Intermediate is the second level in the Royal Academy of Dance’s (RAD) vocational stream. The Intermediate open ballet class will work at refining the technique, coordination, control and accuracy of movements to be presented in the Intermediate examination as well as setting the foundation for stamina, control and coordination for movements and musical timings found in the Advanced Foundation curriculum. As part of satisfying the learning objectives for Intermediate open ballet, students enrolled in the Winter Term will prepare and present a ballet piece as part of the year-end story ballet. Please note, students wishing to enter as candidates in the Intermediate RAD exam must also enroll in the Intermediate ballet exam class, Intermediate Pointe Class and it is recommended that they enroll in a core stability and strength class. For the Fall term 2015, Intermediate students are accelerated to complete their exam in November-December and are recommended to take 2 exam syllabus classes per week. Intermediate ballet classes are 1.25 hours in duration and limited to 15 dancers per class. The RAD recommends that students taking their Intermediate examination should complete 275 hours of study prior to taking their examination. Students who are enrolled in two Intermediate ballet classes per week are eligible to participate in 5678 Dance Studio’s annual production of the Nutcracker, which rehearses on Saturdays from October – December. Watch for more information on our Announcements page.

The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD)’s vocational examinations in dance are progressive, structured assessments which lead to recognized achievement at a high level in dance performance. The higher-level qualifications are accepted as benchmarks of achievement by Vocational Schools, attended by young dancers intending to enter the profession. They are taken into account by universities and other Higher Education institutions offering degree courses and programs in dance and dance education. The exams also aid progression to workplace opportunities such as: professional dancer, professional dance teacher, professional choreographer, professional dance notator, professional dance historian, lecturer in dance and facilitator in community dance. 5678 offers these vocational streams to students regardless of their dance aspirations because it provides a fun and challenging curriculum for all students and a means by which they can measure their progress. Achievement in dance contributes to the development of a wide range of competencies and life-skills such as motor control, health and safety awareness, self-expression, physical fitness and stamina, discipline and confidence. Vocational levels are recognized through the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) mechanism where students can apply their successful completion of their Intermediate examination for High School Credit. Students wishing to pursue these credits should talk to their ballet teacher about how to apply to their school for these credits. Please note, students wishing to enter as candidates in the Intermediate RAD exam must also enroll in the Intermediate open ballet class, Intermediate Pointe Class and it is recommended that they enroll in a core stability and strength class. For Fall 2015, students wishing to accelerate their progress and take their exam in November-December are recommended to take two exam classes per week. The RAD recommends that students taking their Intermediate examination should complete 275 hours of study prior to taking their examination. Intermediate ballet classes are 1-1.25 hours in duration and limited to 15 dancers per class. Students who are enrolled in two Intermediate ballet classes per week are eligible to participate in 5678 Dance Studio’s annual production of the Nutcracker, which rehearses on Saturdays from October – December. Watch for more information on our Announcements page.

Advanced Foundation is the third level in the Royal Academy of Dance’s (RAD) vocational stream. The Advanced Foundation open ballet class will work at refining the technique, coordination, control and accuracy of movements to be presented in the Advanced Foundation examination as well as setting the foundation for stamina, control and coordination for movements and musical timings found in the Advanced 1 curriculum. As part of satisfying the learning objectives for Advanced Foundation open ballet, students enrolled in the Winter Term will prepare and present a ballet piece as part of the year-end story ballet. Please note, students wishing to enter as candidates in the Advanced Foundation RAD exam must also enroll in the Advanced Foundation ballet exam class (x2 per week), Advanced Foundation Pointe Class and it is recommended that they enroll in a core stability and strength class. Advanced Foundation ballet classes are between 1 and 1.25 hours in duration and limited to 15 dancers per class. The RAD recommends that students taking their Advanced Foundation examination should complete 275 hours of study prior to taking their examination. Students at the Advanced Foundation level should hold their Intermediate qualification from the RAD or any other recognized recognized Awarding Body. Students who are enrolled in two Advanced Foundation ballet classes per week are eligible to participate in 5678 Dance Studio’s annual production of the Nutcracker, which rehearses on Saturdays from October – December. Watch for more information on our Announcements page.

