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.


Photos by WinkiPoP Media
Photos: WinkiPop Media


Kathleen Gorham Memorial awards

Audrey Nichols AwardOn Sunday 9 November the 30th Kathleen Gorham Memorial Awards were held in Melbourne. 98 talented dancers were all very excited to be dancing in The Primrose Potter Australian Ballet Centre with each section wonderfully supported by large audiences. There was certainly a buzz of excitement around the building on the day with everyone enjoying the new format with finalists of all levels performing in the afternoon.

There was a very distinguished Panel of Judges this year comprising of Audrey Nicholls OAM FRAD, Hilary Kaplan, RAD Examiner and Tutor, Christine Howard, The Australian Ballet School, Diana Hammond and Martin Rubinstein OAM FRAD who had recently celebrated his 90th birthday.

The VIC TAS Regional Panel was delighted to have the event solely sponsored this year by BLOCH. The studios and facilities were graciously donated for the day by The Australian Ballet School.

The grand total of prizes for the Awards was $9,970 with the main prize kindly donated by Garry Trinder of the New Zealand School of Dance. The Overall Winner receives two weeks tuition in New Zealand and $1,000 cash donated by the VIC TAS Panel. This was awarded to Emily Bray ADV 1 (teacher Jane Moore).

The Martin Rubinstein Award was also awarded to Emily Bray, pictured above with Martin Rubinstein (teacher Jane Moore). The Paul Hammond Award was awarded to Charles Herkes (teachers Janne Blanch and Jillanne Reynolds).

The Senior Section of the Audrey Nicholls Grade Awards was incorporated into the Awards this year and the winner was Jessica Peterson – (teacher Jane Moore).

Advanced 1 Bursary Finalists announced

bg white 2The finalists for the Advanced 1 Bursary have now been announced.

Lania Atkins – NSW;
Emily Bray – Victoria:
Bianca Scudamore – Queensland;
Naomi Sano – NSW;
Georgia Gear – WA;
Beatrice Jackson – SA.

The finals will be held with Solo Seal on
Sunday November 30
Studio Theatre at Bangarra
15 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

Bursary 1.30pm
Solo Seal 3pm

Adults (includes both events) – $30.  Group of 10+ tickets – $25

*Group booking of 10 students includes one free teacher’s ticket. Please email Kerrie once you have purchased your 10 tickets.

Book here

Joan Burnett OAM Scholarship

JB winner with Kevin Jackson and teacherIt was with great anticipation in Tasmania that Hobart hosted the 10th Anniversary Joan Burnett OAM Scholarship on Sunday 2 November.

45 RAD Vocational students from all parts of the State performed in front of the special guest adjudicator Kevin Jackson, Principal The Australian Ballet.

Parents, teachers and friends are appreciative of this event as it is a special day on their dance calendar each year. They certainly supported the students enthusiastically on the day. The VIC TAS Panel were generously supported by Energetiks as the sole sponsor of the prizes and to Cindy Johnstone for donating the studios on the day.

Bronwyn Watkins National Director and Brian Nolan VIC TAS Panel Chair were also in attendance to support the event.

The Overall Winner was Medhanit Barratt (teacher Allison Gibson-Snare) who will attend the VIC TAS Panel’s Autumn School in Melbourne in April 2015.

The prizes for this event totalled $2,000.

Photo: Yvonne Pinto

Audrey Nicholls Awards Grade Award Winner

1H5A3664Following the Victorian Graded Examination Session the VIC TAS Regional Panel sponsored the Victorian RAD Grade Awards on Sunday 14 September at The University of Melbourne Performing Arts Studios. This is a highly anticipated event each year with 256 students from Grade 2 to Grade 6 performing a selection of the work they had prepared for their examination. The Panel were delighted to introduce Audrey Nicholls OAM FRAD and Amber Scott, Principal The Australian Ballet as the adjudicators for the day.

The audience of parents, friends and teachers for each group enthusiastically supported the students’ efforts.
The overall winner Mackenzie Thompson (teacher Emma Madden) is pictured with Audrey Nicholls OAM FRAD. The runner-up was Ellie Wang (teacher Christa Cameron).
The Panel were very appreciative of the additional sponsorship for the event from Energetiks, Bloch, Capezio and Sansha.
The prizes for this event totalled $5390.

Photo: Jon Clifton



Advanced 1 Bursary Finals and Solo Seal ticket now available

bg white 2Sunday November 30
Studio Theatre at Bangarra
15 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

Bursary 1.30pm
Solo Seal 3pm

Adults (includes both events) – $30
Group of 10+ tickets – $25

*Group booking of 10 students includes one free teacher’s ticket. Please email Kerrie once you have purchased your 10 tickets.

Book here

2014 Retired Examiners Lunch

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Photo Credit – Andre Cois

On Friday 5th September, the Royal Academy of Dance held the Retired examiner’s Luncheon at Customs House Brisbane. Retired examiners throughout Australia gathered together to celebrate the recent retirement of Valerie Bayley-Logan and Prudence Bowen from examining. Both were presented plaques from London for this special occasion.

Genée 2014 medallists announced

Genee 2014

8 awards were given at this year’s Genée International Ballet Competition.

Read more including all the winners.