The Royal Academy of Dance
The Royal Academy of Dance is the largest international classical ballet education organisation in the world. They offer examinations in classical ballet for young children starting out in dance classes to the student aspiring to become a professional dancer. They also train teachers of classical ballet through taught and distance learning programmes at certificate, diploma and degree levels. They have over 18,000 members spanning 84 countries and over 185,000 students undertake their examinations every year.
Through its core activities, the Academy helps and encourages its teachers to improve their teaching skills, to pass on that knowledge to their students, supports its members and provides information and guidance to parents on classical ballet education. The Academy’s links with the University of Durham through its validated teacher education programmes have gone from strength to strength. This, together with The Benesh Institute provide the widest spread of classical ballet and notation education to students of dance.
The Academy aims to develop the highest possible standards of teaching. In New Zealand there is a nationwide network of more than 200 registered and caring teachers.
The Academy provides two distinct training pathways in classical ballet: the Graded and Vocational Graded programmes. Teachers following the Royal Academy system encourage young people to achieve their personal best in the understanding, appreciation and performance of classical ballet. Whatever age or stage they may have reached, young people who study with an Academy teacher can be confident they will be taught according to safe teaching principles and are receiving the most comprehensive, well-structured and relevant programme of classical ballet available.