Trinity Laban Offers Newly Revised Diploma for All Dance Teachers

30 Jun 2016

Trinity Laban DDTAL classes. Photo: Belinda Lawley

Trinity Laban DDTAL classes. Photo: Belinda Lawley

From 2016/17, Trinity Laban is delighted to offer Trinity College London’s newly revised Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning (DDTAL).

Previously available only for dance teachers working with children and young people, the DDTAL has been revised to meet the needs of teachers working with students of any age and within a wide range of contexts and settings, including schools, hospitals, care homes, youth dance and community centres. It provides evidence and validity of a broad range of dance teaching skills.

The qualification has also been restructured to spread the study area over 6 units instead of 4 units. Units 1 to 3 are at Level 5, offering an accessible way into the qualification, while Units 4 to 6 are at Level 6. *

DDTAL continues to be recognised as a route to Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status.

Students undertaking the course at Trinity Laban will benefit from working with Dr Lorna Sanders, the Senior Assessor for DDTAL, who was part of the restructuring team and has helped to design the new qualification. Previous Trinity Laban DDTAL students who have studied with Dr Sanders have gone on to great success as teachers, dance artists and as educational advisers in their own right.

Veronica Jobbins, Head of Learning and Participation (Dance) at Trinity Laban, comments:

Having delivered DDTAL for 6 years, we are very pleased that the qualification is being adapted to meet the needs of dance artists interested to teach dance in many different settings.  The changes reflect the growing awareness of how dance in all its many forms, and uniquely both a physical and creative activity, can benefit people of all ages and in many different contexts.”

Applications are now open for study in 2016/17. For more information visit our programme pages or email Lorna Sanders (

* Levels 5 and 6 are similar in level to the second and third years of an undergraduate degree