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Darcey Bussell CBE announced as RAD President

World-renowned Prima Ballerina Darcey Bussell CBE has been elected President of the Royal Academy of Dance, becoming only the fourth President in the organisation's 92 year history.

Darcey follows in the footsteps of Dame Antoinette Sibley who retired in April after 21 years in the role. She joins the RAD, one of the world's most influential dance training organisations, at a time of growth and increasing public interest in all forms of dance.

Luke Rittner, Chief Executive, welcomed Darcey's appointment: "Our membership voted overwhelmingly to appoint Darcey as our fourth


President and I am personally delighted that she has accepted the position. Darcey is one of Britain's most distinguished ballerinas, and her passion for all forms of dance make her the ideal role model to lead the Royal Academy of Dance towards its centenary in 2020," he said. "We look forward to working with her on a wide variety of national and international projects that will keep us, and our members, at the forefront of dance education and training."

Darcey commented: "It is a privilege to be asked to be President of the Royal Academy of Dance, an institution which consistently makes such an outstanding contribution to the art of classical ballet and to so many forms of dance. It is very important to me that the RAD continues to both provide the very best quality of training, but also continues to instill the enjoyment and love of dance in everyone by offering such a wide range of opportunities to get involved," she said. "As President of the RAD, I will aim to embody the Academy's vision and values, which Dame Antoinette Sibley so wholeheartedly supported and which strongly reflect not only the organisation's rich past but also its investment in the future of dance, dance-education and training. I am passionate about dance and truly look forward to representing the RAD in this role."

Widely recognised as one of the most accomplished English ballerinas of all time, Darcey joined the Royal Ballet in 1988 and rose to Principal Dancer. During her career, she performed as a guest artist with leading international ballet companies around the world, including the New York City Ballet. Her final performance was in MacMillan's Song of the Earth performed with Carlos Acosta at the Royal Opera House and broadcast on BBC 2 in 2007 but she has continued to be very active in the dance world. She has just been confirmed as the new judge on BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing this autumn.


Examiners' Seminar Session




RAD Singapore Summer School

The summer school classes which were held at 13 venues from 9th to 13th June 2014, received a total of 511 enrolments and we had a faculty of 16 tutors. The classes offered were from Primary to Adult Ballet and the age ranges from 6 to 72 years old. The finale was a performance at the end of the week at the Republic Cultural Centre.

"Design a Summer School T-shirt Competition" was opened to all summer school participants and the winners were Koh Shen Jean and Variel Ng Shin Rei.

Two students Chan Yi Jia and Felicia Er Xiu Wen received a Tuition Scholarship to attend the International Summer School at the McDonald College in Sydney, offered by Ms. Jacqui Dumont.

RAD Singapore's commitment to the community was supported by donors who purchased one hundred and twenty performance tickets that were distributed to children with special educational needs at Canossian School, Down Syndrome Association and the Parthlight School.












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