20 June 2021

RAD Dance Challenge – Vocational Graded Candidates

This years’ Dance Challenge competition will be held virtually, with candidates submitting a filmed performance of their solo, making the competition more accessible to eligible RAD students in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

A chance to celebrate and reward emerging young dancers, and their teachers, as they embrace choreography and performance, the Dance Challenge gives candidates the opportunity to be part of a creative process. Candidates at each level will be judged on the performance of their solo, to be choreographed by themselves, their teacher or peer.

NEW this year, candidates will participate in live Masterclasses with our esteemed faculty, Dr. Susie Cooper and Lauren Cuthbertson, Principal of The Royal Ballet.

Candidates will be required to send their choreographed solo, of up to 1.30 minutes, via We Transfer, before the deadline of 24 May.

The second key date, Sunday 20 June, will be filled with inspiring Masterclasses and the Prize Giving.

The Antoinette Sibley Scholarship will be presented to the overall winner of each level, with prize money of £750 awarded to each candidate. The Dame Antoinette Sibley Scholarship fund was established in 2012 to mark the retirement of the Academy’s third president.

A Choreographic Award of £250 will be given to one winner across both levels. This has been made possible by funding generously provided by the Lynn Wallis Bursary Fund, established in honour of the Academy’s former Artistic Director.

Entry Requirements
All candidates must be resident in the UK and the Republic of Ireland studying with an RAD Registered Teacher.

Level 1: Candidates studying RAD Intermediate Foundation or Intermediate. Must be 16 years or under by 1st of January 2021.

Level 2: Candidates studying RAD Advanced Foundation or Advanced 1 (must not have taken Advanced 2). Must be 17 years or under by 1st of January 2021.

How to Enter

  • Download and read the 2021 Dance Challenge Information Pack carefully to ensure you have all of the information required.
  • Make your application online by clicking the ‘Enter 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 £43 must be paid at the time of application.
  • All applications must be received by the closing date, 10 May 20201.
  • Students may re-apply for the RAD Dance Challenge 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 challenge. Candidates will be notified after the closing date as to whether or not they have secured a place.

Places are limited and you are advised to enter early to avoid any disappointment.

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Key Information

Level Fee Closing Date
RAD Intermediate Foundation - Advanced 1 £43 10 May 2021 12:00am

RAD Dance Challenge: Guidelines for the Choreographer

Solos Choreographers should create an original ballet solo not exceeding 1 minute and 30 seconds Steps and movements should be made up from vocabulary appropriate…
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RAD Dance Challenge: Criteria for Assessment

Candidates solos are assessed on the following criteria, with equal weight given to each of these three areas: Technique Secure posture and weight placement, control…
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RAD Dance Challenge: Filming Guidelines

The video submission deadline is 24 May, 2021. Videos should be recorded in a studio ideally, or in a large space such as church hall…
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