At Sholen we offer all children an equal opportunity to take part in classes and achieve examination success in the art of Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap Dance.

Ballet is the basis of all dance and we therefore recommend this as a first subject. Children can join a beginners ballet class from around 3 Years of age.   As they grow up they can add a modern or tap class, or both maybe?

Older children wishing to start dance for the first time can also be offered classes, and can often show quick progression catching up with their peers. 

Our foundation ballet and tap classes are 30 minutes each, allowing younger children take two subjects within a manageable time frame.  Junior classes are 45 minutes long, and an hour is offered when attempting more advanced work. Classes are taught by subject, we do not mix different styles of dance, the ISTD (Imperial Society for Teachers of Dancing) Syllabus is followed in all these classes.  When preparing for exams we may adjust classes to ensure children are fully prepared.


RAD ballet, an alternative ballet syllabus created by The Royal Academy of Dance is available as an additional class to those wishing to take their ballet to a higher level.


Children who want to take exams can work their way through a syllabus and enter, within an arranged day through the school.  We are happy also for those who do not wish to take formal examination to move up onto the next level and continue working with their friends.



ISTD Examinations : The ISTD conducts 250,000 assessments annually. We offer a wide spectrum of vocational, recreational and social dance exams to children, students, amateurs and professionals. Our clearly defined structure allows learning to take place in the context of safe dance practice. The examination structure of the ISTD is designed to cater equally for those who wish to progress to making dance their profession, either as a performer or dance teacher, and for those pursuing dance purely as a leisure activity.


RAD Examinations: We offer an internationally recognised portfolio of exams designed to motivate and encourage students of all ages and levels of ability. These will gain you UCAS points in the UK.




Dance and UCAS Points


How UCAS points are allocated for RAD exams. UCAS's new points tariff for university entry in 2017 has now been launched. Please open this document for more information and see the following UCAS attachments - The new tariff - how it works and timeline for annual update. Current UCAS points information is listed below. Graded and Vocational Graded Examinations in Dance at RQF Level 3 are allocated points on the UCAS Tariff. This means that candidates who have achieved a pass or higher in Grades 6, 7, 8, Intermediate and Advanced Foundation, can use their RAD exam result towards their points tariff when applying to university or higher education in the UK.


ISTD and UCAS Points It’s helpful to know that ISTD students can now receive UCAS points for ISTD Level 3 Graded and Vocational Graded qualifications.  If any ISTD student has taken their Grade 6 and/or Intermediate, they can receive  UCAS points. The number of points they can get depends on how well they did in their examination (i.e. Distinction, Merit or Pass



Festivals (dance competitions) are available to enter and private, then weekly shared classes in addition to syllabus classes are required.


                                                                    School Shows

Shows are prepared every two to three years and are worked on after examinations have been taken to ensure the childern progress through the examination process should they wish to.  We prepare the dances within normal class time, spend many hours sourcing affordable costumes and the children perform in a theatre with full lighting, costumes and make up for that preofessional experience.  The shows are filmed to enjoy for many years.