The Royal Academy of Dance at 100
Whilst it is important to mark the Academy’s centenary it is clear that our priority must be to support our members through this difficult and challenging time and to secure the future of your membership organisation. Therefore, the Trustees have taken the decision to cancel all remaining centenary events and initiatives with some exceptions and to draw a line under the centenary in 2020, with a view to reprising a more modest centenary programme in 2021. As the actual birthday is 31 December 2020, 2021 is just as fitting a year to mark the occasion.
Exceptions to this are On Point: Royal Academy of Dance at 100, the V&A display and the Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition. The V&A remains committed to staging the display and we are hopeful that it will open in the last quarter of this year. The Royal Opera House are similarly committed to staging The Fonteyn, if possible in September, so we are still planning for the competition to go ahead. We are also committed to the Dance Teacher Awards, as now more than ever we want to acknowledge your achievements. Nominations are open now until 1 May 2020. Finally, having delivered our first guest-edited Dance Gazette, we are pressing ahead with plans for the next two issues; however, we have taken the decision to deliver them in a digital format only, with an option to produce a small print-run for souvenir purposes at the end of the year.