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Frederick Ashton’s choreography and The Gruffalo among RAD highlights for 2016

04 Jan 2016 / Tags: Dance School

Frederick Ashton’s choreography and The Gruffalo among RAD highlights for 2016
From Aberdeen to Truro, there’s something to please everyone in our plans for 100+ student activities throughout 2016.


As well as our popular range of activities based on RAD's world-leading ballet syllabus, we are running a range of new and exciting activities this year:

  • In a new collaboration with publishers Pan Macmillan, we will be piloting children’s workshops for 2½-7 year-olds based on the popular Gruffalo books - and parents can get involved too. Book your place now for Edinburgh in February and London in March. 
  • Children’s workshops for 6-11 year-olds based on the first instalment of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Book your place now for workshops in Northallerton and Cambridge, with more to follow later in January.

With support of The Frederick Ashton Foundation, we are also launching new repertoire workshops for students aged 10+ based on La Fille mal gardée. Book your place now for the workshop taking place in London on 6 March.


Natalia Osipova as Lise and Steven McRae as Colas in La Fille mal gardée - photographed by Tristram Kenton. ©ROH 2015.

Summer schools

For the third year running, faculty from the RAD will be joining dancers from Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance to deliver a unique summer school experience in the beautiful surroundings of Devon’s Dartington Hall. Bookings for all summer schools will open in mid-January.

Competitions and bursaries

We are expanding our programme of competitions and bursaries in 2016, providing for students at all levels of the RAD syllabus, including:

  • RAD Dance Challenge 
    • For students at RAD grades 4-8 – a single bursary of £500 for the best choreography
    • For students at RAD vocational grades Intermediate Foundation-Advanced 1 – two bursaries of £750 each for the best performance at each level of the competition
  • Phyllis Bedells Bursary (for students who have achieved RAD Advanced 1 with Distinction) – a single bursary of £1,000 for the best performance

You can book online NOW for activities taking place during January-March, with booking opening for the rest of the year later in January.

Take a look at our Student Course and Summer Events guides, and book your places.

Dianne Cheesman says:
26 Jan 2016 08:43

Great news about the repertoire courses. Will these and the Dance challenge be held/offered worldwide? ( South Africa)

Flavia Cerrone says:
26 Jan 2016 11:07

Dear Dianne,
Thank you for your interest in our activities.
We are piloting these workshops in the UK first and we will collect data and feedback; after this, we will work on a wider plan!

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