RAD services update

In-person dance classes and exams are about to commence again around the UK. 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 those attending specific activities or events, including students enrolled on a programme with our Faculty of Education, students who are able to return for classes at RAD’s dance school and customers visiting the shop.

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

Dance School

We are thrilled to confirm that beginning Monday 17 May, all students are able to return to the studio. We cannot wait to welcome our adult students, Family Dance and RADiate classes back at headquarters.

The use of face coverings, unless exempt, is still required in all corridors and common areas at RAD, or where social distancing cannot be maintained for students aged 11 and over. Please kindly note that masks will also be required to be worn in the studio in classes by parents, where their participation is required (RADiate and Family Dance).

Faculty of Education

The Faculty of Education is still accepting applications for most of our programmes that commence from August 2021 and January 2022 onwards, but we have moved our application, audition and interview process online. If you are looking to apply for the MA Education (Dance Teaching), BA (Hons) Ballet Education, BA (Hons) Dance Education, PGCE: Dance Teaching with QTS, you must email your application and reference to faculty@rad.org.uk. Read more on how to apply.

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 follows strict social distancing and Covid-19 mitigation measures

In consultation with our student body, we remain fully committed to providing the highest quality education to all and will continue to closely monitor the situation in accordance with government guidelines. If you have any specific concerns, please contact the relevant Programme Manager or Student Support and Welfare Officer, details of which can be found in Programme Handbooks.

The RAD continues to offer arrange of programme via distance learning which are largely unaffected. Where lockdowns and other restrictions are impacting elements of study on these programmes options for support are being considered by the relevant Programme Manager.

Library & Archive

In preparation for the move to Royal Academy of Dance’s new premises, the Library & Archive is currently closed to external customers.  We cannot undertake requests for material from the archives and special collections as these are now closed until October 2021. Our library remote enquiry service is operating as usual. Further details are available on our library page.

RAD staff, and students on Faculty of Education and Dance Studies programmes may email the library to book an appointment to browse the shelves.

RAD shop

The RAD Shop at our Battersea headquarters is pleased to welcome customers back in-store on a one-in, one-out basis observing Covid guidelines. Uniform fittings may be arranged in advance by appointment or our first come first serve queuing system. Come and visit us at our new open-air marquee where you can browse and shop clothing and accessories at your leisure, open 4-6pm weekdays and 11am-3.30pm on Saturdays. Click and Collect still applies during trading hours: Monday – Friday 10am–6pm and 9am–3.30pm on Saturdays.

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


Due to the current pandemic situation in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, we are once again postponing examinations (both face-to-face and filmed examinations) until they can be safely conducted. This is in alignment with containment measures across the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

We will review this mid-February, or when Governments provide new advice and updates on what is permissible. We are very disappointed to have to once again pause examinations, but hope that the vaccine roll out will signal a return to normality and the resumption of our usual examination service.

Exams in England

Further to the government announcement that 8 March 2021 is the earliest date on which schools in England could hope to reopen, planned exam sessions in affected areas will also be delayed. This is to ensure that we are organising exams safely and in conjunction with government advice.

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 if the school opening dates are further delayed.

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

London headquarters and certificates and medals (March 2021)

Following the recent UK government announcement for the ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown, RAD headquarters in London remains closed for the printing team to resume certificate production. The Executive Board is currently reviewing the advice from the government to identify when it is safe for the team to return to the office. As soon as this is possible, the team will return to commence printing, and we will communicate this development to teachers. We apologise for the continued delay and understand the disappointment it must cause, particularly at such a difficult time.

The closure also means that teachers should not send any paperwork or exam footage to the office at the moment, as we have no way of collecting such parcels. Please do contact your local office if you have exam footage that you were planning to send to headquarters, and we can look at how to proceed.


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.

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 which 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.

Making Connections: A Symposium for Dance Teachers, 19–23 July 2021, has been reimagined and will be entirely online. Join us from the comfort of your own home, making new connections to inspire your teaching whilst (re)connecting with dance teachers from across the world. If you have any questions, please email MakingConnections@rad.org.uk.

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

Following schools reopening on 8 March, we can once again provide in person class delivery for all schools on the programme who wish to go ahead. Online options will still be available to those who aren’t yet able to welcome visitors. Please contact stepintodance@rad.org.uk to arrange your classes.

In-person companies rehearsals are now taking place at RAD headquarters. All company members and teachers will be informed once we are able to confirm a date for face-to-face teaching to resume.

Ambassador sessions will remain online until further notice. We hope to be able to get everyone together for an in person session later in the year.