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Diploma in Dance Education (DDE)

Qualification | Diploma in Dance Education (DDE)

Validated by | Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD)

Course Leader | Graham Newell

Location | Italia Conti Woking

Course Length | Intensive, Part-Time

Start Date (DDE Modern) | Course dates Coming Soon

Start Date (DDE Tap & Ballet) | Course dates Coming Soon

COURSE OVERVIEW

Italia Conti offers a recognised dance teaching qualification from the ISTD to enable learners to embark on dance teaching opportunities.

The training is delivered as an intensive course which allows learners to achieve the professional qualification in a condensed amount of time.

The ISTD is one of the world’s leading dance teacher training and dance examination boards. The qualification is a Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education (DDE). This qualification will allow you to teach and enter students in grades ranging fro Primary to Intermediate in the ISTD Syllabus in the genre or genres you choose to specialise in.

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DDE Modern

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DDE Tap OR DDE Ballet

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COURSE SUMMARY

The intensive teacher training course is ideal for students who wish to train to become professional and fully qualified dance teachers in Imperial Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap dance with the Imperial Society of Teachers in Dancing (ISTD).

COURSE STRUCTURE

The DDE Teacher Training course is split into 5 units which are offered over an intensive period of time and includes some distance learning. We strongly advise students to have completed unit 3, their Intermediate Dance Examination in their chose genre before starting the other units of the course.

There will be set intensive days for written units (1, 2 and 5). Each practical genre (Unit 4) will be run over a term and a half, over 21 intensive days within our holiday periods. It is not possible to complete all three genres within a year, you could complete Tap and Modern within one year and Ballet within a separate year.​

DDE UNITS

UNIT 1 – Preparing for Safe Teaching (10 credits at Level 3)
UNIT 2 – Observation, Assisting & Teaching Practice (30 credits at Level 4)
UNIT 3 – Intermediate (28 credits at Level 3)
UNIT 4 – Dance Practice (30 credits at Level 4)
UNIT 5 – Social, Emotional & Cognitive Development (12 credits at Level 3/4)

IMPERIAL CLASSICAL BALLET

The roots of Imperial Classical Ballet stem from the early days of the ISTD and the first written syllabus in 1913 which was based on the teaching of the French School from the Paris Opéra. The syllabus has now evolved to promote the English classical style and address the changing needs of Ballet dancers today.

MODERN THEATRE

Modern Theatre dance is a rhythmic dance style which originated in America before travelling to the rest of the world. It is often seen on the stages of musical productions and is known for its theatrical qualities. The style uses travelling steps, high kicks, leaps, and turns which all need strength and flexibility. This is a highly energetic dance style.

TAP DANCE

Tap has evolved as an American dance form, popularised throughout the world, with debate about its origins coming from African dance, Irish dance and/or clog dancing. The dancer uses their feet to strike the floor, beating out different rhythms, with dancers wearing tap shoes which have small metal plates on the toe and heel to give the distinctive sound. Tap dance is a theatrical art form often seen on stage in musicals.

Fees & funding

Tuition Fees | Available on Application
Audition Fee for All Applicants | £20 (non-refundable)

Exam Fees

Students are advised that exam fees levied by the Examination Boards are in addition to the course fees quoted on application. Students will be invoiced for their exam fees upon the tutor putting them forward for entering an examination. Subject to having completed the module to the required standard.

Terms & Conditions

Terms and conditions apply upon acceptance to Italia Conti.

Funding

The DDE courses offer the following funding options:

  • Private Funding

  • Charitable Trusts and Foundations

  • “I have just graduated from Liverpool Theatre School with a Level 6 Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre. I wanted to do the BA Hons (Top Up) in Professional Arts Practice course to further develop my skills for the industry. It is the perfect balance between academic writing and creativity. I already have seen improvements, both in my academic and performing work, and I now really value the ability to critically reflect on past experiences in order to improve my current skills.”

    - Sarah Collinge – Musical Theatre Performer Current Student, Class of July 2024
  • “I have found that my first term at Italia Conti has been better than I could’ve imagined. I am working with driven, passionate, likeminded people within all different realms of the performing arts industry. I find that the course is very tailored to each individual and the content is broad enough to apply to everyone but specific enough to challenge each person within their abilities. I find the course to be a place where I can collaborate and interact with people who I’d never had met otherwise. I only look forward to what the next few months of the course bring and feel more motivated than ever.”

