With the explosion of dance, it is more important than ever to establish high teaching and ethical standards and to distinguish qualified teachers based on training, certification and experience.
Why Become Certified
Perhaps you have a few years experience as a dance teacher, and a following of students, and are wondering why you need to participate in a certification program. Today, there are more dance teachers than ever. It is sometimes hard for potential students to recognize the difference between you and other teachers. To remain competitive, you need as many ways as possible to set yourself up as a better, more recognized and respected teacher.
Knowledge is power. Because the dance industry is not license regulated, we professionals must take on the task of self-regulation and demand the highest standards for ourselves and the public. Employers will change and demand higher standards from their teachers when the public does; and the public will demand the change as they learn of the value of certification.
How To Become Certified
Certification is available through the Member Organizations of the National Dance Council. Below is a list of certifying organizations. Check the Directory section of our web site for the Member Organizations and learn more.
Certifying Organizations of the National Dance Council
- Arthur Murray International (AMI)
- Dance Teachers Club of Boston (DTCB)
- Dance Vision International Dancers Assoc. (DVIDA)
- Fred Astaire Dance of North America (FADS)
- National Dance Teachers Assoc. (NADTA)
- North American Dance Teachers Assoc., Inc. (NADTA)
- Pan American Teachers of Dancing (PAN AM)
- U.S. Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (USISTD)
- U.S. Terpsichore Assoc., Inc. (USTA)