News: New President for Royal Academy of Dance

Monday 14 May 2012 by Carmel Smith

Image: Darcey Bussell, courtesy of Darcey Bussell.

Darcey Bussell is to succeed Dame Antoinette Sibley, who retired last month, as President of the Royal Academy of Dance.

Luke Rittner, Chief Executive, welcomed Darcey’s appointment:
“Our membership voted overwhelmingly to appoint Darcey as our fourth President and I am personally delighted that she has accepted the position. Darcey is one of Britain’s most distinguished ballerinas, and her passion for all forms of dance make her the ideal role model to lead the Royal Academy of Dance towards its centenary in 2020,” he said. “We look forward to working with her on a wide variety of national and international projects that will keep us, and our members, at the forefront of dance education and training.”

Darcey said: “It is a privilege to be asked to be President of the Royal Academy of Dance, an institution which consistently makes such an outstanding contribution to the art of classical ballet and to so many forms of dance. It is very important to me that the RAD continues to both provide the very best quality of training, but also continues to instill the enjoyment and love of dance in everyone by offering such a wide range of opportunities to get involved.”
As President of the RAD, I will aim to embody the Academy’s vision and values, which Dame Antoinette Sibley so wholeheartedly supported and which strongly reflect not only the organisation’s rich past but also its investment in the future of dance, dance-education and training. I am passionate about dance and truly look forward to representing the RAD in this role.”

Although she moved to Australia after retiring from the Royal Ballet in 2007, she still maintains an active interest in dance in the UK – and will be spending even more time back here from the Autumn when she joins the panel of judges on BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Image: Darcey Bussell, courtesy of Darcey Bussell

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