Changes at the top at RAD New Zealand.
Janet Taylor, the National Director of RAD New Zealand, is retiring on 29 March 2018 after nearly 15 years in the role and is awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Dance.
Janet took over in 2003 as National Administrator from Shirley Baker, who had been in the position for 30 years. She immediately set about making an impact when she was instrumental in setting up the 14+ Dance Scholarship Foundation which funds the RAD scholarship – the NZ equivalent to the Phyllis Bedells Bursary. Since its inception, the foundation has gone on to establish several other awards to help young dancers.
The RAD – AUT Agreement was established in 2005 to enable students at AUT University to graduate with a BDance degree and RAD Registered Teacher Status – the first such partnership in the world. Facilitating this agreement is one of the highlights of Janet’s time with the RAD.
International Summer Schools have been an important feature of the RAD NZ calendar since the first was held in 1984. and Janet organised 4 successful Summer Schools - in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016. She has also overseen three moves of the RAD NZ’s office, the last move just over 2 years ago being to the very pleasant (hopefully permanent) room which fortunately survived the big earthquake 18 months ago.
Janet also oversaw the 2012 Genée International Ballet Competition in New Zealand. This was a big highlight for RAD NZ. and saw teachers up and down the country embarking on a very positive fundraising campaign which ensured an extraordinarily successful Genée.
Of her time, Janet said: “I have loved my 14½ years with the RAD. I am especially grateful to my wonderfully competent colleague and friend, Nina. I have also greatly appreciated the help and contact from many colleagues in the UK office, and Luke has been a fantastic ‘boss’ half a world away. We in NZ have very much appreciated his visits. I am now looking forward to doing many things I haven’t had time to do, including lots more walking and biking trips, visiting children and grandchildren who live overseas, and learning to play classical guitar on the beautiful instrument given to me as a leaving present by the NZ Examiners!”
Bronwyn Williams will start as RAD New Zealand's National Director on 5 March 2018.