The RAD has a long history of improving dance training standards. It was founded in 1920 to reinvigorate dance teaching within the UK; however, over time it has expanded its influence and activities internationally counting currently more than 1,000 students in full-time or part-time teacher training programs. The RAD examination syllabus, taught to more than a quarter of a million students worldwide, helps and encourages teachers to perfect their teaching skills and pass on this knowledge to their students.
The Academy's patron is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Today the RAD has a presence in 79 countries, with 36 offices and approximately 14,000 members worldwide. The RAD supports its membership base of professional dancers, students, teachers, benefactors and friends through the knowledge, support and technical expertise of our highly qualified staff and the social interaction of like-minded enthusiasts at RAD conferences, workshops, training courses or summer schools.