Q. I have seen this course advertised for a much greater price with other organisations, does this mean that their qualification is worth more?
A. If you are comparing courses for the IDTA Freestyle Associate then the qualification is the same whichever way you choose to train for it. We choose to keep our costs low as we know that starting out as a dance teacher can be a daunting prospect and there are other expenses such as your insurance and CRB to pay for - and we can afford to do this as we have great arrangements with our venues and a flexible approach to the way the training is provided. 

Q. Will I be able to teach in schools with this qualification?
A. This qualification will NOT give you QTS (qualified teacher status to teach curriculum in state schools) but with this certificate and a CRB (which can be arranged through the IDTA scheme once you are qualified) you will be able to work in schools running after school clubs, lunchtime / breakfast clubs, activity days, workshops, show choreography and other non-curriculum activities. You will also be able to run your own private activities - classes, private lessons etc - or set up your own dance school if you wish.
Q. Why Freestyle? Is it just an easy option?
In a word - no! Freestyle suits this type of learning because of the creative element to the dance. You can devise your own choreography and there is far less set work to learn than with ballet or tap or even ballroom etc. Because of it's 'open' nature it also suits dancers of many backgrounds - our Associate trainees have included people from backgrounds as diverse as Bollywood, contemporary, ballet, Afro-Brazilian, dance fitness and ballroom dancing. However the syllabus should not be seen as an 'easy option' as it will cover musicality, safety, anatomy, class structure, syllabus work, exercises and the art of choreography. These are useful principles for dancers of all techniques.
Q. What are the benefits of an IDTA qualification?
A. It is internationally recognised and the association is one of the largest in the world. Members have many benefits such as free seminars, publications and discounted rates to other events and products. Once qualified you will be eligible for full membership of the Association and therefore able to train candidates for IDTA awards and hold medal tests and you will be eligible to apply for your liability insurance and CRB through their member schemes.
Q. Surely you can't train anyone to be a dance teacher in such a short space of time?
A. Of course we can't train just anyone. On application we will discuss your dance background and ensure that this course is right for you. We will expect that you have a dance background and a serious commitment to teaching. In the intensive sessions we will guide you through all you need to study for the exam but you will need to put in the time outside of these sessions to prepare routines, revise and compile a portfolio. You can then return to take your exam when you are ready - and how quickly you do that will be up to you - how confident you are and how much time you can put in to prepare. In recent courses we have added some follow up private tuition and a mock exam in order to help build confidence, check progress and ask for help with the independent study, which we believe is beneficial.
More information is available in our pack - email emma@ukdancenetwork.co.uk if you would like to be sent one or download it from the 'courses' page.