The Royal Academy of Dance has been awarded the 2017 Award for Excellence in International Dance by The International Institute of Dance and Theatre, which it will receive on World Theatre Day. The Academy has been chosen for this prestigious award in recognition of its standing as one of the world’s most influential dance education organisations. The RAD joins Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, Jasmin Vardimon and Akram Khan, who have received this award in previous years.
The RAD is one of the largest dance education and training organisations in the world, with 14,000 members in 83 countries. There are over 8,000 RAD Registered Teachers located around the world, many qualified in a range of dance styles. Further to that, 239, 310 dance students took RAD exams in 70 regions worldwide in 2016 alone.
The RAD is also a global leader in dance teacher education, offering nine programmes, which can be studied on site at the RAD, or by distance learning. Our distinguished Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies Programme is also offered in seven different languages. Over 4,500 dance teachers have graduated from our Faculty of Education through our flexible educational programmes and awards. The RAD is committed to lifelong learning and our continuing professional development scheme is designed to meet the needs of our teachers worldwide with structured, innovative and progressive opportunities.
This award also acknowledges the RAD’s commitment to nurturing the next generation of dance talent, through the Genée International Ballet Competition. The Genée is one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world, which attracts the finest RAD-trained dancers from around the globe and from diverse backgrounds. The 2016 competition in Sydney saw 86 candidates from 12 countries train and compete with the guidance of esteemed coaches, choreographers, and judges from some of the most prominent ballet companies in the world. The competition is held in a different location each year, and 2017 sees the competition take place in Lisbon, Portugal for the first time.
The RAD will be presented with the award on 27th March at the World Theatre Day celebrations at the Dorchester hotel. Also accepting an award is recipient of the RAD’s 2016 QEII Award Sir Matthew Bourne CBE, who will be presented with the Trailblazer in Dance and Theatre Award.
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