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Strength in Numbers

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Dance teacher organizations—where to team up, share ideas, and be heard

Profile: Dance Masters of Arizona, Inc.
Since receiving its charter in 1977, Dance Masters of Arizona, Dance Masters of America Chapter 36, has been offering member teachers opportunities to further their own dance education, share and exchange ideas, and work together producing workshops and providing scholarships for students.

Dance Masters of Arizona DMA Chapter 36 president emeritus Ann Spisak congratulates the chapter’s 2010 Miss Dance, Casey Gonzalez. (Photo courtesy of Dance Masters of Arizona)

The group was founded by dance teacher Kay Everett after she moved from Texas to Arizona. The first dozen members have grown into a group of 30 today—still fairly small, but with 10 potential new members taking certification exams in March.

President April Spisak Nelson, a 35-year DMAZ member, says all the members help with DMAZ events, such as the 35th Spring Workshop. Planned for March 16 to 18 at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona, this year’s event will feature master classes with renowned teachers Diane Gudat, Derrick Yanford, and Albert Cattafi.

More than $5,000 in scholarships will be awarded through auditions, title competitions, and performing-arts competitions. Students can receive cash scholarships or vouchers for DMAZ workshops, and prizes are awarded for high-scoring entries in the PAC. Winners of the Miss and Mr. Dance competition receive prizes including a scholarship that covers all tuition and entry fees for the national soloist competitions held at each summer’s DMA national convention.

In addition, each year the chapter awards a teacher scholarship in honor of the late Toney Spisak, a president of DMA of Southern California Chapter 1 who served as master of ceremonies for the Chapter 36 PAC and Miss Dance programs for many years before his death in 2007. “He was a great friend to our chapter members and an inspiration to many of our students,” Nelson says. “He was a great supporter of the program and what it offered dance teachers.” The award allows one DMAZ member to attend DMA’s Teacher Training School.

Outreach efforts for Chapter 36 include donating 10 percent of its annual workshop revenue to Dancers Responding to AIDS. Contributions are also made to two DMA causes: the Scholarship Fund and the Friendship Fund, which assists DMA members dealing with illness, fire, natural disasters, or other difficulties.

Nelson suggests there are many reasons why studio owners and teachers join DMAZ. Some are enticed by the discounted licensing fees from ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC that are available to all DMA members. Others enjoy connecting to people in the dance industry in a non-competitive way, or for educational, social, and business reasons.

“It stands to reason that the more active you become in an organization, the more opportunities you have, the more you learn, the more friends you make, and the more you can share with your students,” Nelson says. “It’s all volunteer work, but ‘work’ I am happy to do for my chosen profession.”

May events

Carolina Dance Masters  carolinadancemasters.org
Event: CDM Pink Ribbon College Scholarship deadline
When: Application due May 1
What: A $500 non-renewable scholarship for students of member teachers based on grades, recommendations, resume, and an essay. Applications available on CDM website.

Dance Council of North Texas
214.219.2290; thedancecouncil.org
Event: National Tap Dance Celebration
When: May 22-26 from 7 to 7:45pm
Where: The Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 First Ave., Dallas, TX
What: An annual event of free performances by tap companies, sponsored by DCNT and Dallas Summer Musicals.

Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston  617.924.0444; danceteachersclubofboston.com
Event: Scholarship auditions
When: May 5
Where: Jean Paige School of Dance, 1485 Beacon St., Brookline, MA
What: Auditions for the Lilla Frances Viles Scholarship and the National Dance Council of America Scholarship.

National Dance Education Organization  301.585.2880; ndeo.org
Event: Dance 2050 Symposium: The Future of Dance in Higher Education
When: May 17-20
Where: Temple University, 1801 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA
What: Plenary sessions and break-out group discussions on topics such as: future projections for our institutions; the evolution of dance program designs; dance in local, regional, and world communities; opportunities and challenges of emergent technologies; and more. Presented by the NDEO/Temple University Center for Research in Dance Education and the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University.

Utah Dance Education Organization udeo.org
Event: Utah Dance Festival (UDF)
When: May 5
Where: Master classes at Creative Arts Academy, 165 S. Main St., Bountiful, UT; adjudication and gala concert at Viewmont High School, 120 West 1000 North, Bountiful, UT
What: Co-sponsored by UDEO and Creative Arts Academy, UDF is designed to showcase private sector dance in Utah. Each group’s dancers will take master classes, perform for a panel of adjudicators/judges (optional), and have the opportunity to be selected for that evening’s Gala Concert.

June events

CORPS de Ballet International  corps-de-ballet.org
Event: CORPS de Ballet International 14th Annual Teacher Conference
When: June 20-24
Where: Jacob’s Pillow, 358 George Carter Rd., Becket, MA
What: Master classes, lectures, special tours, and panel discussions, with special conference guest artists Anna-Marie Holmes, Ramona Pansegrau, and artists, faculty and staff from Jacob’s Pillow. Award banquet on June 20 will honor 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Alonzo King.

Dance Educators of America   800.229.3868; deadance.com
Event: Teacher Training and Certification
When: June 25-30
Where: New Yorker Hotel, 481 Eighth Ave., New York City
What: A multi-dimensional program of study enhancing the knowledge and teaching techniques of dance professionals open to DEA members, non-members, and assistant teachers ages 18 and older.

New York State Dance Education Association  nysdea.org
Event: Bill Evans Dance Teachers’ Intensive
When: June 24-July 7
Where: Department of Dance, The College at Brockport, State University of New York
What: Program for established and emerging dance educators, including graduate and undergraduate students in dance education, featuring the Bill Evans Method of Teaching Laban-Based Modern Dance Technique. Courses include Somatics Lab for Dance Technique, Evans Laban-Based Method of Teaching Contemporary Dance Technique, Dance-Science-Based Ballet Technique, Laban-Based Improvisation and Composition, Ballet Pedagogy, Modern Dance Pedagogy, Feldenkrais, and Hands-On Teaching Lab.

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Summertime Teacher Training

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It's a full house for a dance teacher workshop at the American Dance Festival in 2011. (Photo by Sara D. Davis, courtesy ADF)

Your guide to workshops and intensives across the U.S. and beyond

Programs are listed in alphabetical order by sponsoring or producing organization.

