Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS)

This program is designed to extend knowledge, understanding and practice of dance teaching across a range of contexts and genres in preparation for working in an increasingly diverse employment market.


The program is offered part-time over two years through distance learning, enabling you to study alongside other commitments. You will receive one-to-one tutorial support from experienced tutors, with opportunities for collaborative study through online student forums. And, each module is supported by a comprehensive module study guide and online materials.

Run through a number of teaching centers throughout the world, it is sometimes possible for students to study at a center in another country. However, in any year, the program will only run in a specific country if there are sufficient numbers. Details of where the program is delivered can be found in the Schedule for Delivery .

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a Level 3 Intermediate certificate or equivalent from a recognized dance teaching society.

Applicants without formal qualifications may be considered on submission of video/DVD evidence. Please refer to the How to Apply section for guidance on the content of the video.

Application pack and information


The fee is determined by local costs in the United States and includes program material, tutoring and mentoring, assessments for each module, three visits by a Practical Teaching Supervisor and one Intensive Study Period.

The fee is payable in 4 installments over 2 years or students may request a monthly payment plan based on 10 payments in each year.

The tuition for the program commencing January 2023 is $10,600.

For more information, please contact:

Patti Ashby
National Director USA
E: pashby@radusa.org
P: 414.747.9060

Programme Content

Year 1

January to March
CBTS401 - 15 Credits

How We Learn: The Stages of Development

This module explores how children interact differently as they progress through the development stages and in different environments. The study tasks and observations will allow you to consider the physiological and cognitive development of children and apply this to CBTS404: Practical Teaching in Year 2 of the program. You will be required to reflect on your own experiences of using the RAD syllabi and observations to compile case studies of children across various developmental stages. You will receive tutorial support throughout the duration of the module from the Module Tutor.

April to June
CBTS402 - 15 Credits

Safe Practice and Professional Value

This module covers knowledge and understanding of the requirements of teachers in terms of safe practice and professional responsibilities. Units of work focus on the posture, functional anatomy, supplementary conditioning and how to create safe dance environments. You will research government policies looking at issues such as child protection, equal opportunities and disability pertinent to the country in which you are studying. All students study the requirements of the Code of Professional Practice for Teachers Registered with the RAD. You will receive tutorial support throughout the duration of the module from the Module Tutor.

June to October
CBTS403 - 30 Credits

Ballet and Teaching: Knowledge and Understanding

This module supports you in identifying of key features of the RAD syllabi, focusing on Pre-Primary and Primary in Dance, Grade 1-5, Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate. The units cover fundamentals of ballet and Character Dance technique, demonstration as a teaching tool and music for dance teachers, in order to support you in devising progress charts which will help you to structure your teaching for CBTS404: Practical Teaching in Year 2 of the program.

The module includes a single Intensive Study Period (10 consecutive days) where students are required to attend practical workshops and discussion groups with RAD Tutors. You will be expected to come to the Intensive Study Period with embodied working knowledge of the RAD syllabi.

Year 2

January to October
CBTS404 - 45 Credits

Practical Teaching

The primary aim of the CBTS program is to equip you to begin teaching and in this module, you will undertake practical teaching supported a Mentor in a dance school. The module begins with an observation of teaching, working as a teaching assistant and then teaching parts of a class until you are sufficiently prepared to teach a whole class. You are required to deliver a minimum of 45 classes over the timeframe of the module and are provided with additional tutoring and support from a Practical Teaching Supervisor.

August and October
CBTS405 - 15 Credits

Career Development and Management

In this module you will focus on future career paths and designing persuasive marketing tools for employment. You will be supported in identifying personal achievement, researching career opportunities and evaluating your position within the profession and will consider how continuing professional development may enhance your career. You will receive tutorial support throughout the duration of the module from the Module Tutor.


Assessment is through written case studies, training plans with critical discussion, ballet demonstration and analysis discussions, practical teaching and portfolios.


Successful completion of the programme leads to the award of Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies and eligibility for registration as a teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance.

Further Study and Development

Following successful completion of the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies, students may wish to continue to the Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies.

Students who are able to study in English may progress to the Diploma in Higher Education: Dance Education by undertaking an additional access module. See the Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies and BA (Hons) Dance Education program pages for further details.