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Date: 02/05/24


Royal Academy of Dance expands its dance programme for older learners


Silver Swans programme to feature new resources & seated dance exercises




Still by David Kaplowitz.


Today the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is delighted to announce the expansion of its transformative Silver Swans programme, offering more resources and exercises including seated dance.


Launched in 2017 Silver Swans is specifically designed for older learners to experience the joy of dance, improve their health and wellbeing, and connect with their peers. It was launched in 2017 and built on research conducted by the Royal Academy of Dance in 2013 on dance for lifelong wellbeing.


Silver Swans classes are taught exclusively by Silver Swans licensees in over 50 countries, with over 500 teachers in the UK.


Over the years, Silver Swans programme has gained in popularity, with notable Silver Swans dancers who routinely take classes including Queen Camilla and Silver Swans Ambassador Angela Rippon.


The expansion of this transformative programme will see the introduction of exercises such as seated dancing, new barre and floor work, and new branding and merchandise.


Speaking of the news, Alexander Campbell Artistic Director of the RAD said: “At the RAD we are so proud that our Silver Swans program has transformed and touched the lives of so many people across the world. It is a hugely popular dance programme and is proven to improve older people’s balance, coordination and cognition. We are delighted to be expanding such a brilliant programme and look forward to sharing our new offerings with current and new Silver Swans teachers and dancers.”


Silver Swans Ambassador Angela Rippon said: “What great news. Silver Swans are really flying. The new programme of seated classes will introduce so many new people to the joy of dance. It really is the perfect all round exercise for mind and body. And it’s fun. You’ll laugh a lot, and never be isolated or lonely.”




Still by David Kaplowitz.


To find a Silver Swans class and learn more about the programme’s expansion visit here: https://www.royalacademyofdance.org/silver-swans-update-and-new-resources




Notes to Editors


About the Royal Academy of Dance


Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is one of the most influential dance education and training organisations in the world with a strong global membership in 85 countries. Established in 1920 to improve standards and re-invigorate dance training, the Academy helps and encourages its teachers to perfect their teaching skills and pass on this knowledge to their students. There are currently over 1,000 students in full-time or part-time teacher training programmes with the Academy and each year the examination syllabus is taught to thousands of young people worldwide, with around a quarter of a million pupils per year going on to take RAD exams.

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Good news. Let's hope that more dance teachers start to realise that many people in the target age group are not retired, so it would be nice if they didn't schedule all their Silver Swans classes in the daytime when people are at work. 

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