Qualification | Diploma in Dance Education (DDE)
Validated by | Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD)
Course Director | Holli Shackleton
Location | Currently Arts Centre (Guildford) but subject to relocation in 2021, see details here.
Course Length | Intensive, Part-Time
Start Date | Dates TBC
Italia Conti offers a recognised dance teaching qualification from the ISTD so you can open your horizons to a wide range of exciting teaching opportunities.
The training is delivered as an intensive course which allows learners to achieve the professional qualification in a shorter 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 from Primary to Intermediate in the ISTD Syllabus.
The intensive teacher training course is ideal for students who wish to train to become professional and fully qualified dance teachers in Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap dance with the Imperial Society of Teachers in Dancing (ISTD).
"I WOULD NOT BE THE PERFORMER I AM TODAY WITHOUT NOT JUST THE TECHNICAL TRAINING BUT THE IMMENSE GUIDANCE AND ENCOURAGEMENT FROM THE FACULTY AT ITALIA CONTI."
Emelia Louise Muncey
The DDE Teacher Training course is split into 5 units which are offered over an intensive short 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.
Tap | August - February
Ballet | December - May
Modern | April - July
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)
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 dance is a rhythmic dance style which originated in America before traveling 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 traveling steps, high kicks, leaps, and turns which all need strength and flexibility. This is a highly energetic dance style.
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 | DDE Unit 1 - £200, plus VAT & Exam
DDE Unit 2 - £400, plus VAT & Exam
DDE Unit 4 (Ballet) - £1700, plus VAT & Exam
DDE Unit 4 (Modern) - £1550, plus VAT & Exam
DDE Unit 4 (Tap) - £1550, plus VAT & Exam
DDE Unit 5 - £200, plus VAT & Exam
Additional Genre Discount | £1200 (Ballet), plus VAT & Exam
(see below for further info) £1050 (Modern), plus VAT & Exam
£1050 (Tap), plus VAT & Exam
Audition Fee | £20 (non-refundable)
Deposit | A deposit of 20% of the total units will be taken to hold your place once
accepted will need to be paid within two weeks of receiving your acceptance
after the audition.
ADDITIONAL GENRE DISCOUNT
If you wish to complete more than one Unit 4 genre then we are offering a discount rate for any addition genres after your first genre is complete. This is suitable for students who are likely to complete two or more genres within the space of two years. (Please note: this offer expires two years after registering your first genre).
Students are advised that exam fees levied by the Examination Boards are in addition to the course fees quoted above. Students will be invoiced their exam fees upon application for entering an examination.
FEES TERMS & CONDITIONS
Terms and conditions apply upon acceptance to Italia Conti and can be found on our Policies page.
The Teacher Training course offers the following funding options:
- Private Funding
- Advanced Learner Loans
- Charitable Trusts and Foundations
"CONTI HAVE TAUGHT ME EVERYTHING FROM HOW TO DANCE, SING AND ACT, HAVE CONFIDENCE, BE MATURE, HAVE FIGHT AND DETERMINATION, LOVE AND PASSION, AND MOST OF ALL SHOW ME WHY I CAN'T DO ANYTHING ELSE BUT PERFORM."
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
- Evidence in hard copy of all the above must be provided.
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.
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.
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 to the ISTD Teacher Training course can be made using our online application form.
Applicants must complete the form and pay the audition fee (£20) in order to be considered for the course. Upon receiving your application we will contact you with your 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.
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.
ALUMNI & 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.
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)