Choosing a dance school

Leap Dance Midlands is taught by Elaine, a qualified Royal Academy of Dance teacher who has graduated from the RAD with the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS). Our tap, modern and musical theatre classes use the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD) syllabus to give the children opportunities to learn a wide range of dance styles.



When choosing a dance school it is important to check that the Teacher’s are qualified and experienced dance teachers with an understanding of child development and student safety. It is also useful to find out about the types of dance styles the school can offer your child to give them the greatest experiences and introductions to different musical, performance and dance styles.

The Royal Academy of Dance is one of the world’s most influential dance education and training organisations, internationally recognised for its attention to detail and technique. The RAD’s patron is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince George and Princess Charlotte take RAD classes, which demonstrates the high standards of the dance syllabus and training. Dame Darcey Bussell is the President of the RAD. Darcey Bussell is a former Principal with The Royal Ballet and the most famous British ballerina of her generation.

The RAD is one of the largest dance organisations in the world in 79 countries with 14,000 members. Established 100 years ago the RAD was developed by a group of dance professionals representing the leading ballet styles. It continues to be world renowned for its classical ballet examination syllabus.

The RAD’s examinations are recognised by Ofqual and contribute to UCAS points, needed to get into University degrees. The English National Ballet School, the Royal Ballet School and Elmhurst Ballet school all take vocational exams with the RAD.

The RAD qualification includes regular CPD training in child development, safe working practices and technique and performance. As well as this stringent training qualification all RAD teachers have to participate in 25 hours every year of ongoing training to keep their practice current and up to date. This means that all our classes are taught to the most professional standards in a safe teaching environment and our dance skills are up to date. The classes are innovative and interesting and promote a love of dance.

The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is one of the world’s leading dance examination boards and offer eleven dance faculties including modern theatre dance and tap. It is renowned for up to dance date techniques, excellence in dance teaching  and quality of teaching to raise standards.

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