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Phyllis Bedells Bursary (London)

Phyllis Bedells Bursary (London)
Named in honour of Phyllis Bedells, a founder member and Vice-President of the RAD, this bursary is awarded to young dancers under 17 years of age who have passed the RAD Intermediate and Advanced 1 exams (Advanced 1 with Distinction), but have not entered for the Advanced 2 exam.

2017 information

This bursary, supported by the Mary Kipps Bequest, is awarded annually and has a value of up to £1,000 to be used to further the winner's training. Payment can be offset against existing tuition fees or against material and equipment.

The 2017 bursary will take place on Sunday 26 March at RAD headquarters in front of an audience and a panel of three judges. It will consist of a non-syllabus class at Advanced 1 level, followed by the performance of Dancer’s Own and one Classical Repertoire variation for both female and male students. The non-syllabus classical class will be set by the appointed teacher who will not be a member of the Judging Panel. A warm up barre will take place before the Bursary class with the appointed class teacher.

The entry fee is £74 per student and you can apply for the bursary online.

Closing date: 6 March 2017

Download the 2017 Information Pack .

The bursary is open to the public, and 
tickets are available at £18 including VAT. Each student will receive one ticket for a place in the audience for a family member or friend with a 50% discount.  

New section introduced in 2015

Recognising the huge importance of nurturing and providing opportunities for creativity in young dancers, the format of the Phyllis Bedells Bursary was updated in 2015.

To replace the current set variations, a new section has been added. This will allow candidates to perform their own variation, or one designed by their teacher or a peer, and must be danced in pointe shoes by females. This continues the thread begun with the ‘Dancer’s Own’ element, introduced to the Genée in 2012, and echoes its format with a performance of 1.00–1.30 minutes’ duration.

A choreographic award will also be added to the bursary, to be assessed on the following elements:

  • Structure
  • Dynamics of movement
  • Use of space
  • Depiction of theme or story
  • Use of music and sound.

This will provide an important step in the development of young dancers, with the opportunity for candidates to experience the artistic freedom to produce and perform their own creation to their own choice of music. It will also promote and reward choreography as a distinct part of the creative process. 

For further information please contact Maria O’Connor, Student Activities Officer on +44 (0)20 7326 8024 or courses@rad.org.uk.

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