A day to remember

Workshops and masterclasses at Members’ Day 2024.

Dance Gazette | Inside RAD | Issue 10 – June 2024

Members’ Day 2024, held at the RAD on 21 April, was a huge success, welcoming over 150 members on-site and 600 members remotely from around the world. 

Karen Hauer, star of Strictly Come Dancing, gave an energetic Latin masterclass, while artists from Jasmin Vardimon Company explored dance and virtual reality. Members also enjoyed performances from SYNC (the RAD’s Step Into Dance Company), English National Ballet School and Jordan James Bridge of Studio Wayne McGregor.

The day saw a variety of informative and inspiring workshops on topics including: musicality, contemporary dance with Rambert Grades, teaching Silver Swans, yoga and stress management and Character dance.

Insightful panel conversations and presentations on the power of language (see ‘In other words’ ) in this issue, injury prevention and the RAD brand, and the RAD’s 87th AGM was held during the day. There was even a chance to see what an RAD exam from 1923 would have looked like!

Among the highlights of the day were the first-ever RAD Awards recognising the contributions of RAD teachers. Congratulations to Rebecca Yates (Dance for Wellbeing Award), Mariah-Jane Thies (Innovation in Dance Award), Marta Comas Utiel (Championing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Award) and Natalie Hall (Community Engagement Dance Teacher Award). Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Dance awards have been presented to Paula Hunt, Margaret Graham-Hill and Virginia Parkinson.


Workshops and events at Members’ Day. Photo: David Kaplowitz

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In other words

The words we use and hear in dance classes can have a lasting impact – for good and bad. Lyndsey Winship explores how teachers can harness the power of language.

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Why has the RAD refreshed its brand – and what ideas and emotion does the refresh convey?


Take your shot

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Values added

In the first column in his new Dance Gazette series, Chief Executive Tim Arthur reflects on the RAD’s new set of values – and explains why he’s always ‘happy to help.’