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Dance Challenge 2015
posted: December 2014

The RAD Dance Challenge will make its North American debut in two Canadian cities in 2015:

May 10 & 11
Vancouver, BC
Scotiabank Dance Centre
677 Davie St
Vancouver, BC

May 16 & 17
Toronto, ON
Toronto Centre for the Arts
5040 Yonge St
Toronto, ON

Brought to North America by the team behind the world-renowned Genée International Ballet Competition, RAD Dance Challenge 2015 is open to students up to age 18, who are studying with an RAD Registered Teacher.

Experience includes:

  • A day's coaching by a leading RAD Tutor
  • Shared Experience with students from other dance schools
  • Solo Performance opportunity
  • Performances judged by some of Canada's dancing elite

Cash Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, along with two Grand Prizes at each venue will be awarded!

Registration is now open!

Click below for:
RAD Dance Challenge Information Package
Registration Form for Candidates
Student Dance Challenge Information
Music Information Form

Employment Opportunity RAD Canada
posted: September 2014


The Royal Academy of Dance has a 10-month contract position supporting the Vocational Programs available in the Toronto office.

Duties will include: data processing, proofing, preparing and mailing packages and other related duties.

Requirements: familiarity with computer database structure and use; work to task and deadline; individual responsibility within a team work structure, communicating externally with members, prioritizing and re-prioritizing as required.  Applicants must have a high school diploma, or equivalent work experience; takes satisfaction in contributing to a broader team workload; finds the challenge in repetitive, detailed work; pride in accomplishment and accuracy; thrives in a busy environment; proficiency in MS Office Applications: Word, Excel, Outlook; excellent keyboarding skills, strong sense of responsibility and punctuality; well-developed written and verbal communication skills.

We are looking to hire for a start by the end of September.

Please submit your résumé by Friday, September 19, 2014 to  We thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Healthy Dancer Canada
posted: August 2014

Healthy Dancer Canada's 7th Annual Conference will be taking place in Vancouver this year! RAD teachers can receive Time-Valued CPD for attending!

Healthy Dancer Canada 7th Annual Conference 2014
Sunday, September 14, 2014
12:30 - 5:30 pm
The Dance Centre
677 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC

Educator Price: $45

Important! Change of Venue for Solo Seal
posted: April 2014

The Solo Seal Award Performance, taking place in Toronto this Sunday, May 4 has a change of venue* as follows:

Toronto · Sunday 4 May
Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre*
Accolade East Building
York University

Toronto, ON
Time: 3 pm
Judges: Gillian Davis & Vanessa Harwood O.C.

The Solo Seal Award Performance is the Academy's highest Vocational Examination. The first Solo Seal ever performed took place in 1928. It is a true test of a dancer's ability; candidates are required to perform three contrasting variations.

Seating is limited.

Get your tickets now!
Adults: $25 / Students: $20

Group Pricing!
5 or more Students: $16
10 or more Students: $14

Contact Lenore Orantia, tel: 416.489.2813 / toll-free: 1.888.709.0895, ext 225

Examiner Recruitment
posted: February 2014

The RAD is now recruiting Examiners worldwide. The closing date for applications is Friday 18 April 2014, before 5 pm. For more information, please click here.

PAMA Conference 2014
posted: January 2014

Once again, the Performing Arts Medicine Association will bring together health professionals and artists to explore how basic science enhances rehabilitation, prevention and performance at its 4th annual Toronto Regional Meeting.

WHEN: February 8 - 9, 2014

WHERE: Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory

RAD Teachers attending this event can claim external CPD credit for the face-to-face hours. For conference details, click here.

2014 Solo Seal Dates
posted: January 2014

RAD Canada is excited to announce three Solo Seal Award Performances coming up!

Vancouver · Friday 28 February
Michael J Fox Theatre
Burnaby South High School
7373 MacPherson Ave
Burnaby, BC
7 pm
Judges: Cynthia Fisher & Marquita Witham-Lester

Edmonton · Monday 3 March
Timms Centre for the Arts
112th St & 87th Ave
Edmonton, AB
7 pm
Judges: Isabel Yuan & Ross Brierton

Toronto · Sunday 4 May
Ryerson Theatre
43 Gerrard St E
Toronto, ON
Time: 3 pm
Judges: Gillian Davis & Vanessa Harwood O.C.

