Graduate Diploma of Elite Dance Instruction
2 Year full-time, part-time options available
Follow the footsteps of past and present professional dancers who have launched their careers as vocational ballet teachers through undertaking the Graduate Diploma of Elite Dance Instruction (GDEDI) at The Australian Ballet School.
The Australian Ballet School is Australia’s national vocational dance training institution which maintains a close liaison with the industry through the major performing companies around Australia and internationally. Graduates of The Australian Ballet School are employed by these companies across the world.
Our school provides an accredited post graduate qualification in vocational dance teaching, designed to enhance career pathways for past and present professional dancers who wish to move into a vocational teaching role following their professional careers. The course is designed for those who are interested in engaging in advanced learning in teacher training through a holistic, flexible and customised programme, that caters for course participants’ individual learning needs and professional work schedules. It aims to create future leaders in the field of vocational ballet training, who are equipped with depth of knowledge, excellence in teaching skills, and an advanced understanding of ballet pedagogy, to teach and inspire the next generation of vocational dance students.
Our graduates’ achievements and successes are reflected in key positions they currently hold as vocational ballet teachers, ballet masters, artistic directors, and rehabilitation coaches in leading schools and companies both in Australia and internationally.
The Course Advantage
The School recognises that vocational dance teachers need to be trained at the highest standard in order to deliver the rigorous and student centred training required for their students to excel and fully explore their talents. We achieve these high teacher training standards through providing a unique personalised learning environment in which our course participants flourish in our well established centre of excellence in teacher training, located onsite at the Australian Ballet School. This personalised approach is designed to empower our course participants to meet the high teaching standards required for vocational ballet students to continuously advance in their training. This approach also supports our vision to nurture highly skilled, curious and self-directed teachers who are well positioned to contribute to the advancement of the field of vocational ballet teaching.
Our personalised training provides course participants with many advantages in the process of developing their individual teaching style, depth of knowledge, and an applied understanding of current vocational ballet teacher techniques, skills and practice.
One-to-one mentorship system with experts in the field
A large part of the course is delivered through a mentorship system where course participants learn on a one-to-one basis with experts in the field. This enables participants to benefit from the close guidance and practical support of an experienced mentor in developing advanced knowledge and skills in vocational ballet teaching. This greatly enhances opportunities for success and improved performance as they gain extra skills and understanding of vocational ballet instruction from the ongoing feedback they receive from the partnership.
While the delivery of the course is mainly through a one-to-one mentorship system, participants also enjoy the benefits of collaborative learning in small groups and flexible online learning study options for specific theoretical aspects of the course.
Individualised learning programs
Within the mentorship system each course participant’s programme is tailored to meet individual learning needs and professional work schedules. This individualised learning environment in which course participants undertake their training provides them with the opportunity to fully explore the nuances of learning and develop an in depth understanding of vocational ballet teaching techniques, skills and practice. It also provides participants with a nurturing environment in which they are supported to develop their individual talents and distinctive teaching style.
World class delivery of flexible online learning
Our school is a leader in the development of world class online learning materials. Selected units and components of course work were developed in response to the growing demand for online learning components of work, as course participants experienced the benefits it afforded in terms of accessibility to learning in time and place, and opportunities for collaborative and reflective learning.
Online course work is designed to cater for diverse learner needs, with access to the support of an online mentor who is an expert in teacher training, and has the additional advantage of Special Education and English as an Additional Language expertise, to cater for participants’ work and study skills needs. The content and design of online work requirements enable course participants to engage with individual and group learning opportunities in this fully supported environment. The flexibility of online delivery is also a significant advantage, particularly for participants who are current professional dancers who have busy work schedules.
Face-to-face orientation programmes are also incorporated to assist participants to effectively engage with online learning, including familiarisation with online navigation, learner expectations, work requirements, online study skills, information technology, peer and teacher help.
Collaborative learning in small groups
While the delivery of the course is mainly through a one-to-one mentorship system with experts in the field, participants also enjoy the benefits of collaborative learning on site in small groups. They also engage with structured online learning involving collaborative work for selected theoretical aspects of the course. Work is selected for delivery in small groups where it is an advantage for course participants to collaborate and learn with each other to build knowledge, and engage in discussion to share perspectives and expertise.
On-site teaching practice with students of The Australian Ballet School
Course participants have the valuable opportunity to complete all practical course work in onsite studios during regular classes with students of The Australian Ballet School. All classes are undertaken under the close supervision of the Executive Head of Teacher Training and the Pedagogic Instructor and Specialist Ballet Coach. Extensive feedback is provided from the two experts following the conclusion of every class taught by the participant.
Personalised professional development planning for career development
Participants are provided with a unique opportunity to focus on their future career pathway in vocational dance teaching through developing the knowledge and skills required to develop and apply self-analytical skills in designing a professional development plan that establishes future directions for professional growth.
Accredited Postgraduate Degree at fourth year Honours degree level
The Graduate Diploma of Elite Dance Instruction qualification is positioned at Level 8 on the Australian Qualifications Framework scale, which is equivalent to a Bachelor Honours Degree fourth year.
The Australian Ballet School is also a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) with the National Vocational Education and Training Regulation (NVR) Australia. The School is formally approved to deliver, assess and issue qualifications for nationally recognised training. We have developed and provide the nationally recognised Graduate Diploma of Elite Dance Instruction. It is designed to train teachers to prepare students at virtuoso level for the transition into the dance profession. Registration standards are endorsed by the Ministerial Council of the Department of Education and Training