The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD)’s vocational examinations in dance are progressive, structured assessments which lead to recognized achievement at a high level in dance performance. The higher-level qualifications are accepted as benchmarks of achievement by Vocational Schools, attended by young dancers intending to enter the profession. They are taken into account by universities and other Higher Education institutions offering degree courses and programs in dance and dance education. The exams also aid progression to workplace opportunities such as: professional dancer, professional dance teacher, professional choreographer, professional dance notator, professional dance historian, lecturer in dance and facilitator in community dance. 5678 offers these vocational streams to students regardless of their dance aspirations because it provides a fun and challenging curriculum for all students and a means by which they can measure their progress. Achievement in dance contributes to the development of a wide range of competencies and life-skills such as motor control, health and safety awareness, self-expression, physical fitness and stamina, discipline and confidence. Vocational levels are recognized through the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) mechanism where students can apply their successful completion of their Advanced Foundation examination for High School Credit. Students wishing to pursue these credits should talk to their ballet teacher about how to apply to their school for these credits. Please note, students wishing to enter as candidates in the Advanced Foundation RAD exam must also enroll in the Advanced Foundation open ballet class, Advanced Foundation Pointe Class and it is recommended that they enroll in a core stability and strength class. For Fall 2015, students wishing to accelerate their progress and take their exam in November-December are recommended to take two exam classes per week. The RAD recommends that students taking their Advanced Foundation examination should complete 275 hours of study prior to taking their examination. Advanced Foundation ballet classes are 1-1.25 hours in duration and limited to 15 dancers per class. Please note: students must hold their Intermediate ballet exam qualification by the RAD or any other recognized Awarding Body to take their Advanced Foundation examination. Students who are enrolled in two Advanced Foundation ballet classes per week are eligible to participate in 5678 Dance Studio’s annual production of the Nutcracker, which rehearses on Saturdays from October – December. Watch for more information on our Announcements page.

Advanced One is the fourth level of RAD’s vocational stream. At the Advanced One level, dancers will:

  • apply and demonstrate through performance a thorough knowledge and understanding of the fundamental and relevant technique and vocabulary of ballet
    • apply and demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of the mechanics and purpose of the required vocabulary
    • demonstrate a mature and professional approach in responding to and interpreting direction
  • perform a range of complex and physically demanding movement sequences showing highly developed technical skills in ballet
    • demonstrate advanced technical skills showing appropriate physical awareness, strength and stamina
    • demonstrate a disciplined, mature and professional approach in a range of advanced technical skills including: spatial awareness, control, coordination
  • perform a range of complex movement sequences showing a highly developed understanding of musicality in ballet
    • demonstrate a highly developed understanding of more complex range of rhythmical sounds, accents and timings
    • demonstrate a highly developed understanding of musical interpretation within more complex sequences including: phrasing, dynamics, atmosphere
  • apply and demonstrate a mature and appropriate range of performance skills with assurance in ballet
    • demonstrate the ability to engage with an audience in a mature, appropriate and professional way
    • demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of the subtleties of performance including: expression, communication, projection

The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD)’s vocational examinations in dance are progressive, structured assessments which lead to recognized achievement at a high level in dance performance. The higher-level qualifications are accepted as benchmarks of achievement by Vocational Schools, attended by young dancers intending to enter the profession. They are taken into account by universities and other Higher Education institutions offering degree courses and programs in dance and dance education. The exams also aid progression to workplace opportunities such as: professional dancer, professional dance teacher, professional choreographer, professional dance notator, professional dance historian, lecturer in dance and facilitator in community dance.

