What To Wear for RAD Ballet Classes Grades 1 - 2

The RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) is one of the world’s leading and most prestigious training and education establishments for dance. Many dancers study ballet under the regulations set out by the RAD which requires a very specific uniform. This article will help you understand what uniform you will need for ballet classes Grades 1 – 2.

A uniform is considered very important by many dance teachers because it helps create unity amongst dancers. This is particularly important to all dancers as working as an ensemble is a crucial part of any ballet dancer’s career. Different uniforms for different grades allow teachers and dancers to quickly identify the ability of the dancer by their uniform, whilst also providing a reward by allowing more choice as the dancer’s ability improves.

If your child has attended Primary or Pre-Primary ballet classes, they will then progress to Grades 1 – 2. Alternatively, if your child is starting ballet classes at a slightly older age, they will start to learn at Grade 1. For both Grades 1 and 2, there is a greater variety of colours and styles that the teacher may choose to use for their uniform. Girls may be allowed to continue wearing their short sleeved leotard in the Pre-Primary and Primary colours, but if the teacher prefers they’ll be allowed to wear a plain tank leotard in Pastel Blue, Lavender, Navy, Pink or White. Alternatively, they can choose to wear a short sleeved leotard in Navy, or a tank leotard with a ruche (gathered bust line) in Mulberry, Navy or Red. Check with your teacher whether you require a matching belt.

On their feet, girls are required to wear pink ankle socks or pink ballet tights with pink ballet shoes. Alternatively, they may choose to wear black ballet shoes depending on what is preferred by the teacher. In addition to ballet shoes, the student will also be required to purchase a pair of low heel canvas syllabus character shoes, and a character skirt that matches the colour of their leotard. This is because Grade 1 requires the student to learn the basics of character work. The length of the character skirt should be mid calf but if you have any questions your dance teacher should be able to help you out.

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