On Point: Royal Academy of Dance at 100

The On Point display is now on until 1 May 2022 at the V&A Museum in London.

The free display, celebrating 100 years of the RAD, tells the story of how it shaped the future of dance training, the famous faces who lead the way, and how it continues to bring the joy of dance to the lives of people across the world. The RAD is home to one of the largest dance collections in Europe, and this is the first time in its history it has given access to its archive on this scale.

Where to find the display

The display is situated in rooms 103 – 106, Theatre & Performance.

You can follow this map upon arrival at the V&A.

If you require assistance in locating the display, please visit the Information Services desk at the museum and ask to be directed to the Theatre and Performance galleries.

Book a slot

On Point: the display

Find out more about the display at the V&A museum in London and book your free entry.
Find out more

Children's Syllabus with Margot Fonteyn

Watch footage of Margot Fonteyn from 1972, demonstrating the Children's Syllabus. Part of the On Point display at the V&A.
Watch the video

Read about the display in the Dance Gazette

From The World, To The World

A host of objects from the RAD's rich history appear in an illuminating museum display. How do the curators choose which stories to tell, and…
Read more

If you don't want a robot to steal your job, you need the arts!

As the RAD celebrates its centenary with a major display at the V&A, the museum's director Tristram Hunt discusses the importance of arts education. Tristram…
Read more

In the Media

2 Dec '20
The Guardian

Discovery of Margot Fonteyn film footage excites ballet lovers

Read more
28 Nov '20
The Telegraph

Darcey Bussell: 'When they announced I had been made Principal, I was in shock'

Read more
7 Dec '20
The Times

Legacy of Dame Margot Fonteyn is captured in lost film

Read more
10 Dec '20
BBC Radio London

Archivist Eleanor Fitzpatrick looks at unseen footage of ballerina Margot Fonteyn (from about 40 minutes)

Read more
6 Jan '21
The New York Times

From the Music Hall to Ballet Royalty: A British Tale

Read more