Overview      NB: The ISTD are currently rewriting the Diplomas into one DDE qualification, consequently our course will be slightly adapted from Sept 2018. More details to follow.


The course will take place on either Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays following school term times (33 weeks) over 3 years. Classes will run from 9.15 - 2.



  • Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing Level 3 Diploma in Dance Instruction (DDI) and Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education (DDE ) qualifications in Modern Theatre, Tap and Imperial Ballet with an option of adding Classical Greek, and we hope in the future, National Dance. These qualifications are on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) and award 68 and 92 QCF credits accordingly.






  • EXTRA TRAINING in analysing teaching methods and teaching practice;

  • DAILY DANCE CLASS in a variety of styles aimed at increasing current skills and fitness and assisting with choreography required in the DDI/E units;

  • WORKSHOPS/SEMINARS to enhance trainee teachers' knowledge base and to give tasters of career path/ employment options e.g. Rhythm tap workshops, working with special needs, specialising in pre-school dance.

Unit Details

Level 3 Diploma in Dance Instruction


Unit 1  - Observation and Understanding of Teaching and Learning Techniques

Unit 2  - Promotion of Health and Safety in Dance

Unit 3  - Vocational and Graded Examination in Dance: Intermediate

Unit 4 -  Dance Practice and the Relationship between Music and Dance in a Chosen Genre

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Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education


Unit 1 - Planning Techniques and evaluation of Dance Teaching

Unit 2 - Dance Teaching Practice

Unit 3 - Lifespan Development and Learning in Dance

Unit 4 - Dance Practice and the Relationship between Music and Dance in a Chosen Genre

Unit 5 - Contextual Study of Dance

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To download genre specific Unit 4 outlines click here

Sample of Course Content*
Year 1

DDI Unit 1

DDI Unit 2

DDI Unit 4 in 2 genres


Classes   -

  • Jazz   

  • Lyrical Jazz

  • Musical Theatre

  • Tap

  • Rhythm Tap


Workshops/Seminars - 

  • Tap History

  • Injury Prevention

  • Choreography

  • Teaching Methodology


Year 2

Year 3

DDI Unit 4 in 3rd genre

DDE Unit 1

DDE Unit 2

DDE Unit 3

DDE Unit 4 in 1 genre


Classes - 

  • Ballet

  • Classical Greek

  • Pilates


Workshops/Seminars - 

  • Lesson Planning

  • Teaching Practice

  • Music Knowledge and working with a pianist


Continuation of DDE Units 1 & 2

DDE Unit 4 in 2 genres

DDE Unit 5


Classes - 

  • Contemporary

  • National Dance

  • Street Dance

  • Commercial Jazz


Workshops/Seminars - 

  • First Aid Course

  • Setting up a Dance School

  • Working with Special Needs

  • Specialising in Pre-School Classes

*subject to change
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