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ANNOUNCING OUR NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
posted 25 November 2016

We are thrilled to announce that Paula Hunt ARAD RAD T Dip MNZM has been appointed Royal Academy of Dance Artistic Director.

Paula, who is currently Chair of the Academy's Panel of Examiners, will take up her new position in January 2017 as Lynn Wallis OBE steps down after 22 years.
Paula was appointed an Examiner of the Royal Academy of Dance in 1985, and in 2005 became Chair of the Panel of Examiners.  She has trained and mentored over 200 examiners and tutors and, since 2006, has worked closely with outgoing Artistic Director, Lynn Wallis on the development of the Academy's graded and vocational graded syllabi.
'Paula Hunt is highly respected by examiners, teachers and students alike.  Renowned for her passion, energy and commitment to the Royal Academy of Dance but also her commitment to excellence in teaching, which is the Academy's mission; Paula's strong artistic vision will build on the success of the last 20 years as we move towards our centenary in 2020,' commented RAD Chief Executive, Luke Rittner.
Upon accepting the Artistic Director role, Paula Hunt said: 'I am truly excited to be given the opportunity to lead on the Academy's artistic vision, uphold its integrity and promote excellence as it moves towards the centenary and beyond.'
Paula will retain oversight of the training and mentoring of the Academy's examiners under her new directorship.
Read the press release.

P Hunt Press Release P Hunt Press Release (290 KB)

(Photo: Maarten Holl)

14+ Dance Scholarship - 4 September 2016
posted 06 October 2016

23 candidates delighted the audience at the Te Whaea Theatre in Wellington.

Congratulations to the three awardees:
- Lilly Maskery (Philippa Campbell School of Ballet, Auckland)
  14+ Dance Scholarship valued at $7,000.
- Larissa Kiyoto-Ward (Mt Eden Ballet Academy, Auckland)
  Elvira Macrae Award valued at $6,000.
- Caitlin Hickey (Chilton Dance Centre, Lower Hutt)
  Alexander Grant Training Award valued at $2,000.
The judges were Nicola Searchfield and David Peden

The 14+ Dance Scholarship Foundation administers three awards. 

Alexander Grant Training Award (from 2006) - awarded biennially at the 14+ Dance Scholarship
Creina Gee Memorial Award (from 2007) - provides assistance to teachers and trainee teachers undertaking study
Elvira Macrae Award (from 2014) - awarded biennially at the 14+ Dance Scholarship

If you would also like to fund an award, don't hesitate to contact the RAD Office.

MY DANCE 
posted 07 April 2016

my Dance from Royal Academy of Dance on Vimeo.


The RAD is many things to many people.  Our new 'my Dance' brochure allows teachers, students, parents,
 members and Examiners from around the world to talk about their RAD and their love of dance.

From our artistic director's passion for creativity, to Genee candidate success stories, and from far flung members, to figures in your local community, all have their chapter to add to the story of the RAD.

We have produced a print and an electronic version (with extra videos and links) and hope that you will share it with others and perhaps surprise a few people about what we do.  You can also download a pdf version of the brochure below.

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Along with the brochure, our new 'myDance' video offers a glimpse of the many and varied faces that we come into contact with everyday.  From our energetic Step into Dance students to our graceful Silver Swans, we're sure that you'll enjoy it.

You can download the video to share on your own website or social media page.  We hope that this will be a really useful marketing tool for RAD Registered Teachers as well as something for dance lovers.

'myDance' will be the theme for many of our campaigns this year and we hope that you'll make the time to get involved on social media and share your #myDance story.

2016 International Summer School
posted 25 February 2016

The 2-week International Summer School, including the Performance Course and Teachers' Courses, was a great success.  Check out the details and photos.

RAD has a new address
posted 17 November 2015

The Royal Academy of Dance Wellington has moved offices over the weekend.  We can now be found at:
Level 11
49 Boulcott Street
WELLINGTON
Please note that our postal address (PO Box 11718, Manners Street, Wellington 6142) and phone number (04 382 8924) are the same.

2016 International Summer School T-Shirt Design
posted 17 November 2015

Congratulations to 13 year-old Olivia Scott of Wellington on winning the T-shirt design competition.  Olivia's stunning design will be printed on the back of the T-shirts.

T-shirt order form T-shirt order form (535 KB)

T-shirt options T-shirt options (624 KB)

COMPETITION
posted 27 May 2015

Design an image for the 2016 International Summer School & Performance Course t-shirt and be in to win a place at the 2016 ISS.  The ISS is a once in 4 year event and the t-shirt is available for purchase by all those attending the courses - students, teachers, faculty, parents (nearly 200 t-shirts were purchased in 2012).
Below are the Terms and Conditions of entry to this exciting competition:

2016 ISS Competition Terms and Conditions 2016 ISS Competition Terms and Conditions (437 KB)

2016 International Summer School & Performance Course
posted 27 May 2015

We are pleased to announce the dates for the 2016 ISS:
Summer School, two 1-week courses - 4-9 or 11-16 January 2016
Performance Course, 2-week course - 4-16 January 2016
Teachers' Course, 1-week - 11-16 January 2016
Details of prices and online registrations are now open.
Places for this popular even will be allocated on a first come first served basis so register early to avoid disappointment.

RAD Finance Director Retires
posted March 2015

Richard Thom, Finance Director for 27 years, retired in March 2015.  He has met many RAD members over the years, and has asked that the letter below be on RAD Websites.

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Genee 2014 - Antwerp - 27 September
posted September 2014

Congratulations to Vida Polakov, former student of Pauline Germon of Thames Hauraki Ballet Studio – gold medallist at this year’s prestigious Genée Awrds.  A fantastic outcome.  Check out the details here.

Also take a look at the delightful video featuring Vida created by Pauline Germon's daughter Ruth for an NCEA project in 2012

14+ Dance Scholarship - 7 September 2014
posted September 2014

19 candidates delighted the audience at the Te Whaea Theatre in Wellington for this sold-out event. Check out the photos which can be ordered direct from the photographer - order form below:

14+ Dance Scholarship Photo order form 14+ Dance Scholarship Photo order form (244 KB)

 

Congratulations to the three awardees, all from Auckland
Libby-Rose Niederer (Cameron Ballet Academy)
  14+ Dance Scholarship valued at $7,000.
Katherine Sonnekus (Mount Eden Ballet Academy)
  the inaugural Elvira Macrae Award valued at $4,000.
Laura Crawford (Cameron Ballet Academy)
  Alexander Grant Training Award valued at $2,000.
The judges were Victoria Simon and Matz Skoog.

The 14+ Dance Scholarship Foundation now administers three awards, the newest being the Elvira Macrae Award. 

Alexander Grant Training Award (from 2006) - awarded biennially at the 14+ Dance Scholarship
Creina Gee Memorial Award (from 2007) - provides assistance to teachers and trainee teachers undertaking study
Elvira Macrae Award (from 2014) - awarded biennially at the 14+ Dance Scholarship

If you would also like to fund an award, don't hesitate to contact the RAD Office.

RAD Office moves
posted June 2014

The RAD Office moved in late June to Level 5, Outwide House, 61-63 Taranaki Street, Wellington.  All other contact details remain the same as before.

Behind the scenes at the Examiners' Seminar
posted March 2014

The 2014 Examiners' Seminar in London was attended by the entire worldwide Panel of Examiners.  Check out the video which was produced to celebrate this momentous occasion and to demonstrate the quality and value of the work RAD Examiners undertake.