Dance Division Professional Partnerships
Royal Academy of Dance
Boston Conservatory at Berklee is the first performing arts institution in the United States to offer students a ballet teaching qualification in partnership with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), a global leader in dance education and training.
RAD is renowned for setting international standards in classical ballet training and dance teacher education. The partnership will allow students at the Conservatory to become eligible for Royal Academy of Dance Registered Teacher Status (RTS) once they complete both online coursework and a practical module. Currently, both aspects of the program are administered at the Conservatory’s Boston campus. The program is designed to expand a student dance instructor’s thinking, and has a strong emphasis on the evolution of movement, age and developmentally appropriate pedagogy, and movement theory.
The Royal Academy of Dance certificate opens the door to teaching in 80 countries and graduates will also be given access to the RAD International Jobs database.
The program takes two years to complete and is an addition to the students’ Boston Conservatory program of study. Students on the Royal Academy of Dance Access Route to RTS will complete the online portion of their coursework during the school year. The practical module is taught by instructor Gemma Williams, a RAD tutor who is now a part-time faculty member at Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
In 2018, Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Holland College signed an articulation agreement that allows Holland College dance performance graduates to carry over up to 44 academic credits when they enroll in the Conservatory’s renowned Bachelor of Fine Arts in contemporary dance performance program. This helps reduce the amount of time and expense required for students to complete the Conservatory's degree program. Learn more.