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The RAD is delighted to announce that this year's Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award will be presented to Sir Matthew Bourne in recognition of outstanding services to dance.

RAD Chief Executive, Luke Rittner says, 'I can think of no more worthy recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award than Sir Matthew Bourne. His career has broken down barriers and brought dance to new audiences all over the world. His commitment to widening access and his encouragement of young male dancers, together with his unrivalled ability to tell stories through movement have made Matthew Bourne an international figure, and the Royal Academy of Dance is right to recognise with its highest award the unique and game-changing part that Matthew Bourne has played in promoting the art of dance.

Sir Matthew Bourne said, 'I am deeply humbled and delighted to be the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award in the year of Her Majesty's 90th birthday. I'm also honoured to follow many luminaries and heroes of the dance world who have previously received this honour and who have been an inspiration to me throughout my career. I share with the Royal Academy of Dance the same desire to inspire young people and to take dance to new audiences, and I thank them for honouring me in this very special and unexpected way.

Created in 1953 to mark the coronation of RAD Patron, Queen Elizabeth II, the Award was first conferred upon the Royal Ballet founder, Dame Ninette de Valois.



The final round of the 5th South African International Ballet Competition (SAIBC) took place at the Artscape Opera House on Saturday 27 February 2016.

South Korea scooped a total of nine medals across the Scholar and Junior divisions, and South Africa, with five gold medals, shone at this year's event.

The competition began on 23 February with five days of intense elimination rounds, culminating in Saturday night's Finals when entrants from Cuba, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, the USA, Latvia, Azerbaijan and South Africa faced off for medals and R400 000 in prize money.

The capacity audience was abuzz with anticipation as the exceptionally talented competitors, aged between 10 and 28 years of age, performed superbly in classical solos from well-known ballets, showcasing incredible versatility, artistry, musicality and a breathtaking technical standard.

The categories, in which dancers compete, in both ballet and contemporary dance, are Scholars, (12 to 15 years), Junior (16 to 20 years) and Seniors (21 to 28 years).

Male and female participants were judged separately in both the classical and contemporary divisions.

To bring the evening to a spectacular close, all 70 entrants that participated in the competition this year, danced an exuberant group performance choreographed by Lindy Raizenberg, a fitting finale for what has become known as South Africa's 'ballet olympics'. Guest performers on the night included Thami Njoko and the Arms & Length Dance Company, the Korea Youth Ballet Stars and the sensational Cuban born ballerina Adiarys Almeida, amongst others.

The winners are as follows:

Senior Classical - Girls
Gold Not awarded
Silver Miry Oh - South Korea
Bronze Annija Kopstale – Latvia
Senior Classical - Boys
Gold Jonhal Fernandez - Mexico
Silver Ariel Fabre - Cuba
Bronze Not awarded
Junior Classical - Girls
Gold Celine Park - South Korea
Silver Hyeonjeong Yoo - South Korea
Bronze Chaiwon Cho - South Korea
Junior Classical - Boys
Gold Leroy Mokgatle - South Africa
Silver Byeongin Choi - South Korea
Bronze Justin Valentine - USA
Scholar Classical - Girls
Gold Caroline Grossman - USA
Silver Nikita Boris - USA
Bronze Minji Namkoong - South Korea
Scholar Classical - Boys
Gold Jeongmin Cheon - South Korea
Silver Seungmin Lee - South Korea
Bronze Not awarded
Senior Contemporary - Girls
Gold Annija Kopstale - Latvia
Senior Contemporary - Boys
Gold Ariel Fabre - Cuba
Junior Contemporary - Girls
Gold Neline Theron - South Africa
Junior Contemporary - Boys
Gold Leroy Mokgatle - South Africa
Scholar Contemporary - Girls
Gold Shared by: Hyeji Kang - South Korea
and Bobby Strong - South Africa
Scholar Contemporary - Boys
Gold Faakhir Bestman - South Africa



Toronto, Canada – 20-23 August 2016

RAD Canada has announced their first conference for dance teachers, studio owners and school administrators, which will offer movement workshops, business and dance seminars, panel discussions, as well as special events such as a cocktail reception, a fashion show and a gala dinner.

Attendees will have the opportunity to network and engage with a variety of international faculty from Australia, Canada, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Esteemed faculty will include Li Cunxin, author of the best-selling autobiography, Mao's Last Dancer; choreographer Stacey Tookey, acclaimed for her work on So You Think You Can Dance; Lynn Wallis OBE, RAD Artistic Director; Marie Walton-Mahon, author of Progressing Ballet Technique; jazz and tap dynamos Jay T. Schramek and Kerry Gage, and many, many more!


We have put together convenient packages for conference attendees from outside Canada, which include hotel accommodation at the conference venue and a thrilling trip to Niagara Falls. Packages are based on one or two people, with discounted rates for RAD Members.

  • View packages in CA$ here.

  • View packages in GBP here.

Booking is now open.