The Solo Seal Award Performance is the Academy's highest Vocational Examination. The first Solo Seal ever performed took place in 1928. It is a true test of a dancer's ability; candidates are required to perform three contrasting variations.

Seating is limited.

Get your tickets now!
Adults: $25 / Students: $20

Group Pricing!
5 or more Students: $16
10 or more Students: $14

Contact Lenore Orantia, tel: 416.489.2813 / toll-free: 1.888.709.0895, ext 225

Calgary Conference
posted: November 2013

The University of Calgary will be hosting a one-day conference at the MacEwan Centre on Performing Arts Medicine - Focusing on Injuries in Performing Artists on Friday, December 6, 2013. The Performing Arts Medicine Conference will focus on the history of perforning arts medicine in North America, common injuries among performing artists, typical treatment protocols, use of research to inform prevention and treatment activities and health promotion education programs for students and professional artists. It includes plenary sessions and hands-on workshops with physicians and healthcare professionals renowned in North America for their expertise in injuries in performing artists.

This workshop is eligible for External CPD time-valued credit; teachers can claim the number of face-to-face hours. For more information about the conference, visit

We Need You!
posted: October 2013

An email to all Full Members was sent October 25th regarding the proposal for a more simplified registration scheme, after initial consultation with members took place in 2011. The new proposal recommends just
two categories of teaching membership: Registered Teacher (RT RAD) and Chartered Teacher (CT RAD).

Remember to complete the questionnaire that was included in the email by Friday 8 November 2013. Your views are important, so please let us know what you think. Speak now, or forever hold your peace!

Virtual Launch &
Open House
posted: August 2013

RAD Canada will be hosting an Open House on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 to celebrate our newly expanded library and the Virtual Launch of the new Advanced level syllabi.

To peruse our new library collection, stop by the Toronto office for some food and light refreshments any time after 12 noon. Multiple copies of complimentary resources will be available for members to take home.

The Launch will take place at 10 am, though there is limited seating so attendees must pre-register by contacting

For those not able to come by the office, the launch will take place online on the RAD website, Members will be asked to register to view demonstrations and listen to interviews with Academy staff, click here for more information. Registered Teachers can include it as one of their independent CPD activities.

CPD Tutors Needed!
posted: February 2013

Recruitment for Continuing Professional Development Tutors to deliver the new Grades 4 - 5 syllabi courses is now underway. Information on the tutor recruitment process and application forms are available from the RAD/UK website,

Record Solo Seal Participation
posted: January 2013

Just one year after setting a record for Solo Seal entries, Canadian teachers have done it again! RAD Canada received an unprecedented 23 applications for Spring 2013. Two Solo Seal events will take place: in Vancouver – Sunday, March 3; and Toronto – Sunday, April 21. This year’s artistic guest judges will be Chan Hon Goh and Mary Jago-Romeril.

Ms Goh is the former principal dancer for the National Ballet of Canada. She is a Solo Seal recipient, the first Canadian to medal at the Genée International Ballet Competition, and a recent recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Ms Jago-Romeril is also a former principal dancer for the National Ballet of Canada. She is a graduate from the prestigious Royal Ballet School in London, England, and remains a much sought after teacher, artistic advisor, and consultant.

For more information and tickets to either event, please contact Lenore Orantia, Group student pricing is available.

Genée 2012:
A Tour de Force
posted: December 2012

Recognized as one of the ballet world's most prestigious competitions, the Final of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD's) Genee International Ballet Competition, took place at the St James Theatre, Wellington, New Zealand, on Saturday 15 December, with the dancers finishing in top form.

The New Zealand ballet community had reason to be immensely proud on Saturday night as not only did they host a spectacular competition, they also scooped three medals - in the male category: gold for 15-year-old Aurelian Child-de-Brocas (trained by Hilary Kaplan and Archibald McKenzie), and in the female category: silvers for 17-year-old Kaena Ahern (trained by Melinda Palmner) and 16-year-old Ariana Hond (trained by Melinda Palmer, Heather Palmer and Allan Barry), who also won the Audience Choice Award.

A gold medal was also awarded to 15-year-old Australian female candidate, Montana Rubin (trained by Mark Reily and Peta Frith), and a silver medal to 17-year-old Australian male candidate, Harry Davis (trained by Janne Blanch, Susan Massey and Steven McTaggart).

The 2012 judging panel was chaired by David McAllister, artistic director of The Australian Ballet and completed by Li Cunxin, artistic director designate of Queensland Ballet and Christopher Hampson, artistic director of Scottish Ballet.

