The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is one of the world’s most influential dance education and training organizations. 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 recognized internationally for the highest standards of teaching and learning, as a leader in 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 like-minded enthusiasts at conferences, workshops, courses or summer schools.
The RAD offers an internationally recognized 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 organized and administered by the RAD Examinations Board. Every year more than 230,000 candidates take 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.