The Fig Club highest goal is to keep you happy, healthy and safe! Please review our Rules and Regulations prior to attending one of our classes and visiting our very fig-y home.
Anyone entering The Fig Club for any activity are bound by the Club rules and regulations below, and may only join the class upon this basis.
Upon entering the Fig Club for whatsoever reason the following terms will be understood. The activities of the club are of a physical nature and whether participating in the Fig Club or using the studio or equipment for any activities whatsoever, the Fig Club accepts no liability for any physical injury, loss or damage to persons of property occurring on the premises, whether occasioned by negligence or howsoever otherwise arising.
RAD offers not just one, but three different types of examinations. All of the exam options are to
accommodate growing bodies and children, at all stages. There is no “wrong” exam but simple variations dependent on the stage the dancer is at when entered. Regardless of which exam is selected, everyone is included and will be working to their fullest potential.
(Please note that no parents are allowed to observe or be present in the room for the examinations.)
There are three formats of examinations, two of which the same syllabus is demonstrated:
(1) Class Awards
A teacher accompanies the group of students into a Class Award for the extra assurance and support. Students are required to perform a shorter content list than the examination (though all content areas will be covered in class) and the marking feedback is more generalized. Teachers are very experienced and will enter students for Class Awards for a variety of reasons- but always ultimately for the benefit of the child having a positive experience. Pre-School Levels and Pre-Primary are all Class Awards, and Grades 1-5 can be taken as class awards.
Candidates are assessed by a RAD examiner through observation of the performance of all the exercises and a dance. The standard of achievement is not measured in specific categories indicating levels of success but, instead, all students who achieve at least “occasionally” in each component are awarded an assessment report, certificate and medal. A teacher will be in the examination room conducting the examination with the students in the presence of the examiner.
(2) Graded Examinations (Primary, Grades 1-8, Vocational)
Candidates must meet criteria set in the relevant section of the standards prospectus. All candidates will pass an examination if the required standard has been attained. If successful, the examiner will award one of three pass classifications based on their performance on the day, in accordance with the established criteria. The marks awarded by the examiner will indicate to students, teachers, and parents, the strengths of the candidate’s performance and the areas that require improvement. Successful candidates will receive a result form, a certificate, and a medal. The examiner conducts the examination with students in groups and a teacher will not be in the room with students.
(3) Solo Performance Awards (Grades 1-5)
Candidates must meet criteria set in the relevant section of the standards prospectus. All candidates will pass an examination if the required standard has been attained. If successful, the examiner will award one of three pass classifications based on their performance on the day, in accordance with the established criteria. The marks awarded by the examiner will indicate to students, teachers and parents, the strengths of the candidate’s performance and the areas that require improvement. Successful candidates will receive a result form, a certificate, and medal. The examiner conducts the examination with students and a teacher will not be in the room with students. Three dances are performed as a solo.
Candidates are assessed through the performance of the entire class aware content on several criteria. The component marks are awarded through the assessment of related elements, as appropriate to each assessment area, which contributes to the skill and ability of the dancer, i.e. co-ordination, control, line, spatial awareness and dynamic values, and where applicable, the specific studies of pointe work for females and allegro for males. All these elements require a sound classical technique incorporating correct posture, weight placement and use of turnout.
Neatness and pride in appearance is essential in the examination. Hair should be styled in a ballet bun, covered with a plain hairnet that matches the hair, with plenty of hairpins to secure it. Bun should be in the back of the head, and not visible from the front Bangs and wisps should be hair-sprayed or gelled smooth. Students with hair too short for a bun should wear a headband or clips (color of the hair) to secure any hair from the face. Uniform leotard and tights should be clean and in good repair. Undergarments, if worn, should not show. Character skirts should be free of wrinkles. Don’t forget character shoes! Please no jewelry or nail polish. Makeup is not worn for Children’s exams. Senior students may wear a light make-up.
Examination fee: $80
Uniform fees: There will be an extra fee this year for Ballet this year. We have tap shoes and character shoes and character skirts for examination that will have to be bought. Please ask about costs at the reception.