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The School offers carefully structured dance syllabi, aligned with the RAD (Royal Academy of Dancing) and ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing) education systems, giving the students the best possible education to equip them either for a career in the world of dance or for areas of study that require commitment and creativity. 

Additionally DMR offers specially designed classes which apply both the classical and Theatre dance disciplines as well as concepts of BrainGym and Dalcroze to classes such as our Tots in Tutus, Dance & Play and Fun Ballet.  


Royal Academy of Dance

Style covered: Classical Ballet & Character Dance

Founded over 80 years ago, the Royal Academy of Dance is the largest, most influential dance teacher training and examining body for Classical Ballet in the world.  Their teaching method is taught in over 70 countries in the world, setting high standards of dance training for over 250,000 students each year.  An international network of examiners travel the world examining pupils in the Syllabus at every level.  Apart from syllabus work the RAD also provides summer programs for dance students worldwide. 

For older students the Royal Academy is top of its league in providing comprehensive dance teacher training, including dance teaching certification, and degree programs for ballet teachers. 

Examinations, Markings and Assessment

There are two examination pathways- Graded and Vocational Exams and non-graded Presentation Classes.  Students may begin the Graded pathway at Primary in Dance Level (aged 6-7 years) or Presentation Classes at Pre-Primary in Dance Level (aged 5-6 years).  After Grade 5 they can either continue to Grade 8 and/or opt to follow the Vocational Graded syllabus. 

Students undertaking Graded and Vocational Grade examinations receive a result form with marks as well as a certificate of completion. Presentation Class students receive a certificate of participation. 


Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing

Style covered: Modern and Tap

The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) Is the world's leading dance examinations board.  Formed in 1904 it is today a registered educational charity and is the only organization that covers the full spectrum of dance examinations on a truly global scale.  


The ISTD's chief objective is "to educate the public in the art of dancing in all its forms".  To achieve this, the ISTD works in four main ways:

• to promote knowledge of dance

• to maintain and improve teaching standards

• to qualify, by examination, teachers of dancing in the ISTD's specialist techniques taught by our 10,000 members in schools of dancing throughout the world

• to provide, through its syllabi, techniques upon which to train dancers for the profession.

TAP: Apart from being an essential skill for the professional dancer, tap dance is one of the most enjoyable and rhythmic forms of recreational dance.  The work of the Faculty reflects this by providing extensive syllabi for the amateur market in addition to the children's and professional syllabi.

MODERN: Modern Theatre Dance defies a single permanent definition.  This is largely due to its ability to adapt, develop and evolve with the changing fashion in dance.  Through a carefully planned and well-tried examination syllabus, which combines modern dance, jazz and other dance styles, young people are trained to become disciplined and versatile dancers who have a professional attitude towards dance.


The Faculty offers a series of examinations from Children's grades through to professional teaching qualifications.  The grade and the major syllabi were revised in the 1980's to reflect the influence of American Tap on British Musical Theatre.  In addition there are:
Medal Tests for children, students and the amateur adult.  These are shorter exams designed to encourage good rhythm, style and technique.