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Progression towards professional ballet dancing. From baby ballet to pointe work

Our Ballet Story

The Royal Academy of Dance is one of the world’s most influential dance education organisations. Their exams set standards in classical ballet and are a global leader in Continuing Professional Development for dance. 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 in dance.

Students start with the Dance to Your Own Tune curriculum, move through Pre-Primary and Primary levels and then into eight Graded and six Vocational Graded levels. Students can move from Graded Examinations to Vocational Graded Examinations at an appropriate time; or they can study both pathways simultaneously. The Dance Factory offers classes in the full range of RAD Examinations and many students study syllabus work alongside other styles of dance. Our exams are recognised by Ofqual and contribute to UCAS points. The RAD's patron is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.


Royal Academy of Dance Ballet

From baby ballet through to grades and vocational

Pre-school and early
Primary school dance classes

We have classes in many locations throughout Kettering and surrounding villages

RAD Ballet:
Grade Classes

Grades one though to six, with the opportunity
to enter exams

Grade 1

This grade is an introduction to ballet for younger children, where they begin to learn ballet positions and movement. Classes meet for 45 minutes, once a week. This training progresses onto some basic ballet foundation on which to build and develop beautiful dancers

Grade 2

Students will learn technical, musical and performance skills in ballet. Classes are designed to encourage students to enjoy ballet as a form of physical exercise, whilst also teaching timing, rhythm and musicality skills

Grade 3

This grade is designed to develop the basic principles of classical ballet technique and the recorded orchestral music inspires students to dance, giving them an opportunity to develop their dance performance skills

Grade 4

Building upon accomplished dancing learned from Grade 1-3, the knowledge and skills gained through completion of Grade 4 provides a base for continued progression. The underlying philosophy of Grade 4 is to expand upon the foundations previously nurtured

Grade 5

Young students at this level are very confident and accomplished dancers, and this grade develops more advanced skills. Students are encouraged to take two ballet classes a week at this level

Grade 6

Achievement at this level significantly develops desired competencies such as self-expression, physical fitness, stamina, discipline and confidence. Again, at this level students are encouraged to take two ballet classes per week, which supports significant improvements

RAD Ballet:
Senior Classes

More advanced classes,
offering vocational graded exams


Challenging, progression and physical fitness

This class is the start of vocational classes and students who are hardworking, motivated and dedicated to ballet are encouraged to join this class.


Challenging, professional and rewarding

Dancers in this class have been dancing for a number of years and are committed to dance to the highest level.


Intricate, focused and precise

Pointe classes are for students with good experience who have developed a very strong technique.


Strength, stamina and technique

From Grade 5 and above students can join the senior ballet class to work on improving their strength, stamina and performance.


Physical fitness, movement and fun

Adult ballet fitness is a class for novice ballet dancers with no experience and dancers returning to ballet who appreciate the benefits that ballet brings to their fitness. This class is open to everyone who wants to improve their core strength and posture.

Meeting Our amazing Dance Teachers

Our ballet teachers will encourage and adore all
the students as they develop new techniques from
baby ballet through every grade

I've been in a few different dance schools but love this one the most! My contemporary and ballet lessons are great but I especially love the sense of community that The Dance Factory gives.

Lyra Goldsmith

Miss Katy’s dance classes are amazing. I wish I could dance with her everyday

Valentina age 6 years

My daughter has been attending baby ballet for around 6 months and loves coming to each lesson. She has grown in confidence and how she expresses herself and absolutely adores Miss Katy!

Rachel Hristov