Horton Pedagogy Workshop
Sponsoring or producing organization: Ailey Extension
Dates: July 9-13, introductory session; July 16-20, intermediate/advanced session
Location: The Ailey Studios, New York, NY
Fees/cost: $775 per session, $1,400 for both (through June 10); $800 per session, $1,425 for both (through July 1)
Special requirements/prerequisites: All participants must have a book, The Dance Technique of Lester Horton, and three DVDs on Horton technique (available from the Ailey Extension). A larger package ($199.11 plus tax) with the required materials plus two additional DVDs and two CDs is recommended.
Registration deadline: July 1
Description: Review the Horton vocabulary and learn the range and depth of this technique under master teacher and Horton scholar Anna Marie Forsythe. Refresh your teaching skills while sharing experience and knowledge with other Horton teachers.
Contact: 212.405.9500; aileyextension@alvinailey.org; aileyextension.com; The Ailey Extension, The Joan Weill Center for Dance, 405 W. 55th St., New York, NY 10019

Teachers Intensive
Sponsoring or producing organization: American Academy of Ballet
Dates: August 3-8
Location: Purchase College SUNY, Westchester County, NY
Fees/cost: $140 per day, discount for 3 or more days
Special requirements/prerequisites: Minimum age of 18
Registration deadline: None
Description: Top-notch faculty, excellent studios, and small classes, with a special program for teaching preschoolers, a session with a dance physiotherapist on recognizing and treating injuries, beginner to advanced pointe work, and the unique Performance Awards program, taught throughout the U.S. and in 10 other countries.
Contact: 212.787.9500; office@american-academy-of-ballet.com; american-academy-of-ballet.com; American Academy of Ballet, 250 W. 90th St. #3A, New York, NY 10024

ABT National Training Curriculum Teacher Training
Sponsoring or producing organization: American Ballet Theatre
Dates: August 1-8, Training Session #1: Primary Level through Level 3
Location: American Ballet Theatre, New York, NY
Fees/cost: Tuition: $1,500; materials, $150
Special requirements/prerequisites: Advanced or professional level of ballet training
Registration deadline: June 1
Description: A program for the development and training of young students that embraces sound ballet principles and incorporates elements of the French, Italian, and Russian schools of training. This program aims to assist teachers in training dance students to use their bodies correctly, focusing on kinetics, coordination, anatomy, and proper body alignment.
Contact: Jenna Bitterman, 212.477.3030 ext.1169, jbitterman@abt.org; abt.org/education/nationaltrainingcurr.asp; American Ballet Theatre, 890 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

Dance Professionals Workshop
Sponsoring or producing organization: American Dance Festival
Dates: DPW Dance Sampler—Option 1: June 23-July 1, Option 2: July 1-8, Option 3: July 8–15, Option 4: July 15-22; DPW Intensive—June 24-July 1
Location: Durham, NC
Fees/cost: $875
Special requirements/prerequisites: Undergraduate degree or 5 years of professional experience
Registration deadline: None
Description: The DPW Dance Sampler allows you to choose the dates you would like to attend ADF in a self-guided exploration of Six Week School classes and performances. The DPW Intensive is a nine-day workshop that provides the opportunity to take classes specifically designed for dance practitioners and educators.
Contact: 919.684.6402; school@americandancefestival.org; americandancefestival.org; American Dance Festival, Box 90772, Durham, NC 27708

Ballet Magnificat! Teachers Workshop
Sponsoring or producing organization: Ballet Magnificat!
Dates: July 14-22 or July 14-28
Location: Jackson, MS
Fees/cost: 1 week, $757; 2 weeks, $1,222
Special requirements/prerequisites: Teachers 18 or older
Registration deadline: May 18
Description: Teachers from across the world come for training and development classes with our professionals. Our format allows teachers from a variety of backgrounds to come together to learn, be refreshed in the Lord, and share ideas.
Contact: 601.977.1001; bmag.workshop@balletmagnificat.com; balletmagnificat.com; 5406 I-55 North, Jackson, MS 39211

Cecchetti USA International Summer School
Sponsoring or producing organization: Cecchetti USA
Dates: August 5-11
Location: University of California–Santa Barbara
Fees/cost: $675 tuition, $395 room and meals
Special requirements/prerequisites: All teachers welcome; need not be Cecchetti trained.
Registration deadline: July 1
Description: Classes for students and teachers cover Cecchetti Syllabus Grades 4-10 and Final Diploma. Teachers’ course covers Associate, Licentiate, Fellowship, anatomy and conditioning for dancers, and music.
Contact: 805.636.9444; pasdenise@aol.com; cecchettiusa.org; Judith Hawkesworth, 414 Greene St., Camden, SC 29020

CNADM Summer Dance Workshops/Training School & Convention
Sponsoring or producing organization: Chicago National Association of Dance Masters
Dates: July 16-19 (training school), July 20-23 (convention)
Location: DoubleTree Chicago, Oak Brook, IL
Fees/cost: Variable; housing not included
Special requirements/prerequisites: Ages 16 and up
Registration deadline: Early-bird registration ends June 15.
Description: World-class instruction with core classes in tap, jazz, ballet, and modern, with specialty classes in hip-hop, contemporary, and more. Training School classes focus on teaching skills. Convention is a continuing-education workshop serving the needs of professional dance educators. Concurrent tracks run for student instruction.
Contact: 815.397.6052; dance@cnadm.com; cnadm.com; Kathy Velasco, CNADM, 220 E. State St., Suite G, Rockford, IL 61104

Bill Evans Laban-Based Modern Dance Technique Intensive for Advanced Dancers and Dance Teachers|
Sponsoring or producing organization: Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth
Dates: June 22-July 27 
Location: Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
Fees/cost: To be determined
Special requirements/prerequisites: None
Registration deadline: June 15
Description: All courses are integrated by principles and methods that support individual growth and regeneration. Evans Laban-Based Modern Dance Technique, Bartenieff Fundamentals/Somatics, pedagogy seminars, Laban Movement Analysis, Evans repertory. Faculty: Bill Evans, Don Halquist, Heather Acomb, and Jenny Showalter. For advanced modern dancers and established and emerging dance educators, including college dance education majors. 
Contact: 585.964.9196; billevansdance@hotmail.com; billevansdance.org; Bill Evans Dance Workshops, 6908 Benedict Beach, Hamlin, NY 14464

