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Dancesport: Classical Sequence, Disco/Freestyle, Latin American, Modern Ballroom.

Qualifications Type


From 1st September 2018 a new Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education (DDE) will be launched and replace the current DDI and DDE route.

What does this mean for current DDI/DDE Student Teachers, Approved Dance Centres and Approved Tutors? Find out in our FAQs.

Overview and Objectives

Revised versions of the ISTD’s initial teaching qualifications, the Level 3 Diploma in Dance Instruction (DDI) and Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education (DDE), were launched on 1st September 2010.

Whereas the DDI is designed as the first step for those wishing to begin training as a dance teacher, the DDE is for those, who want to become a fully qualified and regulated ISTD dance teacher (following completing level 3).

Duration and Units

Depending on prior experience and expertise, and on additional training efforts taken, the combined DDI/DDE qualification is achievable within a three-year programme of study.

Level 3 Diploma in Dance Instruction (DDI)

  • Unit 1: Observation and Understanding of Teaching and Learning Techniques
  • Unit 2:  Promotion of Health and Safety in Dance
  • Unit 3: Vocational Graded Examination in Dance: Intermediate
  • Unit 4: Dance Practice and the Relationship between Music and Dance in a Chosen Dance genre

Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education (DDE)

  • Unit 1: Planning Techniques and Evaluation of Dance Teaching
  • Unit 2: Dance Teaching Practice
  • Unit 3: Lifespan Development and Learning in Dance
  • Unit 4: Dance Practice and the Relationship between Music and Dance in a Chosen Dance genre
  • Unit 5: Contextual Study of Danc

Further information can also be found on the DDI’s/DDE’s respective purpose statements:

DDI Purpose Statement
DDE Purpose Statement

Delivery and Support

Training is available on a full-time or part-time basis via the ISTD’s Approved Dance Centres (ADCs) throughout the EU. 

Supported distance learning opportunities may also be available. For full details of the programmes offered at each ADC, please contact them directly. View list of ADC’s by region.

For genre specific supplementary sheets, visit the Syllabi section of our website.


Costs also depend on prior experience, additional expertise and training efforts, and generally the chosen programme. Full details of costs are available from the ADCs directly.


To register for the DDI, learners must be 17 years old or above in the academic year in which they register. 

For the DDE learners must be 18 years old or above in the academic year in which they register and hold the DDI (or Foundation in Dance Instruction) in the relevant genre.

Progression Routes

The DDI and DDE are both on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) and award 68 and 92 QCF credits accordingly. This means that as well as standalone respected dance teaching qualifications they can also contribute towards other higher level qualifications such as the ISTD’s regulated higher teaching qualifications, the Level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy, the BA (Hons) in Professional Practice: Dance Education or the MA in Professional Practice: Dance Technique. Or, for an unregulated progression route, there are the ISTD’s Licentiate and Fellowship examinations.

ISTD Membership

Completion of the DDI/DDE allows graduates to upgrade their ISTD membership to Full Membership, which amongst other benefits includes full voting rights on Society business. For a full overview of all of the ISTD’s membership categories and benefits, please visit the Membership section.


Registration and Contacts

To register, or if you have any queries about this qualification, the progression routes or if you need any guidance to choose the best qualification to achieve your future ambitions, please contact Gemma Bridge, Initial Qualifications Co-ordinator, on