RAD services update

Please check the Restrictions in the UK page for guidance relating to the area you live in.

RAD Members can find up to date guidance, tools and resources to help them prepare for a return to in-person dance classes and examinations, within the Government framework, in the Members’ Area.

RAD headquarters

RAD headquarters is open to all students, teachers and visitors with no requirement to book in advance and the RAD Shop is open to all customers. We look forward to welcoming you back.

Please check up to date guidance before travelling to the Royal Academy of Dance.

Dance School

As of Tuesday 1 February we will be retiring our Covid check in procedure at the building entryways and will no longer be operating on a one-way system or temperature checking on arrival at the RAD. Mask wearing in studio and in communal areas will now be on a voluntary basis; however, we encourage all students to take care of themselves as they believe best serves them at this time. We will continue to ventilate spaces and hand sanitisers will remain in place for recommended use.

We kindly request that you stay at home if you are not feeling well.

If the weather is inclement or too cold, we are allowing parents/guardians inside to wait in the main building. Please continue to socially distance in communal spaces and consider wearing a face covering if the space is being used by multiple users. Although the wearing of masks is not a legal requirement, please continue to be considerate of those around you and respect their choices.

Changing rooms can now be used by more than one user but we reserve the right to review the use of changing rooms.

Faculty of Education

The Faculty of Education will be delivering elements of both the Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance and the Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma at RAD headquarters this summer. All onsite attendance will follow the latest DfE guidance for HE providers.

Workshop and short courses

All activities organised by the Learning and Participation team will follow current guidance set out above for the dance school. Further details will be communicated in the confirmation details sent after the closing date for each activity. Should we experience a significant number of withdrawals from an activity, we may reconsider proceeding with the event, or adapt to online delivery. Participant withdrawals are subject to our terms and conditions highlighted on each event page. In the event we are required to cancel an activity entirely due to COVID-19, participants will be refunded.

Library & Archive

In preparation for the move to Royal Academy of Dance’s new premises, the Library & Archive is currently closed to users.  We cannot undertake requests for material from the archives and special collections as these are now closed until November 2021. Our remote enquiry and the Book & Collect services are operating as usual.

Further details are available on our library page, and on Moodle for Faculty of Education staff and students.

RAD shop

The shop is moving to our new premises and will be closed from 28 February-4 March.

Online orders will be fulfilled as normal during the above period.

For more detailed information or to place an order, visit the RAD Enterprises website.


We are currently holding face-to-face and filmed exams in the UK. We are planning to hold a face-to-face session in the Republic of Ireland in the winter. Please do contact your local office for further information regarding possible session dates.

We will, of course, be following government advice, and therefore any information on future dates is subject to change.

Contact exams@rad.org.uk or your local office for further information or visit RAD Examinations during the pandemic.


We are aiming to gradually reintroduce in-person CPD activities in the UK in a structured and cautious manner throughout 2021/22 while we continue to monitor any changes to UK Government advice. Please keep an eye on our CPD E-news and CPD Shoutout for updates.

International CPD activity is subject to the current government guidance of that country, please email your National Office for further information.

Declarations 2020/2021: Many of you may have already completed your CPD requirement. However, we recognise that the current exceptional circumstances mean that some of you may face difficulties in fulfilling the required CPD hours. If this is the case, when it is time to declare your CPD please indicate that you are Eligible for Exemption. Declarations are now open in the Members’ Area.

We will continue to offer a number of online activities, including online courses available for set periods, EduCare courses which can be completed at your own pace, webinars that are broadcast live at designated times and are recorded for you to watch at your leisure and live interactive webinars. Please keep an eye on our Upcoming CPD activities page.

If you have questions please contact cpd@rad.org.uk or your local office.

Events & Centenary Programme

2020 was meant to be a year of celebration for the RAD and for our members, with a full programme of centenary events taking place around the world. Needless to say, the advent of Covid-19 meant that all of our plans were cancelled or postponed.

Despite the circumstances, we hope you’ll agree that it is still important to recognise this landmark in our history. Running throughout 2021 we will tell the story of the RAD – an organisation with 100 year’s of experience and expertise, through the stories of the people, teachers, examiners and students of all ages from around the world, that make the RAD so unique. Visit RAD at 100 to find out more.

Step into Dance

We are providing in-person class delivery for all schools on the programme who wish to go ahead. Online options are still available to those who aren’t able to welcome visitors. Please contact stepintodance@rad.org.uk to arrange your classes.

The Step into Dance Companies and Ambassador Scheme will both return to in-person training at RAD HQ. If you are unable to attend in-person sessions, please contact ehollywood-powell@rad.org.uk.