The Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) is one of the world's most influential dance education and training organisations. We promote knowledge, understanding and practice of dance internationally. We seek to accomplish this through promoting dance, educating and training students, and providing examinations to set standards and reward achievement.

    We aim to be recognised internationally for the highest standards of teaching and learning, as a leader in the continuing professional development in dance, and as the professional membership body that supports and promotes dance teachers at every step of their career, encouraging their innovative contributions to dance and education throughout the world.

    The RAD has a long history of improving dance teaching and education standards. It was founded in 1920 as the Association of Operatic Dancing of Great Britain to regulate dance teaching within the UK. In 1936 it was granted a Royal Charter and changed its name to the Royal Academy of Dancing. In 2000 it became the Royal Academy of Dance. The RAD's patron is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

    Today the RAD has a presence in 79 countries, with 36 offices and over 13,000 members worldwide. We support our membership base of professional dancers, students, teachers, benefactors and friends through the knowledge, support and technical expertise of our highly qualified staff and the social interaction of the like-minded enthusiasts at conferences, workshops, courses or summer schools.

    The RAD offers an internationally recognised portfolio of examinations and assessments which is designed to motivate and encourage students of all ages and levels of ability, through a systematic measurement of progress and attainment. Examinations are organised and administered by the RAD Examination Board. Every year more than 230,000 candidates take the RAD examinations.

    The Panel of Examiners consists of approximately 200 examiners resident throughout the world. They all undergo rigorous training before being appointed and their work is monitored to ensure parity and reliability of assessment across the panel and over time.

    In 1997 the Benesh Institute, the international centre for Benesh Movement Notation, was incorporated within the RAD. The RAD's link with the Benesh Institute has enabled technical material, including examination content, to be documented in notated form as well as in words, thus maximising accessibility and accuracy.

    In 1999, we created the Faculty of Education, dedicated to meeting the needs of our current and future dance teachers by providing dance teacher education programmes and qualifications. Every year, qualified teachers graduate from one of the many programmes offered and gain employment in one or more of the many contexts in which dance teaching takes place: private and public sector education, theatre, community or leisure industries.

    In order to recognise and reward the achievement of students and their teachers in a public context, the RAD holds a number of national and international competitions which are open to candidates gaining certain minimum marks for specific levels of examination. The flagship competition is the world renowned Genee International Ballet Competition. Many young dancers who are successful in RAD examinations and competitions become professional dancers, holding prestigious positions in the dance world.
        Vision:  Leading the world in dance education and training, the Royal Academy of Dance will be recognised internationally for the highest standards of teaching and learning. As the professional membership body for dance teachers, it will inspire and empower dance teachers and students, members, and staff to make innovative, artistic and lasting contributions to dance and dance education throughout the world.

        Mission:  To promote and enhance knowledge, understanding and practice of dance internationally by educating and training teachers and students and by providing examinations to reward achievement, so preserving the rich, artistic and educational value of dance for future generations.
        We Will:             * Communicate openly
                                    * Collaborate within and beyond the organisation
                                    * Act with integrity and professionalism
                                    * Deliver quality and excellence
                                    * Celebrate diversity and work inclusively
                                    * Act as advocates for dance

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