Bursaries and Funding

We know that for some people the cost of training can be a huge barrier to getting them the skills to progress in their careers. Our bursaries are designed to provide financial assistance to dance teachers who most need it.

Teachers Bursary Scheme

In 2018, we introduced teacher training bursaries as part of our charitable status and to further support our mission to maintain and improve teaching standards. The scheme directly benefits those wishing to become, or progress as a Society trained teacher in any genre. To date, the scheme has financially supported the training of 60 teachers from countries across the globe, including the USA, Italy, South Africa, the UAE, the UK, and many more. We continue to support where finance may be a barrier, for teaching qualifications or to take part in courses, to ensure that dance teachers have the opportunity to invest in their own development and progress with their teaching journey.


Opening dates Autumn 2020

Applications for our Higher Teacher Training Bursary and Continued Professional Development Travel Bursary for International Members will open 1 October and close on 30 October 2020. Applications for all Bursary categories will open again in Spring 2021.


The scheme is available under three categories:

  • Continued Professional Development Travel Bursary for International Members 
  • Higher Teacher Training (Diploma in Dance Pedagogy) 
  • Initial Teacher Training (Diploma in Dance Education and Dancesport Associate)

Applications for all three categories open for approximately one month in the spring of each year, while applications for the Continued Professional Development Travel Bursary for International Members opens additionally in the autumn. If low application numbers are received under a certain category in the spring, applications may open again in the autumn; details of which will be updated on this page. All applications will be assessed on financial need as well as motivation to undertake training.

Exact opening dates vary each year and are published on this web page.  

To Apply

Application forms are only available during opening dates and cannot be requested in advance. Further information regarding criteria and eligibility to apply as well as the details about the application form and process can be found in the relevant guidance notes below.

Dancesport Associate Bursary Application Guidance

Diploma in Dance Education Bursary Application Guide

Diploma in Dance Pedagogy Bursary Application Guide

Continued Professional Development for International Members Travel Bursary Award Application Guide


The bursary allowed me to learn and witness the very best that the industry has to offer in dance education. The expertise, knowledge and care demonstrated by each of the lecturers was not only academic, it was truly inspiring.

Bursary Awards

Funding young dancers

Our Theatre Bursary Awards celebrate exceptional talent and potential amongst young Society trained dancers.

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