Whilst Covid-19 has halted the performing arts industry and locked down the West-End as well as professional dance jobs across the world, it cannot stop the creative industries from finding other ways of investing in their futures and training to teach. So why not use your time wisely, train and qualify as an ISTD dance teacher now and future-proof your income for a teaching career once you have decided your performing career is at an end?
The intensive nature of this specialist course means that it is only suitable for a professional level of dance technique and training and entry is by audition/CV and interview only (or via a “Show reel” CV and zoom chat over lockdown!). You should also already have passed your Intermediate dance exam or preferably higher in the genre you wish to study.
For those less experienced dancers, we do still offer a part-time course of weekly classes which takes a year to 18 months to complete. The once a week classes in the studio can be fitted in & around other work.
The practical part of the course concentrates on unit 4 and is designed ideally to be “in person” or a combination of blended “online live zoom” classes with “in person” classes where necessary.
Over-lock down we will be starting a purely on-line course, ready to swap over as soon as government advice, re safety, allows us to do so even if still socially distancing in some fashion.
We can adapt this course for over-seas students who wish to study with us also.
Examinations however do need to take place here at the studio and we would need you to travel here periodically for some “in person” visits.
Because of the intensive nature of our course, any classes or part classes missed through illness or any other reason MUST be “caught up” with the online zoom class recordings or unfortunately you may fall too far behind your class mates to be able to complete the course over the intensive time-scale
Unit 2 may be commenced before the start of the intensive, via Zoom which we hope will help the time-scale remain achievable for the unit 2 module.
If you are interested in multiple genres then we suggest Modern, followed by Tap in the following period followed by Ballet in the new year (TBC)
The DDE is a Level 4 qualification and has 5 units in total. After completion of all DDE units and successful moderation, you will become a fully registered ISTD teacher, able to teach, set up your own school, work free-lance and enter your own students for their ISTD examinations.
(Written online course work assessment tasks, studied via an online platform and email tutorials - studying health and safety in dance, environmental safety aspects in the studio as well as anatomy, physiology, first aid and safe dance practice such as stretching, warm-up and cool-down plus various legal requirements for dance teachers, such as policies, insurance and risk assessments to name just a few!)
Those who have a Trinity Diploma from a dance college are exempt from this unit.
Assisting in dance classes and teaching practice/lesson .
Individual zoom Tutorials and evaluation of observed classes, your own class assisting and your own lesson planning and teaching practice. Those with PGCE Qualified teacher status are exempt from this unit.
(This unit must be passed prior to any fast-track course commencing as the certificate is a prerequisite of entering the unit 4 exam, your certificate/ report sheet will be needed in order to register. This unit does need to be studied in regular classes in person at the studio and has a final practical dance exam)
6 weeks of 5 days 9.00am - 3.30pm This is an in-depth study and analysis of the primary to Intermediate syllabus from a teaching and demonstration perspective, how to break down, teach and adapt movements for differing physiques and genders and choreography at various levels.
This has a final 2 hour practical and viva exam.
The study of how children grow, learn and think and how adult learners with differing needs can be catered for in a dance class.
This unit has written course work assessment tasks studied via an online platform and email.