Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma (PDTD)

Delivery

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

PDTD London

You will study full-time for three consecutive months and complete two compulsory modules to the value of 60 credits, one of which will be studied by distance learning. The programme is designed to build on your significant experience as a professional dancer. 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.

PDTD China

You will study full-time for three consecutive months and complete three compulsory modules to the value of 60 credits. The programme is designed to build on your significant experience as a professional dancer. 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.

Funding opportunities

Retraining Grants from Dancers’ Career Development

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 12th February 2020 at 5pm to be considered for funding for the 2020 RAD PDTD 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 Ellen Chambers, Dancer Support and Programmes Officer, on 020 7831 1449 or email ellen@thedcd.org.uk.

w: https://thedcd.org.uk/support/dcd-retraining-grants/

Philippe Braunschweig Grant

Dancers who have performed for a minimum of 8 years with fewer than 5 years in the UK may be eligible to apply for the International Organisation for the Transition of Professional Dancers’ Philippe Braunschweig Grant. The deadline is 30th April 2020. More information: https://thedcd.org.uk/support/grants-for-international-dancers/

Entry requirements

PDTD London & PDTD 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

PDTD China will be delivered 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 faculty@rad.org.uk to establish acceptability.

Further study and career opportunities

Graduates from the PDTD 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

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Programme Content

Year 1

June - August

PDTD London Programme content

Dance Teaching: Approaches to Technique and Performance

This module is designed to extend your dance knowledge gained through your vocational training experience and professional performance career. There is a strong focus on designing and developing effective teaching across a range of curricula, including syllabus and non-syllabus based dance education contexts. You will explore numerous aspects of ballet teaching, including the safe progression of technique and how repertoire can be used as a creative tool to inspire dance students across a range of ages and abilities. You will gradually build the skills needed to teach dance through observation of teaching, peer teaching and teaching practice. You will study through lectures, practical sessions and observation of teaching in different contexts and be supported with on-going verbal and written feedback on your progress throughout the programme. The module is assessed through a presentation and practical teaching examination, followed by a critical reflective discussion of the class.

Reflective Dance Pedagogy

In this module, which is studied by distance learning, you will reflect critically on your practical teaching experience to date, drawing on theories of dance pedagogy, safe and reflective practice. By the end of this module you will have developed knowledge, understanding and skills which will support you in developing effective reflective practices throughout your career.

June - August

PDTD China programme content

Dance Pedagogy

In this module, you will be introduced to key concepts in dance pedagogy to facilitate your transition from professional dancer to professional teacher. The module will consider learners from young children through to adults and will reflect on how the approach to learning and teaching will vary depending on context, content, learner needs and culture.

Dance Teaching: Approaches to Workshop and Repertoire

This module will extend your knowledge of dance pedagogy through theoretical and practical exploration of dance workshops across different teaching contexts. It will focus on developing your knowledge, understanding and skills required to deliver lessons and workshops that are rooted in creative practice.  It considers how repertoire can be used to inspire dance pupils across a range of ages and abilities to facilitate movement exploration and creativity.  There is a strong focus on equipping students with the ability to design and implement a range of dance curricula beyond prescribed syllabi and technique classes.

Dance Teaching: Approaches to Technique and Performance

This final module, will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to teach ballet progressively, safely and effectively. It explores the planning, progression and teaching of ballet and how you will cater for students of different ages, abilities and stages of development in a ballet studio setting.

Assessment

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 a presentation and two practical teaching examinations with one followed by a vive voce - critical reflection.
Programme Specification

Award

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