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Presidents of the Royal Academy of Dance 1920-2001: the contribution of Genée, Fonteyn and Sibley to the growth and development of the Academy.

Orrick, Hilary Moss (2002) Presidents of the Royal Academy of Dance 1920-2001: the contribution of Genée, Fonteyn and Sibley to the growth and development of the Academy. Masters thesis, Durham University.

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As Presidents of the Royal Academy of Dance Adeline Genée, Margot Fonteyn and Antoinette Sibley have all had an impact on its development. This thesis exposes key phases and stages in the history of the RAD, identifying and exploring a number of common as well as distiguishing characteristics in its evolution. The presidential selection process is reviewed in order to establish a rationale for their appointment in preference to other high profile contenders. Influenced by the Academy's aspiration to achieve status equivalent to its sister arts, the RAD mode of presidency is not only that of figurehead, but significantly, also that of protagonist, masterminding initiatives devised to increase public awareness, academic recognition and financial security. Without more specific terms of reference, guidelines, or rules for the presidential position, the thesis draws attention to ways in which, over a span of eighty one years, Genée, Fonteyn and Sibley became the architects of their posts, designing and fashioning unique roles which are examined in depth. Crucial to the invesigation of the Presidents' contribution, and for their individual roles within the Academy's life, is the concept of relevance. This is explored both in terms of the time-span of office and in relation to the Academy's original intent, which was, and arguably still is, to improve the standard of classical ballet teaching. The manner of the three Presidents' response to the Academy's practical and philosophical stance has proved an important consideration in determining the extent of success achieved during their term in office. While ackowledging the need to promote a contemporary image in the twenty-first century, the Academy has become more complex and competitive. Consequently the challenges facing the presidency are greater. Overall, the research has provided an invaluable insight that might be considered in making future presidential appointments. It has also drawn attention to the President's link with the theatre that has, in turn, contributed to the Academy's credibility in the arts world.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Award:Master of Arts
Faculty and Department:Faculty of Social Sciences and Health > Education, School of
Thesis Date:2002
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:27 Jul 2011 10:20

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