As well as working at Dancemania I am also a Ballet teacher, I know that being a dance teacher can be a lonely business and can make you feel a little lost and unsupportive if you are working alone. This doesn’t have to be the case. There are lots of agencies out there that offer advice and support for dance teachers ranging from health and safety advice to continuing professional development. Here are a few examples:
The Council for Dance Education and Training (CDET) is a private organisation that offers information and advice to students and teachers providing quality assurance for the professional dance and musical theatre industries. They negotiates with government agencies across the world to ensure national standards and regulates all the large drama schools including, Arts Educational, Italia Conti, LIPA, Laban. CDET also regulates the examining bodies RAD, ISTD, BTDA and BO.
For students considering a career in the arts, teachers can direct them to CDET for advice on how to choose the correct school for them, how to apply and also advice on funding.
For teachers who need some advice on CPD (Continuing Professional Development) CDET provides unbiased information on some of the options available to working dance teachers in either the public or private sector.
The National Dance Teachers Association (NDTA) is a membership organisation led by teachers for teachers who work to ensure that all young people in the UK have equal access to a high quality dance education. They actively work with a range of physical education and arts organisations, government departments and statutory bodies to promote high quality learning and teaching in dance and help to shape national policy related to dance in schools. The NDTA is charity run by a team of dance teachers, advisers and lecturers from all phases of education; it provides an essential network for dance teachers in schools and also serves as a vital link between those at the grass roots and the policy makers at local and national level.
NDTA offers resource materials and ideas for dance lessons, conferences, In-service training and CPD courses. They also proved valuable information and advice on health and safety, dance studio specifications and project funding.
Dance UK (The national advocate of dance) aims to promote sustainable, longer dance careers and to improve the conditions in which dance is created, performed and experienced. Dance UK advocates and lobbies government and the cultural industries to promote the importance of dance and needs of dancers. They offer support for students and teachers, public liability insurance, medical practitioners and choreographer’s directory, in house ‘Agony Aunt’, resources for teaching and learning and healthier dancer information.
Here we have discussed three of the organisations out there that could offer you the support that you require but there are lots out there, so if you are looking for information or advice on anything dance related, go and have a look, you are not alone.
The Dancemania team appreciates how hard working us dance teachers are and as a little reward we offer 10% discount on all your personal purchases just for being you. Take a look at our Discount for Teachers page: http://www.dancemania.biz/discount-for-teachers-application-form.html
If you are interested in what discounts, or extra earnings through our referral scheme Dancemania can offer you, send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. I will be happy to assist you with any enquiries.
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