David McAllister said, "it has been ten years since I judged the competition in Sydney, and I think it has really evolved in that time. The standard of the candidates was wonderfully good and the whole week has been a complete joy."

The full details of the competition, including a list of medalists are available here.

International RAD Summer Courses 2013
posted: December 2012

The Royal Academy of Dance offers International Summer Programs for students of all levels and abilities, from Canada to Japan and points inbetween, click here for more information.

The Academy's Response to the Members' Special Motion
posted: July 2012

Please click here to read a message from Kerry Ruby, Chairman of the Royal Academy of Dance.

Summer Photo Competition
posted: July 2012

What is it all about?

This fabulous new competition has been created to thank our Members and Friends for your continued support to the Royal Academy of Dance. We have sourced some amazing prizes which we hope you will enjoy!

Theme: celebrating the summer through dance

We would like to invite you to send us your photos showing us how you celebrate the summer through dance. You can submit something individually or get your students or friends together to pose for a photo (perhaps near a famous landmark in your country, at the ballet or a summer event), the opportunities are endless - feel free to be creative!

Competition closes: 31 July 2012
Winners announced: 17 August 2012
First prize: iPad (Wi-fi, 16GB, black)
Runner-up: video recorder
Short-listed entrants: £10 RAD shop vouchers

How do I enter?

1. Choose an original photograph taken by you or a friend that fits the theme of the competition.
2. Download our terms & conditions and read thoroughly.
3. Download the entry form, complete and sign it.
4. Print out your photo and write your full name and Member/Friend ID on the back or save your photo as a jpeg with your full name and Member/Friend ID as the image title.
5. Send your photograph and your signed entry form, together with your Member/Friend ID, full name and postal address by post to Membership Summer Photo Competition, Royal Academy of Dance, 36 Battersea Square, London SW11 3RA.

Alternatively, scan your signed entry form and send it by email with an electronic version of your photograph (jpeg format), together with your Member/Friend ID, full name and postal address, quoting ‘Membership Summer Photo Competition’ in the subject line of the email to

Download a promotional poster to put up at your school.

Examiner Recruitment Application Details
posted: June 2012

The Royal Academy of Dance is actively seeking to recruit up to four new members to the Panel of Examiners to service its growing market in Canada. Examining is an exciting opportunity to travel both in Canada and abroad. It can be demanding physcially and mentally, but also extremely rewarding.

If you would like to be an RAD Examiner you will need to be a well presented professional who is discreet and impartial. You need to be competent in written English and fluent in spoken English. You will also need to have proficient IT skills, particularly in email and word processing. You should have an in-depth knowledge of the Academy's work and the potential to understand, demonstrate and apply the RAD Examination marking criteria and definitions as stated in the relevant specifications.

To apply for this role, please download the application details below:

Examiner Job Description
Examiner Application Guidelines
Examiner Application Form
Examiner Person Specification

Closing Date: 26 June 2012 before 5.00 pm

Auditions: Wednesday 25, Thursday 26, and Friday 27 July 2012 in Toronto.

New RAD President Announced
posted: May 2012

World-renowned Prima Ballerina Darcey Bussell CBE has been elected President of the Royal Academy of Dance, becoming only the fourth President in the organisation's 92 year history

Darcey follows in the footsteps of Dame Antoinette Sibley who retired in April after 21 years in the role. She joins the RAD, one of the world's most influential dance training organisations, at a time of growth and increasing public interest in all forms of dance.

Luke Rittner, Chief Executive, welcomed Darcey's appointment: "Our membership voted overwhelmingly to appoint Darcey as our fourth
President and I am personally delighted that she has accepted the position. Darcey is one of Britain's most distinguished ballerinas, and her passion for all forms of dance make her the ideal role model to lead the Royal Academy of Dance towards its centenary in 2020," he said. "We look forward to working with her on a wide variety of national and international projects that will keep us, and our members, at the forefront of dance education and training."

Darcey commented: "It is a privilege to be asked to be President of the Royal Academy of Dance, an institution which consistently makes such an outstanding contribution to the art of classical ballet and to so many forms of dance. It is very important to me that the RAD continues to both provide the very best quality of training, but also continues to instill the enjoyment and love of dance in everyone by offering such a wide range of opportunities to get involved," she said. "As President of the RAD, I will aim to embody the Academy's vision and values, which Dame Antoinette Sibley so wholeheartedly supported and which strongly reflect not only the organisation's rich past but also its investment in the future of dance, dance-education and training. I am passionate about dance and truly look forward to representing the RAD in this role."

