DVIDA Professional Certification Preparation

What is Professional Certification?

In the dance industry, professional certificates are granted to dancers who 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 exams we prepare you for at the Steps To Dance studio are:

  • The Dance Vision International Dancers Association (DVIDA®) certification
  • The Ballroom Dance Teachers College (BDTC)

Why Should I Get Certified?

This Professional Certification process offers extraordinary benefits to dance teachers, deeply enriching their dancing and teaching, and greatly expanding their career opportunities.

“A DVIDA certified ballroom dance instructor has achieved an objective, national standard of professional excellence. Certified instructors have been through a rigorous examination process that tests their dancing, their teaching, and their kinesthetic knowledge of the technical aspects of each dance figure. Less than 5% of ballroom dance instructors are professionally certified; those that are demonstrate a true dedication to their students and to the art of ballroom dancing. They are the ultimate champions of the ballroom world.” — Diane Jarmolow,www.teachballroomdancing.com

Professional Certification shows to your students that you are dedicated to the high standards of excellence they deserve.

This program isn’t an “in house” training program – it prepares you for an Internationally recognized certification which will give you the confidence to take your students further and faster.

  • Become a Better Teacher
    Becoming a dance teacher is more involved than being able to “show people some moves”. The process of preparing for your certification exam will teach you dance concepts you may not have fully understood. You will improve both your verbal and presentation skills. You will learn the precise vocabulary for describing the technical elements of dance figures, which will help your explanations become clear, succinct, and consistent. Your knowledge of the precise alignments will improve your ability to choreograph routines for your students. You will expand your knowledge of musical terms and concepts, and you will understand how dancing and music relate. Finally, the process of technical mastery will improve your eye, so you will know instantly how to correct your students.
  • Become a Better Dancer
    The technical expertise required to pass your certification exam will catapult your dancing to an entirely new level. You will learn the “rules” of technique that will keep your dancing consistent and help you master new, advanced figures. You’ll develop a language that will help you work more effectively in your dance partnerships. Above all, your confidence will soar with the true mastery of dance technique that will stay with you for the rest of your career.
  • Declare Your Professional Excellence
    The certificate you receive when you pass your certification exams declares your expertise to the world. You’ll be able to attract serious students and earn more for your services. You will be a desirable employee in dance studios around the country. You can even obtain your judging credential. Your certification is the first step to being recognized as a national expert.

How We Can Help You

No matter which program (DVIDA or BDTC) you choose, we will take you through the learning process and thoroughly prepare you for your exams.

We can establish a study timeline personalized to your needs and goals as well as your schedule.


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