Professional Dancers’
Teaching Diploma

  • Programme summary
  • Programme breakdown
  • Entry requirements
  • Programme fees
  • Student voices
  • Duration
    3 months full-time
  • Apply by
    31 January 2023
  • Location:
    UK or China
  • Application
    Via Registry, Faculty of Education, RAD London
  • Start
    June 2023
  • Language
    English & English/Chinese with a translator
  • Level/Credits
    Level 6 (60 credits)

This programme recognises the specific needs of professional dancers wishing to become teachers and provides an intensive, highly-focused period of training.

The Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma* is a modular programme delivered in two locations; RAD headquarters in the UK and in China.  You will study via hybrid delivery, full-time for three consecutive months. The first six weeks will be studied online with the following six weeks onsite**. You will complete three compulsory modules to the value of 60 credits.

With ballet at its core, this programme will enable you to develop a secure understanding of the professional requirements of dance teachers, the range of employment opportunities available and the importance of career planning and continuing professional development.


*Under Review

** (to be confirmed for China due to Covid regulations)

Your student experience

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 tasks of dance teaching contexts.

Throughout your studies, you will work with highly experienced tutors who will support your learning, achievement and career transition.

In China, the sessions are delivered in English and Chinese, with a translator.

Dance Teaching as Professional Practice

This module develops your understanding of dance teaching as a profession through an in-depth exploration of professional and regulatory expectations of dance teachers. Reflective practice, as a core skill in effective teaching, provides a framework through which you can engage in critical evaluation of both your own teaching and your future role as a professional dance teacher.

Dance Teaching as Educational Practice

This module considers learners from young children through to adults. It focuses on developing an understanding of the fundamental principles of teaching and learning styles, and how they can be applied in the context of dance education. This knowledge is underpinned by a critical exploration of the wider dance education landscape that enables you to develop your own areas of interest as a dance teacher.

Dance Teaching as Applied Practice

This module equips you with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to teach ballet progressively, safely, creatively and effectively.  There is a strong focus on designing and developing effective teaching across a range of teaching contexts, including syllabus and non-syllabus-based dance classes. You will explore numerous aspects of ballet teaching, including the safe progression of technique and how dance repertoire can be used as a creative tool to inspire dance students across a range of ages and abilities.

Entry requirements

Sound classical ballet training and significant professional performance experience with a dance company. As part of the admissions process, you will be required to submit a personal statement and reference, followed by an interview and short teaching extract.

Appropriate English Language Proficiency test for students whose first language is not English (UK programme).

Assessment mode

You will be assessed through a presentation, a practical teaching examination with viva voce and written assignment.

Employment prospects

Graduates have a very high success rate in gaining employment across a range of international dance teaching contexts. Those based in the UK are ideally placed to take up teaching posts in the vocational sector, and past graduates have gone on to work at the Royal Ballet School,  Elmhurst Ballet School (in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet), English National Ballet School, Tring Park School for the Performing Arts and Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Graduates also work in established private dance schools or open their own with a view of entering students for RAD examinations. Some of our international students have gone on to work in a range of sectors as dance teachers in their own country with many becoming mentors and practical teaching supervisors for the RAD.


Successful completion of the programme leads to the award of Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma and eligibility for registration as a dance teacher with the RAD.

Further study and career development

Graduates may apply to study on the BA (Hons) Dance Education programme. Those interested in the Master of Arts in Education (Dance Teaching), may be required to complete the Faculty of Education’s postgraduate Access Module depending on individual background and experience.

More information

Validated by:

  • Duration
    3 months full-time
  • Apply By
    31 January 2023
  • Location:
    UK or China
  • Application
    Via Registry, Faculty of Education, RAD London
  • Start
    June 2023
  • Language
    English & English/Chinese with a translator
  • Level/Credits
    Level 6 (60 credits)

Fees for 2023/24

Fees for 2023/24 will be published in due course on our website at HE Fees.  Meanwhile the 2022/23 fees are listed here for guidance.

Faculty of Education graduates who go on to study for a postgraduate award delivered by the RAD or further study of an RAD award can benefit from a discount in tuition fees. Tuition fees are invoiced in instalments for each programme as appropriate.

Awards, bursaries and hardship funds

We are committed to providing support to students who wish to develop their skills and knowledge through study and we offer a limited number of awards, bursaries and hardship funds for specific purposes. The application forms and submission deadlines can be found under ‘Fees and funding’ on the RAD website.

For information on planning your budget and typical programme costs, such as dancewear, equipment, accommodation and travel, please see HE Fees.

On-site (full-time)



per programme, plus £120 registration fee on enrolment. A fee of £60 is payable if the applicant is invited to interview (including video submission).


