22 January 2024

Inside the Exam-A View from the Examiner's Table CPD Course (HK)

This half-day course takes an in-depth look at the examination process in general, and at the RAD marking criteria in particular. The course includes practical information about the way that an examination is run, and also gives more detail about what an examiner is looking for when they watch and mark an examination. This course will help RAD teachers to identify key areas where they can work with their students to develop their response to RAD marking criteria, and therefore improve their students’ examination results. A question and answer session will complete the course.

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Key Information

Duration Fee
10AM-1PM Member Fee

Non-Member Fee



Monday 22 January 2024






Xiqu Centre,

88 Austin Road West
Hong Kong

Number of CPD hours: 4
Language: English



The aims of the course are to enhance RAD teachers’ awareness of practical aspects of the examination process, as well as providing them with the knowledge to develop their candidates’ exam performance. The course will also provide an opportunity for teachers to question and discuss the content with the tutor.

The aims of this course are to:

  • outline the basic format of RAD examinations
  • focus on and explain specific examination criteria
  • identify ways to improve candidates’ performance in an exam scenario, based on knowledge of the RAD examination criteria
  • provide the opportunity to become more familiar with selected levels of the RAD syllabus
  • give RAD teachers the opportunity to engage in discussion regarding the examination process and examination criteria.


Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the course participants will:

  • have increased their knowledge of RAD syllabus content and examination procedures
  • have gained greater breadth of knowledge regarding the RAD examination criteria, and be able to apply this knowledge in their teaching
  • be able to use the content of the course to help evaluate and improve their work as a teacher.

Recommended preparation:

  • review relevant examination documentation e.g. specifications, syllabus material etc. (NB. participants will be informed in advance of the syllabus levels to be considered in the course)
  • reflect on any specific examination-based queries that you would like covered during the session.



Ms Crystal Wong

BA (Hons) in the Art and Teaching of Ballet RAD London (University of Durham), Grad. Dip Choreography VCA (University of Melbourne), Certified Pilates Instructor (DMA),
RAD Examiner, RAD CDP Tutor, RAD CBTS Practical Teaching Supervisor

Crystal received her early ballet training at Jean M Wong Ballet School in Hong Kong, where she completed her RAD examinations and received scholarships in their International Summer Dance Schools. She then pursues full time training at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA). Crystal has obtained her BA (Hons) in the Art and Teaching of Ballet at the College of the Royal Academy of Dance London Headquarters, graduated under the University of Durham. After graduated in 1999, she moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she further pursue her study in Graduate Diploma in Choreography at the Victorian College of the Arts and obtained her post-graduate diploma from the University of Melbourne. Trained and worked under Craig Phillips, she became a certified Pilates Instructor at Dance Medicine Australia (DMA) since 2000 and has worked closely with dancers in Australia.

Currently base is Sydney Australia. Her Ballet teaching journey since 2000 brought her working alongside influential figures like Gelsey Kirkland, Ashley Killar and Jane Allyn, Hilary Kaplan, just to name a few. As a freelance teacher, she regularly shares her knowledge to studios like Ecole Ballet and Dance Theatre, Alegria Dance Studios, Conlan College, Danceworks and the McDonald College in Sydney.  She also tutors at RAD intensives holiday courses interstate to help prepare students for RAD exams in Australia.

Crystal has guest teach for various schools in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and around Australia. She has toured to Perth, Melbourne, and Auckland, New Zealand with International Ballet Workshops (IBW) and RAD International Summer School in Malaysia, guest teaching alongside world renown teaching faculty in the industry. Her involvement in dance adjudication, includes Canberra Dance Festival and Scholarship Audition Classes at Betsy Sawers Grades & Vocational Awards hosted by RAD ACT Panel. She has also completed the prestige RAD examiner’s training program under the guidance of former Artistic Director of RAD Paula Hunt and has joined the RAD examiner’s panel. She travels regularly for RAD examination tours around the world.

In recent years, she has also taken on the role as a Practical Teaching Supervisor for CBTS teacher training course for RAD, passing on her knowledge to the younger generation of ballet teachers. The recent appointment in CPD tutor role will allow her to share her knowledge with practicing RAD teaching members.

She enjoys meeting new people and is grateful to share her teaching in hope to inspire and be inspired by everyone who crosses path.

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