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What is the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD)?

The RAD is one of the world’s most influential dance education organizations. The exams set standards in classical ballet worldwide. RAD is a global leader in dance education and Continuing Professional Development for dance. Founded in 1920 to set standards for dance teaching within the UK, today RAD has a presence in 79 countries, with 36 offices and over 14,000 members worldwide. More than 1,000 students are counted in RAD’s teacher training programs and more than a quarter of a million students are being examined on RAD syllabi. All RAD-trained faculty are dedicated to meeting the needs of current and future dancers by providing education programs and qualifications.

Now in its 94th year, RAD continues to promote and develop excellence in dance. The syllabi is taught around the world and thousands of students are enrolled in the many dance courses and study programs. RAD alumni have gone on to work with the most prestigious dance companies and to become the best teachers. And, as part of the social responsibility remit, RAD continues to bring dance into a growing range of communities and schools.

RAD and The Sarasota Ballet to Train Professional Dancers to Become Dance Teachers

The Royal Academy of Dance, in partnership with The Sarasota Ballet, announced a new program for professional dancers wishing to prepare for a career in teaching. In the 40th Anniversary year of the RAD’s Professional Dancers’ Teaching Certificate, the partnership with The Sarasota Ballet will bring the Academy’s worldwide teaching qualification to dancers across the United States.

The Professional Dancers’ Postgraduate Teaching Certificate: Sarasota (PDPTC) is the latest addition to the RAD’s portfolio of programs designed specifically with the needs of professional dancers who are considering a career in teaching. This follows upon the success of the PDPTC in Berlin delivered in collaboration with the Berlin State Ballet.

PDPTC: Sarasota is a one year part-time program, combining distance learning with an onsite intensive study period held in Sarasota, Florida, in collaboration with The Sarasota Ballet. Starting in January 2017, this flexible program of study accommodates the dancers’ rehearsal, performance and work schedules or teaching commitments, and provides a secure platform for a career in teaching.

The PDPTC: Sarasota program begins with an Induction Seminar in January 2017; this is followed by a period of distance learning. In June 2017 (exact dates will be published nearer the start of the program) students will attend an Intensive Study Period (ISP) for four weeks. The ISP comprises of practical sessions, lectures, seminars, discussion groups and tutorials.

Both the Induction Seminar and ISP will take place at The Sarasota Ballet.

Those successfully completing the PDPTC will be eligible to become Registered Teachers of the RAD, and will benefit from the exclusive right to enter candidates for RAD examinations as well as becoming part of a highly respected international community of dance professionals.

“The transition from a professional dancer to a teacher can be a difficult one. Completing this wonderful RAD programme for professional dancers gave me the confidence to have a second career in teaching and staging ballets.” Margaret Barbieri, ARAD, PDTC (Dip) PG Cert., Sarasota Ballet Assistant Director

Apply by 1 September 2016 to start in January 2017
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“I am thrilled that Iain Webb and Margaret Barbieri of The Sarasota Ballet are collaborating with the RAD on this exciting new programme.”
Darcey Bussell CBE, President, RAD

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