Episode 3: Gerard Charles
Broadcast date: 14 October 2021
Gerard Charles arrived at the Royal Academy of Dance as its new Artistic Director in 2018, having been in leadership positions at some of America’s liveliest ballet companies. As the RAD prepares to move to a new purpose-built headquarters in London’s Battersea, we ask Gerard how a new home will help it grow, and reach into the community. As a seasoned director, how did he reconfigure the RAD’s flagship event, The Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition, as an online experience? And in these uncertain times, we ask how he sees the future of dance and dance teaching.
Born in Folkestone, England, Gerard trained at the Royal Ballet School, then spent most of his professional career in America. He danced at Ballet International, Milwaukee Ballet and BalletMet in roles ranging from corps de ballet to Principal. He then served as Education Director for Ballet Met Columbus; Ballet Master for BalletMet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens; Artistic Director BalletMet and most recently Director of Artistic Operations at Joffrey Ballet. Gerard has choreographed and staged works internationally and received an NEA Choreographic Fellowship. He was appointed as Artistic Director of the RAD in 2018.
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