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ROYAL ACADEMY OF DANCE EXAMINER VISITS METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS CENTER
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ROYAL ACADEMY OF DANCE EXAMINER VISITS METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS CENTER

 

Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) is conducting its annual Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) examinations for more than 140 vocational and graded students in April. This year’s examiner, Paula Lau, originally from Hong Kong, holds the RAD's prestigious advanced teaching diploma. Lau was the founder of the internationally renowned Hong Kong Ballet Company and former director of the Hong Kong Academy of Ballet. For more information about RAD examinations, visit www.metrofinearts.com.

"I've just spent the last week conducting practice exams and I am delighted with each and every student's progress,” said Lesley Shearer, school director and head of the MFAC ballet program.  “The standard of technique and artistry we have at MFAC is testament to the dedication of our ballet faculty,” said Shearer. 

MFAC’s ballet department has exceeded international average marks on RAD examinations since 2005 by almost 20 percent.  Students are separated into two examination groups: vocational and graded. Vocational students are pre-professional students who have a goal of a career in ballet, while graded students are involved in recreational-level dance, and trained using a framework based on their cognitive and physical skill-level.

Shearer, a member of the board of examiners at the RAD, trained at the London College of Dance and Drama and also the Royal Academy of Dance in London. For two months each year, she travels throughout the world on behalf of RAD, assessing students.  More than 230,000 ballet students worldwide participate in the RAD assessment process.

Noted for its world-class instructors, MFAC offers high quality performing arts training in a ground breaking, holistic learning environment that cultivates creativity, builds community and empowers students.

ABOUT THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF DANCE
Founded in 1920, The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is one of the world’s most influential dance education and training organizations. Promoting knowledge, understanding and practice of dance internationally, they seek to accomplish this through promoting dance, educating and training students and teachers and providing examinations to set standards and reward achievement. The Academy's patron is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Today the RAD has a presence in 79 countries, with 36 offices and approximately 13,000 members worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.rad.org.uk.

ABOUT METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS CENTER (MFAC)
Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) of Alexandria, Old Town Alexandria, Fairfax Station, VA is a multi-disciplinary performing arts organization in the Washington, DC area that has taught dance, music and theater to more than 10,000 students since its opening in 2001. Noted for its world-class instructors, MFAC offers high quality performing arts training in a ground breaking, holistic learning environment that cultivates creativity, builds community and empowers students. MFAC was featured in Dance Teacher magazine and Washington Families magazine. Many students go on to perform in prestigious arenas including Broadway, National Tours, The Julliard School, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Washington Ballet, The American Academy of Ballet, Universal Ballet Academy, The Kirov Ballet, The Hartt School, Marymount University (New York), Ford’s Theater and Mark Morris Dance Company. MFAC is also affiliated with its non-profit company, Metropolitan Performing Arts Alliance. Call 703.339.0444 or visit www.metrofinearts.com, Facebook or Twitter

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