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New funding and ambassador for RADiate

02 Feb 2016 / Tags: SEN

New funding and ambassador for RADiate
RADiate is expanding into more schools across South and South West London, offering subsidised dance classes to children on the autism spectrum, and to those with moderate to severe and complex learning difficulties.

Generous new funding from the City of London Corporation’s charity, the City Bridge Trust, has offered RADiate a grant of almost £150,000 over three years. This will allow the RAD to consolidate and expand this inclusive outreach project into more schools, and meet more students’ needs beyond the London boroughs of Wandsworth, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Southwark.

In further good news for the project, Michael Nunn OBE, co-founder of BalletBoyz, will also take on the role of RADiate Ambassador.

With the support of teaching assistants, RADiate classes allow children to benefit creatively, educationally, physically and socially, since the specific nature of dance particularly suits their more visual, non-verbal learning style. Radiate currently provides weekly dance sessions in ten primary special needs schools and mainstream schools with Autism Spectrum Disorder bases in South and South West London. A ‘hub’ venue at the RAD headquarters in Battersea, also allows students from nine schools who wouldn’t normally be able to host sessions.

Find out more about RADiate and the RAD's work with children with Special Educational Needs.

Pictured - Michael Nunn joins a RADiate class at Paddock Primary School. Photo: David Tett/Royal Academy of Dance.

Yvette C Halfhide says:
03 Feb 2016 14:30

I am living in Wales and would be very interested in being able to offer children in this area the opportunity to participate in RADiate classes. I am currently the Dance Artist for ENB's Dance For Parkinson's Programme held in partnership at NDCWales' Dance House in Cardiff and previously I worked for 7 years at Touch Trust, a charity offering creative movements therapy sessions for babies, children and adults with special needs, including autism. Do you offer any training to dance artists to lead RADiate classes or are you hoping to establish any RADiate classes in the Cardiff area?! Many thanks, Yvette

Gabriela Nicolescu says:
03 Feb 2016 14:59

Thank you for your interest in RADiate. At the moment, the project is based in London and led by specialists selected by the RAD. There is currently no training program that dance teachers can take in order to teach this specialised area: teachers apply to us and we evaluate on a case-by-case basis. Currently, given the location of the project, candidates must be London-based. However, the RAD is looking to expand RADiate in the years to come, although we currently cannot estimate when it will become available in particular parts of the country. By all means, do keep our project in mind and get in touch with our Head of Training, Monique Ogier, at for further information.
Please let us know if you have any further questions.

Helen Lesley says:
08 May 2017 07:46
Hi I am a dance teacher based in the SW and also work as a TA as a 1:1 with children with special needs and would loved to get qualified in teaching dance to special needs children. Please please please set up a dance teachers special needs programme, so many dance teachers are interesting in expanded into this area. I first became interested in RADiate back in 2010 whist at uni and contacted you about my research paper looking at core stability exercises and how these could possible improve handwriting especially with children with dyspraxia. I am still searching to find an accredited organisation that will provide training into teaching dance to special needs children. The best I have found are online courses from America, not a route I want to go down. I just feel this would be such a rewarding side of dance to get into.
Many thanks Helen
24 Sep 2018 09:54
Hello! I live and work in the East Midlands (based in Nottingham) I run my own dance school and currently lecture in FE within the performing arts sector. I have also taught as a free-lance dance artist in many of Nottingham's schools and take my FE students out into schools to do an Arts in Education project each year, specialising in Theatre for Children. If, and when the Radiate programme branches beyond London, I would be really interested in becoming a qualified practitioner. I know there are many schools in Nottingham that would benefit from this sort of program.
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