CPD, Training & Qualifications for Dance Teaching

In line with our aim to support the dance teaching workforce and as the Subject Association for Dance, One Dance UK is committed to providing and promoting high quality professional development opportunities for teachers and practitioners who work with children and young people.

To stay informed on our upcoming CPD Courses for dance teachers, please regularly check this website or email.

Courses aimed at Primary School Teachers and Practitioners:

Aimed at primary school teachers and teaching assistants this one day course will provide the participant with some key tools to help them deliver imaginative and progressive dance sessions within a PE context.

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This one day course takes the learner a stage further on their journey in delivering creative dance classes at Key Stages 1 and 2. They will also develop their understanding of progression and assessment of dance in a PE context.

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Developed by 1st4Sport in partnership with afPE, One Dance UK will be delivering this new Level 3 Award from autumn 2017. It is intended to support those working in primary schools who teach dance as part of the PE curriculum.

If you are interested in taking this Award, contact Tori so you can be updated when more information is available.

Courses aimed at Secondary School, Vocational, and Youth Dance Leaders:

Part of our U.Dance CPD programme, this one day course will help secondary school teachers and youth dance leaders to develop their choreographic practice with their students/young people. Great for those who are facilitating the creation of new work for performance and supporting student’s choreographic development.

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This one day course looks at how to discuss work made by and with young people and how to provide constructive feedback, including how to create an environment where feedback is encouraged and embraced. Ideally suited to secondary school dance teachers, those teaching in vocational settings and youth dance leaders.

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Part of our Healthier Dancer Talks, this one day course helps youth dance leaders and teachers in vocational settings to understand the psychological tools available to create a more psychologically healthy environment in both class and performance. Research shows that using these tools to create a positive learning environment leads to happier, healthier and more accomplished dancers, who are more able to cope with the demands of training as well as professional careers.

For more information, please visit the Healthier Dancer Talks page

Dance leaders in all contexts should be aware of the most up to date practices in safe and healthy dance practice. They should also be able to apply practices in a practical and appropriate way. Safe in Dance International aims to support dance leaders to provide evidence to parents, students and employers that they have all the knowledge needed to support dancers; put leaders at the forefront of current healthy dance knowledge and practical application while giving them the tools and understanding to stay there; and award leaders with 60 hours of CPD through independent study.

To learn more visit Safe in Dance International

Qualifications for those that wish to progress their dance teaching practice further:

The new Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning (DDTAL) is a nationally recognised Level 6 Diploma – similar in level to the third year of a degree – and has been designed to appeal to teachers working in a wide range of contexts, including schools, hospitals, care homes, and community centres. Originally created as a result of a collaboration between Trinity College London and the Dance Training and Accreditation Partnership (DTAP) it provides evidence and validity of dance teaching skills and is recognised as a route to Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status.

For more information please go to Trinity College. 

This is the primary route through which people become qualified to teach dance in school. You can find out which HE institutions are delivering a PGCE in Dance on UCAS. Usually courses start in September of each academic year and candidates are expected to have a good level of dance knowledge (usually at degree level) before they commence the course.