RAD services update

In-person dance classes and exams are currently on hold around the UK, but plans for a gradual easing of restrictions have been announced. 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 closed to the public and to staff with the following exceptions:

  • Dance School staff who are continuing to deliver online classes from the studios,
  • Faculty of Education academic staff and selected student groups (e.g. PGCE:DT trainees) where on-site delivery is essential,
  • Enterprises staff fulfilling online orders, and
  • Skeleton reception/facilities staff.

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

Dance School

We are delighted to confirm that we are still able to hold our classes via Zoom. Following the success of the online classes during Tier 3 in the Autumn term, we feel online learning is a fantastic alternative to in-person classes and ensures we are able to continue our service and stay in touch with our RAD family.

Given the latest lockdown status for England, all RAD Dance School classes (including examination classes) will be held online via Zoom until government guidance says otherwise. We think that in order to protect our dance school community, this is the safest option, and we thank you for your continued support.

Please rest assured that we will be welcoming students back to in-person classes as soon as we are able to.


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.


All UK based face-to-face CPD activities are currently postponed with the view to offer these activities as soon as reasonably possible in the next CPD year. International CPD activity is subject to the current government guidance of that country, please email your National Office for further information.

Declarations 2019/2020: 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. In the coming months, we will explore live streaming activities as well. 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

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.

Companies rehearsals will remain online until at least 12 April, with the potential to return to RAD headquarters after the Easter break. 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.

Faculty of Education

The Faculty of Education is accepting applications for all our programmes that commence from August 2021 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.

In line with directives from the Department of Education, we have moved all onsite teaching online in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff. This move primarily affects students on the BA (Hons) Ballet Education and the PGCE: Dance Teaching with QTS. 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

The library is currently closed for appointments.

Our remote enquiry service is operating as usual and copies of materials may be provided through photography/scanning where appropriate. Further information about services and our contact details.

RAD shop

The shop is now closed in line with lockdown restrictions but RAD Enterprises continues to operate online and with mail order.

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