5678 offers these vocational streams to students regardless of their dance aspirations because it provides a fun and challenging curriculum for all students and a means by which they can measure their progress. Achievement in dance contributes to the development of a wide range of competencies and life-skills such as motor control, health and safety awareness, self-expression, physical fitness and stamina, discipline and confidence. Vocational levels are recognized through the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) mechanism where students can apply their successful completion of their Advanced One examination for High School Credit. Students wishing to pursue these credits should talk to their ballet teacher about how to apply to their school for these credits. As part of satisfying the learning objectives for Advanced One open ballet, students enrolled in the Winter Term will prepare and present a ballet piece as part of the year-end story ballet.

Please note, students wishing to enter as candidates in the Advanced One RAD exam must also enroll in the Advanced One open ballet class, Advanced One RAD exam class (x 2 per week), Advanced One Pointe Class and it is highly recommended that they enroll in at least one core stability and strength class. For Fall 2015, students wishing to accelerate their progress and take their exam in November-December are recommended to take two exam classes per week. The RAD recommends that students taking their Advanced One examination should complete 325 hours of study prior to taking their examination. Advanced One ballet classes are 1.25-1.5 hours in duration and limited to 15 dancers per class. Please note: students must hold their Intermediate ballet exam qualification by the RAD or any other recognized Awarding Body to take their Advanced One examination. 5678 Dance Studio recommends that students attempting Advanced One hold their Advanced Foundation qualification.

Students who are enrolled in two Advanced One ballet classes per week are eligible to participate in 5678 Dance Studio’s annual production of the Nutcracker, which rehearses on Saturdays from October – December. Watch for more information on our Announcements page.

Advanced Two is the fifth level of RAD’s vocational stream. At the Advanced Two level, dancers will:

  • apply and demonstrate through performance a thorough knowledge and understanding of the fundamental and relevant technique and vocabulary of ballet
    • apply and demonstrate a thorough knowledge and detailed knowledge and understanding of the mechanics and purpose of the required vocabulary
    • demonstrate a mature, professional and assured approach in responding to and interpreting direction
  • perform a range of complex and physically demanding movement sequences showing highly developed technical skills in ballet
    • demonstrate high level technical skills showing appropriate physical awareness, strength and stamina
    • demonstrate a disciplined, mature and professional approach in a range of high level technical skills including: spatial awareness, control, coordination
  • perform a range of complex movement sequences showing a highly developed understanding of musicality in ballet
    • demonstrate a highly developed and mature understanding of more complex range of rhythmical sounds, accents and timings
    • demonstrate a highly developed and mature understanding of musical interpretation within more complex sequences including: phrasing, dynamics, atmosphere
  • apply and demonstrate a mature and appropriate range of performance skills with assurance in ballet
    • demonstrate the ability to engage with an audience in a mature, appropriate, assured and professional way
    • demonstrate a well-developed appreciation and understanding of the subtleties of performance including: expression, communication, projection

The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD)’s vocational examinations in dance are progressive, structured assessments which lead to recognized achievement at a high level in dance performance. The higher-level qualifications are accepted as benchmarks of achievement by Vocational Schools, attended by young dancers intending to enter the profession. They are taken into account by universities and other Higher Education institutions offering degree courses and programs in dance and dance education. The exams also aid progression to workplace opportunities such as: professional dancer, professional dance teacher, professional choreographer, professional dance notator, professional dance historian, lecturer in dance and facilitator in community dance.

5678 offers these vocational streams to students regardless of their dance aspirations because it provides a fun and challenging curriculum for all students and a means by which they can measure their progress. Achievement in dance contributes to the development of a wide range of competencies and life-skills such as motor control, health and safety awareness, self-expression, physical fitness and stamina, discipline and confidence. Vocational levels are recognized through the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) mechanism where students can apply their successful completion of their Advanced Two examination for High School Credit. Students wishing to pursue these credits should talk to their ballet teacher about how to apply to their school for these credits. As part of satisfying the learning objectives for Advanced Two open ballet, students enrolled in the Winter Term will prepare and present a ballet piece as part of the year-end story ballet.

