West Salem's first and only Ballet school

Royal Academy of Dance

Students in the Primary level wait to be called in for their examination.

Students in the Primary level wait to be called in for their examination.

The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is one of the most influential organizations in dance education in the world. Our exams set standards in classical ballet and we are a global leader in Continuing Professional Development for dance. Founded in the UK in 1920, it has since grown to a worldwide program, present in 84 countries. The RAD's patron is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.


An RAD examination is a chance for ballet students to perform their level’s syllabus for an examiner who is trained in ballet. Over a quarter of a million students go through examinations every year. There are many different types of examinations, including class awards, solo performance awards, and the more traditional exam. The students have the opportunity to show their skill and technique, as well as the syllabus that they have been mastering, and receive a score. Ballet Arts NW holds exams every spring at our studio. Examinations are always optional, but they are a fun and fulfilling way for students to show the technique and variations they are working on.


RAD teachers must go through rigorous training in order to become a certified teacher. In addition to the mandatory educational courses to qualify for RAD teacher status, teachers must also participate in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) classes to ensure that their training and knowledge stays up-to-date.