In Aprl 2016, the IDTA launched the new Level 4 Diploma in Dance Teaching. This qualification is not to replace the Freestyle Associate but can be obtained as an additional qualification to fit in with establishments requirements depending on what you want to do :
This qualification is a government accredited qualification, equivalent to the first year of a degree and internationally recognised. You see, although in the dance world we may be familiar with association qualifications such as the Associate level which allows us as dance teachers to enter students in for examinations, some academic establishments may not understand this specific framework hence the Level 4 Diploma.
If wanting to apply for dance teaching jobs in other establishments such as leisure centers or in schools as an extra curricular activity then this qualification will also mean that you have studied the health and safety behind teaching dance and you will be able to obtain adequate insurance.
With much changes to the education system in the UK with many high schools now switching to an academy it was evident that this qualification was now needed.
As a DanceMode dance teacher training lecturer I felt is was necessary to go through the process myself in obtaining this qualification so we can give advice and guide our elite graduates in the development of their careers as dance teachers.