Please note, students wishing to enter as candidates in the Advanced Two RAD exam must also enroll in the Advanced Two open ballet class, Advanced Two ballet exam classes (x2 per week), Advanced Two Pointe Class and it is highly recommended that they enroll in at least one core stability and strength class. The RAD recommends that students taking their Advanced One examination should complete 375 hours of study prior to taking their examination. Advanced Two ballet classes are 1.25-1.5 hours in duration and limited to 15 dancers per class. Please note: students must hold their Advanced One exam qualification by the RAD or any other recognized Awarding Body to take their Advanced Two examination.

Students who are enrolled in two Advanced Two ballet classes per week are eligible to participate in 5678 Dance Studio’s annual production of the Nutcracker, which rehearses on Saturdays from October – December. Watch for more information on our Announcements page.

The Solo Seal Award is the highest Vocational Graded examination of the Royal Academy of Dance and focuses on solo performance. The Solo Seal Award takes place in front of an invited audience which normally consists of a Vocational Grades Examiner and professional dancer or former dancer from a ballet company approved by the Artistic Director of the Academy. The aims of the Solo Seal Award are to provide students with an opportunity to achieve at a high level, and be assessed on variations performed in front of an audience. Each student performs three contrasting variations from each of the uniquely demanding and technically distinct 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, which have been selected to meet the stylistic and technical demands of today’s choreographers and directors. Solo Seal Awards usually take place in Toronto and the performances are open to the public. Information about these performances can be found on the Royal Academy of Dance Canada website under events: http://www.radcanada.org/events
Perhaps the most iconic element of ballet is the pointe shoe. Dance students wait with great anticipation for the day when they will get their first pair of pointe shoes. At 5678 Dance Studio, we believe that safety in dance education is paramount and so have strict requirements about when dancers are permitted to begin pointe work.

While the ballet dancers who dance en pointe look graceful seem to execute complex movements with great ease, in reality, pointe work takes a great deal of strength. Strength is important in posture, musculature to ensure that students will not injure themselves while dancing.

Students enrolling in pointe classes must be enrolled in 2 other ballet classes per week and it is recommended that they are enrolled in one core stability & dance conditioning class per week. Generally students enroll in the Pre-Pointe/Pointe 1 class where they spend ½ the year learning exercises for strengthening feet and other muscles used in pointe work and then they get their pointe shoes halfway through the season and begin learning basic pointe work. As students progress through the vocational stream, they are expected to attend the level of pointe class accompanying their exam as that is where the pointe work for their examination is learned. Pointe classes learn and present choreographic works (either contemporary or classical) in our year-end recital. Pointe classes are 1 hour in duration.

In the Intermediate levels, students build upon the technical vocabulary and spatial patterns established in Pre-Intermediate levels and continue to work towards the technique, coordination, stamina, control and style required for the Intermediate ADAPT jazz exams in an energizing and dynamic learning environment as well as laying the groundwork for the Pre-Advanced jazz curriculum. As part of satisfying the learning objectives for the Intermediate levels open jazz, students in the Winter Term prepare a dance for the year-end recital. Please note, students wanting to enter as candidates in the Intermediate level jazz examinations must also enroll in the corresponding level exam class, must hold their Pre-Intermediate I jazz exam level and should hold the previous Intermediate jazz exam level. It is recommended that students taking their Intermediate level jazz examinations take a minimum of 70 hours of class work. Intermediate open jazz classes are 1 hour in duration and have a maximum of 15 dancers per class.

Intermediate jazz exam classes teaches the set curriculum exercises for the Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (ADAPT) examinations that take place annually in May or June. Students wishing to take their examinations should enroll in the exam syllabus class from September – June. It is recommended that students wanting to pass their Pre-Inter III Jazz Exam class take a minimum of 70 hours of class work focusing on their Intermediate level. 5678 meets these recommended hours by students enrolling in their Intermediate level examination class as well as the Intermediate level open jazz class for 36 weeks of instruction. As the focus of this class is preparation for the examination, exam classes do not prepare choreography for the year-end recital. An external examiner sent by the ADAPT conducts the examination. Students who successfully complete their ADAPT examination at the Intermediate levels receive a certificate from ADAPT, as well, students attaining a mark of Highly Commended Plus also receive a medal to celebrate their achievements. Students wishing to enter as candidates in the Intermediate jazz exam levels must hold their Pre-Inter III jazz exam qualification and should hold their previous Intermediate exam level. Intermediate level exam classes are 1 hour in duration and limited to 15 dancers per class.

