Sunday 18 October saw over 350 students and teachers take part in a huge variety of RAD activities. So many that we’re calling it ‘Super Sunday’.
The day unfolded as follows:
- In Newport, over 30 people came together to watch Ballet Cymru in company class and rehearsal for their production of Cerys Matthews’ TIR, before hearing from Artistic Director Darius James and his assistant Amy Doughty – who took part in the Genée in 1996. As a Creative Spaces event, proceeds have gone towards the staging of this year’s Genée International Ballet Competition, which took place in London in September.
- Hosted at Dublin’s Dance House, and to honour the memory of former RAD Examiner Fiona Campbell – who died in 2014 – 100 students (from all over Ireland!) took part in workshop based around Act II of Swan Lake.
- In Coventry, 111 students and RAD members enjoyed a bumper day of Comprehensives and CPD classes, as well as the region’s Annual General Meeting. (And if pain is a sure sign of gain, one participant limped away a happy customer: “I absolutely loved the course…but my goodness she worked my bottom muscles!”)
- In Kent, 13 young people studying at Intermediate level, together with a handful of their teachers, enjoyed a day of syllabus and variations coaching. For many, this was their first experience of an entire day of coaching. Students were given the chance to dance the variations as a solo in front of their peers and teachers – a great experience in preparation for exams.
- And in the capital, three events took place, reaching over 100 young people. The London Regional Advisory Committee’s ‘Let’s Dance’ day in the Fonteyn Building provided an interesting counterpoint to the Intensive Examination courses in the Academy’s Genée studio, whilst 37 children enjoyed a Matilda musical theatre workshop in Mayfair’s Arts Club.
Reflecting on the day, Matthew Cunningham – Director of Fundraising and Development said: “Days like this show the Academy’s student activity provision at its best: varied, innovative, of the highest quality, and with a diverse range of people getting to enjoy dance.”
Read more about our current range of activities, and watch out for our Student Course Guide at the end of year for news about our 2016 range.
(Photo: Beverley Dinsmore)