New Dance Teaching & Learning Diploma Hits the Right Steps

More than 60 dance artists and practitioners have enrolled with four organisations who are amongst the first to offer training and mentoring programmes to prepare them to take the new qualification: Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning (Children and Young People).

Since its launch in autumn 2010, the diploma has quickly attracted interest from dance practitioners and artists working within a wide range of styles and settings. A first of its kind for dance artists and practitioners who wish to, or already, work with children and young people beyond statutory education and the private dance sector, the qualification provides evidence to employers and parents / carers that a dance practitioner has the expertise to offer a high quality experience of learning dance to children and young people, while allowing practitioners to prove their skills and knowledge and gain new skills. This is a major development which responds to the need for a larger skilled workforce in the children and young people’s dance sector, which has seen huge growth in recent years.

The course has been designed with dance professionals, to provide a flexible and accessible way of achieving a qualification. Students can study independently or with a training provider and the diploma is designed to meet the needs of dance artists and practitioners working in any genre, and at different stages of their careers. The Diploma will set a benchmark for dance artists and practitioners, and is based on key areas of study covering subjects including: teaching and learning in dance; professional knowledge of dance practice; critical reflection on dance teaching; teaching in practice.

Cath Wilkins, director of Gloucestershire Dance, described how the course is benefitting a practitioner she works with: “Annet has been working for Gloucestershire Dance for almost all of its 20 year history and is highly respected locally. The value of an accredited qualification for practitioners like Annet cannot be underestimated: not only will it refresh her practice, but it will evidence the quality of her work to potential bookers”.

Trinity College London has produced the new Diploma working closely with Youth Dance England on behalf of the dance sector consortium DTAP (Dance Training and Accreditation Partnership), which comprises some of the leading national dance organisations committed to building capacity and removing barriers to participation in dance outside of formal education.

The Diploma is one of the three complementary strands of DTAP’s work. The others are: the development of National Occupational Standards (NOS) for dance leadership, which are currently in the final stages of accreditation by the sector skills council Creative & Cultural Skills; and the research and establishment of a system of registration or recognition of practitioners’ competency to teach and lead participatory dance activity.

Individuals wishing to take the Diploma, or organisations wishing to become a training provider or registered centre should contact Trinity College London at www.trinitycollege.co.uk/DDTAL or email to dance@trinitycollege.co.uk

For more information on DDTAL (Children and Young People) visit www.trinitycollege.co.uk/DDTAL or contact Jane Packham on 020 7940 9805

Those wishing to receive regular news updates on DTAP’s work can subscribe on the DTAP website dtap.org.uk

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