The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is one of the world’s leading dance education organisations with headquarters in Battersea, London. We are a global leader in dance education and Continuing Professional Development for dance. The RAD's patron is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and our President is Darcey Bussell, CBE.
The RADiate project (established in 1990) provides weekly subsidised dance sessions in primary special schools and mainstream schools with Autism Spectrum Disorder based within London, and one 'hub' venue at the RAD Headquarters in Battersea, that allows students from various schools who cannot support RADiate sessions onsite to attend. Our tutors, who are specialists in working with such children, deliver dance sessions in which the children have the opportunity to express themselves and explore their creativity. In addition, the children are able to contribute ideas towards showing their work at the end of each term to an audience of other children in their school and sometimes to parents as well. Apart from benefiting creatively, this target group also benefits educationally, physically and socially since the specific nature of dance particularly suits their more visual, non-verbal learning style.
The weekly sessions consist of two separate 40-45 minute sessions which each cater for approximately 6-7 students with autism and moderate to severe learning difficulties. Where possible, our specialist dance teachers work in close collaboration with school staff in order to ensure that the dance sessions are appropriate to the children's needs while remaining challenging to them. In mainstream schools we now include children with statements of SEN as well as those waiting for statements, and children with BESD or self-esteem issues, all of whom also benefit from working in a small group.
The current fees for schools are £48 per 2-hour session (frozen at 2015/16 rates). This works out at just £480 for a 10 week term.
In addition, we also hold two RADiate sessions at our headquarters in Battersea on a Monday between 1-2pm and another between 2-3pm during term time. Students from any London primary school can join these sessions throughout the academic year. There is a nominal fee of £3 per child, per week. The group sizes are between 6-10 students. Some students are brought to and from the sessions by their LSAs and others by their parents.