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Course overview

Course Overview

Imperial classical Ballet


Modern Theatre

Gain the ISTD Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education (DDE) Qualification at Adagio School of Dance.

Our Approved Dance Centre is the perfect place for you to train in the core disciplines of the ISTD Teaching Programme. This is perfectly suited to our post graduates over the age of 17 looking to add extra credits to their skillsets. Whether you are starting your teacher training from scratch or wanting to switch examination boards to push their employability further. 

This programme takes between 2-3 years to complete.

The Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education (DDE) Qualification Accreditation Number is 603/3094/6

The qualification is regulated at Level 4 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework and has a credit value of 120.

The Level 4 DDE is an Ofqual regulated teaching qualification, which provides an excellent introduction to a career in teaching dance. It offers student teachers a clear pathway to become a qualified dance teacher with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and allows the opportunity to engage with up-to-date research in best practice related to dance teaching and learning.


The DDE forms part of the Society’s regulated teaching qualifications portfolio and is available to residents in the UK and Europe for the Theatre Dance genres including: Cecchetti, Classical Greek, Classical Indian, Imperial Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre, National Dance and Tap Dance.

Unit 1: Preparing for Safe Teaching

(15 credits at Level 3)

Unit 2: Observing, Assisting and Teaching Practice

(30 credits at Level 4)

Unit 3: Vocational Graded Examination in Dance: Intermediate

(28 credits at Level 3)

Unit 4: Dance Practice

(30 credits at Level 4)

Unit 5: Social, Emotional and Cognitive Development

(17 credits at Level 4)

The framework of the assessment ensures that student teachers develop the practical skills and knowledge required to enter the teaching profession and to develop a sustainable career. In studying the DDE, candidates cover a breadth of material, leaving them fully qualified within their chosen dance genre. It lends itself to a blended learning approach combining classroom and studio delivery with online activities and assessment. 

The full DDE qualification awards 120 credits at Level 4 on the Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) in the UK and the Credit and Qualifications Framework in Wales (CQFW). This equates to 120 credits at Level 5 of the European Qualification Framework (EQF). 

Depending on individual experience and the chosen format of studying, the Level 4 DDE can be achieved over within a 2-3 year programme, either part time or as part of full time vocational training.

It consists of 5 individual units that are written to support the learning from one unit to another preparing the student fully for teaching in the studio.  

Training staff


Bronwen Patching - Ballet Tutor

LISTD ( Licentiate status with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance )
ARAD ( Associate member of the Royal Academy of Dance )

Qualified Progressive Ballet Technique Tutor

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Ruth Goodwin - Modern Tutor

F.I.S.T.D (Fellowship status with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance)

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Jessica Morgan-Beale - Tap Tutor

F.I.S.T.D (Fellowship status with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance)

Fees and funding


Unit 1 – £250 
Unit 2 – £450 - £570 depending on starting experience 

Unit 4 (6 weeks of Ballet) - £300 + Exam Fee

Unit 4 (6 weeks of Modern) - £210 + Exam Fee 
Unit 4 (6 weeks of Tap) - £210 + Exam Fee
Unit 5 – £250 

Price can vary based on how many students enrol for each unit or if extra coaching is required at the hourly rate of£30

(this is mainly for unit’s 1, 2 & 5)

This also includes an Intermediate Ballet class and

either an Advanced 1 or 2 Ballet class

(experience level dependent)

application requirements

How to apply


17+ in the academic year or registration and 18 years old before completing the teaching element of Unit 2.


Intermediate dance qualification within the chosen genre with a leading exam board and evidence of this. We require a copy of the exam report and certificate.

No audition required simply fill out our application form 

asked questions


Where are the classes?

Is there parking?

Training and teaching placements will all take at

The Adagio Studios :

661 Rayleigh Road



CM13 1SS

Yes ! We have a private carpark onsite.

When is the course starting?

Please get in touch for this year's details

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