Facilities

Our superb facilities and resources which make us a centre of excellence for the study of dance.

Studios and Performance Space

Students studying at the RAD benefit from seven fully-equipped dance studios, named after key figures in its history. The Fonteyn Centre offers two professional sized studios (Ashton and de Valois), whilst the Genée studio transforms into a studio theatre for student and community dance performances.

Information Learning Technology Suite and Computer Suite (ILTS)

The Information Learning Technology Suite is used to support student study and, in particular, to develop ICT skills in dance education and teaching. ILTS contains a wide range of hardware and software including Benesh Editor, Labanwriter and Lifeforms.

Audio-Visual Resources

To enhance the development of teaching and self-evaluation skills, on-site students have access to digital video cameras and playback facilities to film and assess teaching. These may be used on-site and, with prior arrangement, taken into schools/colleges to record work with different groups of students. Lecture rooms are equipped with computers and screens. The video collection housed in the Philip Richardson Library enables students to use a range of professional dance works for resource-based teaching.

Library

The Philip Richardson Library attracts dance scholars and researchers worldwide. The book collection comprises more than 5,000 titles covering all aspects of ballet and other dance genres, anthropology, biography, education, history, notation, physiology and psychology. The library is also home to a unique collection of over 550 Benesh Movement Notation scores, a large collection of DVDs and CDs and extensive runs of more than 30 international dance journals. The library Archives and Special Collections comprises an enviable range of rare photographs and artefacts including programmes, letters and costume designs.

Find out more about the library.

Cafeteria

We have a multi-functional and relaxing cafeteria with:

  • dining and lounge areas
  • microwave ovens for student use
  • fair-trade coffee, tea and hot chocolate
  • vending machines for drinks and snacks, and
  • recycling facilities.