Stone’s Stagecraft dance school is celebrating another of its ballet teachers gaining their Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) qualifications. Katie Farrier Ray was presented with her certificate by RAD President and former Prima Ballerina Darcy Bussell.
The qualification was the culmination of two and a half years hard work on Katie’s part; which she spent training and gaining the teaching experience required to meet the extremely high standards set for RAD teachers. Katie took a remote course, teaching at local dance schools in Stafford and Stone and attending intensive physical week-long training courses at the RAD Headquarters in London each year. To achieve her qualification she had to undertake several physical exams in London and submit written modules and essays online with the support of a RAD tutor.
“The qualification means so much to me – it was extremely hard work, but now I can enjoy my teaching career knowing that I work with one of the best, if not the best dance teaching organisation in the world. The presentation day was beautiful, and one that will remain close to my heart forever. Not only was it the culmination of all my hard work, but the fact that Darcy Bussell presented the award made it even more special. Meeting her was a fantastic experience and she was so down to earth. I was also lucky enough to have my Mum and Dad there in the congregation sharing my special day with me. I thought it may try and help to make up for the 17 years of driving me to and from dancing classes and waiting for hours on end as I took part in long dance rehearsals!”