Centre Stage Dance and Drama follows the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) graded examination syllabus and both the RAD and Imperial society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD) syllabi for the vocational grades.
The RAD grades are divided into 3 sections – Classical ballet, Free movement and Character work. The ISTD focuses on the same aims as the RAD but introduces Free Work.
Ballet is taught in a disciplined environment with attention given to correct technique, posture, an appreciation of music and how it relates to dance as well as a sense of space, performance and importantly, enjoyment. Pointe work is introduced at the discretion of the teacher and not before a student is experienced and physically strong enough to develop onto pointe.
Children may take examinations from the age of 5 years old but if a student does not wish to enter an exam, she/he will be taught in the same dedicated manner and will move into the next class with the children who have gone through the examination process.