1. What benefits your child will have from being taught by an RAD Registered Teacher: 

RAD Registered Teachers are renowned for their dedication and expertise. It could be valuable to tell parents and students that, as an RAD RTS, you are:

  • a registered dance teacher with a recognised professional body,

  • required to follow a strict code of professional conduct and keep your skills and knowledge up to date through a programme of Continuing Professional Development, 

  • trained to follow a carefully structured syllabus which is fun and safe, enabling students to progress in stages, and

  • eligible to enter students for exams.

2. About the Royal Academy of Dance:

The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) was founded in 1920 with a single purpose: to raise the standards of dance teaching in the UK.

100 years later, excellence in dance teaching is still at the heart of everything they do.

Today, the RAD is a world-leading dance, education and training organisation, with dance teachers and students in 85 countries, enriching the world’s arts and cultural communities.

From three year olds to 93-year olds the RAD believes in the transformative power of dance to enhance our health and happiness.

RAD vision
  • To be the voice of expertise, globally recognised as a leader in dance, education, and training.

  • To flourish - financially healthy and agile with a diversified income to support our ambitions.

  • To be all-welcoming, with a belief in the power of dance to transform lives, and the value of a diverse workforce and community.

  • To be in-step - working collaboratively to deliver our vision.

  • To be choreographed to deliver, with the right people and processes to realise our objectives.

RAD mission

To inspire the world to dance.

3. What makes the RAD special?

  • Established in 1920 by a group of eminent dance professionals representing the leading ballet styles of the period with the aim of improving the standards of dance teaching, initially in the UK. Ballet and the standard of how it is taught will always be at the heart of what we do.

  • From Bangkok to Brighton, Sydney to Swaziland, the RAD has enabled students around the world to learn to dance via an established method and very importantly, a trained teacher! Quite literally, we have been teaching the world to dance for 100 years.

4. Why can it be beneficial to do examinations?

  • Exams are an opportunity for students to perform in front of an examiner, and celebrate their progress.

  • They are a goal to work towards, alongside other dancing objectives.

  • They are a globally recognised qualification.

  • In the UK, some of our exams can be converted into UCAS points.

5. How will the RAD support my child’s progression as a dancer?

We know that the term ‘dancer’ can mean very different things to different people. Whether your child takes ballet once a week for fun (and all the many other benefits ballet classes can bring) or if they have their sights set on a career as a dancer, the RAD can offer a quality learning experience for all ages and abilities. From world-class teachers on your doorstep, a renowned ballet syllabus, local workshops and masterclasses, competitions and dance challenges, there is something for everyone.