Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies

The Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS) is a part-time distance learning programme enabling students to study alongside their personal and professional commitments.

This programme is currently under review with a start of the revised programme planned for January 2024.

Who Is This Programme For?

This programme is for those who want to specialize in teaching the RAD’s syllabus; who want to combine their personal and professional commitments and study part-time for two years; gain registered teacher status of the RAD; and enter candidates for RAD examinations.

The programme is delivered in Australia, Spain, Italy, Germany, Japan, Greece/Cyprus, Hong Kong, South Africa, cluster countries (Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand), USA with Canada; Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg with the UK.


The programme is delivered part-time over two years through distance learning, enabling you to study alongside other commitments. You will receive one-to-one tutorial support from experienced tutors, with opportunities for collaborative study through online student forums. Each module is supported by a comprehensive module study guide and online materials.

Students are required to attend a 10 day Intensive Study Period in Year 1 and complete a mentored Practical Teaching Placement in Year 2.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold RAD Intermediate examination (or above) from a recognised dance teaching society.

Applicants without formal classical ballet qualifications (Advanced Foundation, Advanced 1, Advanced 2, Intermediate, or an equivalent examination from a recognised dance teaching society) should provide a video/DVD to support their application.  Please refer to the Concessionary Entry information below. Concessionary entry applications are due by 1 June.

Caitlin Sewell-Dolphin CBTS Graduate

"I have grown up learning RAD ballet and have always had a love for the work. I wanted to become a dance teacher and share my passion for ballet, and I could think of no better way to further my education than to become an RAD Registered Teacher"

Programme Content

Modules include:

Year 1

Year 2



Assessment is through written case studies, training plans with critical discussion, ballet demonstration and analysis discussions, practical teaching and portfolios.

Click here for the Programme Specification.


Successful completion of the programme leads to the award of Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies and eligibility for registration as a teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance.


The fee is determined by local costs in Australia and includes programme material, tutoring and mentoring, assessments for each module, three visits by a Practical Teaching Supervisor and one Intensive Study Period.

The fee is payable in 4 installments over 2 years.

How to apply

Closing date for Standard Applications is by 1 August 2023.

Applications within Australia are received by the Australian national office. Applications can be submitted to the Programmes Officer, Royal Academy of Dance Australia at education@rad.org.au

Concessionary Entry

Applicants without formal classical ballet qualifications (Advanced Foundation, Advanced 1, Advanced 2, Intermediate, or an equivalent examination from a recognised dance teaching society) should provide a video/DVD to support their application.  Fees for concessionary entry, can be found in the Fees and Funding document.

Concessionary entry applications (requiring video submission) are due by 1 June 2023.

Alice Newell - CBTS Graduate

“The CBTS programme deepened my understanding of how the RAD syllabi is taught and assessed, including how movements are progressed from Pre-Primary in Dance to Intermediate. I have learnt how to employ a wide variety of teaching styles to best suit the different learning needs of every student. In addition to this, I was able to make connections to professional and well-established teachers within the industry.”

Further study

For CBTS graduates who are interested in further study, the BA (Hons) Dance Education (BADE) is a great option. CBTS graduates wishing to apply to the programme can complete an access course module and enter the programme at level 5 (year 2). The BADE programme is designed to extend your knowledge of philosophical, pedagogical and professional issues in dance teaching, as well as develop your research skills.

Graduate Discounts

Faculty of Education graduates who go on to study for a postgraduate award delivered by the Royal Academy of Dance or further study of an RAD award can benefit from a 10% reduction in tuition fees.

The 10% discount is available for students who start their programme of study on or after 1 August 2018 and will be applied to their tuition fees for the full duration of the programme. To find out if you are eligible for a discount for further study, please read the Graduate Discounts criteria. 

If you have any further questions on the CBTS programme please contact:

Michelle Ludenia
Programmes Officer – Faculty of Education Australia

E: mludenia@rad.org.au
T: (02) 9380 1915


Shelley Yacopetti
Head of Department – Faculty of Education Australia

E: syacopetti@rad.org.au
T: (08) 9272 3940
M: 0416 366 633