At the RAD, we are committed to understanding the issues affecting the LGBTQIA+ community and we’ll be sharing your stories and experiences all year round. So, whether you’re a part of the community or an ally, let us know about the issues you’ve faced, or what you’d like to celebrate.
Have you supported a student to feel more comfortable with their identity? Did dance help you find your pride? What do you do to make your dance classes an inclusive environment? Are you going to a Pride parade or party?
Email us with your stories and photos for a chance to be featured here on the website or in our Members’ Area. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ProudToBeRAD to be featured on our social media pages.
Choreographer Adriana Pierce created the initiative, #QueertheBallet, to broaden the definition and representation of classical ballet to meaningfully include lgbtq+ narratives and creative voices. Focusing on queer women, non-binary, and trans dancers in ballet, #QueertheBallet explores choreographic connections often absent from ballet stages and seeks to “queer” our ballet spaces with intention, authenticity, and pride.
"#QueertheBallet plans not only to boost the visibility of queer female and non-binary dancers, but also to disrupt ballet’s gendered movement system altogether, tossing out some traditional aspects of the male-female pas de deux while reinventing others. "Emily Dixon, The Guardian