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Kids Program

About Royal Academy of Dance (RAD)

The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Society is one of the largest and most influential dance education and training organizations in the world with more than 13,000 members spread across 79 countries. The examination syllabus is taught to more than a quarter of a million students around the globe and the participation in the RAD Exam system is possible only through officially registered and certified RAD teachers and schools.

As an officially registered school, Fitness Zone aims to enhance student’s ballet education through offering of RAD syllabus and examinations. We assess students yearly to ensure optimal progress and preparation for the exams as well as advancement to higher levels of training.

Age requirement

It is up to a teacher to identify when a candidate is ready to take an exam. To ensure safe dance practice, candidates must have
reached the following minimum age listed in the table by:
•    1 January (for exam sessions taking place between January and August); or
•    1 September (for exam sessions taking place between September and December),
      in the year the exam takes place:

 
A course of study based on the graded syllabus is intended to provide students with:

•    An increasing ability to demonstrates practical knowledge of ballet and character
•    A graduated measure of attainment against specific criteria
•    Increasing self-confidence through the learning, memorizing and performing of prescribed
      sequences of movement, studies and dances
•    An awareness and understating of working with others
•    An appreciation through practical experience of contrasting dance disciplines with their accompanying music


Baby ballet

The baby ballet classes aims to capture and nurture young children’s instinctive joy of movement. It provides them a fun and safe caring environment to express themselves and getting them prepared from entry to the Pre-Primary level. Engaging their imagination to the fullest and give them freedom to run wild and express themselves through dancing.

Learning objectives
•    Move with increase control, co-ordination and confidence
•    Move with an awareness of the body and an understanding of how it moves through space
•    Demonstrates a developing sensitivity to music through movement
•    Express feelings and emotions through the movement


Pre-Primary in Dance and Primary in Dance

The knowledge and skills gained through successful completion of these levels provide a basis for progression to subsequent examinations in dance (Grades 1 – 8). It develops students’ physical skills, stamina, creativity, expression, and musicality using a range of sounds and musical styles. This prepares them for the transition at higher levels.

Learning objectives
•    Articulate parts of the body
•    Demonstrates awareness of positions of the body
•    Perform with an awareness of space
•    Demonstrates control, co-ordination, elevation and use ofappropriate movement dynamics
•    Respond to the elements of music
•    Perform a sequence of simple steps to depict a story

Grade 1 to 3

Constitute Level 1 of the RAD’s graded syllabus provision in the performance of ballet. They are the first three in a suite of eight grades. It contains more intricate ballet movements with further elevation and change of direction. Provide all students at this level to have a strong understanding of classical vocabulary and show awareness of basic technique appropriate timing and musicality.

Learning objectives
•    Be able to perform simple movement sequences showing awareness of basic techniques and musicality in
      ballet
•    Be able to show an awareness of performance in ballet
•    Responsive to music and a basic understanding of appropriate timing

Grade 4 to 5

Constitute Level 2 of the RAD’s graded syllabus provision in the performance of ballet. It provides a means of measuring the acquisition of technical, musical and performance skills in ballet. Emphasizing on detail and artistry, therefore, increasing stamina, concentration and discipline. Encouraging personal self-confidence and learn to communicate expression and feeling in their movement.

Learning objectives
•    Be able to perform movement sequences showing an understanding of technique and musicality in ballet
•    Be able to show a clear understanding of stylistic and rhythmical nuances.
•    Perform with correct and accurate timing and appropriate response to the music with expression and
      communication


 
Hip hop kids Beginner (Age 4 to 7)

The class gets them exposed to various street moves such as popping, vibe, isolation and break dancing through fast paced pop music which is appealing to the youngster. It helps to improve their physical fitness and stamina through more enjoyable and less straining workout.

Benefits
• Develop body coordination through music movement and rhythm
• Improve flexibility, coordination and agility
• Develop sense of musicality
• Build up body stamina from repetitious
• Improve self-confidence and self-esteem
• Stimulate brain growth which promotes faster and active response to the body.


Contemporary Dance (Age 16 and above)

Contemporary dance is a modernized ballet mixed with classical and jazz style. It emphasize on fluidity body movement and focuses on technique where it utilize both strong and controlled legwork of ballet and modern dance especially on the torso.

Benefits
• Boost strength and endurance
• Learn proper dance technique
• Weight management
• Stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis
• Improve flexibility, coordination and agility
• Improve mental fitness, self-confidence and self-esteem