Teacher Training & Development
The importance of good teachers
The BBO knows just how important it is for anyone wishing to take dance classes to find a good teacher. The following paragraphs are based on the website statement of The Council for Dance Education and Training www.cdet.org.uk.
The choice of a dance teacher and school can be every bit as critical as the choice of a child’s primary and secondary education. A good well-informed dance teacher allows young dancers to follow their enthusiasm safely and to become more skilled and knowledgeable about the art form. Conversely, poor dance teaching can have a devastating effect on young dancers and can lead to permanent physical and/or emotional injury and kill their love of dance. Dancers and their families need to be sure that the teachers with whom they choose to learn to dance have been trained to the highest standard, that they understand the physical and emotional development of young people and that they can offer sound and reliable advice and guidance.
When choosing a dance teacher, it is important to make sure s/he is a member of one of the Awarding Bodies (Dance Teaching Societies) registered with the Council for Dance Education and Training (CDET). Teachers registered with the Awarding Bodies have demonstrated their commitment to the highest standard of professional practice by signing up to the Council’s Code of Professional Conduct for Teachers of Dance. The Awarding Bodies meet regularly under the Chairmanship of the Council to address issues of quality, progression, health and safety. The results of these discussions are relayed to the Awarding Bodies’ membership via their seminars and publications. Dance teachers who are members of one of the accredited Awarding Bodies and who teach an Awarding Body syllabus will provide young dancers with a developmental programme of study that will allow clear progression, achievable targets and precise reports on areas of strength and weakness. They will provide a sound foundation of dance study.
Dance Teacher using a syllabus.
Dance Teaching Qualifications in your chosen Dance Genre
Level 3: IntroductoryDiploma in Dance Teaching
Dancers aged 18+ who hold Intermediate Foundation or its equivalent in their chosen dance genre may progress steadily from Level 3 which gives a qualification as an assistant dance teacher to full teacher status at degree Level 6 in three years of part-time courses.
PTLLS Level 4: Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector
Threshold qualification for FE, HE and Vocational Dance Schools.
Level 4: Diploma in Dance Teaching
Applicants who are already teaching dance, or who are ex-professional or professional dancers contemplating a career move to teaching dance, may qualify for exemptions from units of Level3 and 4 courses. Each individual is different, but applicants’ Accredited Prior Learning (APL) or Accredited Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) are taken into consideration with exemptions from specific units of the course and consequent reductions in the course fees.
Level 6: Diploma in Dance Teaching
Enables candidates to teach in FE, HE and Vocational Dance Schools and to apply for the legally recognised Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) Status. This has parity with the QTS qualification, enabling holders of Level 6 to teach in state maintained schools.
If you wish to further your career in teaching dance contact the BBO Education Department now at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Special features of BBO’s Teaching Qualification Programmes
BBO courses are part-time with work-friendly schedules based on weekends and holiday periods throughout the year.
There are no hidden costs or extras.
Fees may be paid in instalments and applicants may be eligible for loan/government grants.
Sessions are taught by experts who are highly regarded in their field.
There is individual mentoring by email, Skype, telephone and face-to-face tutorials.
BBO supports its qualified teachers after graduation. See our Events Page for Continuing Professional Development opportunities.
Accreditation of Courses
BBO is an Awarding Organisation recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) and its courses are listed on their Regulatory IT System (RITS).
All BBO's Teaching Qualifications are on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) and the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).
BBO Level 3 Introductory Diploma in Dance Teaching
Ofqual No. 600/4310/6
BBO Level 4 Diploma in Dance Teaching
Ofqual No. 600/4306/4
BBO Level 6 Diploma in Dance Teaching
Ofqual No. 600/5677/0
BBO Level 4 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS)
Ofqual No. 600/7168/0
We have "Excellence in Teacher Training" status through Loncett at the Institute of Education.
The Institute for Learning stated that the BBO’s Level 6 Diploma in Dance Teaching is "Outstanding"
Total cost of the entire course at each level:
Course fees are inclusive of materials, mentors, tutors, exams and all sessions at the Teaching Centre. Annual Student Teacher Membership for the duration of study is also included.
Please note that there are 5 units at each level. If candidates are fast-tracked through a unit due to prior knowledge or experience they will not have to pay for the unit unless validation assessment is necessary for compliance. In these circumstances an exam assessment charge may occur.
Please contact Headquarters for further information:
Telephone: 020 8237 7011
Continuing Professional Development
As the courses are delivered in units, it is possible to gradually add to the units as time and finance permit to gain credits towards a qualification. Units may be taken for professional interest, as part of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Units of Level 3 course that are of particular interest for CPD are:
3.2: Health, Safety and Safeguarding
3.4: Technical Theory and Music for Dance
Units of Level 4 that are of particular interest for CPD are:
4.2: Methodology of Dance Teaching
4.4: Assessment Strategies; QA; Student Reports and Risk Assessment
Units of Level 6 that are of particular interest for CPD are:
6.1: Bio-medical Considerations in Dance Teaching
For applications for courses please email email@example.com or call 020 8237 7011 to register your interest.