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Royal Academy of Dance artistic director Lynn Wallis to step down after two decades

Lynn Wallis
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Royal Academy of Dance artistic director Lynn Wallis is to step down after 22 years.

Wallis was awarded an OBE for services to dance in 2015. During her time running the London-based organisation, she has overseen all the RAD’s projects, including the Genee International Ballet Competition.

She will step down at the end of 2016 at the close of this year’s Genee competition, which is being held in Sydney.

Announcing her departure, Wallis praised the “very special organisation” at which she had spent more than two decades, adding that the role had allowed her to combine her passions of dance and teaching.

“I have enjoyed and been enriched by every part of my role; although I will no longer be centre stage, I will be watching from the wings in anticipation of great things to come as the academy heads towards its centenary,” she said.

During her career, Wallis has held positions at the Royal Ballet Touring Company, where she was ballet mistress and deputy principal, as well as at the National Ballet of Canada, where she was co-artistic director from 1987 to 1989.

Although she is retiring from RAD, it is understood she will remain active in the dance community.