Dance Diploma in Pedagogy – New Course starting in October 2021

We are now taking Applications for the next Dance Diploma in Pedagogy (DDP) course which starts in October.

Our Level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy (DDP) is for dance artists and practitioners and is accredited by the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD).

The Level 6 DDP will provide candidates with a regulated qualification equivalent to an undergraduate degree. DDP graduates are eligible to apply for Qualified Teacher Status (QTLS), progress to a Masters in Professional Practice at Middlesex University or the ISTD’s prestigious Fellowship qualification.

Swindon Dance is the first Centre to run this qualification outside of ISTD.

The DDP runs part-time and can be completed in 2-years. Candidates have 5-years to complete the qualification.

This diploma is for current and ex-professional dancers seeking to transition to a teaching career, unqualified teachers currently working in the vocational/further education sector and dance teachers with a Level 4 (or equivalent) initial teaching qualification.

See what Amy, a current DDP student says about the Course:

Having joined the 2018, ISTD Level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy cohort at Swindon Dance, I have been challenged, advanced and developed as a teacher in so many positive ways. I had previously completed a BA (hons) degree, the ISTD Certificate in Dance Education (tap and modern) plus the IDTA Teaching Associate in classical ballet and Acrobatic Arts teacher training. I had also been teaching for the past 15 years, so had a good level of background experience to refer to, but I chose to embark on the course as I love the process of life-long learning, expanding my professional development and continually striving to be the very best teacher I can possibly be for my students. This higher-level teaching diploma has positively expanded my knowledge, approach and teaching methods and the tutors at Swindon Dance have always supported me providing great advice and mentorship. 
The level 6 diploma, for me, has bridged the gap between teaching within the private dance sector and teaching in mainstream education. This was one of my main reasons for selecting this course and I have particularly enjoyed learning about teaching dance within a primary school, community, GCSE, BTech or A level setting. I like the fact that this course focuses on the process of excellent teaching ‘pedagogy’ rather than being genre or syllabus specific. The learning, lesson planning, theory and application and knowledge gained are therefore applicable to any subject taught.
I’ve noticed that my style of teaching has developed since starting the course, in particular with regards to creative work. I have been more confident to step away from syllabus-based exercises and trust in the process of independent creation and development. This has allowed for a greater level of autonomous learning from the students as they are able to become fully immersed in a project. I like the fact that the weekly mentorship module allows for a deep analysis of my ten observed classes, allowing for growth and feedback. I have also enjoyed having a regular opportunity to stop and reflect on my practice. 
The course is undeniably hard work and definitely challenges you at times, but it is also highly rewarding. The majority of my previous work experience has been based within the private dance sector and I now feel the diploma has placed me in a far better position to be working within mainstream education. I have been able to apply my learning to both my previous position as a private dance school Principal and am now also able to utilise my knowledge and skills daily within a local primary school classroom, with a view to gaining QTS. The detail of lesson planning and teaching analysis required at level 6 allows me to empathise with a PGCE graduate! I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to challenge and develop their teaching practice to become the very best it can be. Be prepared to write (lots!), feedback, critique, reflect, evaluate and analyse, but most importantly to develop your teaching skills to the very highest of standards. Thanks to the tutors and mentors at Swindon Dance for providing this positive experience.

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