Laura Radford

First Year Student – BA (Hons) Ballet Education

I chose to study at the RAD because I felt very welcomed during the open and audition days and knew that I would be supported throughout my studies. I also knew that this was the only place that would provide an outstanding future for myself as a teacher. You are taught by some of the best teachers in ballet education who will push you to your maximum capability and inspire you to be the best dancer and teacher that you can be.

Before studying at the RAD, as a dancer, I was very ballet-orientated. Since beginning the programme, I have learned to move in a different way through the contemporary technique lessons. This has probably been my biggest challenge so far, but I have learnt that it is good to be pushed outside your comfort zone because it gives you so much more confidence and adaptability as a dancer. Overall, during my time here, I feel that I have become much more open-minded to different dance styles and have widened my knowledge of both dance histories and dance science – all of which will benefit me to a greater extent when I am teaching.