Teacher Training

Become a Ballroom & Latin Dance Teacher

Have you always dreamed of becoming a Ballroom and Latin dance teacher?

It is such a privilege to witness happiness of others at your work. As a dance instructor, you will not only teach your students how to dance but provide them with opportunities to find the joy of dance.

 

Unfortunately, finding a place to train and gain experiences in teaching Ballroom and Latin dances can be very hard. Green Bay Ballroom's teacher training program is designed to provide a solution to this problem.

If you love to dance and want to pursue it as your career, learn more about our program and see how we can help you become an effective Ballroom and Latin dance instructor.

Are you Ready to Take Your First Step?

If you hope to become a Ballroom and Latin dance teacher, your first step is to prepare and train yourself as an effective dance teacher. From our teacher training program, you will learn 17 different dances and how to teach these dances.The program is divided into 4 sections taking our trainees through the Dance Vision International Dancers Association (DVIDA) Bronze syllabus. Sessions begin quarterly and our trainees can take them in any order.

 

This program has not prerequisites; it is open to dancers of any level which means no prior dance experience is required to join. Thus, our teacher training program is a great learning tool for dancers who are considering a career as a dance teacher or who want to improve their dancing skills.

In our Teacher Training Program, you will learn:

  • The 17 dances of the DVIDA Bronze Syllabuses

  • Technical elements of all 17 dances

  • Musical elements of all 17 dances

  • How to dance as both Leader and Follower

  • How to teach all 17 dances
  • How to teach private and group lessons
  • Possible internship opportunities at Green Bay Ballroom dance studio

Schedule of Teacher Training Classes

Green Bay Ballroom's Teacher Training program is ongoing, with new sessions starting every four months. The entire program is divided into four sections and you can begin with any section and complete the entire program in 16 months.

 

BRONZE BALLROOM (SMOOTH)

: Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango

January ~ April 2021|Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:00 - 10:00pm

Learn how to dance and teach Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, and Tango.

BRONZE INTERNATIONAL LATIN

: Chacha, Samba, International Rumba, Paso-Doble, and Jive

May ~ August 2021Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:00 - 10:00pm

Learn how to dance and teach Chacha, Samba, International Rumba, Paso-Doble, and Jive.

BRONZE RHYTHM

: Chacha, American Rumba, Mambo, Bolero, Swing

September ~ December 2021Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:00 - 10:00pm

Learn how to dance and teach Chacha, American Rumba, Mambo, Bolero, and Swing.

BRONZE SOCIAL

: Salsa, Bachata, and Hustle

January ~ April 2021|Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:00 - 10:00pm

Learn how to dance and teach Salsa, Bachata, and Hustle.

Attendance

 

This is a professional level course, and we cover a lot of material at a fairly fast pace. Missing class is not advised, as you can easily fail behind. If you do have to miss a class, you can generally arrange to work with one of the other teacher trainees to help you catch up. You can also schedule private lessons with your instructor (for an additional private lesson fee) to make up any work you miss.

Class Times & Exam Schedule

Classes are held at Green Bay Ballroom dance studio on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00pm to 10:00pm.

 

Exams are scheduled to be held during regular class times. If you miss an exam, you may schedule a make-up exam with your instructor (for an additional private lesson fee).

 

 

Practice

Each class meets a total of 4 hours a week per section.

Most teacher trainees spend quite a. bit of time every week studying the material and practicing what they have learned. Though the amount of outside time varies greatly from person to person, please expect to commit one hour of study time for every hour your spend in class (about four hours of study time per week).

Becoming a dance teacher takes dedication and practice.

Materials

The DVIDA Manuals (please see Schedule above for which manual is required for each session). The accompanying DVIDA videos are recommended, but optional. The DVIDA Bronze Manuals and videos are available from Dance Vision, and may be ordered online at www.dancevision.com, or by calling 1-800-851-2813.

Tuition

Tuition is currently $450/month. Please note that tuition will be increased every May to reflect the current market.

Tuition is due the first class of each new month. Teacher trainees who make a late tuition payment will be accessed a $15 late fee. Tuition can be paid online at www.greenbayballroom.com/membership.

Shoes

All teacher trainees will be expected to have proper dance shoes by the first class meeting. This is not an arbitrary aesthetic or fashion consideration. To teach dance, you need the "right tool for the job," and proper dance shoes are literally the foundation for your dancing.

There are different styles of dance shoes for different styles of dancing, but most GBB teacher trainees wear a basic "practice shoes," a practical and durable suede-soled dancing shoes that are made to be comfortable and wearable for long periods. Some teacher trainees wear flashier shoes or high heeled dance shoes, but this is a matter of personal preferences.

You can purchase dance shoes from any dance shoes retailers. If you would like our catalog, please contact us at (920)249-7773 or greenbayballroom@gmail.com.

Expectations of Teacher Trainees

Presentations

 

Because this is a teaching class, there is a strong emphasis on presentation. You will be expected to present material to the class on a regular basis. You may be asked to demonstrate a figure or to present a brief history of a specific dance. Don't worry, we hand out assignments in advance, so you will have plenty of time to prepare.

Dancing Both Roles

In order to teach a specific dance or figure, you need to be able to articulate and demonstrate both the leader's and follower's part. We spend equal time in class working on both parts, and every teacher trainee is expected to dance with every other teacher trainee as both leader and follower, regardless of gender. This is standard practice for professional dance instruction.

 

 

Practice

Each class meets a total of 4 hours a week per section.

Most teacher trainees spend quite a. bit of time every week studying the material and practicing what they have learned. Though the amount of outside time varies greatly from person to person, please expect to commit one hour of study time for every hour your spend in class (about four hours of study time per week).

Becoming a dance teacher takes dedication and practice.

Student Benefits

Additional Training

 

Your tuition entitles you not only to the GBB Teacher Training course itself, but also to any GBB classes or workshops at our studio (during the time your membership status is active). At Green Bay Ballroom dance studio, you get free admissions to all of our group classes and workshops (where you are required to fill in as leader or follower as needed), and social dance parties.

A complete list of classes and workshops can be found at www.greenbayballroom.com/events

When you complete one of the GBB's Teacher Training Programs (taking all of the exams and handing in all of the homework) you will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Green Bay Ballroom. This is a valuable accomplishment, and it will serve as a wonderful credential for your dance resume. However, the GBB Certificate of Completion is different than professional certification.

What is Professional Certification?

 

In the dance industry, professional certificates are granted to dancers to submit themselves to a standardized exam from one of the accredited organizations, and who pass that exam satisfactorily. A credential from any of these organizations is an asset to your career.

The certification exam for which we prepare you at the GBB is the Dance Vision International Dancers Association (DVIDA) certification. We base our teacher training curriculum on the DVIDA syllabus and exam structure.

Employment Opportunities

The Green Bay Ballroom dance studio offers teacher trainees opportunities to assist classes and frequently offers teaching positions to top graduates of the Teacher Training Program, based on the needs of the studio at that time.

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