Professional Dancers’ Postgraduate Teaching Certificate


The Professional Dancers‘ Postgraduate Teaching Certificate is delivered in two locations; Berlin, Germany and Sydney, Australia.

Professional Dancers‘ Postgraduate Teaching Certificate Berlin, Germany

The Professional Dancers‘ Postgraduate Teaching Certificate in Germany begins with an online Induction Seminar in January, followed by a period of distance learning. In July (exact dates will be published nearer the start of the programme) students will attend an intensive study period (ISP) comprising of practical sessions, lectures, seminars, discussion groups and tutorials (minimum duration of four weeks hybrid delivery). Some aspects of the ISP will take place at the Staatsballett, Berlin.


This programme is designed for professional dancers wishing to prepare for a new career in teaching, or for dancers who are already teaching but wish to gain an internationally renowned RAD teaching qualification. Combining distance learning and an Intensive Study Period, this flexible programme of study accommodates your rehearsal, performance and work schedules or teaching commitments and provides you with a secure platform for a career in teaching.


The Professional Dancers‘ Postgraduate Teaching Certificate is a modular programme which runs over 12 months, consisting of both part-time distance learning and intensive onsite taught study. You will complete three compulsory modules at postgraduate level.

The programme begins with an online induction seminar, followed by a period of distance learning. Mid way through the programme, you will attend an intensive study period which comprises practical sessions, teaching practice and online lectures, seminars, discussion groups and tutorials. In the final module, you will undertake a teaching placement in a dance school/teaching context of your choice, where you are supported by a mentor and practical teaching supervisor.

Taught sessions during the Induction and Intensive Study Period require full-time study over the course of the designated weeks.  While the majority of sessions normally take place during the work day, some evening and weekend study is likely to be required.

Entry requirements

  • We welcome applications from dancers with significant professional experience and advanced technical proficiency in dance.
  • Applicants will also need to demonstrate their potential to study at postgraduate level. Initially applicants will submit an application form in which they will provide a written statement and references.
  • Applicants will then be invited to attend an online interview, and submit a short teaching extract and a short written task.
  • Applicant’s will be given clear guidance as to the requirements of these submission which are designed to assess their potential as a teacher and for study at level 7.

Students who do not have English as a first language:

Applicants whose first language is not English and who are applying for a programme where an English Language Proficiency test is required must achieve one of the following qualifications:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS): For postgraduate programmes of study IELTS band of 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests.

The IELTS must be the academic test and have been taken no earlier than two years before the date of the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies is issued.

Some other school leaving or matriculation certificates contain a compulsory examination in English and these may be taken as equivalent.

If you have another recently achieved English language qualification, please check with our Registry department at to establish acceptability.

Further study and career opportunities

Graduates from the Professional Dancers‘ Postgraduate Teaching Certificate are well placed to work in the private (vocational) dance sector and in a range of educational contexts internationally across Europe and/or to enrol for further study at postgraduate level.

The programme includes study of the syllabi and examinations of the RAD so that graduates are eligible to become teaching members of the RAD and can enter students for RAD examinations should they wish to do so.

Professional Dancers‘ Postgraduate Teaching Certificate graduates may apply to transfer to the RAD’s Master of Arts in Education (Dance Teaching) providing they successfully complete an access module. Professional Dancers‘ Postgraduate Teaching Certificate graduates who meet these requirements will be exempt from 60 credits of the Masters’ degree, which is delivered via distance learning.

How to apply

Programme Content

Year 1

Various dates

Dance Teaching in Context

Places a dancers professional experience at the core of study that bridges the gap between performance and pedagogy; key debates about dance teaching as a profession and the contexts in which teaching takes place are central concepts to this, the first module of the programme. You will gain systematic knowledge of the wide range of environments in which dance teaching takes place, regionally, nationally and internationally. The module also covers the expectations and requirements of professional dance teachers, their roles and responsibilities, and current employment opportunities.

Various dates

Pedagogy in Practice

Places practice and theory side by side to support students, through mentoring and tutoring, as they engage with practical teaching opportunities; teaching observations, teaching assisting and a teaching project during the Intensive Study Period (ISP). The module culminates in a 12 week teaching placement, in a context and country to suit the student (of the students’ choice).

Various dates

Teaching Placement

Through a teaching placement, students gain practical experience in planning effective classes, managing the learning environment and providing a positive dance experience for all learners. The placement involves support from mentors and practical teaching supervisors who provide regular feedback, encouragement and support.

Various dates

Dance Teaching for the 21st Century: Practice and Innovation

Informed by reflection of their vocational training and professional experience, this module places comparative study of different pedagogical approaches to ballet and selected contemporary techniques as central to students’ development as innovative creative teachers.

Requiring students to develop a critical response to existing studio-based practices and theoretical discourse in dance training and education, this module guides students in their journey to becoming professional dance teachers and educators.


Modules are assessed through a range of practical and written tasks including, peer teaching, reflective journals, lesson plans, reports, PowerPoint presentations and an essay. The teaching placement is assessed through a practical teaching examination followed by a viva voce – critical reflection and discussion on the class examined. All modules are compulsory.


Successful completion of the programme leads to the award of Professional Dancers' Postgraduate Teaching Certificate and eligibility for registration as a teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance.

From stage to studio - why learn to teach?

It is often the assumption that the accomplished skill sets of a professional dancer are identical to those of an accomplished, professional teacher. Dancers possess many valuable, transferable skills, but it is through specific education and training that these skills can be adapted and developed to become an accomplished, professional teacher.
From stage to studio – why learn to teach?