Widely recognised as one of the most accomplished English ballerinas of all time, Darcey joined the Royal Ballet in 1988 and rose to Principal Dancer. During her career, she performed as a guest artist with leading international ballet companies around the world, including the New York City Ballet. Her final performance was in MacMillan's Song of the Earth performed with Carlos Acosta at the Royal Opera House and broadcast on BBC 2 in 2007 but she has continued to be very active in the dance world. She has just been confirmed as the new judge on BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing this autumn.

RAD Examiner Recruitment
posted: April 2012

Auditions will be held in Toronto on Wednesday 25, Thursday 26, and Friday 27 July 2012. For complete application details, please check back on Monday 11 June 2012.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to bringing you a full update!

Message from the Chief Executive
of the RAD
posted: February 2012

Dear Member,

It is with great sadness that I am writing to inform you of the unexpected death of Professor Joan White CBE on Tuesday 21st February.

As you all know, Joan was the architect of the Academy's Faculty of Education. Between 1999 and her retirement in July of last year, Joan worked indefatigably to promote and develop the Academy's teacher education programmes. She brought to the post a lifetime of experience and her death robs us of a much admired colleague, a much loved friend and someone whose keen intellect and extraordinary energy was put at the service of dance and dance teacher education for so many years.

I am sure you will all be greatly saddened at this news and our condolences go out to Joan's family.

Luke Rittner
Chief Executive

Updated Rules & Regulations
posted: January 2012

The updated and latest version (v4) of Examinations Information, Rules and Regulations can now be downloaded here. It's your first stop for official information and guidelines about everything from registration and entry procedure at one end to results and certification at the other.

Nomination for RAD President
posted: January 2012

After 20 years of Service, Dame Antoinette Sibley will be stepping down as President of the Royal Academy of Dance at the Annual General Meeting in April 2012. As a membership organization, you, our members, choose our President! The RAD Membership nominates candidates and all eligible nominees are voted on at the AGM to determine the President. All Members are given the opportunity to vote in advance of the AGM through an online system. Members who do not vote are automatically assigning their proxy to the Chairman of the Board. As with all elections - make your vote count!

Full members are eligible to nominate anyone to stand for election as President as long as they secure the support of 20 Full Members, including 'written signatures' accompanied by Membership ID number; submissions need to be made in writing to Luke Rittner by 1st March 2012.

Full members are not required to seek permission from the person they wish to nominate in advance. Once a nomination is received, the Board and the Management team have the responsibility of contacting the nominee, asking him or her if they wish their name to go forward. If they do, their name is duly added to the ballot, if they do not, it is not and no one will know.

Be an active Royal Academy of Dance member - make your vote count and choose your next President!

Feedback's Back!
posted: November 2011

For teachers wishing to receive feedback about the Fall 2011 Graded exam session, the Royal Academy of Dance has arranged an Examiner Feedback session to take place on the following dates:

Saskatoon, SK Dec 1 • Toronto, ON Dec 4 • Victoria, BC Dec 12 • Delta, BC Dec 12 • Calgary, AB Dec 16


Saskatoon • Dec 1
Juliette's Dance Centre
536 2nd Ave S
Saskatoon, SK

Toronto • Dec 4
Canada's National Ballet School
400 Jarvis St
Toronto, ON

Victoria • Dec 12
Executive House Hotel
777 Douglas St
Victoria, BC

Delta • Dec 12
Coast Tsawwassen Inn
1665 56th St
Delta, BC

Calgary • Dec 16
International School of Ballet
8500 Macleod Trail SE
Suite 1245
Calgary, AB

These sessions are designed to provide teachers with feedback from the examiner who will share positive and constructive observations on things he/she has seen during the tour. It is important to note that comments will not be made with regard to specific studios.

Cost: $20 per Registered RAD Teacher (non-refundable)

Please email for additional information.

In Memoriam
posted: October 2011

Mrs. Dorothy Cox-Scruton, the Academy's first member in Canada, passed away on 22 October 2011 at the age of 100. Our heartfelt condolences to her family, friends, students and colleagues as Mrs. Scruton was an inspiration to everyone she touched in dance. Her passion for teaching as well as her kind and gentle heart will be greatly missed, but her enduring spirit will live on in all of those she affected over the years. She will forever be remembered as RAD Canada's pioneer.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday 4 November at 7:00 pm at the Riverside United Church, 451 Dunedin Drive in London, Ontario. A reception will follow the service and anyone wishing to bring goodies or small platters to the reception are asked to contact Dorothy’s great granddaughter, Christine Winter at the following email address, All are welcome to attend.

