Emma Benjamin, our main teacher at Dorking School of Dance has recently passed her Licentiate grade in teaching. Like most other dance teachers, Miss Benjamin was already fully qualified as a professional dance teacher with the I.S.T.D. (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing) with her Associate qualification (A.I.S.T.D.).
Not many teachers attempt this difficult examination, and we are extremely proud that another teacher from the school has gained this high level of teaching.
Miss Evans (Principal), who herself has her L.I.S.T.D. dip, and I.S.T.D. examiner and who has originally taught by the Royal Ballet School in Richmond, is extremely happy with Emma's efforts and hard work.
The RSB team who run the Dorking Shcool of Dance now have three teachers with Licentiate qualifications, and the team continue to improve themselves to ensure all children are provided with the most current dance teaching methods.
We are very aware that to teach dance is not all about qualifications, and that a good dance teacher requires energy, enthusiasm and the ability to inspire children to achieve their best, whatever their natural ability. However, having higher qualifications gives the teacher an updated knowledge of what is required from each inidividual, and being able to further understand how to implement good teaching practice into everyday teaching.
There are many exam boards available to dance schools - the oldest ones are the ISTD and the RAD, both of which have their own examination levels.
The ISTD is renowned throughout the world for its qualifications and they start with:
DDI - entry level qualification for teaching dance
DDE - available for those who have already gained their DDI and who want to further their training to become a fully regulated dance teacher with the ISTD