RAD Voices

Every month during our centenary year we’ll be featuring voices from the past, present, and future of the RAD.

Check back as we add more fascinating entries to our collection.

Featured stories

Ana Luisa Amaya (Mexico)

Estudio de Danza Franck has been the result of a dream that began when Enriqueta Franck decided to put on a pair of ballet shoes,…
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Isobel Monro (Malta)

Isobel Monro founded the Isabella School of Dance in Malta in 1956 at the Savoy Hotel, Sliema. In her diary she details her own training…
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Georgina Yacobi (Israel)

In conjunction with the rest of the Royal Academy of Dance family, the teachers and students of the Israel branch are delighted to be able…
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Sandra Thornfield (UK)

In 1950 Jill Mellows and myself were selected to have our photos taken with the famous Indian dancer Ram Gopal. We were second year RAD…
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Gisele Tardeli De Jesus (Brazil)

In 2011 a little six-year-old girl with several problems came to my school. She had Down’s Syndrome and a severe problem of oesophagal malformation. She…
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Josué Moreno (Mexico)

I met Josué Moreno Lagarda when he was 11 years old, he was a very cheerful and energetic child, but also very focused on his…
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Robert Hackford (UK)

I retired from being a headteacher in 2014 and a couple of years later I met the principal of the Tankerton Dancing Academy socially. She…
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Kismet Bourne (Australia)

I was 16 years old and it was a big ballet year for me, a country girl from a farm outside of Toowoomba, Queensland.  1998…
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Hazel Ireson (UK)

In 1948, when I was three years old, my mother took me to the Hilda Greenaway School of Dancing, in Charlton, South East London. It…
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Kay Fairweather (UK)

I was once told by someone I loved that I had the most beautiful feet he had ever seen… Today the RAD magazine Dance Gazette…
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