With over 30 years of teaching experience and a 100% pass rate, we pride ourselves on training teachers to the highest standards.
Our expert teaching team will guide you on your journey to becoming a fully accredited IDTA Ballet teacher, opening up opportunities to teach dancing in the UK and around the world.
The IDTA Ballet Level 4 Diploma is one of the most important qualifications to hold in the world of dance, allowing you to work with schools and youth groups, teach workshops, and even open your own successful dance school.
Our courses are all online giving you the freedom to study as and when you so wish. We back this home study up with face to face training days which are always on a Sunday at Wilkes Academy, Swindon.
Our courses are broken down into 3 modules, Pre Associate One, Pre Associate Two and L4 Diploma, making your study and development as easy and manageable as possible – and with flexible payment options, this course is perfect for anyone looking to start their career as a qualified dance teacher!
L3 NEW INFORMATION As of January 2020, the Pre Associate One and Two are being filtered out by IDTA and the new exciting L3 is being bought in. The L3 is for teaching assistants and can be taken as young as 16. This is a great way to get a qualification under your belt and also to start working towards the L4.
We ask that anyone wishing to train with us for the L3 is 16 years or will be 16 at the time of their exam and has a strong background in dance.
We ask that anyone wishing to train with us for the L4 is 18 years and above (there is no upper age limit) has a strong dance background and has one of the following:- Passed the Intermediate grade examination in IDTA, ISTD or RAD Completed a 2/3 year performing arts course. Holds a Dance Degree.
We have now developed an online course allowing students to study from home. This course has been created to run alongside our in-house students.
Our IDTA L4 Online Ballet Course is proving very popular. The course consists of a detailed comprehensive theory section including supportive videos to aid you in your practical work. Contact is established throughout via a closed FaceBook page and intense practical study days at Wilkes Academy are scheduled once a month as part of the program. The online course is straightforward and flexible, giving you the perfect way to manage to study in and around any lifestyle. The course is taken over 4 terms.
The theory and practical side of your coursework will be constantly monitored and evaluated to ensure that you are maintaining the correct standards required by IDTA, for each grade of this course UDC will determine whether you need extra tuition and guidance. If after receiving the additional help you are still not meeting the requirements set by IDTA for the L4 Ballet Course, and are falling behind significantly due to incomplete work, UDC reserve the right to decide if it deemed fit to remove you from the course or not enter you for the said exams. At this stage, no refund will be offered.
What does the course include?
This course is taught over 4 terms and consists of 3 modules:
L3 exam this consists of the following below:
Module 1 covers Preparatory – Grade 2 inclusive. This is completed during Term 1. Module 2 covers Grade 3 – Grade 5 inclusive. This is completed during Term 2. Module 1 and 2 make up the L3 qualification.
There are teaching logs that have to be completed and a detailed portfolio has to be presented to the examiner.
L4 exam this consists of the following below:
Module 3 covers the below and is completed in Term 3 & 4
Unit One is the online theory set by IDTA this has to be submitted before you can be entered in for your Unit Two and Three – This is completed during Terms 3 & 4.
Unit Two is the Intermediate exam where you have to have full knowledge of the grade, how you would teach individual exercises, make up appropriate exercises and have a full understanding of the grade.
Unit Three is a class test where you teach 2/4 students in front of the examiner, you may choose which grade you are teaching these are from grade 2 – grade 5. The examiner will let you know on the day what is required. Own music is required.
After successfully completing L3 candidates will be able to assist or teach in classes up to the module grades under the supervision of a fully qualified teacher. This does not make them a qualified IDTA teacher.
Learning and understanding the set syllabus work from Preparatory to Intermediate inclusive
Creating your portfolio
Corrections, faults and teaching methods for all the grade work
Basic Anatomy and Physiology
How to structure and teach a class
Teaching and lesson plans
How to build a healthy successful business
Insurance, Licenses & DBS checks
Child protection policies and procedures
Importance of exercise and nutrition
Start of choreography with guidance
How do I qualify for the course?
You will need to be aged 18 or over and hold the Intermediate grade in ballet unless you are over 21 then this is not a requirement. Have a dance degree or have attended a performing arts college for at least 2 years.
Candidates should be at least Intermediate grade in Ballet, however, training can be given to obtaining this level, and must be completed prior to starting the modules. Entry without the Intermediate Ballet grade should be discussed with us before application onto our courses.
IDTA Anatomy & Physiology Diploma
This is a multiple-choice examination and is now NOT compulsory by IDTA. If you do wish to take this examination as an extra qualification there will be an additional cost for this exam. Prices subject to change with IDTA.