Royal Academy of Dance


Come with us to RAD Members' Day 2024

What a brilliant day! This year’s Members’ Day was a super event bringing together our community of RAD members and teachers from around the world. Members were able to attend a masterclass with Strictly’s Karen Hauer, workshops on safer dance practices, VR workshops, a Silver Swans seated class and much, much more. #royalacademyofdance #membersday #membersgetmore […]

Life changing moments | Why Dance Matters

Life changing moments with Why Dance Matters! We’ve made over 50 episodes of Why Dance Matters, and the conversations often hinge on life-changing moments. This special episode gathers some compelling chats about change. Some are personal choices which prove momentous: the unlikely decision to pursue ballet, or to host a ballet class in your front […]

An interview with Olivia Lume | Why Dance Matters

With members in over 80 countries around the world, and Royal Academy of Dance’s relationship with its members depends on its National Directors. They include Olivia Lume, who last year celebrated her 40th year with the RAD. As National Director for the Academy in Africa, she has lived through historic changes, and has seen the […]

An interview with Rebecca Yates | Why Dance Matters

The Silver Swans programme is one of the Royal Academy of Dance’s most life-enhancing initiatives. Silver Swans are people of 55 and over taking a specially-designed programme of RAD ballet classes: some are experiencing dance classes for the very first time, and describe how Silver Swans fosters physical and emotional wellbeing. Rebecca Yates, an RAD […]

An interview with Patrick Makuakāne | Why Dance Matters

Patrick Makuakane is a dance maker, teacher and hula master and recently received a fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation. The fellowships are given to preeminent artists and thinkers and are popularly known as the ‘genius’ awards. Patrick is a passionate and thoughtful advocate for hula, a form of dance inextricably linked with Hawaii’s history and […]

Step Battle 2024 | Step Into Dance

This year, Step into Dance’s sold-out Battle event celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Hip-Hop, along with Breaking becoming a sport at the 2024 Paris Olympics. Battle showcased Hip-Hop dance in all its forms and included an introductory workshop, an energetic lunchtime activity (‘7-2 smoke’), a performance by our Youth Dance Company, SYNC, and the highly […]