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Dipolma in Dance Education (Level 4)

The DDE is the progression from your DDI qualification and is for pupils of 18 years old.


Having completed your Diploma in Dance Instruction you continue your preparations to become a qualified teacher of dance

The Diploma in Dance Education (DDE) focuses on equipping you to train dancers in Medal and Graded examinations up to and including Levels 1 and 2 of the National Qualifications Framework.


The objective of this qualification is to provide the practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding to become a teacher of dance.


You undertake tutored teaching practice at a minimum of two different levels and study the theoretical aspects of teaching up to and including Gold / Intermediate.

In the same way as your DDI Examinations the Diploma in Dance Education (DDE) is divided into 5 Units which are a direct development of the Units studied at DDI level


If you are already an experienced Teacher holding a qualification such as the Associate or Licentiate degree, subject to ISTD approval, you may be able to simply upgrade your existing qualifications to a DDE.

See APL information at ISTD.org


We offer short courses as well as a  distance learning facility for Dance Sport teachers who have received an APL and only require units 3 & 5.

  Units 1 & 2 Teaching Skills

This module is common to all dance genres and once attained does not have to be retaken when qualifying in another genre. This Module is assessed by your Tutor.

Units 1 and 2 are delivered in a cross-unit approach due to the inter-relationship of the subject matter. You are observed teaching at a minimum of two different levels for at least 10 hours prior to the 1 1/2 hour final teaching assessment which is conducted by an ISTD appointed assessor.

  Unit 3 - Lifespan Development and Learning in Dance

The purpose of this unit is to develop the learner's understanding of the developing child and adult in relation to learning activity in general and dance learning activity. The learner studies physical development, development of understanding, and the emerging identity of students as they learn about dance, across a period of time and during key changes in their development and thereby informs the learner's appreciation of the constraints and abilities of the dancer at various life stages.

Teachers and child care professionals have known for some time that they need to understand development of children into adulthood; more recently, it has become clear that this study needs to extend through adulthood into a study of the whole lifespan. Trainee dance teachers need, therefore, to understnad development, to have knowledge of the stages of development of the children or adults they teach, and to recognise the future developmental changes that may lie ahead.

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

Unit 4 is specific to the dance genre chosen by the learner and may be studied multiple times if the learner wishes to qualify in more than one genre. The unit assesses the learner's dance teachnique and their ability to relate teaching methods and safe dance practice to their chosen genre as well as their understanding of the relationship between music and dance and how this is applied to teaching dance within the same chosen genre.

The focus of the unit is on understnading and demonstrating the level of technique required for Grade 6 to Intermediate, thereby progressing from the lower grades demonstrated in th DDI.

  Unit 5 - Contextual Study of Dance

The aim of this unit is to develop the learner's knowledge of dance in a broad context as wellwe developing skills of critical analysis and independent thought through the study of an aspect of dance genre(s) or of dance in general.

This unit is focussed on the learner formulating their own question regarding historical and/or current influences on the chosen dance genre or on dance in general and, through the presentation of their assignment, answering the question by critically engaging with the topic.

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