28 May 2020 12:00 - 13:00

Pioneers of the RAD: Focus on Keith Lester (Webinar)

The webinar will introduce one of the Royal Academy of Dance’s pioneers in dance teacher education, by briefly examining the context and career of Keith Lester (1904-1993).

The webinar will explore the key influences in Lester’s training and performance/teaching career, including studies with Seraphine Astafieva (1876-1934), one of the renowned teachers in London who established her school as early as 1911/12.

Participants will gain insight into the choreographic legacies associated with Lester, including his Pas de Quatre (1936) and other ballets created for Ballet Rambert.

Analyses of extracts from his Pas De Quatre (restaged for the RAD’s Teacher Training Students in 1970s) and his choreography for the Dance Education Syllabus (1973) will generate an awareness of the pioneering work undertaken by Lester as a pioneering member of the RAD.


The aims of this webinar are to:

  • Provide insights into the ballet and pedagogical heritage of Keith Lester
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the ballet histories, key pedagogical and choreographic legacies associated with Lester
  • Gain appreciation of the choreography Pas de Quatre (1936) and the importance of a romantic style in Lester’s heritage (within the parameters of the RAD’s Teacher Training Course, and the Dance Education Syllabus)

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this webinar, participants will

  • have an understanding of key influences and influencers in Keith Lester’s career
  • have an understanding of Lester’s pedagogical heritage through his choreographic contributions (1930s), as well as his contributions to the RAD’s Teacher Training Course (1961-1975) and the Dance Education Syllabus (1973)
  • have awareness of the observational and analytical skills required for examining Dance Education Syllabus dances choreographed by Keith Lester for the Royal Academy of Dance

About the Presenter

Dr Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel is Head of Research in the Faculty of Education, editor of Focus on Education, and has essays and articles published in the Dance Chronicle, the South African Dance Journal, The Times of Malta and the Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Dance (2019). Her books include Princess Poutiatine and the Art of Ballet in Malta published earlier in March by Midsea Books, and a forthcoming anthology on contemporary ballet, co-edited with Dr Jill Nunes Jensen and published by Oxford University Press, will be out later this year. From 2005-2016, Kathrina led modules on 20th and 21st Century ballet and dance histories at the Faculty of Education, and has curated, researched and written the Pioneers of the RAD webinar series. Find out more information on her role at the RAD.

CPD Hours

1 hour Time-Valued CPD


Members of the Royal Academy of Dance receive discounts on all CPD activities.

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Key Information

Time Fee
12:00 - 13:00 Member Fee: £15
Non-Member Fee: £20