18th Annual Summer Dance Institute for Teachers
Sponsoring or producing organization: Creative Dance
Dates: July 9-13 (one-week refresher course) and July 16-27 (two-week foundational course)
Location: Creative Dance Center, Seattle, WA
Fees/cost: $500 (one week), $800 (two weeks)
Special requirements/prerequisites: See website
Registration deadline: See website.
Description: Directed by dance educator and author Anne Green Gilbert, the institute covers a variety of dance techniques, world dance, choreography, BrainDance, and the creative process, with takeaway conceptual lesson plans for different ages and settings and the chance to explore brain-compatible dance pedagogy and best practices.
Contact: 206.363.7281; info@creativedance.org; creativedance.org; Creative Dance Center, 12577 Densmore Ave. North, Seattle, WA 98133

Teacher Training and Certification Program
Sponsoring or producing organization: Dance Educators of America
Dates: June 25-30 and July 2-7
Location: New York, NY (June) and Las Vegas, NV (July)
Fees/cost: $1,200
Special requirements/prerequisites: None
Registration deadline: May 18
Description: In its 70th year, the DEA Teacher Training and Certification Program is a dynamic, multi-dimensional program of study, enhancing the knowledge and teaching techniques of all dance professionals, based on the “How-What-When-Why” of teaching.
Contact: 914.636.3200; dea@deadance.com; deadance.com; Dance Educators of America, P.O. Box 8607, Pelham, NY 10803

Teachers Training School
Sponsoring or producing organization: Dance Masters of America
Dates: July 22-26
Location: SUNY Buffalo, NY
Fees/cost: $475 ($400 for DMA members); dorm lodging (double occupancy) at $300 for six nights; three-meals-a-day plan for $260
Special requirements/prerequisites: Teachers must be at least 18 years old.
Registration deadline: May 1
Description: DMA’s Teachers Training School program provides a comprehensive curriculum, outstanding faculty, a unique focus on technique and teaching skills, and the nurturing of camaraderie among dance educators. This is a four-year graded intensive program that ends with a diploma and DMA certification after final exams, though many teachers opt to continue in our advanced curriculum program.
Contact: 718.225.4013; dmamann@aol.com; dma-national.org; 214-10 41st Ave., Bayside, NY 11361

Simonson Method of Teacher Training, Presented by Lynn Simonson
Sponsoring or producing organization: Dance New Amsterdam
Dates: June 1-28
Location: Dance New Amsterdam, New York, NY
Fees/cost: $1,250Special requirements/prerequisites: Completed application form and brief phone interview with Lynn Simonson
Registration deadline: Until full (tends to fill quickly)
Description: Participants learn to teach and communicate information regardless of the movement form they are teaching. The course is based on communication, verbal articulation, anatomy awareness, injury prevention, visual assessment of body alignment, rhythmic nuance in teaching and cueing, drum accompaniment, music choices and rhythms suitable for level taught, choreographic skills, and class structure.
Contact: sliggett@dnadance.org; dnadance.org; Sydnie Liggett, DNA education programs coordinator, Dance New Amsterdam, 280 Broadway, 2nd Fl., New York, NY 10007

Dance Teacher Web Conference & Expo
Sponsoring or producing organization: Dance Teacher Web.com
Dates: August 6-9
Location: Red Rock Resort, Las Vegas, NV
Fees/cost: $449 until March 15; $549 thereafter. Room rate $109.
Special requirements/prerequisites: For dance teachers, studio owners, administrative staff, college dance majors
Registration deadline: July 22
Description: Pick up choreography and teaching strategies; tips to make your students shine in the studio and at competitions; help with management and marketing issues; clues to developing financial, tax, and insurance plans and creating ads and brochures; and lots more.
Contact: 203.545.7167; steve@danceteacherweb.com; danceteacherexpo.com; Dance Teacher Web, 1580 Post Rd., Fairfield, CT 06824

Isadora Duncan Teacher Workshop
Sponsoring or producing organization: Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation
Dates: One-week sessions in June and August; see website for details.
Location: New York, NY
Fees/cost: $400 to $600; see website
Special requirements/prerequisites: An introductory course or its equivalent in Duncan technique
Registration deadline: See website.
Description: Workshops with Lori Belilove and Cherlyn Smith include daily classes in Isadora Duncan dance technique and repertory, field trips to museums, viewing of rare Duncan video, discussion, networking, and tunic-making.
Contact: 212.691.5040; info@isadoraduncan.org; isadoraduncan.org; 141 W. 26th St., 3rd Fl., New York, NY 10001

Bill Evans Dance Teachers’ Intensive:
Developing a Personal Pedagogy of Dance Technique
Sponsoring or producing organization: Bill Evans Dance Company and Department of Dance, The College at Brockport, SUNY
Dates: June 24-July 7
Location: Brockport, NY
Fees/cost: $850, two weeks/$550, one week; single room, $500/$250; double room, $280/$140
Special requirements/prerequisites: None
Registration deadline: May 31
Description: All courses are integrated by principles and methods that support individual growth and regeneration. Modern dance, ballet, Bartenieff Fundamentals/Somatics/Feldenkrais, hands-on teaching labs, pedagogy seminars, Laban Movement Analysis, improvisation/composition. Faculty: Bill Evans, Don Halquist, Kitty Daniels, Debra Knapp, Suzie Lundgren. For established and emerging dance educators, including college dance education majors.
Contact: 585.964.9196; billevansdance@hotmail.com; billevansdance.org; Bill Evans Dance Workshops, 6908 Benedict Beach, Hamlin, NY 14464

Finis Jhung Teacher & Adult Student Workshop
Sponsoring or producing organizations: Finis Jhung and The Ailey Extension
Dates: August 11-12
Location: The Ailey Studios, New York, NY
Fees/cost: $375 until May 1; $425 thereafter
Special requirements/prerequisites: Teacher or advanced-beginner adult student
Registration deadline: August 10
Description: Whether you’re a teacher or an adult student with a passion to learn more about ballet technique, this 10-hour weekend workshop will turn mystery into mastery. Learn the “untaught” preparations that can make a world of difference for you and your students. Teach and do what really matters. Bring your dance clothes so you can take class, or sit and observe.
Contact: 800.357.3525; finis@finisjhung.com; finisjhung.com; Ballet Dynamics/Finis Jhung, 119 W. 72nd St., PMB 353, New York, NY 10023

