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ISTD higher level dance teaching qualifications

Posted on November 1, 2011

In January 2012, the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) will launch three new accredited qualifications: the Level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy, a Higher Education conversion route to the BA (Hons) in Professional Practice: Dance Education, and the MA in Professional Practice: Dance Technique Pedagogy. These qualifications are aimed at those holding an initial dance teacher qualification as well as professional dancers looking to change career.

In the Level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy, teachers will use their existing knowledge and experience to develop their pedagogic skills within a specific genre, refine transferable skills and enable progression within employment and between sectors.  It focuses on an in-depth knowledge of dance teaching and is delivered through a personally tailored training programme.

The BA (Hons) in Professional Practice: Dance Education sees a collaboration between the ISTD and Middlesex University through their Institute for Work Based Learning. This option will provide experienced dance teachers with the opportunity to develop their own practice and professional career, receive Higher Education acknowledgement for their prior experience and achieve a BA Honours degree validated by Middlesex University.

The MA in Professional Practice: Dance Technique Pedagogy is a continuation of the collaboration between the ISTD and Middlesex University and is aimed at experienced dance teaching practitioners who wish to develop their teaching practice within the area of dance technique pedagogy and receive Higher Education acknowledgement for their expertise.  It is designed to allow applicants who wish to engage with Masters level study to reflect on and extend their existing knowledge base, to focus on their own development as a practising educator through critical reflection, and to advance their own practice.

If you would like to find out more about ISTD advanced dance teacher education, please visit the Courses and Training section at www.istd.org.

Words: Laura Dodge

 

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Now acting editor of Discover Britain magazine, she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success.

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