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Diploma in Dance Education

Entry conditions

Minimum age

18 years before the end of the academic year in which you register for the DDE

Prior qualifications

You must already hold the DDI in the dance genre in which you wish to register

Unit 3: Lifespan Development and Learning in Dance

Consists of 10 topics as follows:

  1. Reasons for understanding development in children and adults
  2. Growth and motor skills in childhood
  3. Physical changes at puberty
  4. Physical changes in maturity
  5. Development of thinking and communication in childhood (ages 3-11)
  6. Thinking and communication in adolescents and adults
  7. Emotional and social development up to age 11
  8. Emotional and social development in adolescents and adults
  9. Learning in dance from a developmental perspective
  10. Access to dance: making a difference

All students will need a copy of the course book available from ISTD headquarters (Sales Dept)

The learning activities are optional, but I would recommend that you work through them all as they are useful to build up knowledge before the examination.

The Tasks at the end of each topic are compulsory and must be completed to the satisfaction of the tutor. These need to be completed on a word processor using

Two or three sides of A4, font size 12 and single spaced.

On completion of all tasks the candidate can sit the examination, (minimum age 18 years).  Examinations are held three times a year. Dates are available from Dance and the ISTD website.

The examination will consist of 35 multiple choice questions and will last 1¼ hours

The pass mark is 50%

Unit 5 Contextual Study of Dance

I have developed handouts to help you research, write and reference your Essay. I ask for £50 at the beginning of this Unit which covers the handouts and two hours of my time.  Any further guidance is charged at £25 per hour. From experience I have found that some teachers need more help than others, so this is the fairest way of supporting you.

It is best if we agree on a possible question for your title, and you send me your introduction only, so that we can discuss the areas you intend focussing on, your approach to the subject, and the main line of argument.

The essay can be either historical or current influences on your chosen dance genre or on dance in general, and the introduction is on a separate page from the rest of the essay.

I always advise that you set out the structure of the assignment, and plan which order you are going to deal with the different points you have identified in your introduction.  This will help to give a logical flow to your essay. Also it saves a lot of time at the end if you compile your bibliography as you go along.

The syllabus notes for this unit can be found on the ISTD website

Terms and Conditions

Although I shall make every reasonable effort to support and guide you through the training for your qualification I cannot make any commitment to you that you will obtain any particular qualification from the receipt of my services.

The course materials that you receive are for the purposes of your individual studies only and you may not modify, copy, reproduce, re-publish, upload, post, transmit or otherwise distribute any of the Course materials.  Any use of the materials not expressly permitted in these Terms is strictly prohibited and will constitute an infringement of either my copyright or other intellectual property rights.

These Terms constitute the entire agreement between us in relation to the provision by me to you of the Services.


All course fees are due in advance.  Please make all cheques payable to Bronda Dossett