Founded in 1976 ...

the college has developed a strong reputation as a leading dance teacher training facility in the South West. With a small annual intake of students, together with a highly experienced teaching faculty, students have access to a wealth of experience, guidance and support in preparation for their future in the worldwide dance arena. An approved centre with the ISTD, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. The college offers the Diploma in Dance Instruction and Diploma in Dance Education, in Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap Dance, alongside training in a number of dance genres.   The college studio is located in the friendly, residential Redland neighbourhood.  The college provides a hardworking, nurturing atmosphere where students are given the support and training necessary to help achieve and realise their goals within dance.

Diploma in Dance Instruction (DDI) & Diploma in Dance Education (DDE)

  • Who is this course suitable for?

The teacher training course is suitable for students wanting to become professional, fully qualified teachers with the ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing).  We offer this course in Imperial Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap Dance.

  • What are the qualifications that are offered?

DDI is a Level 3 Diploma that has a Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) credit value of 68. The DDI is primarily aimed at students who wish to prepare for the DDE to become accredited dance teachers.  The DDI has been accredited by Ofqual at Level 3 which is roughly equivalent to A Level standard.

DDE is a Level 4 Diploma that has a QCF credit value of 92. The DDE is aimed at students who have gained knowledge of the fundamental principles of dance teaching through the DDI and who wish to become fully qualified and accredited ISTD dance teachers.  Successful students are able to teach and enter students for all ISTD examinations except the teaching qualifications.  The DDE has been accredited by Ofqual at Level 4 on the QCF, which is roughly equivalent to the level attained at first year degree level.

  • What is a Diploma?

The Diploma provides practical and academic training to students relevant to the subject of study by providing the skills and knowledge needed to prepare them for future professional work in their chosen industry.

  • Who is the course validated by?

The course is validated by the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), who are one of the world's leading dance teacher training and dance examination boards.

  • How long is the course?

Students complete the units and exams when they are ready, depending on how much additional study is done outside of class. On average, it takes approximately one year to complete the DDI qualification and a further year to complete the DDE qualification.  Once enrolled on the course students must complete the each Diploma within 5 years to avoid having to potentially retake units.

  • What are the course entry requirements?

Entrance to this course is through audition and interview with the Principal. As well as a good general standard of education, we are looking for a degree of potential that can be developed, as well as a real interest in and commitment to teacher training.

Students must be 17 years old in the academic year of registration for the DDI (although Unit 3 can be taken at an earlier age) and students must be 18 years old and hold the DDI qualification in order to complete the DDE. There is no upper age limit and we welcome applications from mature students who have a suitable background as a professional performer or teacher and who need to update or complete their teaching qualifications without going back to full time college.

Previous experience in dance training is encouraged for this course. Students wishing to undertake the DDI qualification must complete their Intermediate level exam in the genre of study as part of their teacher training course and therefore we recommend students to be at Grade 5, 6 or Intermediate standard in Classical Ballet, Tap and Modern. Although not a requirement of entry, the Intermediate qualification accounts for one unit of the DDI qualification and therefore students who have already completed this are likely to complete the course in a shorter amount of time. Students accepted onto the course who have not achieved their Intermediate level qualifications will be placed in the relevant Intermediate level classes in order to gain this qualification. For those who have completed their Intermediate exam with an alternative leading exam board (i.e, R.A.D), the qualification may be accepted by the ISTD also.


Miranda Burton



Miranda began dancing at the age of 3 under the instruction of Cathy Stevens where she continued to take classes in Tap, Ballet & Modern until the age of 18.  After taking a break to gain her degree in Drama & Psychology she returned to dance embarking on her ISTD teacher training through Bristol College of Dancing.  On achieving her full qualifications in all genres she took over as Principal at Bristol College of Dancing, a role she continues today.  She continued her advanced teacher training through the ISTD gaining Licentiate status in both Modern and Tap and achieving Approved Tutor Status allowing her to deliver all units of the DDI & DDE.  She continues to deliver all units at the college in Bristol and Chippenham at the Dancing Academy, alongside providing training as a distance learning tutor for candidates across the country.  In addition to her tutoring commitments she continues to teach all levels at her own school Dance Inspirations in Bristol, as well as teaching for other established schools and providing one to one sessions for students and teachers.  She has a commitment to maintaining her level of knowledge and attends numerous courses both regionally and in London.  She has recently been selected as a member of the ISTD Members Education and Training Group; requiring her to travel to HQ throughout the year and discuss any current issues and upcoming initiatives. With an established comprehension of the ISTD work she has recently introduced both Progressive Ballet Technique, ID Contemporary syllabus and Acrobatic Arts to her CV.  She still manages to find time to be Head Coach of the UWE competitive cheerleading squad; a role she has fulfilled for the last 10 years.  Miranda is fortunate to have a very supportive and understanding husband who is very good at sharing the responsibility of her young daughter!




Carly has gained her ISTD Advanced Vocational Examinations in Imperial Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap Dance. Carly holds the highly regarded Licentiate status of the ISTD in both Modern Theatre and Tap Dance, and currently the DDE (Diploma in Dance Education) level with the Imperial Ballet. Carly started her training here in Bristol under Denny Wide and then graduated under Judith Hockaday in Swindon. 

