North Queensland Bursary 2014

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The North Queensland Bursary was held on Sunday 17 August 2014 at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Mackay.  Students from Intermediate Foundation to Solo Seal levels travelled from Townsville, Rockhampton, Atherton, Proserpine and Mackay to take part in the Bursary.  Guest Judge Mary Li ( Former Principal Dancer of Houston Ballet and Queensland Ballet Company Ballet Mistress) and Nicole Galea (Class teacher) put the students through an Open Class and their examination Variations on stage in front of an audience of family, friends and teachers. Over 80 students entered for the Bursary which has not run since 2010.  Sponsors of the event included Bloch, Energetiks, Dancewear Mackay, Perfect Pointe Dance Boutique,Laser Plumbing Mackay, Quest Apartments Mackay, Razor Cut Concreting and Drilling Pty Ltd, Lynette Denny AM. Read more including all the winners.

Festival of Dance 2014

Linley Wilson Scholarship Recipent - Valentina MarkovinovicThis year’s Festival of Dance culminated in a Gala Performance on 1 June thrilling audiences with a spectacular presentation showcasing the very best of WA’s talented young dancers. Over 4 days, 340 participants competed for three prestigious scholarships and awards across various categories adjudicated by Rachel Rawlins, former Principal Dancer with The Australian Ballet, Justin Rutzou, ex-Sydney Dance and Queensland Ballet company dancer and Lecturer at WAAPA and Alessandra D’Arbe, dancer with the West Australian Ballet.

Audiences at the Gala were also treated to guest performances by, WAAPA dance students, Liam Green, West Australian Ballet Junior Artist and Ochre Contemporary Dance Company.  Read more including all the winners.

Behind-the-scenes at the Examiners’ Seminar

Examiners video
Following the Examiners’ Seminar, attended by the entire worldwide Panel of Examiners earlier this year in London, RAD Headquarters produced a video to celebrate this momentous occasion and to demonstrate the quality and value of the work the Examiners undertake on behalf of the RAD and our teachers and students.


New CPD Courses now available SMALL.Sue BarnesDue to popular demand, we are excited to announce 2 new CPD courses for the 2nd half of the year in Sydney.
Grades 1-3: 22-24 September
Intermediate Foundation/Intermediate: 25-27 September

These will be the last Introductory courses of these levels that we will be running for a while, as we have many new & exciting CPD courses coming out, as well as more Grades 4-5 and Advanced Levels.

Watch this space for announcements in the up-coming weeks for CPD courses for 2015!

CPD Course News

BABE5 photo small Sue BarnesThe New Advanced Foundation, 1 and 2 CPD courses originally scheduled for Townsville in September/October have been moved to Brisbane

Due to popular demand, an additional Introduction to Grades 4-5 course will be running in Melbourne from 9-11 July 2014

If you are interested in attending any of these courses, please send in your application form and payment to Linda Badger.

Application forms and course information can be found here.

Jacqueline Morland Awards 2014

On the weekend 29/30 March 2014 the South Queensland Regional Advisory Panel held the Jacqueline Morland Awards at the Edmund Rice Performing Arts Centre South Brisbane.

The Semi finals were held on Saturday 29 March with record numbers applying. 196 Entrants in all, performed over 4 levels for the Judges to select 8 finalists in each category.  The judges on the day were Elise May from Expressions Dance Company and Andrea Parkyn (ex Australian Ballet Company)  the Judges were suitably impressed with the level of the entrants which made choosing most difficult.

The finals were then performed on Sunday 30 March with an added judge Steven Heathcote.  The panel had arranged 2 group performances from students from different RAD schools in South East Qld and Northern NSW to perform a Jazz Group ( choreography by Kylie Gouldner ) and Contemporary Group ( choreography by Louise Deleur ) and then a guest duet performance from Expressions Dance Company. Read more including all the winners.

