In December 1996, a small group of professionals with a range of expertise founded a new association. The originating associates realised the need for a progressive, supportive society that would enrich the objectives of teachers, pupils and affiliates. At the heart of the association, there is a profound understanding and appreciation for Classical Russian Ballet, in both the Vaganova and Legat system. Parallel to this foundation is the recognition of the importance of other genres that can provide dancers with the opportunity to evolve and expand in the modern industry. The absence of a society that allowed members to practise both Russian systems as well as recognise the importance of complementary theatre arts, urged the founding members to fill this void.
ARBTA is a non profit organisation with strict budgetary controls and has a 10 member Management Board, including Ms. Gypsy Booth our President, Chairman Mr. Roy Clements, plus Exam Secretary, Hon. General and Membership Secretary, Treasurer, Events Manager, Publicity Manager, and Education Secretary. These Board members monitor and deal with the running and organisation of ARBTA, meeting regularly throughout the year together with an AGM for all Members which takes place each March.
There is a separate Examination Board of Senior Examiners to review examination procedures and to ensure appropriate marking standards. We have a Constitution booklet and an Introduction and Policies booklet both of which set out in detail how ARBTA is managed, We also publish a Newsletter annually which allows schools to have an opportunity of having their events and photographs included.