The Royal Academy of Dance is one of the world’s most influential dance education and training organisations, with its global headquarters in London. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn to dance.
The RAD’s patron is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and our President is Dame Darcey Bussell, DBE. With 13,000 members in 89 countries and offices in 36, we have an incredible global network of passionate and skilled employees, teachers and members, each shaping and influencing the future of dance.
Our higher education programmes are regulated and a recent Ofsted inspection found the RAD to be an ‘outstanding’ provider of initial teacher education. The RAD’s examinations are recognised by Ofqual and contribute to UCAS points.
There are currently over 1,000 students in full-time or part-time dance teacher training programmes and each year the RAD’s renowned classical ballet examination syllabus is taught to thousands of young people worldwide, with around a quarter of a million pupils per year going on to take our exams.
Established in 1920 by a group of eminent dance professionals representing the leading ballet styles of the period with the aim of improving the standards of dance teaching, initially in the UK, our founders would be proud of their legacy.
The RAD today
As we approach our centenary in 2020, our activities extend from world class summer schools and events – such as the internationally renowned Genée International Ballet Competition – to our highly regarded community engagement programme Step into Dance, in partnership with The Jack Petchey Foundation which reaches around 5,000 secondary school students in almost 200 secondary schools across London and Essex.
Our commitment to providing dance and learning opportunities for everyone has led to the development of exciting and innovative projects.
The RAD’s Silver Swans initiative helps to improve mobility, posture, coordination and energy levels for the over 55s and, perhaps most importantly, engenders a sense of social and emotional wellbeing that counters loneliness amongst an ageing population.
RADiate, working with primary school children with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities), including ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), BESD (Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties) and those on the Child Protection register; provides life-changing experiences for those children and their families.
Project B, which aims to break down gender stereotypes and get more boys into the dance studio and in particular to try ballet; as well as encouraging and supporting more male teachers to train and share their passion for dance with the next generation.
Our network of Royal Academy of Dance ambassadors, patrons and alumni includes Angela Rippon CBE, Iain McKay, Michael Nunn OBE, and Dame Monica Mason.