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All About Our Dance Conservatoire

Recognition of Qualifications


The Johane Casabene Dance Conservatoire (JCDC) offers dance students the possibility to train on a professional level. This is achieved through a rigorous, holistic, thorough training method and course structure developed for the specific needs of the local dancer, in line with international standards.


The JCDC is proud of its highly qualified and experienced teaching faculty. Regular courses, student exchanges and assessments are held with various collaborating professional dance institutions, dancers and teachers from abroad in order to give the local students the opportunity to develop their skills further and to be able to compete to an international level. Students graduating from the school have embarked on professional careers with companies overseas.


JCDC is one of the few fully licensed and accredited dance institutions, you may also claim tax rebates for your son's/daughter's participation in cultural activities with the Arts Council Malta. Parents can also claim tax rebates on fees paid at JCDC when filling in their tax returns.


​JCDC is licensed by the Malta Further and Higher Education Authority (MFHEA) as a further and higher education institution offering courses from MQF Level 1 - Level 6. Details on the Programme Accreditation of the qualifications obtained through the school may be found through this link:


Dance School Licenses are issued by the MFHEA. JCDC holds License No. 228.

The Malta Further & Higher Education Authority (MFHEA) is the national accrediting agency for the development, assessment, certification and accreditation of qualifications other than those in compulsory education and degrees. It is responsible to the Ministry of Education, Employment and the Family. The overall objective of MFHEA is to maintain the development of the Malta Qualifications Framework and to oversee the training and certification leading to qualifications within the Framework and which is not already provided for at compulsory education institutions or degree awarding bodies. MFHEA also promotes and facilitates Life-Long Learning access, transfer and progression and fosters the recognition abroad of professional and vocational certificates awarded in Malta under these regulations. MFHEA is governed by a Council nominated by the Minister of Education, Employment and the Family. Johane Casabene Dance Conservatoire endorses the Malta Qualifications Framework as the official National Qualifications Framework of Malta and agrees to abide with the level descriptors, standards and criteria that the MFHEA publishes from time to time to maintain the framework’s relevancy to the system of qualifications in Malta.



JCDC is also a provider of Non-Formal Education and is registered with the Directorate for Quality and Standards in Education - DQSE. To this effect, our courses qualify towards the school leaving certificate (SLC) at the end of the student's formal secondary education (Form 3-Form 5). The school's SLC License numbers are:

Ballet - SLC11033
Modern Theatre - SLC12604
Spanish - SLC12606
Tap - SLC12605
Contemporary - SLC12607

Each of the above dance genres will be mentioned in the student's SLC once they terminate secondary education.

Tax Benefits on Fees Paid

Since JCDC is a licensed institution, parents of students attending classes at JCDC can make use of the following tax benefits: Arts Council - Tax Deduction on Fees Paid for Cultural and Creative Courses. Parents are eligible to a tax deduction up to a maximum of Euro100 per child on fees which would have been paid in the previous tax year. Details on this scheme may be found through this link:

The JCDC is also an accredited ISTD Dance Centre which entitles the school to train students to become fully qualified teachers with the ISTD.

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Martina Camilleri Bondin

This year has been AMAZING , FUN and I made lots and lots of new friends!! I also learnt many, MANY new things, I even got much more flexible too! I also love the idea that this school gives us lots of opportunities, like in competitions and shows! Apart from that, we have summer school, which is spectacular! It’s a combination of fun and learning, which is perfect! To summarize, this is the best experience of my life joining this school Thank you millions,

Jean Karl Grech

As a parent, I look for activities that bring out the best in my child’s character, build confidence, encourage discipline, and entice physical development. JCDC hits the mark on all aspects and more. My daughter is ecstatic to belong to the JCDC family and will not have it any other way.

Ana Stajkovic Georgalakis

My daughter has been dancing since she was five years old, but has undergone a transformation after walking through your friendly doors, where she feels like her second home . You've encouraged her passion and given her numerous chances to improve her abilities and compete at a higher level. The chances you give your students through rehearsals and competitions along with your super teachers and choreographers, make JCDC truly exceptional. I'm very grateful and thank you for everything!

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