BA (Hons) Ballet Education




The BA (Hons) Ballet Education is a modular programme providing an opportunity for you to gain a degree and prepare for a career in dance teaching.

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Programme Content

Year 1


Level 4

In your first year, you will study modules that will allow you to expand your practice in both ballet and contemporary techniques. You will study dance histories practically through lectures and seminars and through independent research and explore dance science and somatic practices to understand both your body and the bodies of those you will teach. You will discover and perform dance repertoires; engage in various dance analysis skills; and learn dance education theory through observations, discussions and lectures.


  • Ballet: Fundamentals of Ballet Technique
  • Introduction to Dance Science and Somatic Practice
  • Frameworks for Dance Analysis
  • Ballet Repertoire
  • Dance History: Repertoire, Techniques and Styles
  • Introduction to Dance Teaching

Year 2


Level 5

As a second year student you will increase the knowledge and understanding that you have gained, continue to work on your own dance skills, develop your choreographic skills and study dance from a historical, scientific and critical perspective.

You will undertake three professional placements (across two modules) in which you will teach different groups of students in three dynamically different contexts. Throughout your experience, you will be supported by qualified, experienced mentors from a variety of partnerships, as well as the wide professional expertise of RAD staff.


  • Technique and Performance
  • Ballet: Genre and Style
  • Choreography, Craft and Form
  • Dance Science and Somatic Practice for Teaching
  • Dance Teaching: Theory and Practice
  • Teaching Placement 1
  • Teaching Placement 2

Year 3


Level 6

In the final year you will be able to choose whether to focus on performance, choreography, dance science or critical studies. You will undertake a dissertation which is individually tutored and draws on knowledge and skills gained at Level 4 & Level 5. Teaching skills are developed through a final professional placement supported by theoretical study of education policies and practices relevant to the dance teacher. The Professional Placement and Career Preparation modules prepare you for entry to the world of work and today’s professional dance environment.

Compulsory Modules:

  • Dissertation
  • Education Studies
  • Professional Placement (Part 1) and Career Preparation
  • Professional Placement (Part 2)
  • Plus one module option

Module options:

  • Performance Practice
  • The Creative Teacher/Choreographer
  • Ballet Practices: An International Perspective
  • Dance Science – Optimising Performance

Please note, not all option modules listed will be available each academic year, and students will be advised accordingly.


Modules are assessed through a variety of practical examinations, written assignments and assessment of teaching.
Programme Specification


Successful completion of the programme leads to the award of BA (Hons) Ballet Education validated by the University of Bath. Graduates are eligible for registration as dance teachers with the RAD.