Teachers Training School
Program

 

 

The Dance Masters of America Teachers Training School Program is a multi-grade, multi-year program. Attendees are not permitted to accelerate without completing each Grade Level and the entire program Grade I through Grade IV must be competed within a seven-year time frame.


GRADE I (All first time attendees)

Grade I,  focuses on the curriculum and teaching skills for beginner and beginner/intermediate students.

 

GRADE II (Successfully completed Grade I)

Grade II,  focuses on the curriculum and teaching skills for intermediate level student.


GRADE III (Successfully completed Grade I and Grade II)

Grade III,  focuses on the curriculum and teaching skills for advanced/intermediate and advanced student.

 

GRADE IV (Successfully completed Grade I, Grade II and Grade III)

Grade IV,  The fourth year allows the attendees to take required and optional classes, review the material taught and take the Dance Masters of America Teachers Training School Examination of their chosen discipline(s).


ADVANCED

Is an attendee who has successfully completed Grade I, Grade II, Grade III and Grade IV without testing.


ASSOCIATE

Is an attendee who has successfully completed Grade I, Grade II, Grade III and Grade IV curriculum successfully passing a minimum of 2 Core Subject examinations. Associates receive a Dance Masters of America Teachers Training School Certificate of Achievement.


GRADUATE

Is an attendee who has successfully completed Grade I, Grade II, Grade III and Grade IV curriculum successfully passing a minimum of 4 Core Subject examinations. Graduates will receive a Dance Masters of America Teachers Training School Diploma.

 

POST GRADUATE

A graduate of the Teachers Training School who returns to advance their dance training and teaching skills throught the Advanced Curriculum and/or audit Special Study Courses in the Masters in Dance Direction Program without credit.

 

Core Examinations are those TTS Examinations in Tap, Ballet, Jazz and Modern. How much dancing is involved in the program is a question frequently asked. Attendees dance in just about all of their classes but the emphasis is not on the improvement of your own personal technique but more importantly on the teaching techniques required to teach the material presented in the classroom. Attendees are required to participate in class and to keep a notebook on hand to take notes when they learn something new or hear something that they think will aid them with their own students. Attendees learn and perfect their teaching skills by performing them in class, often by working with the other attendees. Besides the practical experience and dancing, classes are also supplemented with rap sessions, study guides, lectures, and demonstrative classes. For the Grade II attendee, TTS offers a unique learning experience. Attendees are given the opportunity to teach students (brought in by local DMA Member Teachers) and apply the teaching techniques they have learned. Constructive feedback is given by those assigned to critique the class, teacher to teacher. The critique will not only aid the attendee who gave the class but also those who viewed the class exercise. All attendees will take the materials learned and the critique comments back home with them and incorporate them into their day-to-day teaching skills.


Teachers Training School is not a dance workshop or convention where one goes to dance as a “dancer”, improve your technique as a “dancer” or learn routines as a “dancer”. The Teachers Training School Program’s curriculum teaches the teacher how to teach. The program provides the knowledge and training to know what to teach a student at different age and technical levels, the correct way to do the step, what constitutes good technique, what common errors are made by both students and teachers, how to improve your student’s technical level, how to get your students to do those thing necessary to advance, and to incorporate the other things you learned at TTS, such as choreography, musicality, costuming, etc., into your everyday teaching so that your student will be better dancers.


Yes, at Teachers Training School you will be learning by taking class, you will be learning by participating in choreography and you will be learning by just dancing. However all of these activities will take on a whole new meaning to you because you will no longer be doing them just to improve your own dancing ability, you will be taking these classes as a Dance Educator. As a Dance Educator you will be able to pass on to your students:


  • Your ability to teach the skills and techniques you learned


  • Your ability to make the necessary corrections in poor technique and form • Your ability to teach your student the warm-ups you learned so that they can prevent injuries


  • Your ability to teach the floor progressions, and new combinations you learned to motivate your students throughout the year.