The Dublin Ballet Academy are affiliated members of ARBTA (Association of Russian Ballet & Theatre Arts) and offer accredited Russian Ballet exams in ballet and in character dance.
In December 1996 a group of Teachers who for many years had been involved in the teaching of Russian Ballet (Legat, Vaganova Method) and other styles of Theatre Dance, felt there was an opportunity for a new Association, which culminated in the formation of the Association of Russian Ballet and Theatre Arts (ARBTA) in January 1997.
The present Examining Board is made up of qualified and experienced examiners and teachers who all have had a thorough background in the training and traditions of the Russian Method. They have held responsible examining positions in the UK and overseas and have also worked in professional theatre.
The Association is proud to have Mikhail Messerer, Olga Sabadoch and Svetlana Adrykheava as their Patrons.
Exams are held every second year in term 3. The exams are optional and students can decide if they wish to take part or not. They are a great target for the students to work towards and really motivate them in class. It is also a great way for students to learn the areas they need to work most on. Each student who takes part in the exams, receives a certificate from ARBTA and a break down of their scoring so they can understand their mark better.