Black History Month at the RAD

We’re marking Black History Month in the UK here at the RAD, looking at Black and Brown dancers who have made history and those who are still making it. Over the course of October (and beyond), we’ll be sharing their stories here and on social media to celebrate their contribution to the art of dance. We’ve been sharing #ProudToBeRAD over recent months, but are pleased to take a backseat to Black History Month’s #ProudToBe campaign. What are you #ProudToBe? Let us know by tagging us on social media. We will be celebrating your stories by sharing your photos and videos on our channels.

7 Iconic Black Women Who Changed The Course Of Ballet History

Refinery29 celebrate Misty Copeland and the black ballet dancers who paved the way for her success.
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RAD podcast: Céline Gittens

Born in Trinidad and later moving to Canada, Céline is now a Principal at Birmingham Royal Ballet, where in 2012 she became the first woman of colour in the UK to dance the leading role in Swan Lake.
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15 Black Dancers who Changed American Dance

Dance Informa magazine celebrates some famous (and some not so famous) names from US dance history.
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Black dance stories

Check back here as we will continue to add more stories throughout the month.

Upcoming events

17 Oct '21
Dance studies / Student Activities / Workshop

African Movement and Technique with Tavaziva (for age 13-16)

Duration
3 hours
Price
£16 + Eventbrite booking fee
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17 Oct '21
Dance studies / Student Activities / Workshop

African Movement and Technique with Tavaziva (for age 16+)

Duration
3 hours
Price
£16 + Eventbrite booking fee
Find out more
20 Oct '21
Faculty of Education / Higher Education

Guest Lecture Series Event: In Conversation with Gerard Samuel

Duration
1 hour
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Get to know… Bawren Tavaziva

Bawren Tavaziva grew up in a rural village near Masvingo in Zimbabwe. At the age of 12 Bawren Tavaziva attended an outreach ballet project with…
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