    - Kate Drummond – Actor Current Student, Class of July 2024
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    “The course is allowing me to reflect on my past practice, current position, and future endeavours. I really enjoy how flexible the course is, with regards to being able to tailor my studies to my own practice, enabling me to maximise the benefits of this on my future career. I expect my professional development to be impacted exponentially and I am excited to continue!”

    - Amy-Jo Sumner – Musical Theatre Performer
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    - Rachel Ward – Performing Arts Tutor Graduate, BA Top up Class of Sept 2022
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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY TO ISTD DANCE TEACHER TRAINING REQUIRES THE FOLLOWING:

  • 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​.
  • Teaching placement at another dance establishment.
  • Successful audition through Italia Conti, details of which can be found below. Entry to the course will be via audition only.
  • Completion of any programme offer conditions and/or requirements (including deposit and fees).
  • Evidence in hard copy of all the above must be provided.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

After completing the application process you will be invited to attend one of our audition days where you will be required to demonstrate a variety of skills. Information about auditions can be found below.

AGE REQUIREMENTS

Learners must be 17 years old in the academic year of registration and must be 18 years old before you can complete the teaching element of Unit 2. There is no upper age limit and we welcome applications from mature students who have a suitable background as a professional performer or teacher and who need to update or complete their teaching qualifications without going back to full time college.

INTERMEDIATE DANCE QUALIFICATION (UNIT 3)

You must already hold your intermediate within the chosen genre (certificate needed to evidence this). For those who have completed their Intermediate exam with an alternative leading exam board (i.e, RAD/IDTA), the qualification may be accepted by the ISTD also.

TEACHING PLACEMENT

You must have access to a role in which you can assist and then go on to teach your own lessons. For Unit 2 you will need to teach your own lessons and without access to this you will not be able to complete the qualification. Italia Conti are not responsible for and cannot facilitate lessons for you to teach so this must be something you can arrange outside of the centre.

APPLICATION

Application to the ISTD Teacher Training course can be made by contacting our DDE department:

CONTACT US

Applicants will be asked to complete a form and pay the audition fee (£20) in order to be considered for the course. Upon receiving your application we will contact you with an audition date.

Audition fees are non-refundable. These fees act as both an administration fee for processing your application as well as a non-refundable deposit for a place on an audition day.

In line with our admissions policy, Italia Conti reserves the right to alter or withdraw offers at any point.

AUDITION

After completing the application process you will be invited to attend one of our audition days where you will be required to demonstrate a dance in the genre you wish to study. The entrance audition comprises of two components – Dance and an informal Interview. The audition process is designed to ensure that prospective students meet the criteria for dance teacher training including a demonstration of prior knowledge and a good understanding of the commitment the training requires.

Both audition components will take place on the same day. You may wish to bring lunch or a snack to the audition, as breaks between the sections will not be long enough to leave the audition site. Also, please note that family and friends will not be permitted to observe the audition and depending on the set-up of the audition site may not be able to have contact with the applicant until their audition is finished.​

If you are accepted then a deposit will be requested two weeks from this date to secure your place on the course. This deposit is non-refundable.

FOR ANY FURTHER ENQUIRIES PLEASE EMAIL:
dde@italiaconti.co.uk


DANCE AUDITION

You will be required to prepare a dance of roughly a minute and a half in length, within each genre you wish to study. Please bring your music on an iPod or suitable device with an aux cable connection (please bring an adaptor if you have a new iPhone or device which is not compatible with an aux cable).

Required dress:

Please ensure dance shoes and clothing are suitable to the genre you wish to audition for. No loose clothing is permitted. Hair should be neat and secured. No loose jewellery or watches to be worn.

INTERVIEW

Once auditionees have completed the Dance stage of their audition they may be required to attend a short, informal Interview.

The purpose of the interview is to gain insight into the student’s interests outside of the rehearsal studio, their personal and professional goals and to help assess whether the student is intellectually and emotionally ready to enter a teacher training environment. It is also an opportunity for auditionees to ask any questions they may have regarding training at Italia Conti.

Please note: resumes, headshots, videos, and other portfolio materials are not required.

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CAREER PROSPECTS

FURTHER TRAINING

For further development, students can also aspire to continue their training with the ISTD and gain the Licentiate or Fellowship qualifications, which provides a pathway to becoming an examiner. The DDE is also a progression onto further and higher education such as the Diploma in Dance Pedagogy, BA and MA in Professional Practise. (Source: Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing Website)

FURTHER TRAINING INFORMATION

Alumnx & graduate success

Many of our students have gone on to teach at prestigious dance academies, colleges, schools or opened their own dance school, and the DDE qualification allows a much wider range of opportunities across the private and public sectors.

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