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.

Here we unveil 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.

View PDF of our what’s on guide for January-June 2020

100 events in 100 places

100 events in 100 different places around the world, celebrating 100 years of the Royal Academy of Dance.
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Dance Teacher Awards

During our centenary year we will celebrate and honour the excellence of RAD Registered Teachers from around the world by acknowledging their achievements, and showcasing their contribution and commitment to the wider field of dance teaching.
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Taking place in Portugal, participants aged 12–18 will have the opportunity to work with a dance professional and learn the fundamentals of street dance.
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On Point: Royal Academy of Dance at 100

A free display at the V&A in London 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 is open for the Benesh International Congress. Book your place now.
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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 to be held at the Royal Opera House.
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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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Royal Academy of Dance: Celebrating 100 Years

Order our commemorative book online at RAD Enterprises - out now.
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New global headquarters

Our new home in Battersea will soon be completed, 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…

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 reveal our exciting line-up of guest editors in early 2020.

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:

Bridget Havard, Director of Development and Fundraising

Tel:020 7326 8965 or bhavard@rad.org.uk