Isobel Anderson Awards

Isabel Anderson updated halfThe Isobel Anderson Awards 2014 came to a spectacular close celebrating the 100th birthday of its namesake, Isobel Anderson FRAD at NIDA’s Parade Theatre on 23 March 2014.  40 finalists performed before a judging panel that included David McAllister AM, Artistic Director, The Australian Ballet, Audrey Nicholls OAM FRAD and Mark Brinkley OAM. Further awards were given by Joan Halliday OAM FRAD and Martin Rubinstein OAM FRAD. A special tribute performance in honour of Isobel Anderson was given by 70 young dancers. Read more including all the winners.



23 March 2014 at 3pm
Parade Theatre, NIDA
215 Anzac Parade, Kensington
Book now via Ticketek

Classes & Semi Finals
20-21 March 2014
Connect Studios
Cnr Church & Darcy Street, Parramatta (timings to be advised).
Tickets on sale at venue.

Halliday Awards
19 March 2014
Connect Studios
Cnr Church & Darcy Street, Parramatta (timings to be advised).
Tickets on sale at venue.

Further information contact:
Karen Monaghan
Regional Manager - NSW

Tel: 61 2 93801910
Fax: 61 2 9360 6677


Tickets for the Jacqueline Morland Awards are available for sale at:

1.30pm 30 March 2014
Edmund Rice Performing Arts Centre, South Brisbane.

29 March 2014 – timings to be advised
Edmund Rice Performing Arts Centre, South Brisbane.

Further information contact:
Merryl Leo
Assistant Regional Manager Qld

Ph/Fax: 07 3285 4180


Tickets for the Isobel Anderson Awards Finals are now on sale click here to book

Recognised as one of ballet’s prestigious competitions for young dancers in New South Wales and the flagship event for the Royal Academy of Dance New South Wales Regional panel, the Isobel Anderson Awards is set to be a special event in 2014. This year the competition will celebrate the 100th birthday year of its namesake Isobel Anderson FRAD and Panel Patron.

FINALS  – Sunday 23 March Venue: The Parade Theatre, National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) Kensington at 3pm. Tickets are available via Ticketek please click here to book. Don’t forget to save the date as the IAA Finals at NIDA will be a special occasion.

CLASSES & SEMI FINALS – 20-21 March – Venue: Connect Studios, Cnr Church & Darcy Street, Parramatta (timings to be advised). Tickets on sale at venue.

HALLIDAY AWARDS – 19 March – Venue: Connect Studios as above. Tickets on sale at venue.

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact:

Karen Monaghan
Regional Manager - NSW 

Tel: 61 2 93801910 
Fax: 61 2 9360 6677

Progressions: the launch of the new Advanced Foundation, 1 & 2 syllabi

Wherever you are in the world, join us for the first ever virtual launch of new RAD syllabi on 10 September and watch demonstrations of the new advanced work, listen to interviews with the creative panel and more. 

Progressions: the launch of the new Advanced Foundation (Male & Female), Advanced 1 (Female) and Advanced 2 (Female) syllabi will take place completely online. Local times for each state are in the table below.

5:00 pm6:30 pm7:00 pm
7:00 pm8:30 pm9:00 pm
10:00 pm11:30 pmMidnight
1:00 am (Wednesday)2:30 am (Wednesday)3:00 am (Wednesday)

Both members and non-members are welcome to view the launch. Registered teachers can include it as one of their independent CPD activities. CPD courses are available from October – booking now open. Have a look at the teaser clip and download the form to pre-order your resources.

Register now for the launch.

About the new syllabi
The new RAD Advanced Foundation (male & female), Advanced 1 (female) and Advanced 2 (female) syllabi challenge students to meet the highest technical and artistic demands of current ballet training and performance. Each of the new syllabi provides opportunities for enjoyment, self-expression and achievement through dance, while building on the foundation of previous grades.

In following a course of study based on the syllabus, candidates prepare for an internationally recognised portfolio of examinations which is seen as an industry benchmark for students working towards a professional career in dance.

The RAD works to remain at the forefront of dance training, and the examination syllabus needs to reflect this. The new syllabi have been developed with an emphasis on choreography, music and performance underpinned by technical development at an advanced level.