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Elizabeth Triegaardt FRAD

The annual RAD Awards Day is always a truly unforgettable day for graduates and members who are honoured. On this day, Monday 15 July 2019, Professor Elizabeth Triegaardt, was presented with a Fellowship Award by RAD President, Dame Darcey Bussell, at Imperial College London.

Prof as she is fondly known is synonymous in the dance world – she has been a most eloquent, reliant, hardworking, dedicated, loyal and much loved ambassador for the UCT School of Dance; Cape Town City Ballet and indeed the wider dance community. To the RAD she is nothing short of brilliant in her field, kind and compassionate.

RAD National Director, Olivia Lume says:
“In the thirty odd years I have been at the RAD not once has Elizabeth distanced herself from our organisation, be it on a local or international front. On the contrary she has always welcomed every association with the Academy and on most occasions she has gone the extra mile to accommodate our projects and ventures. One cannot forget that she together with a small team of Cape Town City Ballet dancers and personnel were the driving force for the RAD's hugely successful and inspirational community based project, Sizodanisa – Let's Dance! staged alongside the Genée International Ballet Competition held in Cape Town in 2011. Her hospitality and keenness to go the extra mile is commendable and greatly appreciated. We are hugely indebted to this exceptional lady who exudes brilliance, humility and kindness”.

To commemorate this well deserved and remarkable achievement, friends, family and colleagues were invited to a celebratory function at the home of John and Kim Day in Constantia, Cape Town on 9th November. In congratulating Elizabeth, Olivia Lume reiterated: “The Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Dance is awarded for outstanding contribution to the art of dance and for exceptional meritorious service to the RAD – Elizabeth fits the brief to the Tee and beyond. Congratulations! You are hugely deserving of the Fellowship Award. Your dedication to the advancement of dance is not only remarkable but unparalleled. You have been and continue to be tireless in your efforts in raising awareness, ensuring professionalism and leading South African dance, dancers and dance educators to international heights. We respect, admire and love you dearly. We salute you Prof.”


Recruiting RAD Examiners

The Royal Academy of Dance is looking to recruit examiners to service its worldwide market.

If you would like to be an RAD Examiner you will need to be a well presented professional who is discreet and impartial. You should have an in-depth knowledge of the Academy's work with the potential to understand, demonstrate and apply the RAD examination marking criteria and definitions as stated in the Specifications.

You must hold a qualification at Level 4 or higher in dance or dance education with a substantial ballet component.

You need to be competent in written English and fluent in spoken English, with excellent communication and effective interpersonal skills, and the ability to work independently and use judgement and initiative in challenging situations. You will also need to have proficient IT skills including email and word processing, and be willing to learn how to examine using the RAD's iPad-based marking app.

Examining can be demanding physically and mentally, but is also extremely rewarding, and provides opportunities for travel nationally and internationally.


Please send your video application and completed application form to Lillian Doleman via by 6.00pm on the closing date of 10 February 2020.

Successful applicants will be invited to attend a 1 – 2 day audition between April – June 2020, at a location to be confirmed.
The new examiner training programmes will take place in late 2020 and throughout 2021.

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