The Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning (DDTAL) is a part-time, flexible course, which offers 25 training days in total.

The training days include practical workshops, lectures and seminars for each of the six units in the programme, led by highly experienced trainers and practitioners. Here you can find information about the different units throughout 2017/18.

Dates for the Academic Year 2017/18

The DDTAL course for Unit 1 includes nine Core Days plus your own choice of any three from the Training Days Programme listed for Unit 1 so that you can identify areas of personal development pertinent to your practice and teaching contexts. This makes twelve sessions in total for Unit 1. (Additional days from the Training Days Programme listed for Unit 1 are also available to you at the reduced alumni rate of £75 per day.)

All sessions run from 10.00h to 17.00h.


15 Sep 2017

Core Day 1 - Induction

16 Sep 2017

Core Day 2 - Introduction to Diploma and Unit 1

30 Sep 2017

Core Day 3 - Using Laban's Movement Analysis for teaching dance (with a focus on all age groups)

1 Oct 2017

Core Day 4 - Teaching Dance Technique and Performance Skills

21 and 22 Oct 2017

Core Days 5 and 6 - Planning and Supporting Learning in Dance

10 Nov (Friday) 2017

Training Day Option: GCSE Dance Anthology Day: led by Boy Blue Entertainment based on Emancipation of Expessionism

12 Nov 2017

Training Day Option: GCSE Anthology day: led by the Royal Opera House based on Wayne McGregor's Infra (2008)

18 and 19 Nov 2017

Core Days 7 and 8 - Managing and Evaluating Learning in Dance

9 Dec 2017

Training Day Option: Choreographing for Youth and Community Settings

10 Dec 2017

Training Day Option - Dance for Primary Schools and Early Years

3 Feb 2018

Training Day Option: Dance for Health and Wellbeing

4 Feb 2018

Training Day Option: Dance and Creativity for the Older Dancer

24 Feb 2018

Training Day Option: GCSE Dance Anthology Day: led byStipgap Dance Company based on Artificial Things

25 Feb 2018

Training Day Option: Diverse and Inclusive Practice in Dance with Magpie, Candoco and Trinity Laban (3 models of practice)

10 March 2018

Core Day 9 - Preparing for Unit 1 assessment

 6 July 2018

 Training Day Option: GCSE Dance Anthology: led by James Cousins Dance Company based on Within Her Eyes

The following units begin at different times and are not listed in order of start date.


Course fees include all sessions listed in a specific academic year

28 and 29 April 2018

Core Days - Safeguarding and Legal Compliance


Course fees include all sessions listed in a specific academic year

9 and 10 June 2018

Core Days - Statutory education/government policy

June 30 and 1 July 2018

Core Days - Being a Professional/pitching for work


Course fees include all sessions listed in a specific academic year

12 and 13 May 2018

Core Days - Safe and Effective Dance Practice


Course fees include all sessions listed in a specific academic year

14 and 15 April 2018

Core Days - critical reflection and the case study


Note there is only one course session for this Unit. Ongoing support is then purchased as needed via an individual support package. Dates for this personal support are individually negotiated with the Programme Development Manager. Advice about support packages is given at the Introductory course day.

17 Sept 2017

Alternative date:
February tbc depending on numbers

Core Day - Introductory Day: Dance Teaching in Practice, information for Unit 6

Two Support Options are available after the introductory Core Day.

  1. Main route with two sets of feedback on all assessment material
  2. Reduced Support Package with one set of feedback on lesson plans and filmed lesson only

Further Top-Up Support for additional feedback is available if needed after taking either of the above support options. Details on request.

Flexible Routes THrough DDTAL

There are many possible routes through the Diploma depending on how many of the Units you may wish to take in any single academic year. Units run in a similar pattern each year to make it easy for you to plan your studies.

Possible Combinations of Units in each year provide a flexible route through the study programme. You must complete the Diploma within three years of the date on which you passed your first submitted Unit (whichever Unit this is). Longer time frames can be also possible, in consultation with the Course Leader, by delaying your first submission for examination. All Core Days for individual course Units must be studied in total in the year selected and cannot be broken across different years.

The table below offers suggested options. This will also be discussed with you at Induction for Unit 1. Read across the row for ongoing choices.

Year 1 Options Year 2 Options Year 3 Options
Unit 1 Units 2- 5 Unit 6
Units 1-3 Units 4-5 Unit 6
Units 1-4 Unit 5 Unit 6
Units 1-4 Units 5-6  
Units 1-5 Unit 6  

Throughout the DDTAL programme you will receive individual support and guidance from Trinity Laban's Professional Development Manager, you can access the Laban Library, resources and study guides, and benefit from being part of an informal network of dance practitioners.

For details of what additional feedback and support is offered on the DDTAL course and Top-Up Route see Training Routes.