With over 14,000 members’ spread across 86 countries, The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is one of the largest and most influential dance education and training organisations in the world.
The Academy’s patron is HM Queen Elizabeth II. RAD Membership supports the advancement of dance and includes professional dancers, students, teachers, benefactors and friends.
Established in 1920, to improve standards and re-invigorate dance training initially within the UK, the Academy helps and encourages its teachers to perfect their teaching skills and pass on this knowledge to their students.
There are currently over 1,000 students in full-time or part-time teacher training programmes with the Academy and each year, the examination syllabus is taught to more than a quarter of a million students worldwide.
The Academy maintains close links with all those involved in the industry, at every level. From the internationally recognised ‘Faculty of Education’ degree programmes to those younger students participating in our summer schools. At whatever age or stage, anyone with an appreciation of classical ballet and jazz is able to participate in the work of the Academy.
Recent initiatives have sought to widen access to dance for all and include Silver Swans, a ballet programme for over 55 year olds and Project B a male dance initiative to encourage and provide more opportunities for boys wishing to explore a passion for dance.
In 2020 the RAD celebrates 100 years as a world leader in dance education. The centenary will be marked by a series of special events globally from conferences, gala performances to pop up public events. Head to the RAD website for more information.