Fees available from the national office.

A fee of £60 is payable if the applicant is invited to interview (including video submission).

We are very proud of our students and graduates here at the RAD.

Read about their different student experiences and where they are now through our Student Voices.

Gine Chant-Grostern

  • Graduate

    I was trained at Arts Educational School, Tring, Rambert and Central School of Ballet. I danced professionally with London City Ballet in the late 1980s and early 1990s. After retiring from dance, I went on to work for my family’s business, Porselli Dancewear, where I was able to infuse my professional dance knowledge whilst learning the business side of things. I became director of the company, ran the London shop for 17 years and developed its online presence. I also worked in product development helping two global dancewear brands to design pointe shoes. During that time I got married and had three children. Although I have always wanted to teach, I had too many other commitments to undertake teacher training, so 29 years after retiring from ballet, with now grown up children, I finally took the plunge and applied for the PDTD programme.

    I chose the PDTD as many of the ballet teachers I most admire have graduated from this programme. It was very interesting to learn how pedagogy in dance has greatly evolved from my own ballet training; to adopt a much more holistic approach of teaching while still aspiring for the highest technical standards. I was extremely nervous at the start of the programme but I came to realise that for me being out of my comfort zone is a necessary component to real personal development. I was also worried about coping with the programme physically as it had been almost three decades since I danced, but I found it exhilarating to be back in the studio and by the end I was even doing some allegro! The PDTD was a daunting and challenging journey but truly enriching and I highly recommend it to any ex-professional dancers looking for a comprehensive teacher training.

Josh Tuifua

  • Graduate

    I’m a former soloist with The Royal Ballet and after retiring from dancing I took some time out to help care for my elderly parents and to figure out what the next chapter was going to be for me. I thought I’d look into a totally different industry, Hospitality, so I started working for a Two Michelin starred chef that had two gastro pubs and a restaurant in Mayfair. I loved the PR and Marketing aspect of the industry but after a while I really started to miss dance.

    As a child, I did RAD ballet classes and exams before going to the Royal Ballet School so I was familiar with the PDTD programme. The Royal Academy of Dance also offered the International network and reputation that was appealing to be connected with.

    The programme immediately opened opportunities to work with students under the guidance of fabulous teachers and upon graduation connected me to the RAD’s vast array of projects.

    The things I enjoyed the most were working alongside and learning with other former professional dancers. Sharing experiences, learning from each other and creating the family bond that we all had in companies! I learned that I had quite a few transferable skills, and that public speaking wasn’t as scary as I had always thought!

    After graduating, I started working with Birmingham Royal Ballet giving workshops and masterclasses for their education department and I teach adults for the Royal Academy of Dance School and teach workshops and classes for RAD’s BoysOnly and Project B events. I usually teach on the summer schools, the first one I did was in Singapore and I’ve been doing quite a bit of guest teaching in Barcelona and teach ballet on the Musical Theatre Degree Course at ArtsEd in London.

    If you are considering applying for the PDTD I would say go for it, you’ll enjoy every moment!

Sarah O’Connell

  • Graduate

    The PDTD programme offered a qualification that acknowledged my professional dancing career and I felt that the Royal Academy of Dance was a respected and recognised organisation worldwide. After 14 years committing to my dance career, I had become increasingly aware of the sacrifices that I had made in order to keep dancing. I worried about what the future would have in store for me once I was no longer able to dance and was concerned that my lack of qualifications may force me into work that I didn’t enjoy.

    Going back to study was a huge decision for me as I had always shied away from academics in favour of dance and felt very apprehensive about having to produce essays with my limited computer skills. However, I found it refreshing being a student again and with help from tutors and my fellow students, my skills vastly improved. It was great acquiring new teaching techniques and being able to hone and practice these in a safe and nurturing environment.

    I gained so much confidence from taking part in the programme, which makes me feel much happier about my future. I was worried about having to give up my dance career to retrain but that wasn’t the case, and I gained so much more belief in my abilities which will hopefully help me in my future as a professional. I am regularly in contact with my student group from last year and we support each other like we did during our intense period of study. It was great to form such wonderful friendships, which has been invaluable as a new teacher.

    After graduating I was lucky enough to be offered a teaching position at the RAD dance school and was so thrilled to accept. I currently teach a lovey Pre-Primary, Grade 2 and 3 class on a Saturday afternoon and love being part of the wonderful faculty.

    This is such a beneficial programme for any professional dancer wanting to retrain or broaden their teaching skills. There are endless work opportunities and a vast network of contacts and support beyond your time spent studying at the RAD.