26 March 2020 12:00 - 13:00

Pioneers of the RAD: Focus on Phyllis Bedells (Webinar)

The webinar will introduce participants to one of the founders of the Royal Academy of Dance, by briefly examining the context and career of Phyllis Bedells (1893-1985) – a pioneer of ballet pedagogy in the 20th century.

The webinar will explore the key influences in Bedells’ training and her performance career. Participants will gain insight into writings by Bedells, which exemplified her thinking and practices in the teaching of ballet. Analyses of extracts from her solo choreography devised for teachers and published in the Dancing Times (December issues, 1942-1946), alongside reviewing a selection of writings from The Dancing Times and the autobiography published by Bedells, will generate an awareness of the pioneering work undertaken by this founder member of the RAD.


The aims of this webinar are to:

  • Provide insights into the heritage of Phyllis Bedells performance career
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the ballet histories, key teaching and choreographic legacies associated with Bedells
  • Gain appreciation of the choreographed solos material created by Bedells for the readers of The Dancing Times (1942-1946)

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this webinar, participants will

  • have an increased understanding of Phyllis Bedells’ background as a dancer and performer
  • have an increased understanding of Phyllis Bedells’ contribution to teaching through her writings on ballet, technique and style (1942-1946)
  • have awareness of the observational and analytical skills required for examining solo dances choreographed by Phyllis Bedells for the readers of The Dancing Times (1942-1946)

About the Presenter

Dr Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel is Head of Research in the Faculty of Education, editor of Focus on Education, and has published in Dance Chronicle, the South African Dance Journal, and The Times of Malta. She has written Princess Nathalie Poutiatine and the Art of Ballet in Malta (forthcoming, 2019) and co-edited a significant anthology on contemporary ballet (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). From 2005-2016, Kathrina led modules on 20th and 21st Century ballet and dance histories at the Faculty of Education. 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