To a recreational ballet student's parents, the differences between the The Royal Academy of Dance's curriculum and American Ballet Theatre's can seem subtle. There are variations in terminology (i.e. a passé is called retiré in the RAD syllabus), and though the pace of each style's syllabus varies, the basic fundamentals of ballet are covered. But for a studio owner who's considering what's best for their students, adhering to a specific curriculum is a much bigger decision.
To break down the pros and cons of the RAD technique, DT spoke with Charlotte Reardon, an RAD-certified teacher and former Merce Cunningham Dance member, as well as Bethany Marc-Aurele, an ABT-certified teacher and ballet director at New Jersey Center of Dance and Performing Arts, to offer an alternative perspective.