The Royal Academy of Dance at 100

The RAD has been inspiring the world to dance for almost a century, and on 31 December 2020 will officially turn 100.

To celebrate this landmark in our history, we are planning a year-long programme of events and initiatives throughout 2020, leading up to that moment and focused on sharing our past, our present and our future with our global dance community.

For the first time we are unveiling highlights of the exciting year ahead and the one message that we want you to take away is that we want everyone, young and old to get involved in the celebrations.

100 events in 100 places

100 events around the world, celebrating 100 years of the Royal Academy of Dance.
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The Fonteyn

The Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition, named after RAD's longest serving president Dame Margot Fonteyn DBE, is our flagship annual event.
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Mapping Dance and Dance Teaching: Past(s), Present and Future(s)

The RAD's Faculty of Education will host an international conference, in London for dance professionals, practitioners, educators, researchers, dance teachers, historians, musicologists and scholars.
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On Point: Royal Academy of Dance at 100

We are working with the V&A to curate a free display celebrating 100 years of the RAD’s significant contribution to the development of British ballet.
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Between the lines: The Art of Choreology

Booking has now opened for the Benesh Congress 2020. Book your place at the early bird rate now.
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Royal Academy of Dance: Celebrating 100 Years

Pre-order our commemorative book online at RAD Enterprises.
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New headquarters

Our new home in Battersea will be completed in 2020, marking an exciting new chapter in the RAD’s future as a world class leader in dance education and training.
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More centenary news coming soon…

RAD Centenary Dance Teacher Awards

We are delighted to announce the RAD Centenary Dance Teacher Awards. These provide an opportunity in the RAD’s centenary year to recognise RAD registered teachers  from across the world through nomination of achievement and contribution to dance teaching in one or more of the following categories:

  1. Early Career Dance Teacher Award
  2. Community Engagement Dance Teacher Award
  3. Outstanding Mentor Teacher Award
  4. RAD Advocacy Dance Teacher Award

Further information will be available from January 2020, when nominations open.

Dance Gazette guest editors

Throughout 2020, three guest editors will take the helm of Dance Gazette, and will be invited to present the RAD and its work through the lens of another industry, providing an alternative perspective. We also hope that this will widen the reach and readership of the magazine, enabling us to forge new and lasting partnerships and collaborations. We’ll be revealing our exciting line-up of guest editors nearer the time.

100th birthday gala dinner

In what promises to be a grand affair, we are also in the planning stages for a special gala dinner. The evening will both celebrate 100 years of the RAD and act as a memorable fundraiser for future projects. Date and details will be confirmed in due course.

Partners and suppliers

We are proud to be supported by our partners and suppliers in our Centenary year


Join us

To find out more about the benefits of sponsorship, please contact Matthew Cunningham, Director of Fundraising and Development, by email at mcunningham@rad.org.uk or by telephone +44 (20) 7326 8957.