History & People

Northern Ballet School, Caroline Holden

In 1979, alarmed at the indifferent quality of what was being presented as appropriate education and professional training in dance, musical theatre and the performing arts, a number of eminent artists met with representatives of the leading industry organisations to discuss how the sector could work together to ensure high standards of provision. What emerged was CDET. During 2017/18, with industry support, the CDET repositioned as the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre (CDMT).

Over the years CDMT has become the first point of contact for employers, students and teachers seeking information about quality education, training and assessment in dance, drama, musical theatre and the performing arts across the UK. CDMT also liaises with government authorities to ensure that its members’ views are represented strongly at all levels of national and international decision making.


Adam Cooper

Len Goodman

Dame Beryl Grey

Sir Peter Wright

Dame Monica Mason

Dame Antoinette Sibley

Our Board draws on the expertise of key stakeholders from the performing arts world including: Equity; UK Theatre; the Society of London Theatre (SOLT); representatives from international dance companies, vocational schools and awarding organisations; and independent professionals such as casting directors, educationists and legal specialists. 
These direct links to industry place CDMT in the strongest possible position to lobby on issues of funding and policy affecting performing arts' provision, and ensure our position at the forefront of innovation in education, assessment and training.

CDMT Trustees

Roger Bramble DL

Trustee, Independent (Chairman)

Shirley Coen

Bird College

Michael Dixon

Roundhouse, Finance Director, Independent (Hon. Treasurer)

John Gardyne

Trinity College London

David Grindrod

Casting Director, Independent

Hilary Hadley


Stephen Jameson


Louise Norman

Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre

Annette Pearson

National Association of Teachers of Dancing (NATD)

Craig Phillips

Urdang Academy

Andrew Ward


Julie Williamson

The Hammond

Jonathan Wood

Partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Independent

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