The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is an international teacher education and awarding body for dance. It was established in 1920 as the Association of Operatic Dancing of Great Britain, granted a Royal Charter in 1936 and renamed the Royal Academy of Dancing. In 1999 it became the Royal Academy of Dance.


To lead the world of dance education


To  promote knowledge,  understanding  and practice of dance internationally


  • To elevate and advance the art of dance by promoting the correct tuition of dance in its highest forms
  • To advance education in the art of dance
  • To acknowledge and reward achievement by setting and conducting examinations in dance
  • To provide a dance syllabus that is artistically and developmentally appropriate and fundamentally appealing to young children. Physical fitness and core dance skills as well as each child's creative voice are developed through activities that encourage critical thinking, self-confidence and social-emotional skills.

The Royal Academy of Dance aims to provide a syllabus that promotes feeling before form that is taught through a child-centred developmentally based approach.

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