Royal Academy of Dance &

Association of International Dance Teachers

The Royal Academy of Dance


The Royal Academy of Dance was established in 1920 by five exceptional European dancers: Adeline Genée (Danish), Tamara Karsavina (Russian), Lucia Cormani (Italian), Edouard Espinosa (French), and Phyllis Bedells (English). They each believed standards needed to be raised if the art of teaching dance was to continue to pass from one generation to the next. As a result, they formed the Association of Teachers of Operatic Dancing - the organization that was to become the Royal Academy of Dance. Over the next decade, the Association grew in size as well as influence, and in 1936 at the last Privy Council Meeting of King George V, the Association was granted a Royal Charter and became the Royal Academy of Dancing.


Today, the Royal Academy of Dance is one of the largest and most influential dance education and training organizations in the world. The Academy's patron is HM Queen Elizabeth II, and its influence has spread to 82 countries, with over 15,500 members. There are currently 1,200 students in full-time or part-time teacher training programs with the Academy and each year, the examination syllabus is taught to more than 250,000 students worldwide. The Academy maintains close links with all those involved in the industry, at every level — from the internationally recognized Faculty of Education degree programs to those younger students participating in our summer schools.


The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is an international teacher education and awarding body for dance. It was established in 1920 as the Association of Operatic Dancing of Great Britain, granted a Royal Charter in 1936 and renamed the Royal Academy of Dancing. In 1999 it became the Royal Academy of Dance.


To lead the world of dance education


To promote knowledge, understanding and practice of dance internationally


  • To elevate and advance the art of dance by promoting the correct tuition of dance in its highest forms

  • To advance education in the art of dance

  • To acknowledge and reward achievement by setting and conducting examinations in dance

  • To provide a dance syllabus that is artistically and developmentally appropriate and fundamentally appealing to young children. Physical fitness and core dance skills as well as each child's creative voice are developed through activities that encourage critical thinking, self-confidence and social-emotional skills.

The Royal Academy of Dance aims to provide a syllabus that promotes feeling before form that is taught through a child-centered developmentally based approach.

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The Association of International Dance Teachers


AIDT is an examining body and non-profit association, whose aim is to promote the teaching and standard of Modern, Tap and Hip Hop dancing.

A comprehensive syllabus in all sections enables students from the age of 5 (five) years upwards to learn the correct technique, develop discipline and musicality while enjoying the dancing experience. Careful attention is given to anatomy as used in dance to avoid injury through incorrect use.

Our Aims

  • The aim of the AIDT is to promote a strong foundation in dance beginning from the early Pre-grade children through to Advanced levels. The syllabus is designed to develop a strong technical base while teaching the students discipline, musicality and performance quality.

  • The syllabus has been carefully developed from Pre-Grade using creativity and simple basic techniques. As the grades progress, stronger technique is employed, as well as a basic knowledge of anatomy pertaining to the work, while encouraging musicality and presentation.

  • There are 9 Modern, 8 Tap and 4 Hip Hop grades at present. Advanced dancers continue on through 3 Modern, 3 Tap and 2 Hip Hop that may lead into a professional dance career. If the necessary standard has been achieved the student may participate in a Solo Performers exam. The Association also offers a Bursary programme, which enables students to further their studies. Each year the examiner awards two Bursaries to a Modern student and a Tap student who achieves a high level of dance and performance in their exam. Tri-City Dance Centre offers Tap Exam Classes from Red Star to Gold Higher.

  • The aim of the Association is to inspire confidence in a student’s ability to achieve and encourage their personal development through dance."