A Power Point presentation is being created to be shown during the Memorial Service. Please feel free to email pictures and/or descriptive words, or short comments about Dorothy to

Christine Winter is working with the City of London to place a commemorative bench ($2,500.00) in the downtown area. In lieu of flowers, contributions for the bench are most appreciated. Donations are being accepted at the Memorial Service, or at the CIBC bank. Deposit to Transit 05172 Account 7484496.

Online Entry Forms
posted: August 2011

RAD Canada has now gone digital with its Vocational exam entry forms! The new downloadable forms make it easier for teachers to save directly to their computers, which can be used repeatedly by updating the information as required. In addition, the new forms include pop-up menus, explaining the information required in the various fields, as well as auto calculate fees and fill other repetitive fields.

Even more exciting, we are presently working on having an online application process for Graded Exam entries in the coming weeks (by mid-September). In contrast to the Vocational 'digital forms', the new 'online' process will allow teachers to interact with our database, creating an automatic entry and submission method.

These improved services, will hopefully better assist teachers in their preparation for entering candidates. As such, we encourage all teachers to take advantage and help us work out any bugs!

National Director of Canada: appointment of Clarke MacIntosh
posted: March 2011
Following the retirement of Jan Garvey at the end of last year, I am delighted to be able to announce the appointment of the new National Director, Canada.

Clarke MacIntosh will take up his appointment on Monday 4th April. From 1996 - 2006 Clarke was Executive Director of RCM Examinations, a division of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada. In 2006 he founded Novus Via Music Group Inc, a student-focused music publishing company. Clarke has a Graduate Diploma in Arts Administration from York University, Toronto and a Masters in Business Administration also from York. He has a BA in Music and Philosophy from the University of Alberta. He is an accomplished pianist and also studied Cello, French Horn and Voice.

I am sure you will all join me in welcoming Clarke to the Academy and wishing him well. He will be attending the International Administrators Conference in April and looks forward to meeting many of his new colleagues while he is in London at that time.

Luke Rittner, CEO, Royal Academy of Dance

Intent to Enter Questionnaire
posted: March 2011
In order to help with the planning of examination tours in 2012, a short questionnaire has been devised to help gauge teachers' intentions regarding how and where they intend to enter candidates for Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate examinations.

The questionnaire is now live and will be available to complete until 27 March 2011 by visiting,

It is important to note that the enhanced requirements to hold Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate examinations at an Approved Examination Centre (own studio) have recently been amended. These new enhanced requirements are stated on the webpage of the above link.

90th Anniversary
E-Book Countdown
posted: October 2010
On 31 December 2010, the Royal Academy of Dance will celebrate its 90th anniversary. To mark this occasion, we want to engage our members with a range of online activities. Starting from 1 October, every day, for 90 days, a new article, image or interview will be added to our UK website recalling the most important milestones in the Academy's history. Starting from articles about our founders, we will move through decades and key events, marking the end of the year with the directors' thoughts about the past and the future of our organization. Photographs and other archived material from the RAD's Philip Richardson Library will be published on the web for the first time.

Join us in the celebration by visiting daily from 1 October 2010, bookmarking it as one of your favourites.

Click here to directly access the Academy's 90th anniversary e-book!

Teacher Meetings
posted: September 2010
Chief Executive, Luke Rittner will be visiting with Canadian teachers in October, alongside Jan Garvey, National Administrator in five cities across the country: Toronto, 18 October at the Toronto Don Valley Hotel; Saskatoon, 19 October at the Delta Bessborough Hotel; Calgary, 20 October at the Coast Plaza Hotel; Edmonton, 21 October at the Crowne Plaza Chateau Lacombe; and Vancouver, 22 October at the Metropolitan Hotel. Luke and Jan look forward to welcoming teachers at a Continental Breakfast. For more information, please contact Kathleen Salvador,

posted: September 2010
After more than 34 years of service to the Academy, Jan Garvey has decided to retire from her position as National Administrator for Canada at the end of the year. Over this long period the Academy's business in Canada has undergone significant and sustained growth and development. A recruitment campaign for Jan's successor will take place over the next few months.

