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IDTA Teacher Training

Inspiring aspiring teachers is a huge passion of ours from young students starting their teaching journey to the more mature teachers that want to develop their teaching.

Our expert teaching team will guide you on your journey to becoming a fully accredited IDTA teacher, opening up opportunities to teach dancing in the UK and around the world.

We can guide you through your qualifications from Level 3 through to Licentiate level in all theatre genres; Modern Jazz, Theatre Craft, Tap and Ballet as well the Musical Theatre Diploma.

IDTA Level 3 Diploma in Dance Teaching Assistant

Subjects Available - Ballet, Tap, Modern Contemporary Jazz & Theatre Craft

The minimum age for candidates registering on the qualification is 16.

You should have:

  • A good knowledge of IDTA as an organisation and the grade and Dance Awards (formerly medal tests) systems
  • A good knowledge of the IDTA syllabus requirements for their chosen genre
  • Technical skills to Intermediate level or above or higher Dance Awards depending on genre

IDTA recommends the following qualifications and experience would be helpful as prior learning for embarking on the Level 3 Diploma for Dance Teaching Assistants, although this list is not exhaustive:

  • Intermediate level qualification certificate from IDTA or another dance awarding organisation or higher Dance Awards depending on genre.
  • A vocational dance qualification (e.g. BTEC Diploma in Performing Arts or equivalent)

The objective of the Level 3 Diploma in Dance Teaching Assistant is for learners to develop knowledge and understanding of syllabus requirements, safe dance practice and dance teaching so that they may assist in dance classes, usually helping to teach groups of students for a specified period under the supervision of a qualified dance teacher. The qualification does not confirm status as a dance teacher.

IDTA Level 4 Diploma in Dance Teaching

Subjects Available - Ballet, Tap, Modern Contemporary Jazz & Theatre Craft

The minimum age for candidates registering on the qualification is 18.

Candidates should have:

  • A good knowledge of IDTA as an organisation and the grade and medal test systems
  • A good knowledge of the IDTA syllabus requirements for their chosen genre
  • Technical skills to Intermediate level or above

IDTA recommends the following qualifications and experience although this list is not exhaustive:

IDTA Pre-Associate Examinations

  • Intermediate level qualification certificate from IDTA or another dance awarding organisation
  • A vocational dance qualification
  • Completion of a minimum of 2 years at a full time vocational college
  • Diploma in dance from a University or awarding organisation
  • Degree in dance from a University
  • Evidence of working as a professional dancer for a minimum of 2 years

The objective of the level 4 Diploma in Dance Teaching is for learners to:

  • Gain a knowledge and understanding of safe dance practice
  • Demonstrate skills, knowledge and understanding of their chosen dance genre
  • Demonstrate teaching practice

The qualification provides a basis for learners to progress into dance teaching, either through running their own dance school or working as a teacher in a private dance school

Licentiate Dance Teacher Qualification

Subjects Available - Ballet, Tap, Modern Contemporary Jazz & Theatre Craft

A minimum age of 20 years applies.

Candidates will be required to have a minimum of two years teaching experience.

The IDTA Licentiate qualification develops a dance teacher’s knowledge and skills to a higher level and enables them to teach dance in their chosen genre. The examination can be taken as a whole or in a modular format over a period of time.

The qualification is a practical examination conducted by an IDTA appointed Examiner. Candidates are required to produce a portfolio for the IDTA Examiner to review in advance of the examination. Candidates will be asked to demonstrate and discuss with the Examiner all aspects of the Licentiate syllabus. Technical aspects of the examination are from the Advanced 1 Performers Award. Candidates are also required to teach a small class of pupils so the Examiner may observe their teaching skills.

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