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Approved Dance Centres

What are Approved Dance Centres?

Approved Dance Centres (ADCs) are independent schools, vocational colleges, etc who have been approved by the ISTD to deliver to learner teachers the regulated teaching qualifications that form the ISTD’s initial teacher training, theLevel 3 Diploma in Dance Instruction (DDI) and the Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education (DDE).This approval process is to ensure the prospective ADC meets the standards of the ISTD and the Regulators (Ofqual and the Department for Education and Skills of the Welsh Assembly). 

The purpose of approval is to assure the ISTD of the suitability of a prospective ADC and to ensure the institution has:

♦the ability to provide an appropriate educational experience for learner teachers;

♦suitably qualified and experienced teaching staff who have undertaken the relevant training;

♦appropriate mechanisms of governance and administrative procedures;

♦effective quality assurance;

♦robust health and safety, complaints and appeals mechanisms;

♦appropriate physical facilities i.e. studio size, flooring, lighting;

♦staff training procedures for assessment.

Please note that the ISTD reserves the right not to grant approval for a Centre where there is already sufficient provision for candidates for a genre in a specific geographical area.

Can any school become an ADC?

The DDI and DDE form part of the ISTD’s initial teacher training in the European Union (EU) and the ADC scheme exists within the EU. If your school is interested in offering the DDI and DDE, please contact Gemma Bridge who will provide you with all the relevant information. Applications to become an ADC are welcome at any time.

There is no such similar scheme for delivery of the ISTD’s initial teacher training outside the EU. Please click here for information on those qualifications.

If you want to deliver ISTD graded and vocational graded examinations, class tests, etc., your school does not need to become an ADC. It is simply the case that your school must have a suitably qualified ISTD teacher with a current and appropriate level of membership. For information of membership, please click here.

I want to start the DDI and DDE programme. Where can I find a list of ADCs in my area?

To find an Approved Dance Centre near you that is approved for the genre you are interested in studying, please click here.

I want to teach on the DDI and DDE programme. How can I do that?

As part of the ADC scheme, the ISTD has a scheme of Approved Tutors, teachers who are suitably qualified, experienced and trained to deliver the DDI and DDE programme. All Approved Tutors are linked to one or several ADCs and deliver the qualifications at ADC approved venues.

To be eligible to apply to become an Approved Tutor, you must be linked to an ADC and have the following:

♦ISTD Licentiate in the genre(s) you wish to tutor;

♦ISTD Level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy in the genre(s) you wish to tutor

♦Or equivalent qualification.

It is also a requirement that you can demonstrate adequate evidence of professional competence in teaching teachers or be prepared to work under the supervision of an experienced Approved Tutor for a specified timescale.

If you do not have any of the listed qualifications, but feel your qualifications and experience are suitable, simply contact us to discuss the specifics of your situation.

On confirmation of your pending approval as an Approved Tutor, you will be required to attend the relevant Tutor Training course organised by the Education & Training Department before you can begin tutoring any learners for the Generic Teaching Skills units (DDI Unit 1, DDE Units 1 and 2) and for the Contextual Studies units (DDI Unit 2, DDE Units 3 and 5). 

If you want more information about becoming an Approved Tutor, please contact Gemma Bridge.

I have heard about Distance Learning Tutors. Is that the same as an Approved Tutor?

ISTD approved Distance Learning Tutors (DLTs) operate in a similar way to Approved Tutors in that they are teachers who are suitably qualified, experienced and trained to deliver elements of the DDI and DDE programme.

The differences are as follows:

♦DLTs are approved to deliver the Contextual Studies units of the DDI and DDE programme (DDI Unit 2, DDE Units 3 and 5) through distance learning mechanisms (e.g. telephone, email, Skype);

♦DLTs are not linked to any ADC;

♦Approval is granted on a unit-by-unit basis, depending on the tutor’s prior experience and qualifications.

To be eligible to apply to become an approved DLT, you must have prior knowledge of the subject you wish to tutor evidenced by qualifications or components within qualifications. A desirable skill for approved DLTs ideally includes experience of one-to-one tutoring.

If you want more information about becoming an approved DLT, please contact Gemma Bridge.

I am studying for the DDI and DDE programme and want to contact a Distance Learning Tutor.

Please click here for the most up-to-date list.

To find an Approved Dance Centre near you, please click here

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