The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is one of the world’s most influential dance education and training organisations. Those studying ballet under RAD regulations are required to wear specific uniform items appropriate for their level of study, and it can be confussing to know what you need to wear, so…
Q: What do I need to wear for a Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Class?
For ballet classes that lead to an examination by The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) you must wear ballet clothes that meet the exacting requirements of the RAD syllabus. Here we will help you find out what it is you need to wear for ballet class. The RAD ballet syllabus is graded according to the dancer’s ability, or for young children, their age. Young boys and girls will start their ballet career by going to classes for ‘Pre-primary’ & ‘Primary’ and in doing so will get their first ballet costume. After Primary the dancer will then progress through grades 1 to 8, and can expect their ballet dancewear requirements to keep changing through all of the grades. As you would expect, the male dancewear requirements are different to the female costumer requirements. We shall start with listing the RAD clothing requirements for male ballet dancers.
Q: What do boys wear for ballet class with the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus?
Boy’s Ballet Exam Wear for Pre-Primary/Primary
Boys will wear a white short sleeve leotard, sometimes called an Aaron leotard, with Navy or Black Cotton/Lycra ballet shorts over. On their feet they will wear White ankle Socks and either White canvas ballet shoe or Black leather ballet shoe, as decided by the ballet teacher.
Male Ballet Exam Wear for Grades 1 – 8
For all grades the male dancer will continue to wear the White ankle Socks and Black leather ballet shoe, and can also continue to wear the ballet shorts but he may feel more comfortable switching to Navy stirrup tights, so long as the ballet teacher permits, and also to the, more mature, sleeveless leotard in white. For syllabus work he will now need a pair of Oxford Syllabus Character shoes in canvas.
Q: What do girls wear for ballet class with the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus?
Female Ballet Exam Wear for Pre-Primary/Primary
Girls learning ballet will wear a short sleeve leotard, some may refer to as a Chloe, in either Pink, Pale Blue (Panama Blue) or Lilac, with a Voile skirt or Georgette wrapover skirt in a colour that matches the colour of the leotard. There is a move within the Royal Academy of Dance to adopt pink or lilac as the preferred colour rather than pale blue.
During classes it is advisable to wear warm knittwear to keep the muscles warm and so she can wear a long sleeve crossover ballet cardigan.
Female Ballet Exam Wear for Grade 1 – 2
Grade 1 allows the girls to have a greater choice of leotards to wear & in a wide range of colours. She can continue to wear the short sleeve Chloe leotard in the colours she has already worn, or she can start wearing the more grown-up Aimie style sleeveless leotard in Blue, lavender, navy, pink or white (with free belt), the short sleeve faith leotard in Navy, or the sleeveless faith leotard, with free belt, in Mulberry, Navy or Red.
In grade 1 she will start character work and so will need a pair of Low heel canvas syllabus character shoes, and a character skirt that matches the colour of the leotard and so will be either the Blues character skirt with white, pale blue, royal blue ribbon (made by little ballerina) or the Pastel character skirt with pink, lilac & blue ribbons. It is important to measure the required length so that the bottom of the hem reaches mid calf.
Female Ballet Exam Wear for Grade 3 – 5
There are few changes when moving up to grade 3 except:
- the Pastel character skirt is nolonger an option
- she can now wear the Brights character skirt, which has Mulberry, purple & royal ribbons
- she can now wear Cuban heel syllabus character shoes
She may now require adult size pink ballet tights.
Female Ballet Exam Wear for Grade 6 – 8
Whilst no longer wearing the short sleeve Chloe leotard she can still wear the Aimie style sleeveless leotard in Blue, Lavender, Navy, Pink or White, the short sleeve faith leotard in Navy, or the sleeveless faith leotard in Mulberry, Navy or Red. Also, she can now wear the more flattering sleeveless Alison style leotard in Navy or Black along with a circular chiffon practice skirt.
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