?” to “Isn’t this supposed to be fun?” My answer is always, “Well, yes, it actually is fun.” As an RAD Examiner once remarked, “Life is a test. Why not be tested in something you love?” With offices in over 80 countries, and over 400,000 exam candidates, the Royal Academy of Dance is the largest dance examining organization in the world. The RAD’s goals and outcomes are so clearly defined that we teachers can easily design our class content in keeping with appropriate progression for each age and skill level.
Many studios use competitions as a method to encourage and motivate their students, but in competitions only a few dancers “win”. Royal Academy of Dance Examinations allow students to compete against a world-wide standard, in which students rarely “lose”. The examinations offer a healthy barometer for each student with an objective score sheet that shows strengths and areas needing more attention.
There are ten criteria in which each candidate is assessed: Correct posture and weight placement, co-ordination, control, line, space, dynamics (movement), musicality and communication (with an audience)
By looking at their scores, children and parents can easily see exactly what areas need improvement, thus giving them a positive goal on which to focus for next year’s exam.
Over many decades, I have found that students thoroughly enjoy the exam process, and not only challenge themselves but also encourage their classmates in the healthiest of ways. They love the certificates and medals awarded for successful completion of the exam process, giving them a sense of achievement and broad smiles to their faces.As a teaching member of the Royal Academy of Dance, I am so proud of all my students. I am proud of their accomplishments and monumental effort throughout the year.