Dance Teacher Training
Giselle Academy of Dance and Theatre Arts is ISTD Approved Dance Centres (ADCs) and has been assessed and approved by the ISTD to ensure we meet their high standards.
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The Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education is an achievable and streamlined dance teaching qualification that provides student teachers with a clear and cohesive pathway to becoming a qualified dance teacher with the ISTD. The
qualification allows student teachers the opportunity to engage with up to date research in best practice related to dance teaching and learning, providing an excellent introduction to a career in teaching dance. Through a blended learning approach, the qualification will allow student teachers the flexibility to study anywhere in the world, at their own pace and to gain a regulated qualification around existing commitments. The contextual nature of assessment will also ensure that student teachers are able to focus on developing practical skills and knowledge that will enable them to start their initial journey as a teacher.
This qualification develops the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to teach dance especially focussing on a
knowledge of pedagogy, including other units essential for an appreciation of teaching dance to children and adults.
It consists of five mandatory units. Two units relate to dance practice and the teaching of the genres, focussing on the dance knowledge required of pupils up to the beginning of vocational levels; one to generic teaching skills; one to safe dance practice; and one to social and emotional cognitive development. It develops the skills, knowledge and
understanding needed to teach dance, primarily in the context of graded dance examinations within the private sector.
The DDE is primarily aimed at learners who have studied Graded and Vocational Graded Examinations in dance and
wish to progress to become fully qualified and accredited ISTD dance teachers. Successful learners are able to teach
and enter students for all ISTD examinations except the regulated teaching qualifications.
Many learners are based in vocational dance colleges, but the syllabus is designed also to allow the participation of
learners in smaller schools, outside the formal college network.
The qualification has a credit value of 120 and its Qualification Accreditation Number is 603/3094/6. The DDE is
regulated by Ofqual at Level 4 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which is broadly equivalent to the
level attained at first year degree level.
Student teachers must be 17 years of age in the academic year of enrolment and be 18 years of age before undertaking
the Unit 2 teaching practice component.
For those struggling to cover the costs, there is a range of financial support opportunities available, such as:
- Advanced Learner Loans from the UK government
- Professional and Career Development loans from the UK government
- ISTD Bursaries
Method of Study
The qualification is offered by Approved Dance Centres (ADCs) and is currently available throughout the European
Union, but will be rolled out worldwide in a rolling programme. Student teachers should contact the Education and
Training department for advice relating to their country.
It is supported by an On Line Management Learning system on which the Approved Dance Centres will enrol their
students onto the courses via the ISTD, enabling the student to have their own web page where they can upload
their work and track their progress. Approved Tutors will be enrolled by the Approved Dance Centre and linked to
their students so that again they can see the units they teach and the students enrolled within those units.
Training formats may vary from class seminars, long or short courses, class and individual tutorials, and private study as well as other forms of learning; therefore it is recommended that interested students contact a number of the ADCs in their area to ascertain the form of study available that suits them best. An up-to-date list of ADCs may be found on www.dance-teachers.org or in the ISTD’s Dance Extra magazine which is available from the Professional Development Assistant in the Education and Training Department of the ISTD.
Learners wishing to embark on the DDE must complete a Learner Registration Form, available from the ADC or the
Professional Qualifications Assistant in the Customer Services and Quality Assurance Department.
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