Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma
The Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma is a modular programme delivered at RAD headquarters in London or in China.
Please note – due to the ongoing pandemic, the RAD may need to alter the delivery of the programme in 2021.
You will study full-time for two consecutive months and complete two 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. 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.
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.
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 17th February 2021 at 5pm to be considered for funding for the 2021 RAD Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma 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 email@example.com.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma London Programme content
Dance Teaching as Professional Practice
This module will equip you with the knowledge and understanding of professional and regulatory expectations of dance teachers.
Dance Teaching as Educational Theory
This module gives you the knowledge and understanding of socio-educational theories and practices which inform the field of dance education and training.
Dance Teaching as Applied Practice
This module will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to teach ballet effectively, progressively and safely.
Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma China programme content
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.