(Known prior to 2001 as Royal Academy of Dancing)
British dance examination board. It was founded on 31 Dec. 1920 by Philip Richardson in conjunction with an eminent group of dancers and teachers including Adeline Genée and Édouard Espinosa. It was originally known as the Association of Operatic Dancing in Great Britain and its aim was to monitor standards of classical ballet training. In 1936 it was granted its royal charter, becoming the Royal Academy of Dancing, and it developed into the world's largest examining and training body, holding examinations for all standards of ballet throughout the world. It began running a teacher-training course in 1947 and since 1954 it has also presented the annual Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award for services to British ballet, with recipients including de Valois, Karsavina, Rambert, Dolin, Helpmann, van Praagh, Haskell, and Grey. Its first president was Genée, who was succeeded by Fonteyn (from 1954) and Antoinette Sibley (from 1991). In 1993 it forged an academic partnership with Durham University and in 1997 it was amalgamated with the Benesh Institute, allowing it to offer a wide range of diplomas and degree courses for notators and teachers.
http://www.rad.org.uk Website for the Royal Academy of Dance