Bursaries and Funding

We know that for some people the cost of training can be a huge barrier to getting them the skills to progress in their careers. Our bursaries are designed to provide financial assistance to dance teachers who most need it.

Teachers Bursary Scheme

In 2018, we introduced teacher training bursaries as part of our charitable status and to further support our mission to maintain and improve teaching standards. The scheme directly benefits those wishing to become, or progress as a Society trained teacher in any genre. Over £70,000 a year is allocated to provide support where finance may be a barrier, for teaching qualifications or to take part in courses, to ensure that dance teachers have the opportunity to invest in their own development and progress with their teaching journey. To date, the scheme has financially supported the training of over 70 teachers from countries across the globe, including the USA, Italy, South Africa, the UAE, the UK, and many more.


Application Opening Dates

2021 Online CPD Courses Bursary for Society members will open in January 2021 and close in February 2021. Application form coming soon.

Initial and Higher teacher training bursaries will open 8 March 2021 and close 30 April 2021.


The scheme is available under three categories:

  • 2021 Online CPD Courses Bursary for Society members (in place of Travel Bursary for International Members for 2021)

    1.1 Up to £225 for a maximum of 5 online courses
    1.2 Up to £180 for a maximum of 4 online courses
    1.3 Up to £150 for a maximum of 3 online courses
  • Initial Teacher Training Bursary (Diploma in Dance Education & Dancesport Associate)

    Up to £5,000 available.
  • Higher Teacher Training Bursary (Diploma in Dance Pedagogy) 

    Up to £2,000 available.

Applications for all three categories open for approximately one month in the spring of each year, while applications for the 2021 Online CPD Courses Bursary will also open in January. If low application numbers are received under a certain category in the spring, applications may open again in the autumn; details of which will be updated on this page.

Exact opening dates vary each year and are published on this web page.

To apply

Digital application forms are only available during opening dates and cannot be requested in advance. Further information regarding criteria and eligibility to apply as well as the details about the application form and process can be found in the guidance notes below.

Teachers Bursary Scheme Application Guide

10 December 2020

The bursary meant that I was able to travel to the UK from South Africa to attend training and learn from the very best. Without that help, I do not believe I would have gained the confidence and knowledge to comfortably take a licentiate examination.

Bursary Awards

Funding young dancers

Our Theatre Bursary Awards celebrate exceptional talent and potential amongst young Society trained dancers.

Find out more