Module Certification Program in Laban Movement Analysis
Sponsoring or producing organization: Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies
Dates: June 4-June 21 for each of two modules
Location: New York, NY
Fees/cost (per module): $3,250. Application fee: $225
Special requirements/prerequisites: Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis (15 hrs.), Introduction to Bartenieff Fundamentals (15 hrs.), Introduction to Anatomy & Kinesiology (20 hrs.), completed application, and interview
Registration deadline: May 25
Description:
Module I: Immersion
You will become acquainted with the fundamental categories of the Laban system, explore your movement possibilities according to your own body uniqueness and begin perceiving the power of Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) as applied to your field of interest. Classes include theory and movement experientials and are accessible to students from all disciplines. This course serves as the first of four Modules within the LIMS® Certification Program in Laban Movement Studies, which awards the Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) title.
Module II: Concentration
Students will be immersed in LMA Theory, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Movement Observation, and Seminar in LMA history and application. This course is meant for students who have successfully completed Module I. Students will subsequently need to complete Module III and IV and a Final Certification Project before receiving the title of CMA.
Contact: 212.643.8888; info@limsonline.org; limsonline.org; 520 Eighth Ave., Suite 304, 3rd Fl., New York, NY 10018

Leap N Learn Teacher Workshop
Sponsoring or producing organization: Leap ’N Learn
Dates: August 2-5
Location: Lafayette, LA
Fees/cost: See website.
Special requirements/prerequisites: None
Registration deadline: See website.
Description: Dr. Annie Spell and Beverly Spell will share an in-depth examination of the learning process of 3- to 12-year-olds as well as creative movement ideas, stress management, and assertiveness training, with discounts on Leap ’N Learn products.
Contact: 888.211.5180; Beverly@leapnlearn.com; leapnlearn.com; Beverly Spell, P.O. Box 474, Milton, LA 70558  

Summer Workshops: Teaching Contemporary Limón
Sponsoring or producing organization: Limón Institute
Dates (Swiss session): July 30-August 10
Location: Bern, Switzerland
Dates (U.S. session): August 13-24
Location: New York, NY
Fees/cost: TBA
Special requirements/prerequisites: Designed for dance teachers already teaching Limón-based classes or interested in doing so.
Registration deadline: None
Description: This workshop examines the use of Humphrey/Limón principles in contemporary dance training. The program includes daily technique classes, phrases from repertory (contemporary and classic), exploration of the underlying principles, the use of rhythm and music in Limón classes, and a chance to present class materials and contemporary dance phrases based on Limón principles.
Contact: 212.777.3353; summer@limon.org; limon.org; 307 W. 38th St., Suite 1105, New York, NY 10018

PeffPointe Teacher Training 2012
Sponsoring or producing organization: Mme Peff Modelski
Dates: June 22-24
Location: Visceral Dance Center, Chicago, IL
Fees/cost: $375
Special requirements/prerequisites: None
Registration deadline: March 15
Description: Ballet-based dance teacher training intensive. While focusing on maintaining balance as a constant action, the main themes are pointe work, extensions, and jumping. We will renew, refresh, and revitalize the perception of how the terminology works when interpreted daily in the studio as action. Fun, easy, interesting.
Contact: 630.730.8737; peffdance@aol.com; movementprocessforliving.com; Mme Peff Modelski, 351 W. 55th St. #104, Clarendon Hills, IL 60514-1785

Dance Education Laboratory June Intensive: Dance Improvisations and Explorations for Middle and High School
Sponsoring or producing organization: 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center
Dates: June 11-14 and June 16-17
Location: 92nd Street Y, New York, NY
Fees/cost: $375 until June 4, $400 thereafter  
Special requirements/prerequisites: None
Registration deadline: June 8
Description: Learn how to provide clear and stimulating instruction in dance exploration, improvisation, and composition. Empower your students’ artistic voice and choreographic decision-making. With Randi Sloan, MFA.
Contact: 212.415.5500; dance@92Y.org; 92Y.org/del; 92nd Street Y Dance Education Laboratory, 1395 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10128

DEL Summer Institute: Full-Day Intensive—92Y WonderDance Teacher Training: A New Early Childhood Dance Education
Sponsoring or producing organization: 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center
Dates: July 9-13
Location: 92nd Street Y, New York, NY
Fees/cost: $550 until July 2, $575 thereafter
Special requirements/prerequisites: None
Registration deadline: July 6
Description: The curriculum encourages learning through play, providing a stimulating, multi-sensory, and nurturing community for diverse young learners to discover their innate movement capacity. Become a WonderDance educator and help children develop self-awareness, kinesthetic understanding, self-confidence, and the joyful expression of their dancing heart and mind. With Ann Biddle, MA, and Deborah Damast, MA.
Contact: See previous entry.

DEL Summer Institute: Full Day Intensive—Language of Dance Fundamentals (Module 1, Part 2)
Sponsoring or producing organization: 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center
Dates: July 16-20
Location: 92nd Street Y, New York, NY
Fees/cost: $550 until July 9, $575 thereafter
Special requirements/prerequisites: Language of Dance Fundamentals, Module 1, Part 1
Registration deadline: July 13
Description: Explore and apply the Language of Dance (LOD) approach to dance education and movement practices that promote dance literacy and holistic learning. Investigate the LOD Movement Alphabet to experience and integrate Motif Notation in dance practices. Successful completion of this course leads to Language of Dance Fundamentals, Module 1 Certification. With Tina Curran, MFA, EdD, and Susan Gingrasso, MA, CMA.
Contact: See previous entry.

DEL Summer Institute: Morning Workshop—Constructivist Play in the Dance Class
Sponsoring or producing organization: 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center
Dates: July 23-27
Location: 92nd Street Y, New York, NY
Fees/cost: $185 until July 16, $200 thereafter
Special requirements/prerequisites: None
Registration deadline: July 20
Description: Constructivist dancemaking strategies demand creative higher-order thinking and a strong sense of personal commitment and engagement. Constructivist play in the dance class celebrates child-centered instruction, supports collaborative problem solving and risk taking, and gives dance teachers a unique perspective on their students. Develop innovative strategies for observation, analysis, and assessment. With Mila Parris, PhD.
Contact: See previous entry.

DEL Summer Institute: Afternoon Workshop—Dance Education and Technology
Sponsoring or producing organization: 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center
Dates: July 23-27
Location: 92nd Street Y, New York
Fees/cost: $375 until July 16, $400 thereafter
Special requirements/prerequisites: Laptops with iMovie, Audacity, and Photoshop Elements required.
Registration deadline: July 20
Description: Explore strategies to bridge technology and dance education. Investigate the creative processes enabled by new technology. Integrate dance technology into your classroom to redefine and transform the way you teach and learn about dance. No previous experience with technology is necessary.
Contact: See previous entry.

