History and Patrons

In 1979, alarmed at the indifferent quality of what was being presented as appropriate education and professional training in dance and musical theatre, a number of eminent artists met with representatives of the leading dance and performing arts organisations to discuss how the industry could work together to ensure high standards of provision. What emerged was the Council for Dance Education and Training, known universally as CDET.

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

Our Patrons are as follows:

Adam Cooper

Robert Cohan CBE

Len Goodman

Dame Beryl Grey

Gillian Lynne CBE 

Dame Monica Mason

Dame Antoinette Sibley

Sir Peter Wright


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