Diploma of Dance Teaching

Dance Teacher Training students in class

The Royal Ballet School’s Diploma of Dance Teaching is a two-year part-time course which provides a sound foundation in both technical and creative approaches to teaching ballet.

The course includes opportunities to specialise in teaching in either vocational or educational settings and students will be awarded The Royal Ballet School’s Diploma of Dance Teaching. 

The Diploma is suitable for current and ex-professional dancers and teachers and will provide a foundation in teaching ballet to a broad range of students. It is also suitable for teachers of varying experience who want to develop their practice in creative ballet education.

The course covers:

  • Classical ballet technique
  • The healthy dancer
  • Education practice
  • Reflective practice
  • Psychology and child development
  • Work place context
  • Teacher practice

The course is delivered by Royal Ballet School staff and visiting expert lecturers at the School’s state-of-the-art studios in Covent Garden, London and White Lodge, Richmond. Course materials are at the forefront of teaching education

Course delivery

Classes are held one day per week, usually on a Friday during term time at Covent Garden, although some aspects of the course are delivered at White Lodge. During Year 1, participants are also required to attend additional workshops, observations and teaching practice placements on a limited number of weekends and weekdays throughout the year. In Year 2, additional teaching practice placements will take place at The Royal Ballet School, as well as other schools and training institutions on days outside of normal lessons.

Course content is delivered through a combination of practical lessons, workshops and lectures. Approximately 60% of the course is practical and the other 40% is written work.

In order to complete the written components of the course, participants are expected to have a suitable level of English language comprehension and literacy. If English is not your first language, you will need written and spoken English skills at the British Council IELTS level of Band 6 (General English Test) or above.

Course fees

Full fees: £8,000 (£4,000 per year over two years)


How to apply

Applications for our 2020-22 course are now closed. Applications for our 2022-24 Diploma of Dance Teaching will open in January 2022.

Any questions?

To find out whether the course is right for you, please read our course prospectus.

If you have any other questions, please email [email protected].