Coda is home to the Royal Academy of Dance. The organisation’s expressive ethos is an ideal match to the building’s fluid, bold style.


Founded in 1920 to set standards for dance teaching, the Royal Academy of Dance soon gained its first royal patron, Queen Mary, and has retained its royal charter for over 90 years. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the RAD’s patron.

The RAD has developed training programmes for dance students and teachers, with nearly a quarter of a million young dancers around the world being examined on the RAD’s classical ballet syllabi. The academy’s mission is to promote and enhance the understanding and practice of dance globally. That all starts from its new home – at the base of Coda, Battersea.

Bringing added dynamism to Coda, the state-of-the-art space will include seven dance studios, a performance space, two cafés and a specialist dance library. RAD offers classes to dance enthusiasts and the local community, including ballet classes for all ages, jazz and street dance classes and more expressive forms, such as creative and contemporary dance.

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