Advanced 1 Bursary Class and Variations now open to an audience


Sunday 29th November, 2pm
Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School
57 Miles Street
Southbank  VIC  3006
Book here

See the results of the Semi-Finals

Joan Burnett Scholarship

photo 3The Joan Burnett Scholarship was recently held in Tasmania. Find a full list of winners here.

The Audrey Nicholls OAM FRAD Grade Awards

The 1H5A7236Audrey Nicholls OAM FRAD Grade Awards was recently held in Melbourne as the culmination of the Victorian AEC Examination session. Sunday 13 September saw over 300 enthusiastic students from Grade 1 to Grade 5 participate in the Awards. Students danced in front of adjudicators Audrey Nicholls and Olivia Bell, recently retired Principal Artist of The Australian Ballet as well as a packed house of teachers, family and friends. The VIC & TAS Panel would like to thank our sponsors BLOCH, Energetiks, Capezio and Sansha for their continued support of this event with over $5000 in prizes awarded on the day. Congratulations to Thomas Jones the Overall Winner (teacher Brian Nolan) and LilySophia Dashwood the Runner-up (teacher Jane Moore).

Find a full list of the awards here

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