Episode 3: Barbara Peters

Broadcast date: 9 March 2022

Barbara Peters, a life-enhancing RAD teacher from Yorkshire, has been teaching for over 60 years. She has travelled the world as an RAD examiner and continued teaching throughout the pandemic over Zoom, attracting some devoted international students. A couple of years ago, in her 80s, she passed the RAD’s Grade 7 and 8 exams, attracting much media interest, and has now been recognised by a fellowship of the RAD and the British Empire Medal. Dance is crucial to the way she approaches the world: we are proud to be her first podcast interview.

Barbara Peters

Born in Huddersfield, Barbara Peters began her dance journey over 75 years ago when she had her first RAD ballet class, at the age of nine. Between 1948 and 1950, she passed Grades 1 to 5 all with Honours, as it was then. In 1954, after passing Intermediate, she became a full member of RAD. Following an audition to attend the RAD teachers’ training course, she became a student in 1956. In 1957, she passed Advanced and the next year, she was elected Senior Student. She then moved to Italy to help establish the RAD Children’s Ballet in Education syllabus there.

Barbara has been teaching dance for 66 years and at the age of 80, passed Grades 7 and 8, and Discovering Repertoire, all with Merit. In 2022, Barbara was named in the New Year’s Honours list as a recipient of the British Empire Medal for services to dance.

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