Global leader in dance education and Continuing Professional Development for dance teachers.
The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is one of the world’s largest and most influential dance education and training organisations. Our examinations set standards for classical ballet worldwide and we are a global leader in dance education and continuing professional development for dance.
Founded in 1920 to set standards for dance teaching, initially within the UK, today the RAD has a presence in 85 countries and counts more than 1,000 students on our teacher training programs with the examination syllabus taught to more than a quarter of a million students worldwide.
We support our membership through the knowledge, and expertise of our highly qualified staff and through conferences, workshops, training courses and summer schools.
The RAD’s portfolio of internationally recognised examinations and assessments are designed to encourage, motivate and reward students of all ages and abilities. Graded examinations include ballet and character and elements of freer and progressive styles. Vocational Graded examinations build on the Graded syllabus focusing on performance of ballet to an advanced standard and are intended for students who wish to pursue a dance-related career. Students are offered performance opportunities by attending vacation schools, master classes, scholarships, bursaries and performance galas.
RAD qualifications are endorsed in Australia by State awarding bodies for credits towards the Certificate of Education.
The Academy’s Faculty of Education is dedicated to meeting the needs of our current and future dance teachers by providing dance teacher education programs and qualifications either university validated or RAD professional awards. Registered teachers abide by the RAD Code of Conduct and Code of Professional Practice and are supported by continuing professional development courses.
The RAD’s patron is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and is a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity both in the UK and here in Australia.
The Teresa Johnson Ballet School, established in the eastern suburbs of Sydney in 2000, aims to pass on the love of dance to young children and inspire them to express themselves through the wonderful art form of ballet, as well as the dance styles of jazz and contemporary.