Changes to the Master of Teaching (Dance)

BursaryFrom October 2015 the Master of Teaching (Dance) programme will be called the Master of Arts in Education (Dance Teaching).  It is hoped that this change of title will attract a wider range of students from across the world.  The programme has recently undergone a successful periodic review, resulting in a revised programme structure and content which addresses current theoretical and practical issues in dance teaching.

New Format for Australian Advanced 1 Bursary

Website Images 004Recognising the huge importance of nurturing and providing opportunities for creativity in young dancers, the format for the Australian Advanced 1 Bursary will change in 2015.

The set variations will no longer be performed instead the candidates will perform a Classical Variation from the listed repertoire, as well as a Dancers’ Own Variation.  This allows candidates to perform their own variation, or one designed by their teacher or a peer.  This continues the thread begun with the ‘Dancer’s Own’ element, introduced to the Genée in 2012, and echoes its format with a performance of 1.00–1.30 minutes’ duration.  Click here for more information and conditions.

2014 Annual Awards

The 2014 annual Awards day to celebrate the achievement of graduates from an RAD programme of study saw 128 students travel from 25 countries throughout the world (Australia, Brazil, Malaysia & Singapore to name a few) to share in this very special celebration.

The graduates from Australia were:

University-validated Awards

Diploma of Higher Education: Dance Education
Jacqueline Cullen

Certificate of Higher Education: Dance Education
Vanessa Jane Hince

RAD Awards
Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma
Olivia Rose Jenkins
Jamie Felice Knop

Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance
Philippa Louise Presho Morgan

Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies
Nicole Louise Archdall                      Caitlin Schultz
Rachel Lauren Barker                       Leanne Cherie Smithers
Aimee Lorraine Belgre                      Moira Strating-Moen
Wilhelmina Anna Brown                 Adina Lara Philippa Toumi-Cussinet
Daisy Jacinta Commerford             Rachel Evelyn Ward
Theresa Clare Conrick                      Megan Anne Wood-Hill
Melinda Jane Cooper
Ashleigh May Davie
Joanna Alyce Drake
Sarah Elliot
Danielle Yvonne Faldt
Louise Rachael Groom
Natalie Kuti
Gemma Alise Laing
Victoria Marie Laird
Michelle Ann Machen
Nicole Maxine Marano
Roslyn Sarah Martin
Sarah Nicole McCoy
Stephanie Margaret Mehrtens
Alana Shay Mendoza
Ashley Marie Molloy
Jacinta Danielle Murphy
Kirstie Ojala
Hayley May Parker
Georgia Scannell

QUT Access Route

On 9 June 2014, 10 Queensland University of Technology (QUT) students embarked on the new RAD Access Route in collaboration with QUT, under the tutelage of Faculty of Education tutor Julie Fleming.  This two-year Access Route commenced with a 10-day intensive study period where students cover the RAD syllabi, from Pre-Primary to Intermediate.   This month students are continuing their studies as they embark upon a ballet and teaching module, incorporating both distance learning study and a second intensive Study Period.

Dance 15

DANCE 15 – Open dance summer program in South Australia

DSCF1984 - Whole school160 RAD and non RAD students  from across South Australia took part in classes across five genres at DANCE 15 last month. Read more

WA Dance Teacher’s Course

Dance Teachers Course - 30 JanOn 29 & 30 January WA teachers gathered for a 2 day professional development course held at the WA Ballet Centre. Read more

Three Days of Dance – Victoria

Marie ballTeachers from Melbourne, Bendigo, Albury and Perth started the year on an inspiring note with Marie Walton-Mahon while attending ‘Three Days of Dance’. Read more


New in Exams in 2015

NumbersThere have been some changes made to the examination process for 2015.  Some of these changes include:

  • All exam levels  can now be examined in either the AEC session (in your own studio provided it meets the requirements)  or the RAV session.
  • All candidates  now numbered, colour badges only to be used in addition to the numbers.
  • Females in Vocational Grades have the option of wearing a tutu for Variation 1 and a short skirt for Variation 2.

Take a look at all the changes here.

Seasons Greetings

20080821 Royal Academy of  Dance_SemiFinalsThe Royal Academy of Dance wishes you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  We look forward to your continued support in 2015.

Our office will be closed from midday Friday December 19 and will reopen at 9.00am on Tuesday January 6th.

Australian Advance 1 Bursary Winner announced

Photos by WinkiPoP MediaOn Sunday November 30 the finals of the Australian Advanced 1 Bursary were held in Sydney at Studio Theatre Bangarra. The Bursary provides $7000 for further training to a dancer of exceptional promise at Advance 1 level. To enter, candidates must have gained a distinction in their Advanced 1 exam, and be under the age of 17.

Five finalists from around Australia were excited to perform for esteemed judges Lana Jones and Ty King-Wall, both Principal dancers with The Australian Ballet, Lana also being the 1997 recipient of the Bursary.

The five finalists were Lania Atkins from NSW; Emily Bray from VIC; Bianca Scudamore from Queensland; Naomi Sano from NSW & Beatrice Jackson from South Australia.

All finalists perform beautifully but congratulations go to Bianca Scudamore (teacher Janine McGrath-White) who took out the Bursary.


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