Once A Week RAD Ballet vs Full Program RAD Ballet


At Dance Theme, we strive to provide programming that meets all our students' needs so that they can grow and shine in a class that is best suited for them. 

If your child is at a Grade 1 or higher RAD ballet level, they can choose between a once a week ballet class or the full RAD ballet program, which is two classes per week. This is a choice that is very personal and we can discuss this with you so that you can achieve the best placement for your child. 

What is the difference between the once a week program and the full RAD program (which has a minimum of two classes per week based on grade level).

  • Both are taught by qualified instructors. Both will be taught proper ballet technique and develop grace and skills. Both programs will be taught a ballet choreography piece that will be performed. Please note, the teen ballet class will focus on Technique only and will not do choreography. 

  • The dance that they learn will be performed in the year end recital. Full program ballet students may participate in more festivals and/or competitions than once a week ballet students.

  • Students taking the full RAD program take two classes per week and will learn the syllabus at a faster pace than those attending class once a week. They may be recommended to participate in an RAD Exam.

  • Once a week students will cover the same syllabus but it will take them longer to achieve the work. They will not be recommended for RAD exams as a student requires a minimum of two hours of ballet per week to achieve the muscle memory and strength required to take an exam.

  • Both will be rewarding and fun classes!

Once a week ballet options for the 2021-2022 Season:

Pre-Primary Ballet A (6 Years) Monday 5:15-6:00 ONE SPOT LEFT

Beginner Ballet (7-11 Years) Monday 6:00-6:45 p.m. 

Once a Week Grade 3-4 (Ages 10-13) Tuesday 6:15-7:15 p.m. 

Teen Ballet (12 and up) Tuesday 8:00-9:00 p.m.

Once a Week Grade 1-2 (Age 8-11) Wednesday 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Primary Ballet A (7 Years) Wednesday 6:00-7:00 p.m. THREE SPOTS LEFT

Primary Ballet B (7 Years) Saturday 9:20-10:20 a.m. THREE SPOTS LEFT

Pre-Primary Ballet B (6 Years) Saturday 9:35-10:20 a.m. 

Some dancers may need to be assessed for ballet, let us know if you don't see the class you are looking for!