The Royal Academy of Dance is an organisation dedicated to advancing standards of dance education and training. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn to dance.
With a global headquarters in Battersea, London, the Academy has a presence in 83 countries and over 12,000 members worldwide. Established in 1920, the Academy was granted a Royal Charter in 1935. It is governed by a Board of Trustees and has an annual turnover of £20 million. We are a registered charity, a higher education establishment and an awarding body.
The RAD’s patron is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, our Vice Patron is HRH The Duchess of Cornwall and our President is Dame Darcey Bussell, DBE.
Our higher education programmes are regulated and a recent Ofsted inspection found the RAD to be an ‘outstanding’ provider of initial teacher education. The RAD’s examinations are recognised by Ofqual and contribute to UCAS points.
There are currently over 1,000 students in full-time or part-time dance teacher training programmes and each year the RAD’s renowned classical ballet examination syllabus is taught to thousands of young people worldwide, with around a quarter of a million pupils per year going on to take our exams.
Having reached its centenary in 2020, the Academy’s activities now extend from world class summer schools and events – such as the internationally renowned Fonteyn International Ballet Competition – to the highly regarded community engagement programme Step into Dance, in partnership with The Jack Petchey Foundation which reaches around 5,000 secondary school students in almost 200 secondary schools across London and Essex.
On May 1st 2022, a new Chief Executive will succeed the current CEO and the opportunities presented by the move – to a brand new purpose-built Global Headquarters – in addition to the challenges of the Academy’s recovery from the pandemic, make this a particularly exciting time to be involved in the Academy’s work.
Further background information about The Royal Academy of Dance can be found on the website at https://www.royalacademyofdance.org/