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Acrobatic Arts
Everything teachers need to know about proper placement and technique in AcroDance.
Acrobatic Arts starts at the very beginning; we teach instructors everything they need to know about proper placement and technique so their students will have the building blocks to progress safely and quickly from one level to the next. Acrobatic Arts Teacher Training and Certification courses provide extensive, hands-on training in spotting and progression so teachers leave feeling knowledgeable, confident and inspired to teach AcroDance!

Asia Pacific Dance Association (APDA)
Jazz Addict, Urban Ignition and La Beauté Ballet syllabi are fresh, comprehensive and structured curriculums for students of all ages and abilities to enjoy.
Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet
Jazzaddict is a comprehensive jazz dance syllabus catering from preschool level to Solo Seal. The syllabus also includes genres/styles of jazz, musical theatre, lyrical and contemporary. These complement eisteddfod and competition requirements well. Student choreography is incorporated at the higher levels to develop student initiative and creativity. Urban Ignition is a fresh, structured hip-hop syllabus program. Students can start learning from 6 years through to Solo Seal level. Crew choreography and student choreography is incorporated alongside technical exercises and amalgamations. La Beauté Ballet is a beautiful and enjoyable ballet syllabus, which honours the traditional technique of ballet whilst incorporating both classical and modern lyrical music ensuring it is relevant to the youth of today.

Australasian Dance Association (ADA)
ADA’s vision is to continue updating and refreshing the syllabus!
The ADA provides a syllabus that fosters excellence in Jazz, Tap Dance and Classical Ballet in a form that will take the dancer from their first steps to professional performance level. The ADA aims to create an environment of caring for its’ members to help them achieve their goals as teachers and the students to achieve their goals as recreational or professional dancers. The examination format of the ADA aims to give a fair, balanced and honest assessment to the teachers & students. It also enables senior students to gain qualifications as a dance teacher recognised throughout Australasia and the Asiatic region.

Australian Dance Institute (ADi)
A genuine holistic approach to nationally accredited vocational training qualifications for dance students and teachers, also recognising dance society examinations.
Vocational Dance Certificates and Dance Teaching & Management
With over 17 years experience in vocational dance education, ADi continues to improve its courses to better provide useful dance education in both schools and studios. ADi’s “open access” policy is an exciting and flexible concept to gain ADi Vocational Certificates covering not only life skills, nutrition etc but also laying down recognised pathways within genuine career safety nets, should a dance career prove problematic for any reason. Any regular school, dance school or studio offering dance studies can apply to become a “mapping” school. VET qualification automatically attracts higher scores towards secondary school certificates [depending state school education systems].

Australian Dance Vision (ADV)
“We not only aim to train young dancers and improve their self worth, but also future choreographers, teachers and dance arts administrators by providing future alternate career pathways ” Penny Lancaster – founder & curriculum director
ADV’s comprehensive assessment processes nurture students so they gain confidence and knowledge, not just technique, being examined against comprehensive benchmarks, not one student against another.
Students progress at their own pace encouraged towards broader approaches to their technical dance studies. Students can be graded or an assessment report and comment only – their choice – also complemented by external VET training from ADi. This approach provides students with other pathways to the potentially risky idea of solely pursuing the “prima ballerina” dream, a concept welcomed by progressive parents. ADV programs are taught in professional, positive and supportive learning environments that foster personal growth and expression, within a student-centric and supportive code of practice.

Australian Institute of Classical Dance (AICD)
Recently upgraded to reflect contemporary Australian dance teaching methods.
The AICD is a not for profit organisation that provides training, assessments and other services to classical ballet teachers and students. Our goal is to ensure that high quality classical ballet training is available to the broadest number of young Australian dancers possible. An integral part of the AICD approach is the Borovansky Syllabus.
The syllabus, originated from the school of Xenia Borovansky – the Russian-born wife of Edouard Borovansky, who came to Australia with the Covent Garden Russian Ballet in 1939. He went on to found the Borovansky Ballet Company – the precursor of the Australian Ballet. The Borovansky Syllabus, which has been upgraded by the AICD to reflect contemporary Australian dance teaching methods, caters for students from primary through to solo seal.

Classical Dance Australia (CDA)
A new and comprehensive approach to the training of young classical dancers.
Classical Dance Australia was established in 2015 by John Byrne to offer a new and comprehensive approach to the training of young classical dancers. The syllabus, DVD and CD of the Preparatory Syllabus have been completed and are available to teachers who attend scheduled courses. The training resource DVD’s will be available later in 2016 and early 2017. Work has begun on the next level of the syllabus for release in 2017. The Preparatory Syllabus, which includes pointe work, is suitable for girls and boys. It may be used, in whole or in part as a complement to other syllabi being studied, or as a stand alone syllabus complete in itself. If you cannot attend one of the courses, a course may be tailored for your school.
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The Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing (CSTD)
Allows for teachers and students to work in a creative environment.
The CSTD continues to offer inspiring, creative, and engaging syllabi. After 83 years of unparalleled dance training we not only offer contemporary and challenging work, but also allow for teachers and students to work in a creative environment. All the CSTD syllabi work on the philosophy of Education, Enjoyment, Encouragement, and Expression. CSTD offer exam syllabi in Theatrical and Performing Arts, Classical Ballet, Modern Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, and Ballroom. CSTD is known throughout the country as innovative and progressive and the new Theatrical and Performing Arts syllabus is a fine example. It is a huge success and is helping to develop the ‘triple threat’ performers of tomorrow. CSTD can offer Vocational and Educational Certification that compliments and recognises the CSTD syllabus work. CSTD is a dynamic and engaging Society and along with being one of the world’s great International Dance Societies is a leader in dance in the 21st Century. Find CSTD on Facebook and Instagram!

Education in Dance and Theatre Arts (EDTA)
A training system for young children to adults in which all Theatre Arts can be combined and studied.
The Association for Education in Dance and Theatre Arts Incorporated, a not-for-profit organisation, is dedicated to the promotion of Dance and Theatre Arts in Australia. EDTA offers a wide variety of dance and theatre arts syllabi that are designed for the very young student through to advanced levels. The facets offered by EDTA are Classical Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern Contemporary, Lyrical Ballet, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, European (Polish, Hungarian, Russian, Spanish and Highland), and Speech & Drama. The training incorporates precision and fine technique with the artistic finish demanded by professionals.

Just TAP
A new online video course, crafted with care and expertise to teach beginners the fundamentals of tap dance.
Just TAP makes tap dance easy & fun. It builds confidence & motivation to join a class, removing the fear of embarrassment, which for studio owners and teachers means:
1. More students (eager and ready to take their next steps).
2. More time (for the classes they want to teach).
3. More money (a generous commission for each of their students who does the course).
Its important to have a solid base of beginners, as these dancers become Intermediate and Advanced students.

Royal Academy of Dance (RAD)
Global leader in dance education and Continuing Professional Development for dance teachers.
The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is one of the world’s largest and most influential dance education and training organisations. Our examinations set standards for classical ballet worldwide and we are a global leader in dance education and continuing professional development for dance.
Founded in 1920 to set standards for dance teaching, initially within the UK, today the RAD has a presence in 83 countries and counts more than 1,000 students on our teacher training programs with the examination syllabus taught to thousands of young people each year.
RAD qualifications are endorsed in Australia by State awarding bodies for credits towards the Certificate of Education.
The Academy’s Faculty of Education is dedicated to meeting the needs of our current and future dance teachers by providing dance teacher education programs and qualifications either university validated or RAD professional awards. Registered teachers abide by the RAD Code of Conduct and Code of Professional Practice and are supported by continuing professional development courses.