About Us

Italia Conti, Greg Goodale

The Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre:

  • Acts as the secretariat for the new All-Party Parliamentary Group for Performing Arts Education and Training
  • Accredits excellent professional training at full-time dance, drama and musical theatre schools – providing the industry benchmark of quality since 1976
  • Validates the world’s leading awarding organisations which offer dance, drama and musical theatre and performing arts qualifications
  • Works with Affiliates to develop the highest standards of programme provision across the performing arts
  • Recognises, by means of the Recognised Awards Scheme, pre-vocational dance, drama and musical theatre schools and teachers
  • Provides membership and other specialist services through the Conference of Professional Schools, Awarding Organisations Committee, Steering Group for Dance and Drama Awards (DaDA), Affiliate meetings, Grades Examinations forum and Higher Education Forum
  • Negotiates with government authorities on issues of education funding, policy and regulation
  • Manages a substantial public-facing online platform which promotes members and core services, as well as administering two information websites for DaDA and Grades Examinations respectively
  • Publishes the UK Guide which is the definitive resource for those seeking information on quality provision in the sector
  • Operates a free comprehensive information service for students, parents, teachers, artists and employers





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