Qualifications

It is imperative that the dance school that you attend is ran by qualified teachers of dance.  This ensures that you, or your child, is being instructed by professionals in their field of dance.  These teachers are therefore members of official dance awarding bodies (in our case IDTA and NCDTA). 

Our Principals are FELLOWS in their area of expertise.  This is the highest level of dance qualification you can take.  Our teaching staff are also highly qualified and hold various levels of qualification such as LICENCIATE or ASSOCIATE.

We also offer fitness and other exercise classes.  The instructors who take our fitness classes are qualified either in dance or in their specific area of expertise such as Zumba Fitness or Personal Training.

Please read on about the importance of dance qualifications and the benefits:

The dance school industry always has and always will be increasingly popular. Its popularity is due to the increasing demand for local dance schools offering affordable, accessible classes covering the large range of genres that are showcased on television and in theatres. However, dance tuition is sometimes undertaken by those who do not hold formal teaching qualifications.

 The lack of understanding towards cognitive and physical development at different stages in life can have a negative impact both physically, mentally and emotionally on children, teenagers and adults. This could be anything from minor to serious injuries, loss in confidence and adverse feelings towards their peers, environment and themselves. We believe that parents choosing dance classes for their children should be aware of the importance of comprehensive teaching qualifications held by the schools teachers.

 In the UK there are many dance examining bodies that train and support dance teachers. The IDTA and NCDTA’s teaching qualifications provide a dance teacher with the ability to understand the developmental and emotional needs of children at different ages, the physical demands of dance classes for adults, how to cater for varied requirements within a dance class and how to do so with the utmost enthusiasm, passion, care and professionalism.

 Without formal teaching qualifications teachers are unable to enter children into examinations which provide them with a sense of achievement and acknowledgment of their progression in dance.

 IDTA and NCDTA teaching qualifications are thorough and include both practical and theory assessments.

These qualifications require years of hard work and study, just as much as you would expect from your child’s school teacher. Whether a teacher has gone down the private qualification route or been through university studying a degree in dance and gone on to gain PGCE qualification.  We believe that having a fully qualified dance teacher is just as important as having a fully qualified school teacher. 

Parents, please be aware of who is teaching your child!  Ask if they are a current member of a dance association?!  Can they enter your child for examinations?  You might be surprised by their answer!

 For more information about Awarding Bodies or Governing Bodies please visit the page called ASSOCIATIONS.