Carly is Principal of her own school 'First Steps & Carly Elizabeth School of Dance' and is also a qualified and recognised Tutor delivering the ISTD DDI and DDE teacher training courses, here at The Bristol College and also The Linda Virgoe Academy in Gloucester. 

Carly encourages and nurtures all her students to achieve their full potential in all areas possible.  Many of Carly’s students have gone on to professional Performing Arts, Musical Theatre and Ballet Schools, with many dancing professionally or now teaching.

With a passion for performance and choreography Carly's work has been recognised and awarded at The ISTD awards, All England Dance Competitions and many more Eisteddfods, Festivals and Competitions.  




Originally from Hong Kong Priscilla is a fully qualified ballet teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance who holds her Advanced 2. Priscilla teaches classes from preschool through to adult, with a keen focus on vocational students.  She is a qualified teacher of Progressive Ballet Technique and incorporates many of the innovative exercises in her teaching.


This mode of study is suitable for students who are studying for their Teaching Diploma or those students needing to complete units of the Teaching Diploma.  Students attend classes daytime Monday to Friday, depending on the college timetable. 



Intensive study days are held during half terms, school holidays and occasional weekends.  Students who are looking to gain their dance teaching qualifications whilst working full time will find this the best fit.  In order to attend the intensive programme students must be enrolled with the Bristol College of Dancing.  By committing to the intensive method of training students must undertake a high level of personal study.  There is no set period of time that will guarantee a student will be ready for a DDI or DDE exam.  Students are considered for exam entry on an individual basis.  Interested candidates will be required to attend day one of the program to be assessed for suitability before full acceptance onto the programme.



Provided for students who need to complete Unit 2 of the DDI: Promotion of Health & Safety in Dance, Unit 3 of the DDE: Lifespan Development and Learning in Dance, and Unit 5: Contextual Study of Dance.  This method allows students to study at their own pace with the support of an Approved Tutor through email.

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 DDE Unit 3                Bethany Saunders
 Charlotte Baldwin        

DDE Unit 4
Bethany Saunders (Tap)  Bethany Saunders (Ballet) Charlotte Baldwin  (Tap)
Charlotte Baldwin (Ballet)         Natalie White (Tap)           Natalie White (Ballet)

DDI Unit 1                             Faith Morgan                           Sophie Harvey                  Joanne Gammon          Rebecca Thomas

 DDI Unit 2                          Jessica Cooper                     Joanne Gammon                       Sophie Harvey                 Phoebe Coke         

DDI Unit 4
Amy Morgan-Bell (Tap)        Ella Claydon (Modern)
 Faith Morgan (Ballet)              Faith Morgan (Modern)     Linzi Furneaux (Modern)  Joanne Gammon (Ballet)  Sophie Harvey (Ballet)    Sophie Harvey (Tap)

Advanced 1 Tap                    Amy Morgan-Bell               Faith Morgan                  Sophie Harvey

Advanced 2 Tap
Phoebe Coke


DDE Unit 2
 Charlotte Baldwin              Helen Smith

DDE Unit 3                               Faith Morgan                  Sophie Harvey                        

DDE Unit 4
 Charlotte Baldwin (Modern)
 Sophie Harvey (Ballet)           Natalie White (Modern)

DDE Unit 5                             Clare Fox

DDI Unit 2
Lindsay Epton                   Leah Street

DDI Unit 3                      Tanielle Pretorius (Ballet)       Tanielle Pretorius (Modern)  Tanielle Pretorius(Tap)            Leah Street (Ballet)                 Leah Street (Modern)

DDI Unit 4                       Faith Morgan (Tap)                 Chloe Tooze (Tap)

Advanced 1 Modern                Faith Morgan                  Sophie Harvey    

Advanced 1 Tap                    Leah Street

Advanced 2 Tap                       Faith Morgan                  Sophie Harvey                        



DDE Unit 1
Charlotte Baldwin             
Helen Smith 

DDE Unit 4                       Faith Morgan (Tap)          Faith Morgan (Modern)  Sophie Harvey (Tap)
 Sophie Harvey (Modern)

DDE Unit 5                     Charlotte Baldwin              Faith Morgan  

DDI Unit 1                       Tanielle Pretorius  

DDI Unit 2
 Juliana Chittin            Marianne Fundalski  
 Annie Constable          Tanielle Pretorius      

DDI Unit 3
 Juliana Chittin (Modern)
 Jessica Cooper (Modern)  Charlotte Gray (Modern)  Annie Constable (Modern)  Samantha Black (Modern)  Samantha Black (Tap)              Katie Dunsden (Modern)          Katie Dunsden (Tap)                Timika Jamieson (Tap)              Brittanie Taylor-Bond (Modern)

DDI Unit 4
 Tanielle Pretorius (Modern)  Tanielle Pretorius (Ballet)   Chloe Tooze (Modern)

Advanced 1 Modern               Tanielle Pretorius  


DDI Unit 2                              Charlotte Gray                       Sophie Loxterkamp

DDI Unit 3                           
Lucy Thain (Modern)                Lucy Thain (Tap)

DDI Unit 4
Charlotte Gray (Modern)
Jessica Cooper (Modern)   Juliana Chittin (Modern) Samantha Black (Modern)

DDE Unit 4
Phoebe Coke (Tap)

Advanced 1 Modern              Ellie Garwood                         Jessica Boulter

Advanced 1 Tap                      Lucy Thain