Diploma of Dance Teaching

Brian Slater

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 replaces all previous Royal Ballet School teachers’ courses and 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. The course covers:

  • Classical ballet technique
  • Anatomy
  • Education practice
  • Reflective practice
  • Psychology and child development
  • Work place context

The course is delivered by Royal Ballet School staff and visiting 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 and observations on a limited number of weekends and weekdays throughout the year. In Year 2, additional placements and teaching practice will take place as scheduled 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.

DDTAL: Trinity College London Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning (Children and Young people)

In Year 2, suitable participants are given the option to study towards the DDTAL Trinity College London Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning (Children and Young People). This Level 6 qualification provides formal evidence to employers and parents/carers that a dance practitioner has the expertise to teach children and young people.

Note: The study of this qualification would incur extra cost above the fee for The Diploma of Dance Teaching qualification.

Course fees

Full fees: £7,000 (£3,500 per year over two years)

How to apply

To find out whether the course is right for you, please first read our course prospectus.  Applications will open on Monday 15 January and close on Monday 19 March for intake in September 2018.