In the Pre-Advanced/Advanced levels, students execute advanced technical vocabulary, spatial patterns and style. As part of satisfying the learning objectives for the Pre-Advanced & Advanced levels open jazz, students in the Winter Term prepare a dance for the year-end recital. Please note, students wanting to enter as candidates in the Pre-Advanced & Advanced level jazz examinations must also enroll in the corresponding level exam class, must hold their Inter II exam level and previous jazz exam level. It is recommended that students taking their Pre-Advanced & Advanced jazz examinations take a minimum of 80 hours of class work. Pre-Advanced & Advanced open jazz classes are 1 hour in duration and have a maximum of 15 dancers per class.

Pre-Advanced & Advanced jazz exam classes teaches the set curriculum exercises for the Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (ADAPT) examinations that take place annually in May or June. Students wishing to take their examinations should enroll in the exam syllabus class from September – June. It is recommended that students wanting to pass their jazz exams take a minimum of 80 hours of class work focusing on their respective level. 5678 meets these recommended hours by students enrolling in their appropriate level examination class, jazz exam class as well as a core stability and dance conditioning class for 36 weeks of instruction. As the focus of this class is preparation for the examination, exam classes do not prepare choreography for the year-end recital. An external examiner sent by the ADAPT conducts the examination. Students who successfully complete their ADAPT examination at the Pre-Advanced & Advanced levels receive a certificate from ADAPT, as well, students attaining a mark of Highly Commended Plus also receive a medal to celebrate their achievements. Students wishing to enter as candidates in the Pre-Advanced & Advanced exam levels must hold their previous jazz exam qualification. Pre-Advanced & Advanced level exam classes are 1 hour in duration and limited to 15 dancers per class.

