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Discovering Repertoire Launch (Toronto, ON)

14 Feb 2018 10:00 AM - 03:15 PM

This launch event introduces the RAD's new classical ballet performance programme, Discovering Repertoire.

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Join Paula Hunt, the RAD's Artistic Director who will introduce the Academy's new classical ballet performance programme, Discovering Repertoire.

The day will be divided into two sessions; morning and afternoon — you can choose to attend one or both sessions!

The morning session is free of charge and will have attendees viewing a short film previewing the new work, followed by a question and answer period with Paula Hunt. Kim Wong, a Canadian teacher who trialled the new work will also be in attendance to share her first-hand experience with introducing Discovering Repertoire to her students and entering them for exams.

The afternoon session will be dedicated to a three hour CPD workshop for teachers (worth 4 time-valued CPD hours), entitled Overview of Discovering Repertoire that will be delivered by Paula Hunt. The cost to attend is $80 per person (RAD Members) / $130 per person (Non-Members).

All are welcome to attend, but you must RSVP and/or Register in advance!


Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (CCDT)
509 Parliament St
Toronto, ON


(Morning Session - Preview
10:00 am - 11:30 am

(Afternoon Session - CPD course)
12:15 pm - 3:15 pm 


Morning Session:
Free Admittance; however, you must in advance.

Afternoon Session: Overview of Discovering Repertoire CPD workshop 
$80 per person (RAD Member)
$130 per person (Non-Member) 

  • Registration for the afternoon CPD workshop is now Full!



For those not able to participate in the Launch on February 14th, Discovering Repertoire courses will be offered across Canada in Summer 2018. Full details will be available in Spring 2018. 


About Discovering Repertoire

Suitable for students from ages 12 through to adult, the three levels cater for those with some prior ballet experience (1–2 years of study, equivalent to Grade 2/3) through to those of a more advanced standard (upper grades/vocational grades). Uniquely, it includes well-known classical repertoire, meaning students will learn and dance choreography that they have seen on the stage, set to music that they know and love.

Learners have the option of taking regulated examinations recognised at the following levels on the UK qualifications framework:

  • Level 2 (equivalent to Grade 5/Intermediate Foundation standard)
  • Level 3 (equivalent to Grades 6–8/Intermediate & Advanced Foundation standard)
  • Level 4 (equivalent to Advanced 1 & 2 standard)

The variations studied are taken from the following ballets:

  • Level 2: Coppélia, Giselle
  • Level 3: Paquita, The Sleeping Beauty
  • Level 4: Nutcracker, Swan Lake

The variation choreography is tailored to the different levels, e.g. Level 2 will offer a modified variation, while Level 4 will offer the full variation.

Flexible, modular learning and assessment
The programme is based on modular assessment, to enable students to learn at their own pace. Each level is made up of three units:

  • Unit : Class - barre and centre
  • Unit : Variation 1 – development exercises and Variation 1
  • Unit : Variation 2 – development exercises and Variation 2

To promote a sense of achievement and progression, students will be awarded a certificate for completing each unit, while those successfully completing all three units will achieve a qualification at the corresponding level.

The marking criteria includes an emphasis on the music and performance criteria, maximising opportunities for all to succeed. Female students can decide whether or not to dance en pointe, giving greater flexibility in how the work is approached and executed.




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