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Teacher Training


Global Dance Open believes that the Finals events should not only be an event about the dancers, but also a chance for teachers to further their development.

We have 5 incredible institutions attending the finals offering courses for current teachers and future teachers. While these training sessions will be taught in English, we encourage teachers from all background to attend.

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Royal Ballet School

Affiliate Training and Assessment Programme

The RBS Affiliate Training and Assessment Programme extends The Royal Ballet School’s ethos and expertise to recreational dance teachers, driving forward the standard of recreational dance training and keeping pace with the changing needs of the art form.

The innovative programme offers an alternative to the current model of examination study offered by recreational dance organisations, based on providing high quality training, not on student examination. Affiliate Teachers are empowered with the responsibility for guiding and assessing their own students’ learning, and have autonomy in their approach, providing ongoing professional development and greater creative and career satisfaction.

The programme takes a uniquely holistic approach to the learning of dance. Alongside performance skills, students learn about the art form as a whole, including repertoire, choreography and appreciation.

At the GDO Finals, we will be offering an introduction into our course, with both theoretical and practical learning, taught by Vanessa Donkin



The Dang Theatre & Dance Syllabus

Introduction to Commercial & Musical Theatre Grades

These syllabuses offer graded and medal examinations in Musical Theatre and Street and Commercial Dance which are current and relevant to the ever-changing and evolving dance and theatre industry. 

The examination structure and content is drawn from over 50 years’ experience of successfully training students for a career on the musical theatre stage, dance companies, commercial dance and film.

Participants can prepare to further their careers in the performing arts and associated pathways or simply enjoy their time learning whilst gaining confidence as well as knowledge of their craft.

Graded examinations are a wonderful opportunity for students to work towards a goal and receive feedback and results that indicate the standards achieved by each and every student. These standards are benchmarked within a nationally recognised framework.

The diploma qualifications offer specialised routes for candidates to focus on a performance or teaching pathway.



Intro session for ABT’s National Training Curriculum 


ABT’s National Training Curriculum is a program for the development and training of young students that embraces sound ballet principles and incorporates elements of the French, Italian and Russian schools of training. Under the direction of ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, ABT’s National Training Curriculum was designed and written by Franco De Vita and Raymond Lukens in collaboration with ABT’s Artistic Advisors and the Medical Advisory Board. Cynthia Harvey, as the current Artistic Director of the NTC, continues to enhance the training offered to dance teachers and dancers around the world.


ABT’s National Training Curriculum assists beginning through advanced teachers in training dance students to use their bodies correctly by focusing on kinetics, coordination, anatomy, and proper body alignment. Artistically, the National Training Curriculum strives to provide dance students with a rich knowledge of classical ballet technique and the ability to adapt to all styles and techniques of dance.


Join Pamela Levy for an intro session into the ABT Training Curriculum


Intro session for I.D.A- International Dance Arts Syllabus


I.D.A. International Dance Arts is an innovative Classical Ballet Syllabus that consists of eight grades and

two graduate professional levels. The syllabus was created to redefine how we teach ballet to dancers of all ages and levels. It is designed to challenge and inspire young dancers, whether they are training at a recreational, competitive, or professional level. Our goal is to allow students to find their own love and respect

for ballet.

The syllabus engages its students to explore the art form; to become technically strong, qualitatively

graceful, and more confident in their performances. The syllabus introduces balletic steps at an earlier age, so that it is aligned with what students are learning in other dance genres. I.D.A.’s innovative approach allows for

diverse groups of students to work hard and have fun in class while maintaining the classical foundations of ballet. 

The material is easy to follow and teach, allowing teachers to either complete a grade in a 6 to 8 week period, or over the span of a year.

Most importantly, this syllabus allows students to be examined based on their individual potential, indicated by the evaluation stream that they are entered in. These three streams allow dancers equal opportunity to learn and and benefit from the same material without the pressure of being judged through the same lens.


Rambert Grades Contemporary Dance Syllabus


Rambert Grades has the energy of two of the world’s leading contemporary dance organisations behind it - Rambert School and Rambert Company. The school and company share the Rambert heritage and are able to draw on an expertise grounded in many years of developing professional dance artists of unique quality and excellence, an extraordinary foundation for the development of a new benchmark in dance education and training.


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