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The Royal Academy of Dance stipulates minimum standards for RAD Approved Venues in order that candidates perform in the most suitable environment. Venues must conform to these minimum standards.
1 Size and dimensions
1.1 The performing space (excluding the area required for the Examiner and pianist) must be at least 100 square metres in size, although 169 square metres is recommended.
1.2 The shape may be square or rectangular; if the performing space is rectangular the length of the short walls may not be less than 9 metres.
1.3 There should be no obstructions to the Examiner’s sightlines (e.g. pillars).
1.4 The height of the studio should be at least 3 metres, allowing for sufficient circulation of air and for tall male candidates t perform grand allegro with arms in 5th position.
2 Flooring
2.1 The floor should be sprung, and ideally constructed in such a way that it is able to absorb between 55% and 70% of the force of impact of a dancer landing from jumps. (Floors that are too highly sprung may not be suitable for pointe work.)
2.2 The floor should not be concrete, or constructed of wood laid directly on to concrete, as this provides no shock absorption.
2.3 In addition the floor should have an industry top standard covering suitable for ballet, including pointe work, produced by companies such as Harlequin®, Tarkett® or equivalent. The covering should be laid from wall to wall. Portable covering should be securely taped.
2.4 Venue owners should be consulted about the use of rosin, if applicable.
3 Barres
3.1 All barres should be of sufficient length for 4 candidates to use together.
3.2 Barres should ideally be fixed, but portable barres are acceptable provided that they are stable.
3.3 Fixed barres should be approximately 30cm away from the wall.
3.4 Two heights, of approximately 102cm and 115cm are recommended but not essential.
3.5 The barre used for the examination should be placed on the left or right side and not across the back of the room.
4 Ventilation and temperature
4.1 The studio should be at an appropriate working temperature.
4.2 The temperature should not fall below 18.3°C/65 °F. In extremely cold weather extra heating may need to be provided. In hot   climates, it is advised to have either air conditioning, overhead fans and/or windows that can easily be opened.
4.3 The studio should be well ventilated.
5 Lighting
5.1 The studio should be well lit either by natural or artificial light as appropriate. Where direct sunlight is likely to obstruct either the candidate's or Examiner's focus or attention, there should be blinds or curtains which can be drawn as necessary.
6 Mirrors and doors
6.1 The performing studio should have doors; curtains are not acceptable.
6.2 All mirrors should be covered.
7 Piano and Music playback facilities
7.1 An upright or grand piano should be used, but an electric digital piano with full keyboard, touch sensitive keys and pedalling facility is acceptable if an acoustic piano is not available.
7.2 The piano should be tuned and placed so that the accompanist is able to see both the Examiner and candidates.
7.3 A piano stool or height adjustable chair should be provided.
7.4 CD playback equipment must be available for use during Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate Level Examinations. If playback equipment is not present in a Venue there must be sufficient power supply to allow a portable system to be brought    into the studio.
8 Examiner
8.1 A writing table and a comfortable chair (preferably height adjustable) should be provided for the Examiner. The table should be placed to avoid extremes of glare, sunlight, with a clear view of the entire performing space and the pianist and so that all candidates can be seen when standing at the barre.
9 Changing room and facilities
9.1 Changing room and toilet facilities must be provided for male and female candidates separately. If possible, facilities for the Examiner and pianist should be separate to those for candidates.
9.2 Facilities for the candidates to safeguard their personal belongings should be available.
10 Warm-up area
10.1 A studio should be provided for candidates to warm up, although if this is not available then a suitable alternative private area should be allocated for this purpose.
11 Examination Attendant facilities
11.1 An area should be available for the Examination Attendant during the session. To be used for activities such as the signing-in and identification of candidates.
11.2 Where possible, an area for the purpose of preparation of refreshments, with tea and coffee making facilities should be available.
12 Fire, Health and Safety Procedures
12.1 The venue’s Health and Safety procedures should be clearly visible and emergency exits should be clearly marked.
13 Disabled access
13.1 There should be full disabled access to the venue including studio and facilities.
14 Circulation
• National Directors, Managers and Representative Offices, and Examinations Officers
• RAD Website