2009 Genée Winners
posted: September 2009
Recognized as one of the ballet world's most prestigious competitions and the flagship event of the Royal Academy of Dance, the Genée International Ballet Competition finished in top form as the Final held at the National University of Singapore Cultural Centre drew to a close on September 12, 2009.

Coming out on top with the sought-after Gold medals were Australians; Claudia Dean for the females and Paul Russell for the males. A darling of the crowd, Dean also received the Audience Choice Award, an honour bestowed to the candidate who in the eyes of the audience deserves the top prize.

Other male medalists included Daniel Roberge of Australia, who was awarded the Silver medal and Takeaki Miura of Japan, who won the Bronze medal. Miura had previously trained with Canadian semi-finalist, Rena Sugiyama, at the Goh Ballet Academy in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Ballerinas, Nicola Wills-Jones and Daniela Oddi, both from Australia, won the Silver medal and Bronze medal respectively.

As this year's competition came to a fulfilling close, bringing to light the names of future ballet luminaries, and a successful stint in Singapore, the international ballet community keenly looks forward to the next Genée International Ballet Competition.

H1N1 Flu Update
posted: July 2009
The World Health Organization (WHO) has reason to believe that the current outbreak of H1N1 will return during the winter months of the northern and southern hemispheres.

Advice to RAD schools and teachers

RAD Teachers are recommended to seek advice from the relevant local health authority to determine how to recognize the symptoms of H1N1 and what to do when a pupil turns up for a dance class with suspected symptoms.

RAD Teachers should advise their pupils that if they have been sent home from school because another pupil has symptoms / has been diagnosed with flu or the pupil him/herself has the flu or flu-like symptoms, NOT to attend dance classes.

Schools and teachers are further advised to determine the terms and conditions under which fees are refundable.

For more information about H1N1 and how to deal with its symptoms, click here.

Supplemental Charter and Bye-Laws 2008
posted: May 2009
The New Supplemental Charter and Bye-Laws 2008 is now available online, click here to view!

Solo Seal
posted: January 2009
At the Members' Conference on 3 January 2009, new Solo Seal work was introduced to take effect in January 2010.

The new award requires students to perform three contrasting variations. From the 20th century, the Genée Port de Bras for females and Largo for males have been retained as a compulsory element of the examination in order to preserve the Academy's heritage. Students are also asked to choose one of three 21st-century variations. Choreographed by renowned international choreographers, these variations have been seen previously only by Genée International Ballet Competition audiences. The three contrasting variations have been selected to meet the stylistic and movement demands of today's choreographers and directors and to preserve these unique works, enabling many other dancers to perfom them in the future. Finally, students choose one of seven 19th-century classical repertoire variations. The list from which the candidate may select is extensive.

The new syllabus material will be available from the RAD/Canada office in early Spring 2009!

in Dance Sales Items
posted: December 2008
The 25% discount, originally offered until 19 December on the Core Product range of Pre-Primary in Dance and Primary in Dance, will continue for Canadian orders into the New Year. Full Canadian pricing details will be available and posted on this site as soon as possible.

Canadians Win Silver & Bronze at 2008 Genée International Ballet Competition
posted: August 2008
Congratulations to Nicole Ciapponi of Surrey, British Columbia, who was awarded a silver medal, and Alexandra Bertram of Calgary, Alberta, who was awarded a bronze medal at the Genée International Ballet Competition on Saturday, August 23, 2008 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto.

The Genée International Ballet Competition is the flagship event of the Royal Academy of Dance and one of the world's most prestigious events, attracting many of the world's most brilliant and promising young dancers.

While the gold medal was awarded to Aaron Smyth of Australia, along with a cash prize of $11,000; Nicole and Alexandra were also awarded cash prizes. Nicole will share $6,600 with Chelsea Andrejic from Australia, who also won silver at the event. And, although no bronze medals were awarded this year for male dancers, Alexandra will share $4,400 with Ya Xuan Xu of China, who was also presented with a bronze.

Additional medals went to male dancers, Yuma Kozuki from Japan and Hong Tao Lin from China, who were awarded silver.

Aside from the awarding of gold, silver and bronze medals, two inaugural awards were also presented on stage at the Four Seasons Centre in honour of the competitions North American debut: The Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan Award for Theatricality, which is awarded to the candidate showing the most 'theatricality' in performing Canadian choreographer Sabrina Matthews' commissioned piece. This is a unique award because it is open to all candidates, not just the Finalists. Sabrina Matthews chose Canada's own bronze medalist, Nicole Ciapponi as the recipient of this award, along with a $1,000 bursary.

