Exams & Comps

Royal Academy of Dance (RAD)

RAD Ballet Exams are held at Hamilton House, every year in Term 4.

Ballet Holiday Program is conducted in the second week of the September/October school holidays. Please keep this in mind if your child is registered for an exam. The Holiday Program should be attended by all those participating in the exam session. To learn more about the Royal Academy of Dance, click here.

Asia Pacific Dance Associations (APDA)

APDA Jazz and Contemporary Exams are held at Hamilton House, every year in Term 3.

Jazz and Contemporary Holiday Program is conducted in the second week of the school holidays. Please keep this in mind when planning holidays. To learn more about the Asia-Pacific Dance Association, click here.


At Swan River Ballet our focus is teaching the joy of dance with secure technique. We enter students in various competitions to increase their stage experience and to build confidence. This enables us to work with a student on a one-on-one basis to develop their skills further. Please note that coming 1st or ‘placing’ is a great achievement but is not a priority. We encourage students to view competitions as an indicator of personal progress. They can be rewarding for students as it provides them with feedback from industry professionals. Congratulations to all our students who performed wonderfully in the September On Stage Performing Arts Competition recently. The next competition will be April 2023 On Stage Dance Competition.

Prerequisites – New to 2024

  • Students must be enrolled in 3 or more classes at Swan River Ballet. It is highly recommended but not required for students to be enrolled in a ballet class.
  • It is important that students have experienced at least one exam of any genre at SRB to ensure they can demonstrate the commitment and discipline necessary and it is required that students have obtained 70% or over in their most recent examination.
  • Overall attendance rates, attitude and presentation in classes will be taken into consideration. This includes consistently being on time and properly attired for class.
  • Private lessons are $25 per 1/2hour. Students are expected to continue practising in their own time. Students must have a minimum of four privates per solo.
  • Entrance fees can vary (Usually $25 per performance + $30 Registration) depending on how many events the student is entered into. Payment of this fee will confirm registration.
  • All choreography taught for competitions, in class, for concerts, open classes or any other performance opportunity, belong to SRB and MUST NOT be performed elsewhere at any time.
  • Upon learning their dance, students are welcome to find their costume or hire from SRB.
  • Students can do up to FOUR solo’s of different styles per competition. This does not include improvisation or student choreography.



4 – 6 private lessons are recommended to learn and complete a solo. Students will continue to perform their solo for a year or until they are ready for new choreography. When a student places in a section they move from Novice to Intermediate or Open depending on the placement. Students must continue to practice their solos in their own time if they are wanting to continue to compete.

Duos & Trios

Students must have experience in solo or ensemble competitions. As costuming and concepts with duos & trios are more complex we must be notified of the potential entrants 2 or 3 months in advance. Parents must come up with an arrangement for private lessons before entering. We suggest at least 6 lessons to be sufficiently prepared. Although the idea of performing a duo or trio is fun, they require more preparation and understanding of competitions.


Troupes dances require 6 or more dancers of a similar age. In addition to the above prerequisites’ students must attend at least 80% of rehearsals.

Own Choreography & Improvisation

Own choreography is a great opportunity for students with stage experience to present their creative work. As no privates are necessary for ‘Own Chorey’, it is important that students take time to clean their routines and organise their costumes. Please be aware that teachers will help and give advice or will ask to see your ‘Own Chorey” help build confidence in your creation. Improvisations are a fun opportunity to perform under pressure and challenge the performer. Depending on the competition, students are advised to wear a leotard and shorts or leggings, although some competitions specify a colour.

Further Information

Championships and more advanced competitions will be discussed with individuals as required. As each competition has its’ own set of rules, please read through the competition information when it is available. We aim to have at least one teacher present at the competition to assist students. Students must come with make-up and hair done before arriving as there may not be much space to get ready. As both students and parents represent SRB school, respectful etiquette within the venue is mandatory. Please ensure your child wears their SRB jacket when arriving, this helps organisers to guide you in the right direction and is also a sign of pride and professionalism within the dance competition community.

Next WA Competitions will be in July 2024

Click here to apply for On Stage Performing Arts Competition 

JULY  Competitions are held at Belridge Secondary College, Beldon .  Between Friday 28th June – Tuesday 2nd July.  We are also unable to predict the time or dates that any of dances are on.  APPLICATION DUE BEFORE SUNDAY 19th MAY