North Queensland Bursary 2015

Nth%20Qld%20Bursary%20Finalists%202015%201The North Queensland Bursary was held on the weekend of 15/16 August in Cairns.  The Bursary was well supported by Teachers in the region with approx. 90 entrants overall. Read more

Genée Live

Genee 2015

For the first time in history, the Royal Academy of Dance will be streaming the Genée Final live from Sadler’s Wells theatre on Saturday 19th September from 7.30pm. (4.30am Sydney time, 2.30pm Perth)

The live stream will be presented by Deborah Bull CBE, former Principal Dancer of The Royal Ballet, Creative Director of the Royal Opera House, writer and TV presenter and now Director, Culture, at King’s College London.

Viewers will be able to access additional content only available to online viewers, including exclusive interviews and a glimpse behind the scenes as we take a look backstage during the intervals. You will also have the chance to cast your vote (via text message) for your favourite dancer to win the Margot Fonteyn Audience Choice Award, download a copy of the Genée souvenir programme and see your tweets appear on screen.

For more information

South Australian Awards

South Australia enjoyed a thrilling RAD Awards day on Sunday 19 July with Adjudicators Amber Scott, Principal Dancer with The Australian Ballet and Craig Lord-Sole, Ballet Master from West Australian Ballet. Read more

Festival Of Dance

Participants in the 2015 Festival of Dance once again delighted West Australian audiences showcasing over 550 solo and ensemble performances held over four days from 28-31 May, competing in four prestigious scholarship and various award categories. Read more

CD’s for Grades 6-8

After careful review and consideration of feedback received from teachers, and in order to align with the new syllabus up to Grade 5, we are offering teachers the option to hold their Grade 6, 7 and 8 examinations and presentation classes using a CD. This policy change will take place with immediate effect.

As with all examination levels, a pianist can still be used if the teachers and candidates prefer. We would encourage this option as we would suggest it is beneficial to candidates to experience dance with live music, but this is now at the discretion of the teacher.

Special Examination Session

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to qualify for Genée 2015

There are a number of students wishing to sit the Advanced 2 examination in order to qualify for the 2015 Genée.

The RAD has decided to offer a special examination session for those candidates, to be held:

Sydney Head Office
20 Farrell Ave Darlinghurst

Monday July 20
Examiner: Debra Whitten

  • Candidates will need to turn 15 years by July 1
  • Entries must be submitted by June 15

Pianist Recruitment

The Royal Academy of Dance is always looking to recruit piano accompanists to support its worldwide network of examinations, courses, classes and events.

Accompanying dance (including examinations) is an exciting opportunity to learn and play new music in a variety of styles, and to inspire others through your playing and love of music. It can be demanding physically and mentally, but also extremely rewarding.

If you would like to be an RAD pianist you will need to be a well presented professional. You should have a secure piano technique (a minimum of ABRSM Grade 8, or equivalent), an aptitude for accompanying, knowledge of a range of music and music styles and show sensitivity and rapport with other performers. Experience in playing for dance is an advantage but not essential.

This post is offered subject to an appropriate Enhanced DBS check from the Disclosure and Barring Service or equivalent.

To apply for this role please download the application pack, including the Pianist Application Guidelines, Pianist Person Specification and Pianist Job Description  here

Please send your application form to

Double Tour en l’Air

Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 7.41.28 pmBuilding on the success of 2013’s Progressions virtual launch, 2015 will see the online introduction of Double Tour en l’Air: the new Advanced 1 & 2 Male Syllabi – the first time the syllabus has ever been filmed at this level.

Watch the launch at a free event in either Sydney or Melbourne and, if you’re an RAD registered teacher, claim two hours of independent CPD.

The launch in Sydney will be followed by a talk from Hilary Kaplan on the new Advanced Male work, and in Melbourne by a CPD information session.

Friday May 22, 2015


• 10.00am – Arrival and refreshments
• 10.30am – Launch screening
• 11.30am–1.00pm- Talk by Hilary Kaplan or CPD information session

Book tickets and find out more information on the Sydney session here and the Melbourne session here.

Advanced 1/2 male teaching resources can now be order using the: Advanced One & Two Male teaching resources order form

RAD Australia’s 80th Anniversary celebrations commence

1H5A3682Melbourne launched the RAD Australian 80th Anniversary celebrations with a Gala performance on Sunday 29 March at The National Theatre in St. Kilda. This was a community focused event which brought together the Victorian and Tasmanian dance communities; nearly 250 students from 31 schools performing to a capacity filled theatre.  Read more here

Jacqueline Morland Awards 2015

The Jacqueline Morland Awards 2015 were held on the March 21 – 22, 2015.  The judges for the weekend were Lucinda Dunn OAM, Damien Welch and Jacqui Dumont.

All judges commented on the high level of technique from all the students who attended the Awards.  With Over 190 entries performing in the Semi Finals on the Saturday  and and a total of 36 Finalists performing on Sunday .  Find out all result here

Paul Boyd Choreographed a contemporary piece for the Senior students to learn on the Saturday morning of the Semi Finals and then perform in front of the judges in the Senior category.  The judges were impressed with the students ability to learn and perform the variation all on the same day.

The Dance Groups that performed were:

“Studies in Blue”
A Classical Group choreographed by Anna Veretennikova
Studies in Blue Dance Item

“All that Jazz”
A Musical Theatre Group choreographed by Matthew Browning
All that Jazz Dance Item