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IDTA Exams – the best way to become a dance teacher in London


Since launching Teachdance I’ve had the pleasure of discussing dance teacher training with several of you who want to become a dance teacher.

There seems to be a pattern in the fact that a number of dancers are confused about which dance teaching qualifications to take? Which ones are recognised by schools? And probably the most popular question – which dance teaching qualifications allow you to enter children for amateur IDTA (International Dance Teacher Association) exams?

When I was deciding which dance teaching qualification to take, it was a pretty simple choice as there was only one around. However there are now so many London dance teacher training companies claiming to offer ‘recognised’ dance teacher qualifications? No wonder it is hard for you to decide which one is right for you.

It is now the third week back at J’s Dance Factory (the dance school). The dance teachers are busy preparing the students for their IDTA exams. These are a series of amateur exams that children and young people can take whilst they attend part-time dance school. Exams are a great way of children and parents keeping track of progress.

J’s Dance Factory IDTA exam awards presentation

In March 2012 J’s Dance Factory will be hosting an awards presentation where the children will be able to collect their medals and certificates. This gives the children a great sense of achievement and slowly introduces them to the world of professional dance teacher qualifications and IDTA teacher training which they can start aged sixteen. If they persevere with their amateur IDTA exams it should cut out the need for them to have to use a dance teacher training company as they will complete their professional dance teacher training with us at J’s Dance Factory.

It is more important than ever for dance teachers to be appropriately qualified. Over half the dance teaching jobs in London advertised online ask for formal dance teacher training, or a professional dance teaching qualification.

If you want to become a dance teacher you need to make sure you have the right skills and qualifications to gain employment and are setting an example to your young students by gaining the right qualifications. Likewise if you want to set up a dance school your school will be more desirable to parents if you are a qualified IDTA teacher and your school offer the students the opportunity to take IDTA exams. IDTA exams also create extra income for you as a dance teacher; so you can increase your earnings.

Happy Birthday J’s Dance Factory – Anything is Possible


Today is my 24th Birthday! Why is that Significant? Well four years ago today my life changed forever because I launched my own dance school. I wanted to enable local children to access quality and affordable street dance classes. At the time it was 13 children in a local church hall and a CD player. Not much but it was mine and that was the best part. I became my own boss. Upon graduating I began to grow the company but I never in my wildest dreams thought by year four I would have achieved so much.

Four years on I am proud to tell you that I am an award winning young entrepreneur with four dance schools, 230 children regularly attending Saturday classes. I’ve been featured in several National newspapers, on television and gained recognition as a leading ‘young entrepreneur’ in London. Two years ago I also launched my second dance company Dancing After School which has enabled me to make it possible for thousands of children across London to access dance within their school environment as well as empowering teachers and school staff to deliver quality dance sessions for their students.

It was a real struggle to run a growing company whilst at university full time. Trying to study, write a dissertation, carry out work placements and keep customers happy. I honestly do not know how I did it at times…in fact I do: sheer determination, a lot of hard work and support from family and a few friends.

The biggest hurdles I had to overcome were:

  • Being young: Some people don’t take you seriously
  • Funding: Lack of cash to set up
  • Lack of business knowledge/experience
  • Lack of confidence

Over the coming weeks I would like to share with you how I overcame these problems to help you on your way in your own dance business ventures.

But for today this post is a true Thank you to everyone who has been involved with J’s Dance Factory over the past four years, a celebration of the thousands of children who continually benefit from the school and a message to you to say that I am living proof that anything is possible! Aim high, dream big and get the right qualifications and help to get you on the right road!

Dance Teaching Qualifications

The use of the internet and social media has made it possible for so many dance companies to sell teaching courses to dancers that they have developed themselves; with no professional body or accreditation attached. Some of these courses use the term ‘government accredited’ ? You need to find out exactly what they mean by this? Due to the vast number of courses out there it makes it difficult for you as a dancer when trying to establish which course to take to benefit you. You want a course that will give you the professional progression and business model you need to develop a dance business or gain employment in education institutions or leisure facilities and demand the wage that you are worth. Your teaching qualification is a huge investment. You need to get the facts about the course before you part with any cash. So I’m here to help!

Your dance teacher qualification needs to give you the knowledge and the status to achieve your dream whether that be working in schools, teaching classes to adults in gyms or setting up a dance school for children. You need to make sure that any money you invest for training can be made back as a result of you having the qualification. Some of these companies base their qualification on a franchise opportunity with the company in question. Yes, buying a franchise dance school is often a fantastic and virtually risk free option but surely you want you want a choice? The qualification also needs to make you money without too much more financial outlay and give you the option to ‘go it alone’ if you wish.

I found it really difficult choosing a dance teacher training course as there was not much advice out there giving overviews on the courses and I simply did not know what to look for. So now knowing what I know I want to help you make informed decisions that will boost your career or business venture.

This video report takes you through the questions you need to ask when booking onto a dance teacher training course.

  1. WHAT-will you learn
  2. WHO- Will you be taught by/who is the qualification accredited by
  3. WHEN-will you be qualified
  4. HOW-Can you use the qualification to generate income
  5. WHERE-can it take you- can you gain employment/set up a business

Watch it NOW to avoid making an expensive mistake! If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.


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