The Bravo! Audience Choice Award offered an exciting opportunity for the audience to take matters into their own hands and choose their favourite dancer. Votes for the Bravo! Audience Choice Award were counted during the 2nd interval, and the award was presented to gold medalist, Aaron Smyth.

The Genée International Ballet Competition is dedicated to promoting and rewarding standards of excellence in ballet dancers internationally. This is achieved by offering aspiring dancers the unique opportunity to work with world-renowned choreographers and professionals as well as the chance to perform on an international stage.

Dame Antoinette Sibley, DBE, President of the Royal Academy of Dance; Karen Kain, Artistic Director, The National Ballet of Canada; Ashley Wheater, Artistic Director, Joffrey Ballet, Chicago and Rex Harrington, Artist-in-Residence, The National Ballet of Canada judged the competition.

2008 Geneé Finalists Announced
posted: 21 August 2008
The Genée International Ballet Competition today announced the Finalists for one of the world's most prestigious ballet competitions.

The 16 Finalists were selected from 53 candidates representing 11 countries.

The Finals takes place at Toronto's The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts this Saturday, August 23, 2008 at 7 pm.

The 16 Finalists are:

Chelsea Andrejic, Australia
Alexandra Bertram, Canada
Jasmine Brown, USA
Nicole Ciapponi, Canada
Yuki Hirota, Japan
Ariele Ribeiro, Brazil
Nana Shimada, Japan
Liana Vasconcelos, Brazil
Madeleine White, Australia
Ya Xuan Xu, China
Andrea Yorita, USA
Jack Bertinshaw, Australia
Jarrad Cramp, Australia
Yuma Kozuki, Japan
Hong Tao Lin, China
Aaron Smyth, Australia

Chaired by Dame Antoinette Sibley DBE, President of the Royal Acadmy of Dance, and named after the Academy's founder Dame Adeline Genée, the competition culminates in a tense and exciting Final in which the finalists try to outshine each other to win over the hearts and minds of both the Judges and the audience. The best of the best have the opportunity to win a coveted gold, silver or bronze medal and walk away with up to $11,000 in prize money.

Winners of the Genée International Ballet Competition have gone on to perform with leading international companies. The National Ballet of Canada's Chan Hon Goh was the first participant to win a medal for Canada (1988) and Céline Gittens was awarded the gold medal for her performance in 2005.

The Genée International Ballet Competition Finals will be held on Saturday, 23 August 2008 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen Street West. Tickets are $50 - $160 and can be purchased by calling 416.363.8231, toll-free: 1.800.250.4653, or in person at the Four Seasons Centre.

posted: June 2008
Click here to read Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Dance, Luke Rittner's address to Members following the Annual General Meeting.

New Benefit for Canadian Members
posted: February 2007
Royal Academy of Dance/Canada is pleased to announce a new benefit for all Canadian members which is designed to save you money on your automobile and home insurance.

We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with Waterloo Insurance (a member of The Economical Insurance Group) and Peel/J.D. Shaw Insurance to implement a Group Automobile & Home Insurance Program. A special Royal Academy of Dance group discount has been negotiated which allows for discounts and savings not otherwise offered in the regular insurance marketplace. For example in addition to the group discount, Waterloo Insurance will also waive any service charges that are normally charged for the convenience of paying through instalment plans. Most companies charge policyholders an additional 3% for this service. The Waterloo Insurance Program waives such fees to provide members with further convenience and savings.

Coverage under this program includes insurance for: *Automobiles - including private passenger cars, trucks, SUV's, vans and motorcycles; Home Coverage - including homes, tenants/renters, condominiums, seasonal/secondary residences, and Supplementary Coverage for boats & motors, jewelry, furs, musical instruments, sports equipment and more.

To receive a no obligation quotation simply call Waterloo Insurance at 1.866.247.7700, state you are a Royal Academy of Dance member and start saving today!

*Note: automobile insurance is not available in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba due to government run plans.

