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 at Battersea Square 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

We resumed our classes on Monday 13 September.

Please note the use of face coverings, unless exempt, is still requested in all corridors and common areas at RAD, or where social distancing cannot be maintained for students aged 11 and over.

Covid check-in procedures remain the same as last academic year, taking place outside and temperature checking will continue for over 18s.

Please view our Covid report form. 

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.

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 inside headquarters is still open as usual, with customers allowed to enter on a one in, one out basis. Face coverings are required from 30 November 2021, following new government guidelines.

We are still accepting bookings for uniform fittings in advance if preferred. Click & Collect still operates during our usual opening times, which are as follows:

  • Monday to Thursday: 10am-6pm
  • Friday: 10am-5.30pm
  • Saturday: 9am-3.30pm

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

Centenary plans

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.