29 October 2022 - 30 October 2022

The Bedells Bursary 2022

Enter The Bedells Bursary and you could win £1,000, and a further £250 in recognition of your own choreography. 

Recognising young dancers’ excellence in artistic and technical achievement and providing opportunities for creativity, the bursary is named in honour of Phyllis Bedells, a founder member and vice-president of the RAD.

It takes place each year, and is open to young dancers, globally, who have passed the RAD Advanced 1 Examination with Distinction.

Supported by the Mary Kipps Bequest, the bursary winner will receive £1,000.

The bursary also recognises the huge importance of nurturing and providing opportunities for creativity in young dancers with the Dancer’s Own section. This allows candidates to perform their own choreography, or one designed by a fellow student. The Choreographic Award recognises the best of the Dancer’s Own choreography. Thanks to a bequest from the estate of the late Dr Ivor Guest, a monetary prize of £250 will be awarded.

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Key Information

Level Age Fee Closing Date
Advanced 1 (with Distinction) Be 17 years or under £90 Candidate Entry Fee
26 September 2022 12:00pm


Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October 2022

Candidates must be available on both days, please refer to the Application Pack for further guidance on timings across the two days.


Royal Academy of Dance
188 York Road
SW11 3JZ

Bursary Prizes

The winner of the Bursary will be awarded £1,000. The Choreographic Award winner will receive £250.


The 2022 bursary will consist of:

  • a non-syllabus class at Advanced 1 level,
  • the performance of Dancer’s Own, and
  • one Classical Repertoire variation

The non-syllabus classical class will be set by the Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Dance, Gerard Charles who will not be a member of the Judging Panel. A warm-up class will also take place before the Bursary class.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must fulfil the following:

  • Be current members of the RAD
  • Be of non-professional status
  • Have passed the RAD Advanced 1 Examination with Distinction.
  • The required Examination results must have been awarded by 26 September.
  • Be aged 17 years or under on 26 September.
  • Have not taken the RAD’s Advanced 2 Examination before 26 September.

How to Enter

  • Download and read the 2022 Application Pack to ensure you have all of the information required before you begin completing the online application form.
  • Make your application online by clicking ‘Enter now’ as highlighted above,  providing all the requested information.
  • The fee of £90.00 must be paid at the time of application.
  • All applications must be received by the closing date. Applicants who have taken the required examination but are still waiting for their result may apply provided that all other entry requirements are met. Applicants must advise by 26 September 2022 whether they are eligible to enter. Candidates who have not achieved the required examination result by 26 September will be refunded their entry fee.
  • A short biography, of not more than 60 words, must be included with the application. Please include details of specific teachers or coaches who have been influential in your training if you feel this is appropriate to your biography.
  • A short explanation of why the candidate has selected the variation they are to perform, and how they went about creating their Dancer’s Own, must also be included.
  • Students may re-apply for the Bursary as many times as they wish, provided the entry requirements are met.

Important notice
Candidates will receive confirmation that their application has been received; please note this is not confirmation of a place at this year’s Bursary. Candidates will be notified after the closing date at the end of September, as to whether or not they have secured a place. Please do not book any travel or accommodation prior to receiving the final confirmation.

Audience Tickets

Tickets to observe the on-stage Bursary class and performance of two solos by each candidate, will be available to purchase shortly.


For further information please email: participate@rad.org.uk.