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March 30

The state of Wisconsin has issued an order for all non-essential workers to stay at home in order to try to contain the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. Therefore, the US office of the Royal Academy of Dance is currently closed.

Staff will be working from home and will endeavor to respond to emails promptly. We will be checking phone messages daily and postal mail once a week. Please feel free to call and leave a message if you to have any questions or need assistance and we will return your call as soon as possible.

March 18

Due to the escalation of Covid-19 around the world, the RAD has taken a number of actions in order to best protect its staff, students, teachers, parents and examiners. It is with a heavy heart that we have had to postpone or suspend activities, but protecting our wider community is our primary concern:

  • RAD has suspended all examiner travel from Tuesday, March 17, which means that worldwide exams will also be suspended from this week until April 30, 2020. We will postpone and re-organize all exams where possible. We are also looking at other digital solutions. Everyone immediately affected is being contacted via email.
  • The RAD is currently looking at ways in which we can provide support to those in our community who need to self-isolate.
  • At this time, the US National Office remains staffed. However, this is under review pending the issue of mandates by the local government.

The following resources are available for additional information on COVID-19: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

We are monitoring the situation day-by-day as it evolves and will continue to share updates in these unprecedented times.

Dance Challenge 2020 Winners Announced

The RAD USA Dance Challenge 2020 was held January 18 & 19 at California State University, Long Beach. This year, 125 students participated in the multi-level competition. A complete list of the winners can be found here.

New Membership Year

The 2019/2020 membership year began on September 1. RAD members enjoy exclusive discounts and benefits, plus receive a subscription to the international publication Dance Gazette. Join today.

RAD USA Dance Challenge 2020

The Dance Challenge 2020 will be held January 18 & 19 at California State University, Long Beach. The multi-level competition is open to RAD students up to the age of 19 in Grades 4 – Advanced 2.

RAD USA Featured Member: August Tye

August Tye is a RAD Registered Teacher and graduate of the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies program. She is the founder and director of Hyde Park School of Dance in Chicago, Illinois, a not-for-profit dance school providing opportunities for students of all ages to study, perform, and create classical and contemporary dance at the highest levels of discipline and artistry.

“The benefits of getting certified through the RAD have been many...Getting certified shows my students and their parents that I have formally educated myself in the art of teaching dance and will continue to learn and grow through the RAD CPD program.”

Read more about August and her experience on the CBTS program here.

Summer Membership Special

Apply for the 2019/2020 membership year and start your membership early! Pay the annual 12-month membership fee and receive up to 15 months of membership. The special is valid from June 1, 2019 to August 31, 2019. The membership term begins immediately and expires August 31, 2020. Join today

RAD Expands Partnership with Dance Teacher Web Conference and Expo

The RAD is pleased to announce an expanded partnership with Dance Teacher Web after successful collaborations in 2017 and 2018.

Two RAD tutors will deliver the ‘RAD Ballet Track’ – a selection of RAD workshops ranging from syllabus-inspired choreography to musicality – throughout the four-day event, which takes place at Planet Hollywood on the famous Las Vegas Strip from Monday, July 29 to Thursday, August 1, 2019.

By attending the conference, RAD members can claim 10 hours of time-valued CPD, and a further 10 hours of independent CPD – enough to fully complete the RAD Registered Teacher CPD requirement for 2019.
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Genée International Ballet Competition 2019

This year, the RAD’s flagship competition returns to Canada. Since its inception in 1931, the Genée International Ballet Competition has become a truly global event, providing candidates with a unique opportunity to train with esteemed teachers and choreographers. Across ten days in August 2019, Toronto will play host to remarkable performances from some of the finest young dancers in the world today.

Be in the audience for a competition like no other. Members save 10% on tickets to the final.

Give the gift of Membership

Consider giving a gift membership to the dancer or dance lover in your life. RAD members enjoy exclusive discounts and benefits and receive a subscription to the international publication Dance Gazette.

RAD USA 2019 Courses and Workshops

The 2019 US Calendar of Courses is now available. The complete schedule of CPD activities offered in the US can be found here.

The RAD and General Data Protection Policies

The RAD enforces a 5-step promise for the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). The new GDPR regulations on personal data offer a raft of new protections for your personal information being held by organizations. At the RAD, we've been busy making sure that everything is in place to comply with the new standards to safeguard your data. And, our 5-step GDPR Promise gives you an at a glance overview of our approach to looking after your information.

Our new Privacy Notice and Data Protection Policy are also now available with comprehensive details on how we use your data and who to contact when you have a question or a concern.

Yvonne Cusack Scholarship Fund

RAD USA is pleased to announce the establishment of the Yvonne Cusack Scholarship Fund. This fund is made possible by a generous legacy donation made to RAD USA by the Yvonne Cusack Evans and Douglas Evans Trust. Yvonne was an RAD teacher for over 40 years and for a short time, an Examiner. Always a loyal supporter of the Academy, she mentored many teachers in the Southern California area who went on to become Registered Teachers. The scholarship fund will be used to support USA students on the RAD’s teaching certification programs.