Progression from CBTS to BA (Hons) Dance Education Programme
posted: November 2006
The Faculty of Education offers a portfolio of eight teacher training programs. The programs are either univeristy and/or Royal Academy of Dance validated awards. We are pleased to announce that on completion of the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS) program, students may choose to further their studies by progressing to Level 2 of the BA (Hons) Dance Education program. In order to facilitate this progress students are required to take one specific access module. The BA (Hons) Dance Education program is taught by distance-learning and can be studied on a full or part-time basis. Further information about the program can be found in our prospectus at:

In Memoriam
posted: September 2006
On September 8, 2006 Bettina Byers, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Dance (FRAD), passed away at the age of 97 in Victoria, British Columbia. Miss Byers moved to London, England in 1937 for full-time study and won a RAD choreograpny scholarship that enabled her to study with Ninette de Valois and Frederick Ashton. She returned to Toronto, two years later after her teacher, Miss Phyllis Bedells (one of the Academy's founders) encouraged her to spread the knowledge of the RAD to Canadian teachers. As such, she opened her own studio, the Academy of Ballet and began organizing exams on behalf of the RAD. In 1975, Miss Byers became the first Canadian to receive a Fellowship, which are awarded to Full Members of the Royal Academy of Dance who have given outstanding service to the Academy and dance in general. In 1966 she moved west to settle in Victoria where she remained in her home until July of this year. Miss Byers is survived by her nieces, Nancy and Barbara Byers and the family of her late nephew, David Byers.

New for Courses
posted: September 2006
Upon request, the Academy is please to arrange a Private Lesson for teachers or a Student Class (with teachers observing) during course tours in your area. Small groups of teachers may also request a Small Group Course; all of which are taught by an experienced and knowledgeable RAD course tutor, trained for this specialized work! For more information, email

Canadians on a Winning Streak
posted: September 2006
Congratulations to Kostantyn Keshyshev, 19 and Fei Fei Ye, 18 of Vancouver, British Columbia who have both won silver medals at the 2006 Genée International Ballet Competition. Held in Hong Kong on 3 September 2006, this is the second consecutive year that Canadians have brought home a medal from the prestigious competition. It is also the third time that specifically a British Columbia resident has captured the hearts of the crowd. Fei Fei Ye won the special Audience Award at this year's Genée's; just as Celine Gittens had done last year (where she was also awarded a gold medal) and Alex Wong in 2003 (where he was awarded a bronze medal). Kostantyn and Fei Fei were trained by Lin Mei Fang and Lynnette Kelley of the Goh Ballet Academy in Vancouver, BC. The Genée International Ballet Competition promotes and rewards standards of excellence in young ballet dancers aged 19 years and under from all over the world. It offers competitors the experience of working with world-renowned teachers and choreographers and the opportunity to dance at prestigious international venues.

Solo Seal Update
posted: October 2005
Teachers please take note that for those students attempting their Solo Seal exam, they will soon be required to achieve Distinction at the Advanced 2 Level. This change will take effect begining Fall 2006.

Gold for Canadian
posted: September 2005
Congratulations to 2005 Genée International Ballet Competition winner Celine Gittens, 17, of Richmond, British Columbia who is the first Canadian to ever win the Gold Medal as well as the special Audience Award at this prestigous event, which took place on September 11 at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London, England. Along with Ashley Werhun of Edmonton, Alberta, Elaina Pawelka and Hayley Maurice, both from Oakville, Ontario, Celine was one of four dancers representing Canada. Coached primarily by Artistic Director Choo Chiat Goh, as well as Lin Fang, Principal Staff of the renowned Goh Ballet Academy in Vancouver, Celine has been enrolled on its Professional Program since 2001. The Genee competition promotes and rewards standards of excellence in young ballet dancers aged 19 years and under from all over the world. It offers competitors the experience of working with world-renowned teachers and choreographers and the opportunity to dance at prestigious international venues. The 2006 Genee International Ballet Competition will take place in Hong Kong.

How To Find A Pianist
posted: July 2005
Often it can seem like an endless search to find a pianist to play for both classes and examinations. However, here is a list for those wanting an edge on finding one:
  • Contact other teachers in your area to discuss the availability of pianists that they use.
  • Set up a pianist-sharing scheme. This gives more work to pianists, and encourages them to stay in the business.
  • Contact local piano teachers to see if they have any suitable music students.
  • Students at local universities, colleges and conservatories may be interested in helping out, even if music isn’t their first subject.
  • Churches can often be a source of working musicians including choirmasters and organists.
  • Many amateur dramatics groups that put on musicals and pantomimes will have contact with Rehearsal Pianists and Musical Directors.

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