Celebrating Pride

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.

Proud to be an Ally

The RAD's Chief Executive on what it means to be an LGBTQIA+ ally.
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Having an understanding...

An RAD teacher shares her experience about supporting a Trans student at her school.
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Chantelle's story

Chantelle talks about her experiences as an RAD student and offers advice on supporting others in the LGBTQIA+ community.
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The first place I could be myself...

Trans ballet dancer, and RAD student, Sophie Rebecca, on what dance means to her.
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#QueertheBallet

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.

James Whiteside interview

“Sensitivity, grace, artistry – those are all typically associated with femininity. Those, for a male, are negatives. I don’t agree with that."
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Harper Watters interview

"The dance studio has always been a place where I can turn the volume up to a ten on who I am.”
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And the category is

Voguing and classical ballet seem worlds apart. Anna Winter invites leaders from these very different worlds to share some Royal Ballet realness.
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Here, queer and dancing

A male pairing on the British tv show Strictly Come Dancing shone a spotlight on the LGBTQ+ dance scene. Here we explore the history and power of queer dance.
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