St.Ouen's School of Dancing
St.Ouen's School of Dancing

ST.OUEN'S SCHOOL OF DANCING

 

 

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NEW SILVER SWANS BALLET CLASSES TO INSPIRE THE OVER-55's

Always stressed? Worried your bones are getting creaky? Posture on the slide? Forget yoga or Pilates: increasing numbers of women in their 40s, 50s and beyond are slipping on their tutus and turning to ballet. Once seen as an intimidatingly elitist discipline, ballet is being embraced by middle-aged women in a bid to reap the physical and mental benefits of this demanding dance form.[Middle-aged women using ballet for physical and mental benefits. Research suggests that ballet maintains flexibility and bone density well into your later years and could also ward off dementia. That’s as well as improving your figure, looks and confidence, relieving stress — and maybe even helping other things too!

Silver Swans classes help improve mobility, posture, coordination and energy levels and, most importantly, impart the sense of wellbeing that dance brings.

Respected journalist, television presenter and dance enthusiast, Angela Rippon CBE, has been named as the RAD’s Ambassador for Silver Swans. Earlier this year, Angela attended a Silver Swans teacher training session and met with some Swans. She says:

'I’m absolutely delighted to be the Ambassador for Silver Swans, having been involved in dance for many years, both professionally and in my private life.

'On my BBC programme How to Stay Young, we proved scientifically that dance is the exercise which ticks all the boxes, to give you the full mind and body workout. That really convinced me that dance is a way to ensure a long and healthy life; it keeps you supple, it’s an aerobic exercise, it gives you spatial awareness, it makes you use your brain, and it gives you some kind of social contact as well. I hope that men and women across the country will take up the Royal Academy of Dance’s invitation to become a Silver Swan.'

Silver Swans classes are delivered by qualified dance teachers who have undergone specialist training on how to safely adapt ballet teaching techniques and content for older adults. The training focuses on how to deliver a high-quality ballet class for learners aged 55 and over, equipping teachers to recognise and respond to the different needs of participants of a broad age range.

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The RAD is one of the world’s most influential dance education organisations.
Our exams set standards in classical ballet worldwide and we are a global leader in dance education and Continuing Professional Development for dance.
 

 

Founded in 1920 to set standards for dance teaching within the UK, today the RAD has a presence in 83 countries, with 36 offices and over 14,000 members worldwide. We count more than 1,000 students in our teacher training programmes and more than a quarter of a million students are being examined on our syllabi. We support our membership through the knowledge, and expertise of our highly qualified staff and through conferences, workshops, training courses and summer schools.

 

Excellence in Education

The RAD Faculty of Education is dedicated to meeting the needs of our current and future dance teachers by providing dance teacher education programmes and qualifications.

 

The RAD's patron is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

 

Each year around 230,000 candidates from all over the world take RAD dance exams.
 

We offer a wide range of exams and assessments to motivate and reward students of all ages and abilities. Our focus is on creativity and musicality, with our graded system providing opportunities to progress and achieve. 

 

All candidates who successfully pass an examination or award receive a certificate of achievement and a breakdown of their result. Some grades and awards also offer medals.

 

How does it work?

Starting with Dance to Your Own Tune, students as young as two, move through our Pre-Primary and Primary levels before moving on to Graded and Vocational Graded levels.

  • Graded syllabus: Grade 1 to Grade 8 incorporates ballet, free movement, and character, and is suitable for candidates from seven years (Grades 1–5) and eleven years (Grades 6–8).
  • Vocational Graded Syllabus: This develops the technique, music and performance skills of the older ballet student to an advanced level, preparing them for a dance or dance-related career.
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Graded and Vocational Graded exams lead to recognised achievement at a high level in dance.

 

A real measure of achievement
These higher levels are accepted as a measure of achievement by the vocational schools attended by most young people aiming to enter the dance profession. They are also highly valued by universities and other HE institutions offering degree courses and programmes in the performing arts.

 

 

Other awards

 

A well as the more formal exams we also offer Class and Solo Performance Awards:

  • Class Awards are available from Pre-Primary in Dance to Grade 3. These are conducted by the teacher and assessment is less detailed than for exams, allowing candidates to demonstrate their progress and to receive feedback.
  • Solo Performance Awards are available at Grades 1–3. Candidates perform three solo dances; (one of which is freestyle and can be in any dance genre, not specifically ballet) giving them a chance to perform and express themselves whilst benchmarking their development.
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All exams and awards are assessed externally by one of our panel of 200 examiners, appointed, trained and monitored by the RAD, and based in 25 countries around the world.

 

Non-assessed classes

Demonstration Classes are an optional part of the Dance to Your Own Tune curriculum, and Presentation Classes are available from Grade 4 to Grade 8. Neither are assessed but all candidates receive a certificate of participation.

 

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