17 August 2022 11:05

Royal Academy of Dance collaborates with Rambert Grades in Australian pilot for RAD Registered Teachers

This collaboration between Rambert Grades and RAD brings together two world-leading dance education and training brands in an exciting new relationship. Both have a shared passion for dance underpinned by excellence in teaching practice and a desire to widen access.

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Together we introduce a new opportunity to Australian dance students and teachers with Rambert Grades, a progressive and inclusive contemporary dance syllabus created by two of the world’s leading contemporary dance organisations: Rambert School and Rambert Company. As one of the world’s leading dance education training organisations with a strong network of almost 1,000 qualified dance educators in Australia, the RAD is best positioned to bring Rambert Grades to a broader Australian dance community.

The collaboration will be piloted in Australia for 3 years and then rolled out internationally.

Tim Arthur, RAD Chief Executive said: “I can’t tell you how delighted I am to be entering into this collaboration with Rambert Grades. The RAD has a huge and longstanding love and appreciation for the remarkable creative vision and undeniable brilliance of Rambert. We were very proud to award Dame Marie Rambert the RAD’s Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award in 1956. Dance is fundamentally an act of creative collaboration, we’re certain that with this relationship we can create great things and at the same time bring the world of dance a little closer together.”

Created in a landmark collaborative partnership between Rambert (dance company) and Rambert School, Rambert Grades is a new Awarding Organisation, recognised by Ofqual, delivering a progressive and inclusive contemporary dance syllabus.

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The syllabus was developed by a team of industry experts with additional solo material created by internationally renowned choreographers Hofesh Shechter OBE, Alesandra Seutin and Benoit Swan Pouffer. Training is accessible to all ages, abilities and bodies regardless of prior experience of formal dance training. Across three levels and eight qualifications (grades 1-8), Rambert Grades teachers are taught to promote a safe environment for students to develop lifelong skills. This approach resonates with RAD’s values; both a belief that every body can dance and a commitment to ensuring a quality and safe dance experience for all.

Speaking of the benefit to RAD Registered Teachers and their students, RAD Artistic Director Gerard Charles said: “Not only does Rambert offer an excellent standard of dance training, they also share our values of quality teaching, student engagement, movement quality, response to music, and making good dance education available to all. I am pleased that by making this contemporary syllabus available to our RAD teaching members this will add value to the opportunities they can bring their students.”

Find out more on the RAD Australia website.