Dance Gazette

Allow us to present Dance Gazette, the RAD’s exclusive members’ magazine. Dive into the captivating world of dance as we bring you enlightening articles, behind-the-scenes interviews, and invaluable resources, all designed to elevate your dance journey to new heights.

With Dance Gazette, you’ll gain insider knowledge of the latest trends, cutting-edge techniques, and inspiring stories from top dancers around the world. From classical ballet to contemporary, tap to jazz, each issue presents a treasure trove of diverse dance styles that will leave you inspired and hungry for more.

Immerse yourself in an exciting spectrum of articles by world-renowned choreographers, dancers, and educators. Unlock a wealth of knowledge that is guaranteed to refine your technique, broaden your horizons, and deepen your understanding of dance as an art form.

Dance Gazette combines beautifully curated visuals, insightful articles, and in-depth profiles that resonate with dancers of all levels. Enjoy exclusive interviews with industry icons who share their personal experiences, challenges, and successes.

Embark on a journey of inspiration, knowledge, and artistic growth with Dance Gazette, the Royal Academy of Dance’s members magazine.


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An extract from the latest issue


Meet Alexander Campbell, the RAD’s new Artistic Director.

Photo: Rich Lakos for Dance Gazette

It is only Day Two of Alexander Campbell’s new role, but the RAD’s new Artistic Director is very much in the building. For our Dance Gazette photoshoot, he moves through the RAD’s London home from studio to office and main reception area, greeting enthusiastic new colleagues as he goes. Just weeks ago, the Australian dancer was leading shows with the Royal Ballet – now comes his first desk job, shaping the artistic policy of a global organisation. Campbell appears undaunted.

The word opportunity bounces through our chat – about the moments that defined his stage career, his transition into a strategic role, his sense of the RAD’s future. ‘I know that I’ve got things to learn. It’s a unique role and ever changing. But I’m not nervous – I’m excited.’

Poised, suited and booted, Campbell, 37, proves friendly but decisive. Here’s a man who knows his own mind. Barely a fortnight earlier, Campbell said farewell to the Royal Ballet, as Des Grieux in Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon. He hadn’t planned to retire this year: ‘the RAD opportunity came up quicker than I expected,’ he says, ‘it’s not like I had a whole season to prepare.’

‘I’d never thought about what a final performance might look or feel like, it wasn’t on my radar at all,’ he adds. ‘I was aware it would be a monumental moment in my personal life, but I wanted to focus on doing a performance I felt happy with. I found it really emotional. I was honestly very touched and completely overwhelmed.’

Campbell grew up in Sydney and was just four or five, he thinks, when he saw a ballet performance at the school where his grandmother taught. The RAD is in Campbell’s blood – his grandmother was an examiner, and he moved through the stages of RAD training. ‘There was always something to work on,’ he recalls. ‘With examinations you’re always developing and learning, with a view to demonstrating it at the end of the year. It gave a nice focal point.’ He came to London at 16, to train at the Royal Ballet School, and in 2003 won a silver medal at the RAD’s Genée International Ballet Competition, held in Birmingham. ‘The competition was a huge part of my career because that was the first time I saw Birmingham Royal Ballet, and the first time that David Bintley, who was then BRB’s director, saw me. He followed my training and offered me a job.’

First at BRB and then, from 2011, with the Royal Ballet (where he was promoted to Principal in 2016), Campbell danced everything from premieres to princes. He was sliding into the next phase of life – he and his wife, Royal Ballet dancer Claire Calvert, have just become parents and own a dance school, Prima Dance, in south-west London. But Campbell wasn’t due to leave the stage. ‘I didn’t have a date in mind, and I’m very grateful that I didn’t have to stop because of injury. But during the last few years, I’ve done some projects that expanded my understanding and appreciation for the work involved, which made me feel ready to step into a role like this. The timing isn’t ever perfect – but this feels pretty close.’

Those side hustles include presenting livestreams of The Fonteyn and World Ballet Day, directing his first films and producing The Limit, a dance version of Sam Steiner’s hit play Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons. ‘They taught me that you’re only as good as the team around you,’ he reflects. It buoys him for his new RAD role. ‘I know the calibre and skill set of the people here – you’re not on your own.’

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Meet the Editor

David Jays is the Editor of Dance Gazette. He also writes about dance and theatre for the Guardian and Sunday Times and is a dance critic for the Evening Standard. To get in touch about any aspect of Dance Gazette, or if you have an idea for the magazine, contact David at

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10 from 10

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The buck stops here

Dance Gazette celebrates dancing women as leaders, creators, role models. Anna Winter meets three inspirational women. A century since the first British women got the vote,…
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Fonteyn Icon

Ballerina assoluta, fashion heroine and RAD President, Margot Fonteyn was the ultimate ballet icon. Anna Winter traces her unique impact on dance. Margot Fonteyn at…
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Looking for leaders

Heading a ballet company isn't easy. Mess it up and the end can be brutal. Sarah Crompton meets directors who have stayed the course, and…
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National treasure

As Karen Kain receives the RAD's most prestigious award, she tells David Jays that her stellar career happened almost by accident. Karen Kain. Photo: Karolina…
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From The World, To The World

A host of objects from the RAD's rich history appear in an illuminating museum display. How do the curators choose which stories to tell, and…
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As the RAD celebrates its centenary with a major display at the V&A, the museum's director Tristram Hunt discusses the importance of arts education. Tristram…
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And the category is

Voguing and classical ballet seem worlds apart, but Gareth was eager to bring them together. Anna Winter invites leaders from these very different worlds to…
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Ballet boys, b-boys and superheroes

Do boys still have a problem with dance? Is ballet especially daunting? Sanjoy Roy meets ballet boys, b-boys and superheroes. I walk through a foyer…
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Bodies Don't Lie

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Step change

Environmental thinking is at long last on the dance agenda. From dancewear to touring, from audience behaviours to the RAD's new HQ: Sanjoy Roy asks…
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Here, queer and dancing

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