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RAD Ballet Exams


The RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) is based in the UK and offers ballet exams that are highly regarded internationally through the dance and ballet industry. 

At Dance Pointe, we offer RAD exam training from Grade 1.

To express interest in exams, please contact Prue


By completing ballet exams, students...

Build a strong sense of discipline and respect through a structured class

Enhance their fitness, strength, flexibility, posture, poise, body awareness and coordination. 

Feel a sense of achievement by working towards their exam and perfecting their work.

Build confidence in formal settings by learning to manage nervousness and gain performance experience. 

Learn how to utilise feedback positively to improve. 

Meet our RAD teacher

Melissa Aurish

Melissa Aurisch studied with Marie Walton Mahon in Newcastle NSW.

Upon gaining her RAD Solo Seal, she competed in the prestigious Genee Awards in London before being offered a place at the Australian Ballet School, Melbourne.

1991 – 1993: Melissa studied at the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne for 3 years and after graduating, she accepted a contract with the West Australian Ballet Company in Perth WA. 

1993 – 2004: Melissa enjoyed a long and successful career spanning 11 years with the WA Ballet.
Her most memorable moments were dancing
   •    Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet”,
   •    Mimi in “La Boheme”,
   •    Swanhilda in “Coppelia and
   •    Giselle for her mentor and one of her idols, Lucette Aldous AC.

Melissa retired as Principal at the West Australian Ballet in 2004.

2004 – today 

2015: Melissa received her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies with the RAD 

2018: Melissa completed Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) Instructor Certificate.

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