Many Australians choose dancing as a recreational activity or as a professional field to pursue their career in.
Dancing isn’t just seen as an opportunity to move and improve one’s health but as a mean to creatively self-express and as a real contributing factor to social inclusion.
Dancing is therefore widely recognized as a valuable component of Australians’ lives and because of this, professionals in the field are in high demand.
Also, light entertainment, dance-based reality shows like Dancing with the Stars have proven the Aussie love for dancing goes above and beyond: the show has in fact run for 15 seasons with an average of 2 million people watching!
There are currently two nationally-accredited qualifications to work as an assistant dance teacher or in a dance studio and ballroom management.
CERTIFICATE III in Assistant Dance Teaching
It reflects the need to train professionals operating in various contexts in the private dance teaching industry, using judgment and relevant theoretical knowledge.
Graduates from this course will have developed dance analysis, composition and improvisation skills as well as being able to incorporate anatomy and nutrition principles and knowledge of history to the art’s practice.
They will know how to assist with dance teaching and applying musical ideals and listening skills, plan and deliver group exercise sessions and fitness programs.
They will know how to effectively manage diversity and work in an educational environment by promoting the physical wellbeing of the pupils, providing a safe environment and interacting appropriately.
From an organizational point of view, will design performance spaces, assist with production operations of live performances, apply ethical and legal regulations as well as be able to plan a career in the creative arts industry.
CERTIFICATE IV in Dance Teaching and Management
It reflects the role of professionals operating in a variety of dance teaching contexts. We are talking about individuals able to analyze and evaluate information from a variety of resources, apply solutions to a range of non-routine problems and may provide guidance and be responsible for the output of others.
Individuals graduating from the course will be able to plan and organise dance classes effectively and independently, teach a wide variety of dancing techniques (classical ballet, jazz dance, contemporary, tap dance as well as the Cecchetti Ballet method), design and develop learning programs, assessing competencies and setting goals.
They will be able to deliver creative teaching strategies and effective methods to manage a class and individual behaviour.
They will also be able to manage a small team, market a small business, solve technical issues with multimedia equipment, sharing industry information with colleagues, improving dance teaching skills through professional development opportunities and seeking feedback and constructive advice into own work performance.
Campus: Sydney and Melbourne
Attendance: full-time twice a week full-time
Course features (starting date, price and duration): subject to variations according to the enrolment period, course duration, holiday duration, selected city, selected school, enrolment costs and school supplies.
Payment: quarterly instalments
- English at an upper-intermediate level (equivalent to 5.5 IELTS)
- A High School Diploma
- Dance Fitness Instructor
- Dance Teacher – Short-term Skilled Occupation List
- Dancer or Choreographer – Medium and Long-term Strategic Skill List
Average hourly wage: $30 – 40
Average annual salary: $40,000 – 60,000
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