12th Annual Teacher Workshop
Sponsoring or producing organization: The Pulse on Tour and Broadway Dance Center
Dates: July 13-15
Location: Sheraton NY Hotel, New York, NY
Fees/cost: $390 through May 13, $400 thereafter
Special requirements/prerequisites: For studio owners, teachers, and assistants 18 and older
Registration deadline: June 6
Description: More than 50 classes in all styles of dance, taught by the Pulse faculty, Broadway Dance Center master faculty, guests, and industry specialists. Seminars for studio owners cover studio PR, website tips, business strategies, pre-dance ideas, increasing revenue in today’s economy, recital suggestions, retail training, and more.
Contact: 877-PULSE-01; info@thepulseontour.com; thepulseontour.com; The Pulse on Tour, 347 W. 36th St., Suite 1501, New York, NY 10018

Teacher Training Workshop
Sponsoring or producing organization: James Robey Jazz Dance Technique & Syllabus
Dates: July 16-20
Location: Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance, Ridgefield, CT
Fees/cost: Module fee only: $695. Module fee with syllabus (all 6 levels): $1,095. Discounted accommodations available at the West Lane Inn, Ridgefield.
Special requirements/prerequisites: None
Registration deadline: June 1
Description: Teacher Training Workshops provide a comprehensive, tactile experience of the Jazz Dance Technique & Syllabus™. Teachers learn the tools and techniques to pass on the exercises to their students in a stress-free environment with hands-on, in-depth explanations. Teachers electing to complete all three modules receive official certification.
Contact: jamesrobeydance@me.com; robeyjazzdance.com; James Robey, P.O. Box 615, Ridgefield, CT 06877 

Bill Evans Modern Dance Teachers’ Intensive
Sponsoring or producing organization: Saint Mary’s College of California
Dates: July 14-19
Location: Moraga, CA
Fees/cost: TBA
Special requirements/prerequisites: None
Registration deadline: June 15
Description: All courses are integrated by principles and methods that support individual growth and regeneration. Modern dance, rhythm tap, Bartenieff Fundamentals/Somatics, pedagogy seminars, Laban Movement Analysis, improvisation/composition. Faculty: Bill Evans, Don Halquist, Heather Acomb, Jenny Showalter. For established and emerging dance educators, including college dance education majors, and advanced modern dancers.  
Contact: 585.964.9196; billevansdance@hotmail.com; billevansdance.org; Bill Evans Dance Workshops, 6908 Benedict Beach, Hamlin, NY 14464

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Strength in Numbers

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Students apply finer points of technique learned at last summer's Cecchetti USA summer school in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Anthony Hawkesworth)

Dance teacher organizations—where to team up, share ideas, and be heard

Profile: Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey

Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey, a nonprofit educational organization for dance teachers and other dance professionals established in 1936, calls itself the “members’ organization.” Its board strives to keep a “little, friendly organization” feel while offering the best educational, networking, and collaboration opportunities possible to dance teachers, their students, and the New Jersey dance community.

ADTNJ was one of the first honorees to receive the United Dance Merchants of America “Dedicated to Dance” award, in October 2010. The award honors “organizations and/or people who have shown untiring, remarkable dedication to the dance industry and who have fulfilled the needs of dance studios and dance teachers through extraordinary means.”

ADTNJ’s mission is to

  • advance and improve the teaching of dance;
  • provide members with opportunities to network with fellow teachers to discuss ideas, problems, and conditions of their profession;
  • serve the membership by welcoming suggestions;
  • encourage integrity by setting the highest ethical standards for the profession;
  • encourage friendship and fellowship among members;
  • provide educational opportunities for dance educators and their students; and
  • ensure that every ADTNJ member is important and valued.

Upon acceptance, members receive certification that recognizes their proven ability as dance teachers. Thereafter they are governed by a strict code of professional ethics. 

ADTNJ provides scholarships for deserving students of its member teachers. The Senior Dance Scholarship, honoring past president Frances L. Chalif, is awarded annually to three high school students based on an audition. The Junior Essay Scholarship is awarded annually to 10 students.

The organization’s dance workshops, held in fall and winter, bring master classes to New Jersey (free for ADTNJ members and offered at a significant discount to their students). Some popular master teachers have included Debbi Dee, Frank Hatchett, Steve Sirico, Angela D’Valda Sirico, Sarah Jo Fazio, Deborah Mitchell, Patricia Dickinson, Jo Rowan, Mark Santoro, Pat Y-O, Sheila Barker, Rhonda Miller, and Mike Schulster.

Once a year, member teachers gather at the Networks seminar to discuss and share information on topics related to advancing and improving the art of teaching dance, as well as ideas about the dance studio business. Guest speakers, Q&A sessions, and other formats help members become better dance educators.

ADTNJ takes great pride in providing an environment of true camaraderie among its teachers. Many lifelong friendships can be traced back to membership in the organization.

The next workshop dates are October 16, 2011, and February 12, 2012. For more information, visit associateddanceteachers.com.

July Events

Chicago National Association of Dance Masters www.; 815.397.6051
cnadm.comEvent: Summer Dance Workshops
When: July 18-25
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Chicago/Oak Brook, IL
What: World-class faculty instruction for both teachers and students with core classes in tap, jazz, ballet, and modern, and specialty classes in hip-hop, ballroom, audition prep, partnering, and more.

Dance and the Child International USA www.; 940.369.7293
daciusa.comEvent: Breaking Boundaries, Creating Connections
When: July 12-15
Where: University of North Texas, Denton, TX
What: Daily multigenerational core classes, technique classes, classes in various dance genres and dance cultures, plus workshops and activities connecting to storytelling and the visual arts. Also features a symposium for classroom and dance teachers interested in interdisciplinary learning through dance and who wish to hone their skills at developing curriculum-integrated movement lessons.

Dance Council of North Texas www.; 214.219.2290
thedancecouncil.orgEvent: Taste Dance Addison Style
When: July 31
Where: Addison Conference and Theatre Center, 15650 Addison Road, Addison, TX
What: A program of diverse dance performances, since 2002.

Dance Educators of America www.; 914.636.3200
DEAdance.comEvent: Ballet Seminar
When: July 5-10
Where: Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
What: A workshop devoted to classical ballet and related subjects for serious students ages 10-18, geared to enhance their technique and knowledge while providing an overview of the time and work required for a career in classical dance.<!–

Event: National Competition and Workshop
When: July 11-16
Where: Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
What: National convention competition July 11-13, with the national workshop and banquet July 14-16.

Dance Masters of America www.; 866.956.4636
dma-national.orgEvent: National Convention
When: July 3-9
Where: Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, Orlando, FL
What: Convention classes with top faculty. Grand National Championship Competition includes solo titles and scholarship auditions totaling more than $200,000 in awards.

Event: Student Honors Intensive Program (SHIP)When: July 19-23
Where: State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
What: Advanced students ages 13-18 take class in ballet, jazz, tap, musical theater, and auditioning, and attend lectures about career dance opportunities.

Event: Teachers Training School (TTS)
When: July 25-29
Where: State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
What: An educational program of courses and classes for both beginning and longtime dance teachers.

National Association of Dance and Affiliated Arts Inc. www.; 414.353.8884
nadaa.comEvent: Summer National Conventions and Competitions
Where: Hanover Marriott, Whippany, NJ
When: July 7-9
What: Convention and competition for Greater New York Chapter #36

Event: Summer National Convention
Where: Country Springs Resort and Water Park, Waukesha, WI
When: July 15-17
What: Convention for Greater Midwest Chapter #37

Royal Academy of Dance www.; 661.336.0160
radusa.orgEvent: Royal Academy of Dance International Summer School
When: July 25-30
Where: California State University, Long Beach, CA
What: A six-day vocational graded syllabus intensive for students preparing for RAD examinations.

August Events

Cecchetti USA www.; 805.636.9444cecchettiusa.org 
Event: Summer School
When: August 7-13
Where: University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
What: Classes for students in the Cecchetti Syllabus Classes grades 4-7, majors 8-10, or Maestro Cecchetti Diploma. Non-syllabus classes in pointe work, variations, pas de deux, evening lectures and activities. Also, qualifying courses and exams for teachers.

Dance Council of North Texas www.; 214.219.2290
thedancecouncil.orgEvent: Summer Salsa
When: August 6, 13, 20, 27
Where: Beckert Park, 5044 Addison Circle, Addison, TX
What: Saturday night presentation with live salsa music and performances. Participants can learn to salsa dance free from 7pm to 8pm.

Royal Academy of Dance   www.; 661.336.0160
radusa.orgEvent: Introduction to the New Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate Examination Syllabuses Teaching Course
When: August 5-7
Where: Dallas, TX, and Falls Church, VA
What: From 2012, the RAD will replace its current Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate syllabuses with two new syllabuses that will challenge and inspire students technically, artistically, musically, and creatively.

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Strength in Numbers

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Dance teacher organizations—where to team up, share ideas, and be heard

Profile: Dance Council of North Texas
The Dance Council of North Texas (DCNT), a nonprofit founded in 1973, provides artistic, educational, and cultural opportunities to dancers, teachers, and professionals of all ages, races, and abilities through dance festivals, master classes, scholarships, professional recognition, adaptive dance programs, collaborations, and partnerships.

Strength and control go hand in hand when Orizon company members Tristan Hersey (left) and Luis Anzualda perform at Taste Dance: Addison Style.

Membership represents a huge cross-section of the dance world—dance fans, teachers, students, studios, schools, universities, dance-related businesses, individual artists, choreographers, professional companies, performers, and movement specialists. The organization provides services primarily to the North Texas area but also reaches across the nation through electronic media.

Originally called the Dallas Dance Council, the organization’s mission was to serve, support, and promote all aspects of dance and to encourage the dynamic presence of dance in the community. In 2009 the name was changed to DCNT to reflect a broader constituency and outreach.

DCNT continues to achieve its vision through its dedicated and energetic board of directors and volunteers. It receives funding through membership, individual donors, foundations, corporate sources, and from the city and state.

Since 1995 DCNT has reached beyond the confines of the studio and classroom to develop a wide range of annual dance programs that strive to create opportunities for the community to appreciate and experience dance. Programming is designed to increase awareness, provide access, foster dance education, encourage serious commitment to dance studies, communicate timely information about dance events, and provide avenues to enjoy, observe, and participate in all genres of dance.

In 2010 $30,000 in scholarships went to 30 outstanding dance students to attend distinguished summer dance programs, and also to three dance educators to attend professional development seminars. Adaptive dance programs provide classes to children with disabilities, senior citizens, and adults with neurological conditions.

Community partnerships are an important aspect of DCNT. The organization partners with Methodist Hospital in its annual Heart to Heart cardiology event, which promotes wellness and fitness. Dallas Summer Musicals is the partner for the weeklong National Tap Dance Celebration, offering free public showcases nightly with performances by more than 30 tap companies. DCNT collaborates with the town of Addison to produce a diverse program entitled Taste Dance: Addison Style, plus the town’s annual Summer Salsa workshops.

For the past 15 years DCNT has produced the Dance for the Planet Festival (now Dance Planet), the only community festival of its kind, with 24 master classes, a performance showcase by 80 dance groups, and 48 Pilates workout sessions, all free of charge. Dance Planet celebrates the diversity of dance in the North Texas community and helps expand artistic and cultural understanding.

DCNT also advocates for dance through its communication programs. The Dance Council circulates DANCE! North Texas, an award-winning quarterly publication featuring artistic, educational, and cultural opportunities, to 10,000 readers. CenterStage, a weekly electronic newsletter, keeps the public informed about performances, jobs, auditions, and other dance-related opportunities and activities. The organization’s website, thedancecouncil.org, is a haven for information about dance in North Texas.

Dance Council of North Texas 214.219.2290; thedancecouncil.org
Event: National Tap Dance Celebration
When: June 21-25
Where: Fair Park Music Hall, 909 First Avenue, Dallas, TX
What: Free performances by 30-plus tap companies honoring this original American dance form.

Dance Educators of America 914.636.3200; DEAdance.com
Event: National Title Competition deadline
When: May 2
What: All applications must be submitted by this deadline. The DEA National Title Competition is open exclusively to solos, male and female, at all age levels of competition: small fry, junior, preteen, teen, and senior.

Event: National competition NYC
When: June 30-July 2
Where: Manhattan Center, 317 West 35th Street, New York, NY
What: Adjudicated dance competition for students, including titles.

Event: Teacher training and certification
When: June 19-24
Where: American Musical and Dramatic Academy, 211 West 61st Street, New York, NY
When: June 29-July 4
Where: Flamingo Las Vegas, 3555 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV
What: Designed for young teachers establishing their teaching experience, the program also extends its reach to established teachers wishing to renew, revitalize, and advance their teaching methods in classical ballet, tap, classical/contemporary jazz, modern, and theatrical acrobatics.

Dance Masters of America 866.956.4636; DMA-national.org
Event: Jazz intensive program
When: June 30-July 2
Where: The Gaylord Palms Hotel, 6000 West Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, FL
What: A new three-day program for serious jazz students ages 13 to 23.

Event: Ballet intensive program
When: June 30-July 2
Where: The Gaylord Palms Hotel, 6000 West Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, FL
What: A three-day program for serious ballet students ages 13 to 23.

Dance Teachers Club of Boston 617.924.0444  Danceteachersclubofboston.com
Event: Scholarship auditions
When: May 7
Where: Jean Paige School of Dance, 1485 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA
What: This year, three scholarships will be awarded to a 2011 high school graduate entering college with a major or minor in dance—the Lilla Frances Viles Scholarship, the National Dance Council Scholarship, and the Laura Linscott Scholarship.

National Association of Dance and Affiliated Arts, Inc. 413.538.2432 nadaa.com
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Greater New England Chapter 20 national convention and competition
When: June 24-26
Where: Sheraton Bradley, Windsor Locks, CT
What: Classes with top faculty and competition.

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DanceLife TV | Road Adventure (Day 3)

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Join the DLTV crew on the bus as they journey to everything dance across North America. In this episode get some behind the scenes footage of our visit with Vicki Sheer at the Dance Educators of America convention in Richmond, Virginia.

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DanceLife TV | The Matriarch of DEA with Vicki Sheer

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The matriarch of Dance Educators of America, Vicki Sheer has been a leader in the national dance community for decades. DLTV journeys to Virginia to catch up with Vicki at one of her conventions, where she reminisces about the good old days and shares her frank opinions on dance and teaching in the 21st century. Her words vary from thought-provoking to humorous, with stops everywhere in between.

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Crash Course in Credentialing

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Deciphering the alphabet soup of dance teacher certification

By Lisa Traiger

DEA, DMA, NDEO, RAD, CDTA, Cecchetti USA—it’s an alphabet soup out there for studio owners and dance teachers seeking certification.

Anyone can hang a shingle on a storefront or put up mirrors in the basement of a private home and open a dance studio in the United States or Canada. But as experienced dancers, teachers, and studio owners recognize, not all dance teachers know what they’re doing. That’s where certification and accreditation can help—but only if studio owners and teachers are willing to take the time and expense to seek training.

In the United States, depending on where you live, the person who oversees your business’ bookkeeping must be licensed, as must your barber, your plumber, and your child’s English teacher. But no single board, organization, or agency oversees dance teachers. “I’ve seen kids who are 5 or 6 years old put into pointe shoes,” says Charles Kelley, director of the teacher training programs for Dance Educators of America. “Their feet are deformed, and by the time they’re adults, they’ll have back and other problems.”

One dance teacher from California, who asked to remain anonymous, says, “As dance teachers who are well qualified, we are always fighting the dance student who comes out of high school and whose father puts out a shingle and opens a studio [for her].” Parents might choose the school for its convenience, she says, “but we want parents to understand that it would be better for them to drive across town to a more qualified studio.”

While certification and accreditation are useful marketing and publicity tools, they offer more than a fancy logo for a studio brochure. Many dance membership organizations provide both introductory and advanced teacher-training workshops and institutes that cover nuts-and-bolts information as well as the latest in science, technology, pedagogy, and artistry. But with a half-dozen or more dance organizations and training opportunities to choose from, how should a teacher decide?

Dance Masters of America
“We encourage young teachers, even those with dance degrees or professional experience, to seek out certification programs that suit their needs and interests,” says Mimi Costa-White, a second-generation dance teacher and studio owner from Antioch, CA, who is national president of Dance Masters of America. To join DMA, one of the oldest dance organizations in the country, you must pass certification exams in the subject areas you teach. The exam, Costa-White explains, covers general knowledge of the genre and includes a practical exam given at the local chapter level. “We’re looking for people who understand the subject matter, are able to execute it, and have a strong ability to teach and love it.” Exams are arranged at local chapter meetings or, if there is no nearby chapter, at the national conventions.

For those who want more, advanced programs are offered in Buffalo, NY, and on the West Coast at the Teachers Training School. Costas-White explains: “The Teachers Training School is a graded masters in dance offered through DMA. It’s very in-depth training, equivalent to university-level coursework, although it is not certified through a university.”

To maintain their certification, members of DMA must show proof of continuing education; for example, 10 hours of coursework yearly at a DMA function or institute.

Dance Educators of America
“There have always been run-of-the-mill dancing schools,” says DEA’s Kelley, who has taught jazz, tap, and acrobatics for more than 50 years. “That’s why DEA was founded.” To join the organization, Kelley says, you must take two written exams in any of the five basic subject areas: ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and acrobatics. The exams, which cost $55, are given at national and regional meetings and conventions. Candidates must be presently working in the dance teaching profession; if they pass the exams, they pay a membership fee of $155.

But to become certified requires a greater commitment: It takes three summer sessions of a week of full-time study in two genres at the teacher-training institute in Las Vegas to complete the different levels. The cost ranges from $750 to $900 depending on membership, early-bird rates, and other variables.

Kelley estimates that 700 teachers have completed the program in the past decade. He calls it a rigorous course: “They don’t just learn routines to teach; they learn how to teach. We also have a business management track about what to do to make your business better, how to make parents happy.” He adds that both newcomers to the profession and seasoned teachers seek DEA certification, and many return yearly for refresher courses after they’re certified. Although DEA does not require continuing education credits as a condition of membership, teachers who have passed exams are encouraged to renew and revitalize their teaching methods and abilities by working as floaters in the summer training program.

 “The teachers who have teacher training are able to break down a step, build a step up for the students. [They] know what’s appropriate for each age.” – Kimberly McEachern, Cecchetti USA

Royal Academy of Dance
Patty Ashby, the U.S. national administrator for the Royal Academy of Dance, advocates teacher training for obvious reasons. “You can be trained as a performer, but often that doesn’t equip a dancer to know how to work with young bodies and to understand development emotionally and physically,” she says. “We have a curriculum that is geared toward safe development of children. And it’s a tool so that parents can be fairly well assured that the teacher they are taking their child to has had teacher training.”

Focusing on ballet, RAD is recognized internationally with 5,898 registered teachers in 36 countries. And, as Ashby notes, RAD-certified teachers are always in demand. RAD offers a codified teaching syllabus, and students in the curriculum are graded at each level, providing appropriate, developmentally specific goals. Ashby suggests that teachers considering certification try an introductory workshop. A summer workshop is offered at Cal State Long Beach for $110 per daily course; i.e., $770 per seven-day course. The membership fee is $105 per year.      

A certified RAD teacher has worked with a mentor; completed modules on business, ethics, anatomy and pedagogy; and has been observed teaching in a studio setting by a teaching supervisor. Those interested in gaining greater depth in the RAD method can sign on for distance-learning programs and higher levels of certification with the faculty in the London office.

The program is completed in six modules, which are taken through part-time study over two years. Students are required to attend a one-week intensive study period each year. Successful students are awarded the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies and are eligible for Registered Teaching status, which grants them permission to enter student candidates for examinations.

Though currently there is no continuing education requirement, Ashby says, “Our faculty of education in London is developing a professional development series of courses that will require teachers to do follow-up.”

Ashby emphasizes that RAD’s teacher-training program is not solely based on teaching the student syllabus. “Our certification is geared toward teacher training, not toward the RAD syllabus. In order for RAD teachers to remain registered, they must enter students in the exams. If they are not able to, they may suspend their membership and reactivate it later, but we may require a refresher course.” She notes that RAD is a method of teaching, not a specific style of ballet.

Cecchetti USA
Cecchetti USA offers another method of ballet training, says Kimberly McEachern, a Cecchetti-certified teacher for six years and a member of Cecchetti USA. With five exams to prepare teachers to work with children from early childhood through a professional diploma, Cecchetti USA also offers graded exams for students.

McEachern, who owns two studios in Huntington Beach and Costa Mesa, CA, notices a marked difference in the ability of her teachers who are certified and those who are not. “I have several teachers who have professional performing experience, but the teachers who have teacher training are able to break down a step, build a step up for the students. Those teachers know what’s appropriate for each age and also have some knowledge of anatomy and physiology to train dancers safely.”

Courses are held regularly throughout the United States on local and national levels. A course of study takes about three years to rise through the ranks and apprentice with a teacher.

National Dance Education Organization/National Registry of Dance Educators
For teachers seeking another path to professional development, the National Dance Education Organization works with the National Registry of Dance Educators to offer a Registered Dance Educator credential. “The RDE is a portfolio analysis that looks at the candidate as a total person, looking at leadership and service to the field as well as teaching expertise,” says Jane Bonbright, a former ballet teacher and NDEO’s executive director. “You can get a degree in dance but not be a very good teacher.”

The RDE differs from other certifications because it is not genre specific and will serve professionals who teach less common styles, including Asian and African dance. Bonbright describes it as an umbrella licensure that requires knowledge of childhood educational practices that enable teachers to teach developmentally appropriate material. It also requires knowledge of dance science and medicine so that one can teach to each person’s physical capabilities, as well as the study of ethical business and educational practices. The latter, Bonbright says, protects instructors and their students from unsafe and unethical practices.

Registered Dance Educators are required to seek continuing education and professional development on a regular basis and they are reviewed every five years to ensure that they maintain appropriate teaching standards.

Elsa Posey (see “No Wilting Flower,” page 44) believes in the efficacy of voluntary accreditation to professionalize the field and move the study of dance away from physical education and recreation departments and into the realm of an art. Posey, a school owner for 55 years, asserts that teaching dance is “a cultural and artistic endeavor rather than just entertainment. You’re not only teaching physical skills, you’re also teaching ethics, aesthetics, cultural awareness, dance science. I don’t want my students to just execute a step but to understand what they’re doing and why.”

Becoming an RDE involves more than attending workshops: “It’s a self-evaluation process,” says Posey. “Prospects submit a portfolio and their peers evaluate it.” Aside from education credentials in dance, the portfolio includes teaching and performing experience, service to the community, membership and participation in other dance organizations (like DEA, DMA, and RAD), a video of the prospect’s teaching, and a thorough self-evaluation of her work and goals. Each portfolio, like each candidate, is different, and the process is completely self-directed. That means that it can take place anywhere one can find a mentor who is approved by national NDEO/RDE members. It can take one to three years to complete and is as valuable for recent college graduates as it is for experienced teachers.

Is certification worth the effort? “Most dance teachers I know,” Posey says, “do an excellent job with their students. But we can all do better and we can all benefit from recent brain research and new teaching methods in the education and scientific fields.”

Canadian Dance Standards
Sarah Reis, who started Canadian Dance Standards just three years ago, agrees that certification is worthwhile. She has a master’s degree in education, in coaching studies, focused on teaching dance. Like in the United States, Reis notes, no licensure is required to teach dance in Canada. CDS offers two-, four-, and five-day course modules on pedagogy, anatomy, psychology, dance history, and choreography for new and experienced teachers. Teachers are required to do one course per year; courses vary in length from two to four or five days. Most of the courses are held in British Columbia.

Reis also requires basic certification in first aid. “There are teachers out there who are self-trained and have a lot of potential to do harm to children,” she says. “I would like to increase the standards for all dance teachers.”

Which organization is best? Most dance teachers agree that it remains up to each individual to select the program that best suits her needs. While many dance studio owners and dance organization leaders are in favor of certification, most prefer no government oversight of dance teaching standards. As Posey notes, “A dance specialist in the public sector is responsible for the education of the whole child. We [studio teachers in the private sector] are looking at each dance student individually and are responsible to their parents.”

Certification and Training Programs on the Web

Canadian Dance Standards: www.canadiandancestandards.com
Canadian Dance Teachers Association: http://cdtanational.ca/   (Features branches in Vancouver, British Columbia, Toronto, Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and the Atlantic Provinces)
Cecchetti Council of America: www.cecchetti.org
Cecchetti USA: www.cecchettiusa.org
Dance Educators of America: www.deadance.com
Dance Masters of America: www.dma-national.org  (Includes chapters in Canada)
National Dance Educators Organization: www.ndeo.org
National Registry of Dance Educators: www.ndre.org
Royal Academy of Dance: www.radusa.org  (Based in London, with chapters in the United States, Canada, and other countries)

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