This qualification was officially unveiled at the Youth Dance England Conference on September 23rd 2010 by Trinity College London’s Head of Acting & Dance Qualifications, Maggie Morris. The Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning is set to benchmark teaching standards for dance practitioners, with the potential to change the way dance is taught. With initiative from the Dance Training & Accreditation Partnership (DTAP), guidance from Youth Dance England, and the design and development of Trinity College London, dance practitioners can provide evidence to parents, carers and employees that they have the expertise to teach children and young people outside formal education.
Linda Jasper, Director of Youth Dance England said 'This diploma provides a benchmark for dance artists and practitioners, who are already working, or would like to work, with children and young people beyond statutory education. Youth Dance England as part of the Dance Training and Accreditation Partnership (DTAP) is firmly committed to supporting this industry-led qualification for the benefit of children and young people, parents/guardians and employers.'
The national Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) will award 90 credits at Level 6, as this diploma bolsters continued professional development for dance teachers.