29 March 2020

Phyllis Bedells Bursary

Named in honour of Phyllis Bedells, a founder member and Vice-President of the RAD, this bursary take places each year, and is open to young dancers under 17 years of age who have passed the RAD Intermediate Examination and Advanced 1 Examination (Advanced 1 with Distinction) but have not entered for the Advanced 2 exam.

The bursary recognises the huge importance of nurturing and providing opportunities for creativity in young dancers with the Dancer’s Own section, that draws on this element of the The Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition (previously the Genée).

Supported by the Mary Kipps Bequest, the bursary is valued up to £1,000 which can be used to further the winner’s training. Payment can be offset against existing tuition fees or against material and equipment.

A Choreographic Award is also be presented which gives the judges a formal opportunity to recognise the best of the Dancer’s Own choreography, and a monetary prize of £250. This donation is thanks to a bequest from the estate of the late Dr Ivor Guest and will continue to be awarded for a further eight years.

Royal Academy of Dance headquarters
36 Battersea Square
SW11 3RA

The 2020 bursary will take place in front of an audience and a panel of two judges. It will consist of:

  • a non-syllabus class at Advanced 1 level,
  • the performance of Dancer’s Own, and
  • one Classical Repertoire variation for both female and male students.

The non-syllabus classical class will be set by the Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Dance, Gerard Charles who will not be a member of the Judging Panel. A warm-up class will also take place before the Bursary class with the Artistic Director.

Entry Requirements:
Applicants must fulfil the following by the closing date:

  • Be current members of the RAD
  • Be of non-professional status
  • Have passed the RAD Intermediate Examination and Advanced 1 Examination (Advanced 1 with Distinction)
  • The required result must have been awarded by 9 March 2020
  • Be under 17 years of age on 9 March 2020
  • Have not taken the RAD’s Advanced 2 Examination

How to apply:

  • Download and read the 2020 Application Pack to ensure you have all of the information required before you begin completing the online form.
  • Make your application online by clicking the apply now button below and follow the instructions in Eventbrite to enter all your information.
  • All entries must be made using the online application form.
  • The fee of £78.00 must be paid at the time of application.
  • All applications must be received by the closing date (9 March 2020). Applicants who have taken the required examination but are still waiting for their result may apply provided that all other entry requirements are met. Applicants must advise by 9 March 2020 whether they are eligible to enter. Candidates who have not achieved the required examination result by 9 March will be refunded their entry fee.
  • A short biography, of not more than 60 words, must be included with the application. Please include details of specific teachers or coaches who have been influential in your training if you feel this is appropriate to your biography.
  • Students may re-apply for the Bursary as many times as they wish, provided the entry requirements are met.

You will receive an Eventbrite confirmation that your application has been received; please note this is not confirmation of a place at this year’s competition. Candidates will be notified after the closing date at the beginning of March, as to whether or not they have secured a place.

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Key Information

Fee Closing Date
£78 9 March 2020 6:00pm

Who can attend?

Audience Tickets
The bursary is open to the public, and tickets are available to purchase, at £18.50 (including VAT). Audience places are limited, we advise booking early to avoid any disappointment. Family of bursary participants will each receive one audience ticket with a 50% discount, following the closing date at the beginning of March.

Who to contact
For further information please contact Maria O’Connor, Student Activities Officer, T: +44 (0)20 7326 8024, E: moconnor@rad.org.uk / courses@rad.org.uk.