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DPA Examinations

At DPA we understand the importance of strong technique and taking examinations in Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre.

Following examination syllabus work encourages commitment and dedication, whilst achieving globally recognised certifications and a sense of accomplishment to both a student and their parent.

DPA are proud to be affiliated with the following leading examination boards;

  • • RAD (Royal Academy of Dance)
  • • ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance)
  • • LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art)
  • • Trinity (Trinity College London)

We are an official registered centre with all of the above leading boards and we offer exam preparation and training for ALL levels and Grades.

We are very proud to share that we have an outstanding 100% pass rate with the majority of our students gaining the highest result of ‘Distinction’.



Around the world, RAD Exams are recognised for their rigour and quality, with nearly a quarter of a million candidates across the globe taking RAD Ballet exams.

With a wide range of exams and assessments to motivate and reward students of all ages and abilities, focusing on creativity and musicality whilst providing opportunities to progress and achieve.

The Royal Academy of Dance is a leading Ballet examination organisation. Its headquarters are in the UK but there are around 80 countries around the world that enter students for its examinations. The recent changes to the syllabus from age 5 to 18+ have been developed with attention to the emotional and physical development of the young student. The vocational exams may lead to professional or teaching qualifications.

Ballet is the core to all dance and it is important for developing discipline, musicality and fitness.

Graded age requirements:

Level Minimum age
Pre-Primary in Dance 5
Primary in Dance 6
Grades 1-5 7
Grades 6-8 11
Intermediate Foundation 11
Intermediate 12
Advanced Foundation 13
Advanced 1 14
Advanced 2 15

RAD Uniform:

The RAD approved uniform is available through DPA and is mandatory for exams.
Baby Ballet/Princess Ballet – Pink leotard which may have a skirt attached and pink ballet shoes
Pre-Primary and Primary: Pink short sleeved leotard, pink separate ballet skirt, pink ballet tights, pink ballet shoes.
Grades 1-3: Blue sleeveless leotard with matching waist elastic, pink ballet tights and ballet shoes. Character Skirt with ribbons and black canvas character shoes.
Grades 4-5: Navy Blue leotard with matching waist elastic, pink ballet tights and ballet shoes.
Grades 6+: Black
Hair must be in a neat bun for ALL our of DPA Ballet Classes, regardless of age or grade.
Students must wear the appropriate footwear for their grade, such as pink leather ballet shoes/pointe shoes


ISTD is one of the world’s leading dance examination boards with the widest range of dance genres available.​ ISTD offers strong technique classes to help your child learn body awareness, discipline and strong dance skills.

We offer ALL grades starting from Primary to Advanced levels.

ISTD - Love, Learn, Teach Dance

ISTD is one of the world's leading dance examination boards. At DPA we offer ISTD Tap and Modern giving our students the opportunity to be entered into their exams, develop technique, placement, performance and spread the joy of dance.

ISTD's mission is to educate performers about the art of dance, promote knowledge of dance, to provide up to date techniques and improve teaching standards.

Modern Theatre - Modern Theatre dance is a rhythmic dance style which is often seen on stages of musical productions and is known for its theatrical qualities. The style uses travelling steps, high kicks, leaps and turns which all requires strength and flexibility. At DPA we believe it's important to take ISTD modern exams to understand the correct body lines and placement as well as dance technique, which will help with other styles of dance.

Tap Dance - This has evolved as an American dance form, popularised throughout the world. Tap dancers use their feet to strike the floor, beating out different rhythms, with dancers wearing tap shoes which have small metal plates on the toe and heel to give a distinctive sound. Tap dance is a theatrical art form often seen on stage in musicals such as 42nd Street and Stomp. We recommend our students taking ISTD tap at DPA as its it broadens their dance styles and helps with co-ordination, rhythm, timing, style and performance.


LAMDA is one of the most respected awarding examination bodies and has been delivering world-renowned qualifications in communication and performance for over 130 years.

Inspiring the next generation of confident communicators through examinations in drama, literature and poetry.

In LAMDA’s words “At the heart of LAMDA examinations is the recognition that our qualifications are for everyone”

LAMDA believe drama has the power to transform lives. And at DPA we want more people to share in this experience. We are thrilled that so many of our students are taking part in these exams.


Trinity College London is an international exam board with a rich heritage of academic rigour and a positive, supportive approach to assessment. Trinity provide recognised and respected qualifications across a unique spectrum of communicative skills — from music, drama and arts activities to English language — at all levels.

Many organisations date back over the last century with LAMDA and Trinity College London amongst the longest running providers, offering graded exams since the 1870s.

We strongly believe that all our students will thrive from taking part in these exams as we know how it will benefit their future, regardless of the profession they go into. The life skills and benefits include Public Speaking, Performing and Interview Confidence.

Both LAMDA and Trinity Examinations provides students with the opportunity to gain UCAS points in the UK from Grade 6 and above.

Examination Uniform

We have approved ISTD Tap and Modern and RAD Ballet examination uniforms available to purchase in our DPA Office.
Our ISTD uniform consists of: Turquoise leotard, black shorts/leggings.
Students must wear appropriate footwear, i.e footsies or tap/jazz shoes.
Our approved RAD Ballet uniforms are provided by Freed of London (add attached logo to partners page)

DPA Graded Colours:
• Pre-Primary and Primary: Pink
• Grade 1-Grade 3: Blue
• Grade 4-Grade 5: Navy Blue
• Grade 6+: Black
Students must wear appropriate tights/footwear: Pink leather balletshoes/pointe shoes
Hair must be in a neat bun for ALL our of DPA Ballet Classes, regardless of age or grade.