Dance Studies / Advanced Dance - Level 5 & 6

Dance Studies / Advanced Dance – Level 5 & 6

1-3 Years Full Time Course
QQI Level 5 and 6+ equivalence

This course aims to give students a thorough knowledge of all aspects and styles of dance, providing them with the opportunity of attaining qualifications in both the Royal Academy of Dance and The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.

About The Course

Dance Studies

Dance Studies is a one-year dance programme at QQI Level 5 which will prepare you for a well-rounded education in dance. This course offers you the chance to achieve a higher standard of dance technique and performance ability and the opportunity to obtain international dance certifications. You will be expected to complete work experience in a dance school or dance company and will have the opportunity to take part in an Erasmus+ programme in Austria and France. View our European Work Experience page here.

Advanced Dance

Advanced Dance is a two-year dance programme at QQI Level 6 equivalent. This course will further develop your choreographic and technical dance skills in preparation for a career in the dance profession, either in Ireland or internationally. A particular attraction of this course is that you will have the opportunity to obtain the ISTD DDE international teaching qualifications in classical ballet and modern theatre dance. Many of our graduates who gained the teaching qualifications have gone on to run their own dance schools in Ireland and abroad.


One Year QQI Level 5:

Dance Performance, Dance Production,
Kinesiology, Anatomy and Physiology,
Communication, Work Experience.

Dance subjects:

Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Improvisation, Choreography, Tap, Modern Dance, RAD Graded Syllabi, Step Analysis, Music Theory, Dance History

Advanced Dance Year 1:

History of Dance, Exercise and Fitness, Occupational First Aid, Human Growth and Development, Musicianship.

Dance Subjects at an advanced level:

Classical Ballet, Step Analysis, Enchainement Construction, Contemporary Dance, Improvisation, Choreography, Tap, Modern Dance
RAD Classical Ballet graded Syllabi
ISTD Modern graded Syllabi
ISTD Health and Safety

2nd Year Level 6 equivalent:

Classical Ballet Advanced
Modern Theatre Dance Advanced
Modern graded syllabi
ISTD Lifespan and Development
Lesson Planning/Teaching methodology

Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.


Certification Dance Year 1

QQI Dance 5M4572
Royal Academy of Dance Intermediate Certificate
The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing Intermediate Certificate

Certification Advanced Dance Year 1

RAD Advanced Foundation Classical Ballet
ISTD Advanced 1 Modern Theatre
ISTD DDE (2 years)

Certification Advanced Dance Year 2

RAD Advanced 1 in Classical Ballet
ISTD Advanced 2 in Modern Theatre
ISTD DDE (completion)

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements for Dance Studies

Leaving Certificate O6/H7 in 5 subjects
Leaving Certificate Applied.
QQI Level 4 or equivalent

Minimum Entry Requirements for Advanced Dance Level 6 equivalent

QQI Level 5 Award: Dance or Performing Arts
Intermediate standard in classical ballet/modern or equivalent
Natural ability and talent in other dance genres.

Candidates with professional dance training can apply for the DDE teaching programme.

All applicants will be interviewed. More information on the audition will be provided when called to interview.

Progression Opportunities and Employment Prospects

Progression Opportunities

Students who complete the 1st and 2nd year programmes have successfully auditioned for internally renowned colleges including the Royal Academy of Dance, the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, Laban, Fontys, and Bird College.

Employment Prospects

After completing the international ISTD teaching qualifications, students have the opportunity to set up their own dance schools, work and teach internationally by accessing teaching jobs through the ISTD Job search.

The students are given the skills to study for the RAD distance learning Certificate in Ballet Teaching.

Graduate Profile

Kate-Anne Fenton

“I chose to study Dance Studies at ICFE because I knew I could get world recognised teaching qualifications. While studying I had many amazing opportunities to choreograph and perform allowing me to grow as a dancer and individual. One of my many memorable experiences was training at Le Pacific Dance Centre in Grenoble France for three weeks.

The wonderful training I had at ICFE enabled me to gain a place at Bird College Of Dance and Theatre Performance in London. The teaching experience I gained at ICFE meant I could teach part-time during the week and help fund my training. I am currently Touring the UK with the musical ‘Crazy For You’. I am so grateful for the training I received at ICFE and am so thankful to the wonderful Dance Studies Faculty for all their guidance and support.”

Kate-Anne Fenton


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