Our Licentiate qualification builds on the skills learnt in the initial teacher training qualification and combines this with the knowledge and experience that come with practice as a teaching practitioner.


In order to apply to take the Licentiate exam you need to have one of the following:

  • Theatre Dance: You must have passed the CDE / DDE or Associate Diploma (outside of the EU) in the relevant genre and have passed the Advanced 1 examination in the relevant genre.
  • Dancesport: You must be 21 or above, hold the DDE, CDE or Associate in the relevant genre and have completed a minimum of two years of responsible teaching in that genre.
  • EU residents - If you hold the Associate, but not the Associate Diploma in Theatre Dance, you will need to upgrade your qualifications to the DDI/DDE in order to be eligible for the exam. 
  • Outside EU – As DDE is not currently offered to international residents, you will need to complete your Associate Diploma to be eligible for the Licentiate exam.


Training will normally take place with an approved teacher or examiner. You can also look out for our Continual Professional Development courses run during spring and summer programmes by the Education and Training Department with our experienced lecturers and examiners.

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Progressing your journey

After successful completion, candidates are eligible to apply for Full Membership of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and are eligible to enter candidates for examinations, in both Theatre Dance and Dancesport genres. You may consider applying to the Society to become an Approved Dance Centre or DDE Approved Tutor.

You could also consider combining the Licentiate with the level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy. Successful completion of the Licentiate would exempt you from Unit 4 of the DDP.

You may now want to progress to the Fellowship examination, our highest teaching qualification and eventually apply to become an examiner.


Syllabus Outlines

Our syllabi are created by internationally renowned teachers and dancers and are used to train dancers. Teachers are encouraged to keep up-to-date with the latest syllabi. This can be done through our many courses, summer schools and congresses as well as our syllabus products – books, DVDs, CDs and syllabus outlines.

Dancesport Syllabus Outlines  Theatre Syllabus Outlines



Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

If you do not fulfil the entry requirements for the Level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy, Licentiate or Fellowship but feel you have the required knowledge or experience, you can apply for APEL to access this qualification. The Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) scheme takes account of your professional experience and unregulated qualifications to enable you to by-pass the usual requirements.

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