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Teacher training

The Royal Ballet School currently offers two courses for teachers: a Professional Dancers’ Teachers Course for recreational and vocational ballet teachers, and a Course in Ballet Education Practice in partnership with Royal Opera House Education, for teachers in education settings and a wide range of professional development courses.

Professional Dancers Teachers’ Course

The aim of the Professional Dancers Teachers’ Course, is to retrain professional dancers to teach classical ballet at a vocational level to a world-class standard, using The Royal Ballet School’s System of Training and Methodology.

This one-year course provides dancers, who have been employed for at least three years in a major ballet company, with the knowledge and skills to enter the teaching profession with a focus on the vocational training sector.

The course blends the study of the School’s System of Training with 21st century teaching and learning theory, educational psychology, anatomy and music skills appropriate for dance teachers.

Course Modules

  • The Teaching of Classical Ballet
  • Music for Ballet Training
  • Anatomy, Technique and Injury Prevention
  • Psychology, Child Development and Learning
  • Teaching Practice


Participants are awarded The Royal Ballet School Professional Dancers Teaching Diploma upon successful completion of all Course assessments.

For information regarding the Professional Dancers Teachers Course please contact us:

Course in Ballet Education Practice

The Course in Ballet Education Practice, in partnership with Royal Opera House Education, trains dancers and teachers to work in the growing field of ballet education. Participants develop the skills necessary to lead creative ballet activities in a variety of education and community settings, leading to a Diploma awarded by The Royal Ballet School and the Royal Opera House.

The taught elements of the course take place over seven intensive weekends during the course of one year. In addition participants undertake self-organised activities, including lesson observations and teaching practice.

Diploma Participants will be awarded The Royal Ballet School and Royal Opera House Diploma in Ballet Education Practice upon successful completion of all course assessments. The course can also act as a foundation for the new Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning (Children and Young People), accredited at Level 6 on the QCF. On completion of the Course in Ballet Education Practice, participants may be suitable for ‘fast track’ or ‘mentor only’ routes to DDTL units.

'I now feel I am qualified to deliver high quality teaching to those new to ballet, both young and old.'
Lorena Fernandez Saez, former Scottish Ballet dancer and 2010-11 course graduate

Course topics

  • the reflective practitioner
  • teaching ballet technique
  • teaching creative dance
  • planning and enabling dance in different contexts
  • ballet as a resource for learning


The course cost is £2,200.

Partial subsidy may be available for those who do not have access to alternative funding sources. Please enquire on application if you wish to apply for subsidy.

How to apply

To register your interest in applying for the next course please contact:

Bonnie Jerrard, Dance Projects Coordinator Royal Opera House Covent Garden London WC2E 9DD