The Bedells Bursary

Named in honour of Phyllis Bedells, a founder member and Vice-President of the RAD, this bursary is awarded to young dancers who have passed the RAD Advanced 1 exam, with Distinction.

This bursary, supported by the Mary Kipps Bequest, is awarded annually and has a value of up to £1,000.

The bursary takes place in front of an audience and a panel of judges, and consists of:

  • a non-syllabus class at Advanced 1 level
  • followed by the performance of one Classical Repertoire variation
  • and a performance of Dancer’s Own

Recognising the huge importance of nurturing and providing opportunities for creativity in young dancers, the Dancer’s Own solo, introduced in 2015, allows candidates to perform their own choreography between 1.00–1.30 minutes duration. A Choreographic Award is presented to the best of the Dancer’s Own choreography with a monetary prize of £250, this is thanks to a bequest from the estate of the late Dr Ivor Guest.

The bursary most recently took place on the weekend of 29 & 30 October 2022, with 22 candidates entering from around the world.

Details of the 2023 Bursary will be announced shortly.

31 Oct '22
Bedells Bursary / Dance Challenge / RAD news
31 Oct '22

Announcing the winners of The Bedells Bursary and nationwide Dance Challenge

Today we are thrilled to announce the winners of The Bedells Bursary and Dance Challenge, which took place for the first time in our new…
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30 Aug '22
Bedells Bursary / Bursaries
30 Aug '22

Judges announced for the Bedells Bursary 2022

We are very pleased to announce that this year's bursary judges will be Lynn Wallis OBE, and Anna Rose O'Sullivan. This year's bursary will take…
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14 Sep '22
Bedells Bursary / Dance Challenge
14 Sep '22

Leanne Cope to take the masterclasses for the RAD Dance Challenge and Bedells Bursary

We are pleased to announce that Leanne Cope will lead the masterclasses for the RAD Dance Challenge and Bedells Bursary candidates on Saturday 29 October.…
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Further Information

The Phyllis Bedells collection

Phyllis Bedells (1893-1985), was born in Bristol. She was the first British Ballerina to hold the position of ‘Prima Ballerina' at the Empire Theatre in…
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Music for the Phyllis Bedells Bursary

Official music for the Phyllis Bedells Bursary can be purchased from RAD Enterprises Ltd. Candidates choose one set variation, and one repertoire variation. Music for…
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10 mighty women who shaped the RAD

A brief look at just some of the hugely influential women from the history of the RAD. Dame Adeline Genée The famously enchanting Danish ballerina was…
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