Exams offered at The Academy of Performing Arts, Macarthur

At The Academy of Performing Arts, Macarthur we encourage students to take part in annual dance examinations. This enables dancers to formally progress through the dance syllabus in Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Tap



RAD http://www.rad.org.au/

The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is one of the largest and most influential dance education and training organisations in the world.

The Academy’s patron is HM Queen Elizabeth II. RAD Membership supports the advancement of dance and includes professional dancers, students, teachers, benefactors and friends.

Established in 1920, to improve standards and re-invigorate dance training initially within the UK, the Academy helps and encourages its teachers to perfect their teaching skills and pass on this knowledge to their students.

The Academy maintains close links with all those involved in the industry, at every level. From the internationally recognised ‘Faculty of Education’ degree programmes to those younger students participating in our summer schools. At whatever age or stage, anyone with an appreciation of classical ballet and jazz is able to participate in the work of the Academy.

Ballet Exams:
Pre Primary in Dance
Primary in Dance
Grade 1 to Grade 8
Intermediate Foundations
Advanced Foundations
Advanced 1
Advanced 2
Solo Seal



EDTA http://www.edta.org.au/

The Association for EDUCATION IN DANCE AND THEATRE ARTS Incorporated, a not-for-profit organisation, is dedicated to the promotion of Dance and Theatre Arts in Australia.

It is uniquely Australian and based in Australia to bring to young children and adults a training system in which all Theatre Arts can be combined and studied.

The ambitions of this Association are to promote ideas in education in Dance, Drama and Theatre Arts and maintain the highest possible standard, supply demonstrations to members of any syllabus or technique associated with EDTA examination system.

EDTA examinations are designed for the very young student through to advanced levels. The training incorporates precision and fine technique with the artistic finish demanded by professionals.

The high standard we wish for EDTA is achieved by the quality of teachers we have in our membership. The teaching profession is a very valued one and with the help of each other we keep the standards of EDTA high.



The Pullars Tap syllabus was developed in the 1990s and it is now taught at schools all over New South Wales.

Merle Pullar (nee McCloughlan) taught thousands of boys and girls the art of tap dancing and classical ballet in her six decades as a dance teacher. She began teaching dance at the age of 16 and established the Merle McCloughlan Studio of Dance in Cessnock.

Her daughters Cherie and Cherin joined as teachers in their teens in the 1970s, and the school became Pullars Dance Academy.
“Her knowledge is what made our students so successful.” Her amazing ability to teach, provide entertainment and both play and adapt music for performances set a very high standard for the dance professionals in the Hunter area.

Mrs. Pullar taught dance until the grand age of 75, when she called it a day and the school closed. But the Pullars Tap syllabus lives on.