The RAD has been inspiring the world to dance for almost a century, and on 31 December 2020 will officially turn 100.

To celebrate this landmark in our history, we are planning a year-long programme of events and initiatives throughout 2020, leading up to that moment and focused on sharing our past, our present and our future with our global dance community.

Here we unveil highlights of the exciting year ahead and the one message that we want you to take away is that we want everyone, young and old to get involved in the celebrations.

Billingham Community News December 2017

IF you have always fancied giving ballet a spin then you might want to hot foot it to the SRC Sports Centre
in Billingham. There, dance instructor Jo Laud is now offering lessons for all age groups from twinkle toed toddlers
to Silver Swans.

“I tend to get more enquiries about the adult classes than any other,” said Jo, who as a Royal Academy of
Dance (RAD) registered teacher has been teaching ballet for more than 15 years.
Describing ballet as a great form of exercise, she said: “For the over 55 age group in particular, there is
research that proves dancing is one of the best things you can do.”
Working just about every muscle group, she said it is good for both the body and mind, and that, along
with the social aspect, can help make people generally feel better in themselves.
One of the first teachers in the country to be licensed by the RAD to teach Silver Swans (over 55s), Jo has been dancing since she was nine.

Training as a child with Anne Jeanes at the Forum, it seems only fitting that she should now be teaching
in the town. With opportunities for everyone from complete beginners to advanced dancers, Jo believes ballet
brings benefits whatever your age. For children she said: “As well as the obvious physical
benefits of dance related exercise, there is the social aspects of being part of a group of friends outside of
school. It also teaches self-reliance, focus and when it comes to balancing dance around homework the
ability to prioritise your time.”
The good news, for both adults and children, is that you can take it up at any age.
Want to know more about the ballet opportunities coming to the SRC Sports Centre on Marsh House

Call 07771 722289 or email for details or to
book your place.