So you’re thinking of becoming a dance teacher and looking to get a qualification…and there are a lot of courses out there claiming to be able to get you qualified…so which one do you choose?
Back in 2009, I had the same dilemma. In fact, I nearly made a huge mistake. There was this course claiming to make you a ‘certified’ dance teacher if you pay out the money and go on the course. You could even use their logo on your website and promotional material….of course you could! They were giving away some great sounding bonuses and had some testimonials on their site - I have no doubt that these dancers really enjoyed the course…however, were they really QUALIFIED at the end of it? Could they go out and get dance teacher’s liability insurance from any reputable broker? Was their qualification recognised in gyms or schools?
Then I found a course accredited to the International Dance Teachers Association. I had heard about the IDTA and knew they were an international awarding body. I also knew that many of those dancers you see on Strictly Come Dancing are professional members of the IDTA - it’s a prestigious organisation. I applied for the course, answered some questions about my dancing ability and experience and was accepted - this was the best decision I have ever made as I have since heard of other courses, which have great marketing strategies, but have made up their own qualification and are not regulated by anyone. Some of these courses use the term ‘government approved’ but what does this mean and who is it actually approved by?
Dance fitness classes are all the rage now and there are some very popular brands out there. Do these courses QUALIFY you to teach exercise safely to the public? Or does it just permit you to use their brand name? This is something else you might want to consider when choosing a course. I’ve devised a list of my top ten questions you may wish to ask yourself or the training providers when choosing a dance teacher training course…
1. Is the course accredited to an official awarding body?
2. How long will it take you to complete the course?
3. Does a formal exam follow the course?
4. Does the course allow you to put students through amateur exams?
5. Who is training you and what is their success rate?
6. Will you be able to obtain substantial dance teachers liability insurance from a reputable broker?
7. Will you be able to become a member of a professional organisation?
8. Is there room for further professional development and further qualifications?
9. Will there be continued support after passing the exam?
10. Will you learn how to start up a successful dance school on the course?
Remember, this is your money and your future so be sure to make an informed decision about what kind of training and qualifications you wish to receive :)