Professional Dancers' Teaching Diploma


The Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma* is a modular programme delivered at RAD headquarters in London or in China.

*Under Review

PDTD UK & China

You will study via hybrid delivery, full-time for three consecutive months. The first six weeks will be studied online with the following six weeks onsite*. You will complete three compulsory modules to the value of 60 credits.

The programme is designed to build on your significant experience as a professional dancer in order to transition to a career in teaching. Through a range of practical and theoretical lectures, seminars and workshops, you will be introduced to current learning and teaching theories and strategies as applied to different dance teaching contexts. You will also be provided with opportunities to work with a range of dance pupils as well as undertaking observational visits to a range of dance teaching contexts.

* (to be confirmed for China due to Covid regulations)

Funding opportunities

Retraining Grants from Dancers’ Career Development

For professional dancers’ who may need to seek funding for their career progression, the Dancers’ Career Development provide a range of Transition Support Programmes to professional dancers who are embarking on a post-performance career, including the opportunity to apply for Retraining Grants. To be eligible for funding, applicants should have completed at least eight years as a professional dancer, with at least five of those years spent in the UK. Applicants may also be able to apply on medical grounds if they cannot fulfil these criteria.

You must apply to DCD by Wednesday 22 February 2023 at 5pm to be considered for funding for the 2023 RAD Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma London programme. You should make your application by this date regardless of whether you have confirmed your place on the course. Late applications cannot be considered.

Please note that any grants available are unlikely to cover the full cost of your retraining.

For more information, please contact the Dancer Support and Programmes Team on 020 7831 1449 or email

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Entry requirements

Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma London & China applicants must have the following:

  • Experience in professional dance companies
  • Sound Classical Ballet training
  • English Language Proficiency test required for applicants whose first language is not English

Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma China will be taught and assessed in Mandarin. Some sessions may be taught in English with Mandarin translators.

For students who do not have English as a first language

If your first language is not English and you are applying for a programme where an English Language Proficiency test is required, you must achieve one of the following qualifications:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS): band 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the subtests. The IELTS test must have been taken no earlier than two years before the date of the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies is issued.

Some other school leaving or matriculation certificates contain a compulsory exam in English and these may be taken as equivalent.

If you have another recently achieved English language qualification, please check with our Registry department to establish acceptability.

Further study and career opportunities

Graduates from the Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma programme may apply to study for the BA (Hons) Dance Education* or Master of Arts in Education (Dance Teaching*) depending on their individual background and experience.

*Both programmes are taught in English, so an appropriate English Language Proficiency test will be required for students whose first language is not English.

How to apply

Programme Content

Year 1

June – August

Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma Programme content

Dance Teaching as Professional Practice

Aims of module: To have knowledge and understanding of professional and regulatory expectations of dance teachers.

Dance Teaching as Educational Theory

Aims of module: To have knowledge and understanding of socio-educational theories and practices which inform the field of dance education and training.

Dance Teaching as Applied Practice

Aims of module: To equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to teach ballet effectively, progressively and safely.


London: You will be assessed through a presentation, a practical teaching examination, followed by a viva voce – critical reflection and written assignment. China: You will be assessed through two verbal presentations and one practical teaching examination, followed by a viva voce.
Programme Specification


Successful completion of the programme leads to the award of Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma and eligibility for registration with the Royal Academy of Dance.

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