Courses

The Conlan College trains the students using The Royal Academy of Dance syllabus.

The Royal Academy of Dance is the largest examining and teacher education organisation for classical ballet in the world. With over 17,000 members, its influence has spread to over 84 countries and it has a network of international offices and representatives. Each year more than 250,000 students are taught the Academy’s examination syllabi.

The RAD offers an internationally recognised portfolio of examinations and assessments designed to encourage, motivate and reward students of all ages and abilities, outlining a progressive structure for learning and achievement.

Classes start with The Conlan College Twinkle Toes program, and then move up through the first RAD Graded levels (Pre-Primary in Dance and Primary in Dance), and then into  six Vocational Graded levels. 

RAD Examinations are offered to all students attending the required number of classes per week. We believe that examinations provide an attainable goal for students to work towards and are encouraged by The College, however they are not compulsory at Grade levels.

 

RAD Grades

The Conlan College offers classes for 3 year olds up to 12 year olds in its Junior Levels. The classes are arranged from Tiny Tots, Pre-Primary, Primary, and Grade 1 to Grade 5. Primary to Grade 5 students are required to attend two ballet classes per week.

RAD Examinations are offered to all students attending the required number of classes per week. We believe that examinations provide an attainable goal for students to work towards and are encouraged by The College, however they are not compulsory at Grade levels.

The RAD Graded Examination in Dance syllabus:

  • Focuses on ballet (including elements of freer and progressive styles, appropriate for today’s dancer) and character,
  • Includes Graded Examinations (Primary in Dance – Grade 8), Class Awards (Pre-Primary in Dance – Grade 3), Presentation Classes (Grades 4-8) and Solo Performance Awards (Grades 1-3), and
  • Is appropriate for candidates from the ages of 5 years.

Seniors

The senior years at the Conlan College are for students aged above 11 years. We offer classes in Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus for Vocational Level students.

The vocational program includes examinations at Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced Foundation, Advanced 1 and 2. Students may sit their Vocational Graded Examinations in the Sydney 1st session during May, or Sydney 2nd during October/November of each year. Progression through these levels is very individual and students will be encouraged to sit their examinations when they attain the necessary standard.

The RAD Vocational Graded Examination in Dance syllabus:

  • Builds on the elements covered in the Graded syllabus, focusing on the performance of ballet to an advanced standard, and is intended for students who wish to pursue a career in dance,
  • Comprises examinations at six levels from Intermediate Foundation to Solo Seal Award, and
  • Is suitable for candidates form the age of 11 years.

Full Time Courses

Full Time Course

The Full Time Course offered by The Conlan College is unique throughout Australia and is designed for elite students wishing to pursue a career in dance.

We offer a small number of places per year accepted by invitation or audition only to allow for intense individual training, corrections and nurturing. We feel this attributes to the high standard that is produced at The Conlan College as evidenced by our impressive record of students gaining places at top international finishing schools such as The Royal Ballet School, Palucca Hochscule for Tanz, Mannheim Hochschule for Performing Arts, Munich Hochschule for Theatre and Arts, Rambert, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, Royal New Zealand Ballet School, Houston Ballet Academy and Joffrey Ballet School in Chicago.  

Classes are held Monday to Friday during normal school hours and students are welcome to participate in any extra classes held in the evenings for after-school senior students. Academic study remains a priority for our full times students. Most choose to enrol in the NSW Distance Education School, however Queensland Distance Education and a range of other options are also available.

 

Vocational Training

For students who have completed Year 10 of their academic schooling (as required by law), we offer ground breaking, National Recognised Qualifications of a Certificate IV in Dance (Elite Performance) in their first year of training, followed by an Advanced Diploma in Dance (Elite Performance) in their second year of vocational training.  These courses are run in partnership with Australian Teachers of Dance (RTO 31624).

The course encompasses a “whole of person” approach to dance training and includes our internationally renowned standard of technical and artistic training plus topics on wellness, nutrition, safe dance practices, anatomy and so on, along with detailed practical advice and assistance on entering the dance industry.

 

The Conlan College has an impressive record of a 100% placement rate for our full time graduates from both streams for over five years.

 

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