Age 17+

Duration Part-time / some Sunday sessions

Dates Continuous intake – join at the start of any term

Course accredited by ISTD

Venue Distance learning / MGA Balgreen Campus (207 Balgreen Road, Edinburgh EH11 2RZ)

As one of the few Performing Arts schools in Scotland to be an ISTD Approved Dance Centre, MGA is thrilled to now offer ISTD teaching qualifications in Modern Theatre and Tap Dance. Take the next step towards your career in Dance!

Gain a Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education (DDE) delivered through MGA – join us on a part-time basis to broaden your existing professional qualifications, or complete individual ISTD units. The DDE is an internationally-recognised qualification and a key step on the journey to a career in teaching Dance.

About the course

MGA offers the DDE qualification in Modern Theatre and Tap Dance. The ISTD’s Level 4 DDE is an achievable and streamlined teaching qualification, which provides student teachers with a clear progression pathway to becoming an ISTD qualified teacher (either Licentiate or Level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy), and an overall excellent introduction to a career in teaching dance.

This course comprises the following five units:

  • UNIT 1 – Distance learning
  • UNIT 2 – Distance Learning
  • UNIT 3 – Monthly Sunday Dance sessions at MGA
  • UNIT 4 – Monthly Sunday Coaching sessions at MGA
  • UNIT 5 – Distance learning

View full details about the DDE Level 4 at the ISTD website »

These units can be taken individually, although they all link to one another ensuring a depth of knowledge which prepares student teachers thoroughly for the studio and the start of their teaching journey. The course is also open to Dancers who have already completed some units and are looking to complete the remaining units for this qualification.

Whilst it is not a requirement to have previous ISTD training, you will need to take the ISTD Intermediate Exam of your chosen genre. If you are not sure about whether you have enough experience for this course, please get in touch and a member of our team will be happy to chat with you. This course is open to students aged 17 and over.

The DDE course can also be included as part of your full-time training on one of MGA’s BA (Hons) Degree courses – apply through our full-time training page and speak with the Dance team at your audition.

Course leaders

  • Gwen Stevenson – Modern Theatre
    Fellowship Licentiate Classical Ballet, Licentiate
  • Susan Harvey – Tap Dance
    Licentiate ISTD approved and distance learning tutor

How to apply

Fee sheet is available on request.

For more information about MGA’s DDE training options, or to apply, please contact parttime@themgaacademy.com

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