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Introducing Rambert Grades Contemporary dance syllabus

August 16, 2023

We are very excited to announce that we will be offering the Rambert Grades contemporary dance syllabus starting in 2023-24!

Rambert Grades is a pioneering contemporary dance syllabus born from the partnership between two of the world’s leading contemporary dance organisations: Rambert Dance Company and Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London, UK.

Photograph by Nicole Guarino.

Mr. Carney, FVAD’s Artistic Director, was a dancer with Rambert Dance Company from 1985 to 1989, and was later a teacher at the Rambert School.

He is incredibly proud to be bringing his past into his present by introducing this wonderful new syllabus to his students here in Mission.

Across eleven grades, the syllabus offers students the opportunity to develop lifelong skills. Rambert Grades encourages young people to own their individuality, be playful, work in a present manner, think independently, relate with others and have confidence in decision making while learning and embodying our three strands, Technique, Performance and Creative. The Rambert Grades syllabus is progressive and inclusive and is designed to be accessible for people from all backgrounds.


FVAD teachers are now approved Rambert Grades Members and will be completing their Rambert Grades syllabus training during the summer of 2023.

Rambert Grades teachers are taught to promote a safe environment where physical explorations can exist without rigidity, yet with focus, discipline and collaboration. Students are seen as individuals and encouraged to express their ideas and discover their unique voices.

Each grade includes exploring how to create material and improvise, learning all elements of technical skill to the highest standard, from floorwork to complex leaps, and performing solo material from renowned choreographers, Hofesh Shechter and Alesandra Seutin.

Rambert Grades is an awarding organisation recognised by Ofqual.