Chief Executive – Tim Arthur
President – Dame Darcey Bussell DBE
Vice Presidents - David McAllister AM
Li Cunxin AO
David Bintley CBE
Wayne Sleep OBE
Sir Peter Wright CBE DMus DLitt FBSM


With over 13,000 members in 85 countries The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is one of the largest and most influential dance education and training organisations in the world. Established in 1920 to improve standards and re-invigorate dance training, there are over 1,000 students in full-time or part-time teacher training programs with the Academy each year, and the examination syllabus is taught to more than a quarter of a million students worldwide.

Our Mission is to inspire the world to dance by being a recognised leader in dance education and training. We believe in the power of dance to transform lives and we welcome every body to dance.


Classical Ballet + a special collaboration with Rambert Grades


Internationally recognised classical ballet syllabus including Grades and Vocational Grades from Pre-Primary to Solo Seal.


Through our Faculty of Education the RAD Offer a range of higher education and teacher training programmes delivered onsite and distance learning. The Certificate in Dance Teaching (Ballet) and The Professional Dancers’ Graduate Teaching Diploma are delivered in Australia.


The RAD rewards excellence artistry and achievement through a range of state based Awards days - there are currently 12 nationwide. The Australian Advanced 1 Bursary is a national competition supporting the winner through their final year of training and the Fonteyn International Ballet Competition is our flagship pre-professional competition.

Robyn Hick

ARAD, Solo Seal, Adv. Teachers Dip. (RAD Examiner & Life Teacher).

What do you enjoy about your job?

As an examiner, one aspect of my job that brings me great joy is the perfect balance of variety and routine. On one hand, I get to experience a wide range of settings, including different countries, studios, and teachers, which keeps my work exciting and fresh. On the other hand, the examination process itself follows a consistent routine worldwide, which ensures fairness and reliability. I find immense satisfaction in the opportunity to meet dedicated teachers and visit various studios, particularly in regional areas. Each studio I visit has its unique focus, yet all the teachers share a passion for their work and the profound impact they have on inspiring their students. It's inspiring to witness their dedication firsthand.

Have examinations/assessments changed over the years?

RAD examinations and assessments have undergone significant changes to our reporting and assessing systems. These changes have been beneficial, as they constantly challenge and motivate us to stay focused on the best practices in a changing world. One notable change is the Introduction of Solo Performance awards and more class awards through our Graded and Discovering Repertoire syllabi as well as Demonstration classes for very young dancers studying the Dance to Your own Tune syllabi, making us accessible to more students. In the past, it was common to have only one or two students per set, but now we frequently see full sets, with up to eight students in a Class Award. Many students seem to find this arrangement more enjoyable and engaging. Additionally, teachers now have more opportunities for "teachers' choice" and “teacher’s arrangement,” which allows them to showcase their creativity and make the exam experience even more enjoyable.

What response do you receive from the children in exams?

The response I receive from children during exams is generally very positive. Younger students, in particular, are incredibly pleasing to examine as they put in their best effort and are eager to please. However, reactions from students across different grades and experiences can vary. Some might feel nervous if it's their first time, while others might exhibit different emotions based on the circumstances of the day. Nevertheless, the overall response tends to be positive, with students demonstrating a willingness to please and showcasing their talents. Witnessing their passion and dedication during the examinations is truly rewarding.

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