The RAD Intermediate Foundation ballet exam
Oct08

The RAD Intermediate Foundation ballet exam

The RAD Intermediate Foundation ballet exam is not an exam many kids take. It runs alongside the usual grades (from Pre-Primary to Grade 8) and is around the equivalent of a Grade 5, but it is much more rigorous. Along with the subsequent exams – Intermediate and Advanced – it is a vocational qualification. As my daughter’s teacher summed it up: ‘It’s not a children’s exam’. The Intermediate...

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Getting the first pointe shoes
Sep28

Getting the first pointe shoes

Getting your first pointe shoes is a really big deal for a little ballet dancer, and my daughter was no exception. Most little ballerina’s mums were also ballerinas and know this stuff themselves. Me? I failed a modern exam at the age of 7. Yes, I’m that bad. So I have no idea about pointe shoes, other than a lot of rumours. I knew they were VERY EXPENSIVE. Over £100. Also, I know that, at 11, my daughter has just started...

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Preparing for first pointe shoes
Sep21

Preparing for first pointe shoes

At the start of this year, my daughter started simultaneously working on both her Grade 4 and Grade 5 in ballet. Her Grade 5 class included girls ranging in age from two school years above her right up to a girl who could drive! Every week the Grade 5 (or Intermediate Foundation) class had an extra lesson preparing for pointe work, working on strengthening exercises. And in the spring, most of the older girls got their pointe shoes....

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