Approved Dance Centres

Our Approved Dance Centres are vocational colleges and independent schools who have been verified by the Society and regulators to deliver our regulated teaching qualifications.


Our Approved Dance Centres (ADCs) are independent schools and vocational colleges by which student teachers can take up the Level 4 DDE qualification. All ADCs go through a strict regulated approval process to meet the highest industry standards and assures student teachers wishing to gain our Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education (DDE) that their teaching techniques and facilities are appropriate and up to date, and their teachers suitably trained and qualified.

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List of Dance Education (DDE) Assessment Fees


The Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education (DDE) can only be delivered by a Society Approved Dance Centre (ADC). Approved Dance Centres are vocational colleges and independent schools who have been verified by the Society and regulators to deliver our regulated teaching qualifications.

Prospective ADCs must have a proposed tutor(s) in place who hold the requisite qualifications and experience. If you are interested in becoming an Approved Dance Centre to deliver the Level 4 DDE, please note that your Centre’s approval is granted once all criteria have been met, and proposed Approved Tutors have attended the relevant tutor training. Until approval is granted the delivery of the qualifications may not commence.


With courses offered on a full-time as well as part-time basis there are plenty of flexible study options to suit individual needs. The approval process ensures that the prospective institution has:

  • the ability to provide an appropriate educational experience for learner teachers
  • suitably qualified and experienced teaching staff
  • appropriate mechanisms of governance and administrative procedures
  • effective quality assurance
  • robust health and safety, complaints, and appeals mechanisms
  • appropriate physical facilities with Wi-Fi (i.e. studio size, flooring, lighting, internet access)
  • staff training procedures for assessment.

To Apply

If you are interested to become an Approved Dance Centre, please email pqmanager@istd.org for an application pack.

Once you are ready to apply, please send the following documents by email:

  • Approved Dance Centre Application Form- fully completed, signed and dated
  • Approved Tutor Application Form(s)
  • Policy Documents
  • Photographs of studios, changing rooms and toilet facilities
  • A copy of a valid Public Liability Insurance Certificate

There is a non-refundable application fee of £300 which must be paid within 7 days of submitting your application.  Application fee can be paid by bank transfer or we could send you a payment link to pay online.  

All applications will be acknowledged in writing.  The Society may request further information during the review stage.

What happens next?

You may be asked to provide further information throughout the approval process. It may take up to 8 weeks to complete and confirm an outcome.  

As the qualifications are genre specific, approval is granted based on the genres the Approved Tutors are approved to deliver. Approved Dance Centres are required to deliver the Qualification in its full entirety which means learners should be able to complete all 5 units at the ADC.  

If successful at the first stage of approval process, your Centre will be selected for inspection. Shortly after the inspection meeting, the review of your application is almost complete.  The confirmation of approval/rejection will be notified in writing alongside a detailed ADC Feedback Report. 

On receipt of the approval confirmation, new ADCs can start to register student teachers for the DDE in the ADC’s approved genre(s).  The delivery of the qualifications may commence once Approved Tutor(s) completed their mandatory tutor training. No training or assessment of student teachers must take place before this time.



Can any school become an ADC?

If your school is interested in becoming an Approved Dance Centre, they would need to offer the Level 4 DDE. If your school is interested in offering the DDE please contact pqmanager@istd.org. Applications to become an ADC are welcome at any time. If you want to deliver our graded and vocational graded examinations and class tests, your school does not need to become an ADC. Instead, your school must have a qualified Society teacher with a current and appropriate level of membership. 


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

As part of the ADC scheme, we deliver a scheme for Approved Tutors; teachers who are suitably qualified, experienced and trained to deliver the 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 hold either:

  • The Licentiate in the genre(s) you wish to tutor;
  • The Level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy in the genre(s) you wish to tutor
  • Or equivalent qualification.

You will also need to 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 mandatory Tutor Training course organised by the Education & Training Department before you can begin tutoring any students. 

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