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1932 - Dorothy Cox Scruton becomes the first and only Canadian member of The Association of Operatic Dancing when she moved to London, Ontario and established her own school. At this time, there was no RAD activity in Canada.

1936 - The Association of Operatic Dancing is renamed the Royal Academy of Dancing.

1939 - Bettina Byers opens her own studio in Toronto to teach the RAD method after being encouraged by Phyllis Bedells, one of the originating five founders of the Academy.

1940 - Dame Adeline Genée, the Academy's President, tours Canada; giving lectures and demonstrating the benefits of the RAD.

1941 - Dame Adeline Genée returns to Canada to conduct the first examinations in Canada (16 Children and 17 Major entries combined from Toronto and Winnipeg); Bettina Byers and Gweneth Lloyd also become Organizers.

1946 - The work of the RAD in Canada really starts when Mara McBirney visits Canada after WW II from the United Kingdom on a lecture-demonstration assignment. Her lively teaching was invaluable to teachers across the country and encouraged the spread of RAD activity and the raising of teaching standards.

1948 - The first Solo Seal candidates are examined in Canada; the highest level of pre-professional training offered in the RAD.

1949 - Mara McBirney moves to Canada and becomes Organizer for British Columbia.

1950 - Within ten years, the Canadian branch expands to nine examining centres with 888 candidates entering for both Children and Majors examinations.

1956 - Doreen Scouler becomes Secretary of the RAD in Canada and Leonard Crainford is appointed Honourary Chairman.

1960 - Examination entries climb to 1,912 (Children) and 160 (Majors) examinations being conducted across the country.

1967 - Prior to now, Canada was dependent on examiners from the United Kingdom for all of its examining tours. However, in 1967, four fully trained Children's Examiners- Ruth Carse, Sonia Chamberlain, Louise Goldsmith and Maisie MacPhee become the first certified in Canada.

1975 - Bettina Byers is honoured with FRAD (Fellow of the Royal Academy of Dance) by John Field, then General Secretary of the Academy.

1976 - The first Student Teaching Certificate examinations are conducted at the Canadian College of Dance, Ryerson Polytechnical Institute.

1977 - RAD/Canada opens its own national office on Yonge Street in Toronto.

1980 - Leonard Crainford retires as Honourary Chairman.

1982 - RAD/Canada holds its first International Summer School in Toronto.

1988 - Chan Hon Goh is awarded the Adeline Genée Silver Medal; and Jan Garvey becomes the new Administrator as Doreen Scouler retires.

1995 - Dorothy Cox-Scruton is presented with the President's Award for her continued loyalty and service to the Academy.

1996 - The National Ballet School in Toronto, Ontario introduces the Academy's syllabus to its Teacher Training Course.

1998 - RAD/Canada first collaborates with Canadian Children's Dance Theatre to offer a three-week intensive Summer School emphasizing Classical Ballet and Limon Modern in Toronto.

1999 - Fine Arts Degree in Dance from Ryerson University comes into effect.

2000 - Royal Academy of Dancing becomes known as the Royal Academy of Dance. It also acquires qualifications by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority in England and its partner regulatory authorities in Wales and Northern Ireland, changing its two syllabi from "Children's" to Graded Examinations in Dance and from "Majors" to Vocational Graded Examinations in Dance.

2002 - The Academy's children's website, is launched, followed by RAD/Canada's own website on July 1st.

2003 - To gain international recognition, the Teaching Certificate Program is revised from a three-year program to a two-year distance learning endeavour.

2004 - The University of Surrey (UK) partners with the Academy to provide degree initiatives. In Toronto, the national office relocates to larger facilities. A new Pre-School Dance Curriculum is introduced.

2005 - The Royal Academy of Dance celebrates its 85th Anniversary. Celine Gittens becomes the first Canadian to ever win a Gold Medal at the Genée International Ballet Competition. RAD/Canada's website is re-launched with a fresh and dynamic new look.

2006 - Fei Fei Ye and Kostantyn Keshyshev win Silver Medals at the Genée International Ballet Competition in Hong Kong, where Fei Fei also won the Audience Award. Bettina Byers FRAD, passes away at the age of 97.

2007 - Kerry Rubie comes to the Toronto office, making it the first national office to have been visited by an Academy Chairman.

2008 - The Academy's flagship event, the Genée International Ballet Competition is successfully held in Canada for the first time at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Ontario; Nicole Ciapponi of Surrey, British Columbia won a silver medal, as well as received The Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan Award for Theatrically, and Alexandra Bertram of Calgary, Alberta won the bronze medal.

2009 - The Royal Academy of Dance replaces its current Pre-Primary and Primary syllabi with two new syllabi, Pre-Primary in Dance and Primary in Dance.

2010 - After 34 years of dedicated service, Jan Garvey retires as National Administrator for Canada.

2011 - New Intermediate Foundation & Intermediate syllabi are launched. Clarke MacIntosh is appointed the National Director for Canada. The first Canadian Academy member, Dorothy Cox Scruton passes away at the age of 100.

2012 - New Grades 1-3 Syllabi are launched. Teachers are given the option of having Intermediate Foundation & Intermediate examinations held at their own studio (Approved Examination Centre) or continue to have them at an RAD Approved Venue, a location provided by the RAD for examinations. The Dorothy Cox-Scruton Bursary is established in honour of Canada's first RAD member.

2013 - CPD came into effect, July 1st, making it mandatory for RAD teachers to engage in some form of RAD recognized Continuing Professional Development to keep their registration status with the Royal Academy of Dance. Lynn Wallis, the Academy's Artistic Director and Jonathan Still, the Academy's Music Development Manager, delivered teachers' courses in Canada for the first time, in Alberta and British Columbia. The first Virtual Launch of a syllabi was seen globally with the introduction of the new Advanced Foundation, Advanced 1 and Advanced 2.

Today - There are close to 14,000 Graded and Vocational Graded examinations conducted annually across the country, with the Canadian examination panel expanding to nine Graded Examiners, two Vocational Graded Examiners and two Dual Examiners (who conduct both Graded and Vocational Graded examinations).

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