The launch of Discovering Repertoire
The Royal Academy of Dance today launched Discovering Repertoire, a new, classical ballet performance programme for students from age 12 through to adult.
Drawing on some of the most famous and much-loved works from the classical ballet repertoire, students can study choreography from Coppélia, Giselle, Paquita, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. This unique programme provides the opportunity for students to develop their musicality, expressiveness and artistry, whilst learning more about ballet’s most popular stories and music.
Discovering Repertoire is modular and flexible to cater to a broad range of experience and to be practical for all ages. It comprises three levels for male and female, and can be taught in addition to or instead of RAD syllabus work. There is also the option to take an exam at the end of each unit. Each is designed to stand alone or allow students to progress from the barre to the variation with ease, using development exercises to build up to a well-known work from the classical repertoire.
Find out more about Discovering Repertoire.
To celebrate the launch RAD Australia hosted a special demonstration event at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane. RAD Artistic Director Paula Hunt attended and presented students showing elements of Levels 2 and 3. The students aged 14 -16 were trained by Jane Inglis-Keen whilst 3 mature dancers aged between 62 - 74 were trained by Lyn Fitzsimons showing the wide appeal of the new programme.
Queensland Ballet Artistic Director and Vice President of the RAD Li Cunxin joined the Academy in celebrating the launch by speaking during a cocktail party following the launch sharing his own love of learning repertoire as a young dancer.