Dance Teacher Training
We have a wealth of experience in training amateur dancers/students to become professional dance teachers, or existing teachers to take further examinations.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING: TEACHING DANCE
The teaching of dancing is a highly specialised subject and, without the proper training, pupils can, at the best, be seriously mislead and, at the worst, can be asked to perform actions that could cause pain, and possible permanent physical damage.
There are many people who set themselves up to teach dancing without formal training. Such people seldom arrange any Public Liability Insurance, do not have the necessary licences, issued by the Performing Rights Society or Phonographic Performances Ltd, that legally allows them to play recorded music or permit the use of sheet music in public (and a dance class is considered to be a public place). Such licences must be held personally by the person running a dance or class and are not covered by the fact that a hall may be licensed, by the local authority, for dancing. Public Liability Insurance, in this present time, often depends, for it's validity, on the fact that the person in charge is qualified in the subject being taught.
Dance Teaching Qualifications can be taken in any style of dance. Here are the various levels of qualification:
STUDENT CERTIFICATE or PROVISIONAL MEMBER
This is usually the first examination that is taken by a student who is training to become a teacher of dancing. IT IS NOT A QUALIFICATION TO TEACH DANCING but allows prospective teachers to join a teachers' organisation and have access to the lectures and courses run by that organisation. Holders of such certificates would normally work under the supervision of a qualified teacher if they were permitted to give instruction in a school of dancing.
This is the first actual qualification for a teacher of dancing and is issued for each style of dance. It is normal that teachers who have qualified to this level will still work under supervision and continue their studies.
MEMBER or LICENTIATE
The examination for this qualification can only be attempted after a further two years of study (after passing the Associate Examination), and must have spent this time gaining experience in a responsible position at a school of dancing. Teachers who are qualified to this level are also permitted hold a licence, issued by the British Dance Council, to judge Championship competitions. The teacher is now considered to be fully qualified to teach that particular dance style without supervision.
A further three years of study and teaching experience is required before teachers can attempt to qualify at this final level. The training will, during this three-year period, be more intensive and teachers who attain this level are expected to be to train other teachers. Only teachers who have this level of qualification can usually be appointed as Examiners.
There are currently moves, to allow other forms of qualification to be issued to non-professional dancers in order to permit such people to coach other dancers. These are not, however, recognised teaching qualifications and, if they do come into being, will not be any guarantee that any full training in the basic structure of dance has been received.
Members of the public, and particularly parents who are looking for a teacher for their children, are strongly advised ascertain the level to which the teacher is qualified.
All dance teachers are justifiably proud of the qualifications that they have obtained after many years of study and, they will always be willing advertise these to prospective students.
We are proud to say that past students have gone on to open their own successful schools or in special circumstances have joined our teaching staff.
We also provide a service to dance or fitness teachers who wish to learn routines to teach in their classes.
PLEASE NOTE: THAT ALL OUR ADULT CLASSES AND ADULT COURSES ARE FOR AMATEUR DANCERS ONLY AND NOT FOR OTHER FITNESS OR DANCE TEACHERS TO ACQUIRE ROUTINES. SEPARATE PRIVATE LESSONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR THIS PURPOSE.
Prices start from £40.00 per hour for Associate/Membership teacher training.
This cost will increase if more than one person is present in the session, or if the session is to provide existing teachers with choreography for their dance schools.