Celebrating the Royal Academy of Dance at 100

The RAD has been inspiring the world to dance for almost a century, and on 31 December 2020 will officially turn 100.

To celebrate this landmark in our history, we are planning a year-long programme of events and initiatives throughout 2020, leading up to that moment and focused on sharing our past, our present and our future with our global dance community.

For the first time we are unveiling highlights of the exciting year ahead and the one message that we want you to take away is that we want everyone, young and old to get involved in the celebrations.

100 Events in 100 Places

Never short on ambition, we’re planning to host 100 events in 100 places around the world. If you’d like to get involved and plan your own event, contact us for more information.

Here at RAD Australia we have planned our own programme of events to raise the profile of the RAD and to find new ways of engaging with different audiences.  Download our RAD Australia Centenary events calendar for your wall but in the meantime see below for details.

Boys DANCE 20 and Challenge
3 – 4 January – AC Arts, Adelaide, SA             

Our annual Project B boys only summer workshop will be supersized for the centenary to include a boys dance challenge. A unique boys only competition adjudicated by Gerard Charles RAD Artistic Director.

Shaping Bodies, Shaping Minds  
18 – 19 January – VCASS – Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, Melbourne, VIC

A two day conference bringing together performers, teachers, practitioners and scholars from the fields of dance, education, history, science and cultural engagement for an exciting and thought-provoking programme. Includes an opening cocktail party on Friday 17 January.

RAD100 Pop Up
1 March – Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC
A Pop Up dance event showcasing RAD programs, students and teachers from the Victoria region. Free come and try classes available.

RAD100 at the Victorian Dance Festival
3-5 April – Batman Royale, Melbourne, VIC
Project B Superhero class for 3-7 year olds returns to VDF. We welcome back the 2019 Silver Swans licensees who trained at the event last year to come back with their Swans to take class for free. We hope to have 100 Swans so come along and join in the fun! More info coming soon.

Cocktail Event celebrating RAD100 and the 25 Anniversary of the Jacqueline Morland Awards
5 April – St John’s Anglican College Performing Arts Centre, Forest Lake, Brisbane, QLD
This will be a celebration event for the 100 Anniversary of the Academy and also the 25 Anniversary of Jacqueline Morland awards.  A Cocktail event will follow the 25th Anniversary awards with an opportunity to meet the judges. Book now.

RAD100 Gala
18 April – National Theatre, St Kilda, VIC
A supersized centenary edition of our annual Student Showcase for Victoria and Tasmania with special guests. More info coming soon

RAD100 Pop Up at The Orange Show
9-10 May – Orange Showgrounds, Orange, NSW
A pop up event featuring schools from Regional Western New South Wales with come and try classes for the general public and highlights from our current initiatives including Project B and Silver Swans. More info coming soon.

Pas de Deux Partnering Masterclass
17 May – RAD Darlinghurst Studio, Sydney, NSW
Join us for an advanced student partnering masterclass with support from Artists of The Australian Ballet. Bring a partner and develop skills in lifts, turns and other partnering basics.
Book here.

RAD100 Gala
23 May – Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
A supersized centenary edition of our annual Gala in the region showcasing the talent of ACT students. More info coming soon.

WA Festival of Dance Gala; Celebrating 100 years
1 June – Curtin Theatre, Fremantle, WA
The culmination of 4 days of the Festival of Dance the Gala evening in 2020 will include performances by scholarship recipients, a performance dedicated to celebrating the centenary as well as guest artists. Originally from Perth, David McAllister AM Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet and RAD Vice President, will adjudicate on the Gala evening in particular for the David McAllister Cup – an ensemble prize in his honour. The first time in a number of years he has been able to adjudicate his own award. More info coming soon.

From Genée to Fonteyn – An evening with the Genée alumni hosted by David McAllister AM
6 September – Melbourne Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC
A cocktail evening with previous Australian medallists from the Genée/Fonteyn International Ballet Competition. A unique behind the scenes look at the competition over the years with perspectives from judges, choreographers, dancers, medallists and teachers. Special guests include Amber Scott and Montana Rubin currently dancing with The Australian Ballet and Simone Goldsmith and Kirsty Martin formerly dancers with The Australian Ballet. More special guests to be announced next year. Book now here.

RAD100 Gala
18 October – St John’s Anglican College Performing Arts Centre, Forest Lake, QLD
Centenary Gala showcasing schools in the Queensland region. More info coming soon

RAD100 Pop Up
22 November – Rundle Mall Gawler Place, Adelaide, SA
A pop up event featuring schools from South Australia and highlights from our current initiatives including Project B and Silver Swans. Free come and try classes available. More events will be added in more states as the year progresses. Stay tuned for regular updates!

RAD Australia Centenary Partners

A commemorative book

We are publishing a new book, Royal Academy of Dance: Celebrating 100 Years. This commemorative volume, released in December 2019, charts the history of the RAD, providing an overview of the Academy’s accomplishments up until the present, along with a sense of its plans for the future. Containing stunning archival and contemporary photographs, this is a fabulous celebration of exams, training, events and competitions, and the many personalities associated with the RAD over the years. Pre-purchase your copy here


Global plans

Our centenary plans reach far and wide across the globe with a number of special activities combining to make this our most exciting year to date. See below a list of just a few of our major projects.

  • RAD Centenary Dance Teacher Awards
  • Dance is in our DNA
  • Dance Gazette guest editors
  • New headquarters
  • Examiners’ Seminar
  • The Genée is renamed the Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition
  • On Point: Royal Academy of Dance at 100 – an exhibition at the V&A Museum, London
  • Between the Lines: The Art of Choreology – Benesh International Congress
  • Conference 2020 (London) Mapping Dance and Dance Teaching: Past(s), Present and Future(s)

Find out more about these and our 100 events in 100 places here


Join Our Celebrations

If you would like to know more about our centenary plans, or would like to be a part of them as a participant, sponsor or volunteer please contact Nichola Hall National Marketing and Communications Manager on marketing@rad.org.au. We’d also love to hear more about your own plans to mark the milestone.