CfP Dance Teaching in the 21st Century: Practice and Innovation

10 & 11 December 2016

Sydney, Australia

The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) has been at the forefront of dance education and teaching for nearly 100 years. As dance and dance pedagogies evolve, the RAD continues to be committed to leading and innovating dance teacher education and training. In today’s rapidly-evolving dance ecology, how do past practices inform current trends? How do recent innovations shape the way we learn and teach dance and ensure safe dance practices?

It is to our beautiful city that the RAD’s Genée International Ballet Competition returns in December 2016. To coincide with the Genée Competition in Sydney, RAD Australia will host an international conference on practices and innovations in dance teaching for the 21st century. The conference seeks to bring together dance teachers, educators, researchers, historians and scholars from across a variety of dance disciplines to discuss practices and innovations within the context of dance teaching in this century.

The conference aims to address:

  • Current local and international dance trends and practices in pedagogies for dance,  education and training
  • The role of past models of dance teacher training and education in current day practice
  • Impact of innovation and technologies on the learning and teaching of dance
  • Understanding the influence of dance heritage in today’s rapidly evolving dance ecology
  • Approaches for embedding safe dance practice in dance teacher training and education
  • The role of other forms of training to support dancer and dance teacher education
  • Global perspectives on the role of dance competitions in the training and education of children, adolescents and young adults

    Paper presentations will be approximately 20 minutes in length. Interested presenters should submit an abstract of no more than 200 words, accompanied by a biography (100 words maximum) and full contact details of the author (address, email, telephone) to the programme committee at by 26 June 2016. For further information please visit


    Sydney is a major global city that boasts a vibrant arts and cultural scene. A mosaic of influences from the history of the land’s ancient inhabitants and waves of migration has created a mix of diverse cultures, which has seen Sydney continue to grow, evolve and flourish.

    Programme Committee:

    Michelle Groves, Director of Education, Royal Academy of Dance (London)
    Dr Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel, Research Manager Faculty of Education, RAD (London) Associate Professor Gene Moyle, Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane)

    Conference Organiser:

    Katarina Baykitch, Royal Academy of Dance, Australia (Sydney)

For more information, please see  the event page at: