FYI | Master Teacher Program Relaunches

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Looking for a leg up in the dance studio business? Consider becoming a Registered Dance Educator. The National Dance Educators Organization recently relaunched its RDE accreditation program, which vets and promotes master dance teachers.

The National Dance Educators Organization will vet and promote master dance teachers through its newly relaunched Registered Dance Educator accreditation program.
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RDE accreditation is open to all dance educators teaching in private studios, as well as pre-K–12 schools, colleges and universities, community and cultural centers, and performing arts organizations. To qualify, candidates must have at least 10 years of teaching experience and be NDEO members.

Besides reinforcing dance education standards, accreditation is designed to publicly recognize skilled dance educators and give them a competitive edge. Accreditation—which is equivalent to the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards certification in K–12 education—may help dance educators in the K–12 sector earn an endorsement in dance.

Candidates must complete a two-part online application that includes information on their dance training and teaching experience, and upload a portfolio and video. Visit