Sustaining a lifelong career in dance teaching in the increasingly competitive dance sector

May 31, 2012

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Sustaining a lifelong career in dance teaching in the increasingly competitive dance sector

National debate about the value of dance education was sparked last year by universities minister David Willetts’ suggestion last year that A Level Dance should be given fewer points than ‘classic’ subjects in the university admissions process. And last year’s funding review resulted in the closure or reduction in service of many dance organisations across the country.

This makes the quality and availability of dance education and training even more vital than ever, particularly given that dance continues to engage the nation at all levels, from TV and West End audiences to Zumba and Street Dance enthusiasts.

The ISTD provides a variety of dance teacher training and qualifications, for young students starting out and professional dancers looking for a career change. The Level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy in particular offers both experienced teachers and dance professionals a recognised qualification that opens up their future employment opportunities in the private and public sectors.

What is it?

The Level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy is a vocational dance teaching qualification regulated at Level 6 of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) that builds on previous training, knowledge and experience to develop and refine your teaching skills within the context of your chosen dance genre. It is available in Cecchetti Classical Ballet, Classical Greek, Imperial Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre, National, South Asian and Tap Dance.

Who is it for?

Both experienced dance teachers and ex-professional dancers looking to move into dance teaching. And with a flexible, part-time course of study, the Level 6 allows you to combine your studies with work and family life.

Why choose this programme of study?

In the increasingly competitive dance sector, it is essential to give yourself the tools needed to sustain a lifelong career in dance teaching and the opportunities to work across both private and public sectors. By investing in and being passionate about your own continuing professional development, you will grow and develop both professionally and personally through the learning and critical reflection process. Furthermore, it should improve your employability.

How can I study for it?

Start our two year, part-time programme in January 2013 at our central London ISTD2 Dance Studios with practical workshops, taught sessions, feedback from a personal mentor and group tutorials.

Key dates:

1st July – 10th September 2012: Applications will be open.

1st – 5th October 2012: Interview week.

January 2013: Start of the programme.

This programme is designed to take your teaching to the next level and develop and enhance the skills you already have. In addition:

•             It gives you the chance to pursue your teacher training with the ISTD with a genre-specific qualification regulated at Level 6 of the QCF, which is equivalent in level of demand to the final year of a degree.

•             Being qualified in a specific ISTD genre allows you to enter candidates for ISTD examinations on joining the ISTD as a member. On top of this, on completion of the qualification, you are eligible for Licentiate status of the ISTD in the relevant genre.

•             Is recognised by the Institute for Learning (IfL) as covering the requirements of the Level 5 Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector. This gives you the opportunity to teach in the further education and skills sector in England and Wales.

•             Gives you access to teaching positions in state maintained schools once you have Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status with the IfL and are a member of the IfL – all without the need for further training.

For more application details please visit ISTD’s website or email educationassistant@istd.org

About ISTD

The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is one of the world’s leading dance examinations boards. Our dance teachers are highly experienced in teaching children and adults in a variety of dance styles ranging from Ballet to Ballroom, Salsa to Tap, and South Asian Dance to Latin American Dance. 250,000 of our examinations in a variety of dance forms are taken each year. With more than 7,500 members in over 50 countries, the ISTD provides a range of syllabi, courses and events across the globe.

To find a dance teacher in your area, visit the website.

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2 Responses to “Sustaining a lifelong career in dance teaching in the increasingly competitive dance sector”

  1. Elizabeth Says:

    Dance teachers are so vital to young dancers. They have a huge responsibility to keep their art alive and ensure it never loses high quality. Anything a dance teacher can do to improve his or her skills as an instructor is worthwhile.

  2. Nathalie Says:

    Elizabeth, you’re absolutely right! Dance teachers play such a vital role in the development of children, and it’s not just about their dance training. It’s essential that dance teachers are qualified and continue with their training throughout their career. This ensures they can support their students in the best way possible.