The bbodance Level 5 Diploma in Dance Teaching
builds on the pedagogic knowledge and skills developed during the bbodance Level 4 Diploma in Dance Teaching or alternative recognised dance teaching qualifications. 

The course guides students to apply teaching and learning strategies to their own practice. The Level focuses on students developing their own studio practice; as part of that, they are required to teach 40 hours of dance.

During the course, students will develop the skills necessary to confidently manage the learning environment in which they practice by studying Curriculum Design and Assessment. In addition, an overview of Dance History and Choreographic Practice will help students contextualise their practice in relation to the wider professional and creative dance industry.

These modules are also designed to ensure that students develop academic skills that are essential for further studies in higher education as part of their personal professional development.

The course lasts for 7 months & consists of 5 modules:

Module 5.1 Curriculum Design
Module 5.2 Assessment for Learning
Module 5.3 Dance History
Module 5.4 Developing Choreographic Practice
Module 5.5 Teaching and Learning in Practice

In addition, you’re required to independently plan and deliver 40 hours of dance.

The course dates are:

For students who prefer to attend on-site, at our London headquarters
  • 23 & 24 January 2021
  • 20 & 21 March 2021 
  • April 2021 (classes take place at Dance Days)
  • 1 & 2 May 2021
For students who prefer to take the course online
  • courses start in June 2020 and January & June 2021
  • courses consist of online lectures, Skype tutorials, formative submissions with written feedback


The course costs £2,200. Applicants who have had a career as a professional performing dancer may be eligible to apply for a Retraining Grant from Dancers’ Career Development. Funding may also be available via Equity Charitable Trust and Dance Professionals Fund.

The sum is payable by six instalments and includes Associate Membership with bbodance for the entire duration, free access to online syllabus resources, as well as a 90% discount on all Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses we offer. Students are also eligible to apply for Registered Teacher Membership, our highest membership category.

Find out more about the instalment plan for the on-site and online course.

Career prospects

Upon successful completion of Level 5 and 18 hours of syllabus CPD, graduates are awarded Registered Teacher membership with bbodance. This allows them to teach bbodance Syllabi and enter their students for bbodance Examinations – that is, to run their own qualified teaching practice as part of the bbodance network. Level 5 graduates can also progress to the Level 6 Diploma in Dance Teaching, after which they may undertake professional formation to gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. 

If you think Level 5 is right for you, apply below:


For any questions, please e-mail our friendly team.

Download the Level 5 Handbook
Download the Level 5 Specification
Download the TQ Handbook of Regulations 2019-20

Ofqual course code: 601/7204/6