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 planned 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.

Unfortunately due to the outbreak of Coronavirus COVID-19 we have decided to press pause on our Centenary celebrations in Australia and have an extended birthday which is celebrated further in 2021. Stay tuned for more information.  


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 planned our own programme of events to raise the profile of the RAD and to find new ways of engaging with different audiences.

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.

RAD Australia Centenary Medal supported by Bloch

To commemorate the Royal Academy of Dance teaching the world to dance and supporting young dancers’ development for 100 years RAD Australia will introduce the Centenary Medal supported by Bloch. The Centenary Medal will be awarded to the dancer who demonstrates exceptional artistry and performance for an audience. To find out more about the criteria and which events will incorporate the Centenary Medal discover more here.

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.