Most people wish to take ballet classes just for fun and fitness and not to follow an exam curriculum. The good news about this is that one can wear whatever he or she likes during practice. But in case a dancer wants to take examinations and follow a prescribed course leading through a grade system then they are likely to choose the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) or the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) dance clothing. However, both these institutions have set uniform requirements, the RAD regulation uniform being the most strict to follow.
The Royal Academy of Dance is the most reputable dance academy in the UK and one of the most influential dance institutions in the world. Many renowned ballet dancers in the UK and worldwide have been trained by the RAD teachers and have attended the academy from an early age. It must be mentioned that the RAD regulation uniform has changed little over the last thirty years. It is commonly required to be worn during each grade both for classes and examinations. The grades are pre-primary, primary and graded one to eight. There are different uniform requirements for each grade. On the other hand, it is also up to the teacher to decide how strict the requirements should be. For examinations, however, a dancer will need to put on the prescribed exam wear.
Boys attending the RAD can wear either a Rex sleeveless cotton lycra leotard in black or white or a Romeo short-sleeved cotton lycra leotard in white. Over the tops they can wear Rory shorts, Reese cycle shorts, Ryan exam shorts or Ryan calf-length navy tights. On their feet boys should wear white ankle socks and black leather ballet shoes. As male dancers get older and progress through one grade to another they can wear Russell cotton lycra stirrup navy tights. From grades one to eight boys will also need a pair of Oxford character shoes.
Girls practicing ballet have many more choices than boys but their RAD regulation uniform also changes from grade to grade. During pre-primary and primary grades girls can wear a short-sleeved lavender, pale pink or blue leotard with a matching voile or georgette skirt. They are also allowed to wear matching headbands. The overall look is completed with pink satin or leather ballet shoes and white socks.
Grade one allows to have a greater variety of leotards in a wider range of colours such as white, pale pink, navy, pale blue or mulberry. They can continue to wear the short-sleeved leotard or choose a more grown-up sleeveless plain-fronted leotard, the ruche-fronted leotard or the camisole leotard. Footwear specified by the RAD regulation uniform is pink ankle socks or pink ballet tights with pink satin ballet shoes or pink or black leather ballet shoes. Again, the choice depends on the teacher. Grade one also features character work, hence, a ballerina will need a pair of character shoes and a black character skirt with a trim that matches the colour of her leotard.
In brief, it is important for young ballet students to choose the right RAD regulation uniform for practice and exams. It should be noted that standards and regulations set by the Royal Academy of Dance contribute to the high level of professionalism of ballet dancers. All the above products and a good deal more are available from multiple manufacturers of ballet dancewear, such as Capezio, Bloch, Plume and so on. SABUNG AYAM