Hip Hop is a fresh style of dance that originated on the streets of New York and Los Angelis. From there, it has exploded into an umbrella of dance styles featured all over the world. Hip Hop at 5678 is a broad collection of urban street styles including popping, locking, krump, house and street jazz. Teen Hip Hop provides an energizing, active learning environment where teens can come to be active and practice the more complex rhythms and syncopated movements associated with Hip Hop/Street Dance. Teen Hip Hop/Street Dance is a feel-good, challenging, physically demanding class for teens at all levels. Come out and give it a try! Teen Hip Hop is one hour in duration and limited to 15 students per class. Students enrolled in Teen Hip Hop prepare a piece of choreography for the year-end recital in June.
Hip Hop is a fresh style of dance that originated on the streets of New York and Los Angelis. From there, it has exploded into an umbrella of dance styles featured all over the world. Hip Hop at 5678 is a broad collection of urban street styles including popping, locking, krump, house and street jazz. Adult Hip Hop provides an energizing, active learning environment where adults of all dance backgrounds can come to be active and practice the more complex rhythms and syncopated movements associated with Hip Hop/Street Dance. Adult Hip Hop/Street Dance is a feel-good, challenging, physically demanding class for adults of all ages and levels. Come out and give it a try! Adult Hip Hop is one hour in duration and limited to 15 students per class. Adults enrolled in Adult Hip Hop/Street dance prepare a piece of choreography and have the option of participating in the year-end recital in June.
The Pre-Intermediate Tap levels follow the syllabus for the Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (ADAPT) levels of Pre-Inter Tap. Here, students learn the exercises contained within the syllabi and prepare to take their examinations in May or June each year. Tap students generally attend one tap class per week and this class also includes choreography for the year-end recital. Students entering the Pre-Intermediate Tap levels must hold their Junior III Tap level and should hold the previous Pre-Intermediate Tap level. Pre-Intermediate Tap classes are 1 hour in duration and limited to 15 dancers per class.
The Intermediate Tap levels follow the syllabus for the Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (ADAPT) levels of Intermediate Tap. Here, students learn the exercises contained within the syllabi and prepare to take their examinations in May or June each year. Tap students generally attend one tap class per week and this class also includes choreography for the year-end recital. Students entering the Intermediate Tap levels must hold their Pre-Intermediate III Tap level and should hold the previous Intermediate Tap level. Intermediate Tap classes are 1 hour in duration and limited to 15 dancers per class.
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Lyrical and Contemporary dance have significantly increased in popularity in the last decade thanks to programs like So You Think You Can Dance. Lyrical dance takes contemporary movements with their roots in ballet, jazz and modern dance and sets it to music with lyrics in order to tell the story of the song. Lyrical dance tends to be very emotional and expressive and, as such, cultivates a dancer’s performance skills. Contemporary dance finds its movement from the same disciplines but has a broader range of musicality and either tells a story or is an abstract representation of a concept. At 5678 we teach lyrical classes, however blend in contemporary elements to meet learning objectives for musicality and performance. At the intermediate level, students are learning how to perform and project more complex emotions alongside a variety of age and developmentally appropriate dance steps. For best results, students enrolled in Intermediate Lyrical should also be enrolled in either ballet or jazz classes. Inter Lyrical classes are 1 hour in duration and limited to 12 students per class. In addition to preparing weekly combinations as part of their learning, dancers in Intermediate Lyrical prepare a piece of choreography for performance at the year-end recital in June.
Lyrical and Contemporary dance have significantly increased in popularity in the last decade thanks to programs like So You Think You Can Dance. Lyrical dance takes contemporary movements with their roots in ballet, jazz and modern dance and sets it to music with lyrics in order to tell the story of the song. Lyrical dance tends to be very emotional and expressive and, as such, cultivates a dancer’s performance skills. Contemporary dance finds its movement from the same disciplines but has a broader range of musicality and either tells a story or is an abstract representation of a concept. At 5678 we teach lyrical classes, however blend in contemporary elements to meet learning objectives for musicality and performance. At the senior level, students are learning how to perform and project more complex emotions alongside a variety of age and developmentally appropriate dance steps. For best results, students enrolled in Senior Lyrical should also be enrolled in either ballet or jazz classes. Senior Lyrical classes are 1 hour in duration and limited to 12 students per class. In addition to preparing weekly combinations as part of their learning, dancers in Senior Lyrical prepare a piece of choreography for performance at the year-end recital in June.
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Junior and Senior Classes

Meaning literally, “step of two,” pas de deux is the introduction to partnering work. When dancers become secure and strong enough in their own technique, they can then branch out to working with partners. Dancing with a partner for classical or contemporary work requires a clear understanding of technique, movement composition, movement intention and how a dancer’s centre of gravity changes when there are two dancers connected to compete a single movement. These are all skills that are taught in pas de deux. Pas de deux is usually offered in two levels, a junior level that focuses on the fundamentals of partnering and a senior level which allows students to explore more technically and artistically complex ways of dancing together. Dancers who are in the Advanced Foundation ballet levels are expected to take their pas de deux classes en pointe. Dancers in Intermediate and Intermediate Foundation may take these classes en pointe at the recommendation of their pointe teacher.

Repertoire classes are devoted to learning dances that come from previously staged ballets. Dances learned in repertoire class can be either classical or contemporary. Each piece learned or staged in repertoire class has specific learning objectives and performance objectives. Previous years’ repertoire classes have done variation pieces from Don Quixote and Swan Lake.

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While 5678 Dance Studio prides itself on its inclusive environment, at a certain point in their training Boys and Men require extra classes to focus on technique that is expected of them when performing classical and contemporary repertoire. To this effect, 5678 Dance Studio is proud to offer Boys and Men’s classes. These classes are offered alongside the RAD curriculum levels to supplement their dance education. These classes target specific muscle groups and strengthen them, difficult technical steps and break them down to ensure that our Boys and Men are the most successful dancers that they can be. Boys and Men in these classes should be working at a grade five level or higher.
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