Becoming a dance teacher is an important decision. Could one of our courses help you reach your goals? Here's a brief Q&A with Ben Warbis, a bbodance Level 6 graduate, faculty member of our Dance Teaching Qualifications programme, and teacher at Trinity Laban.
How long have you known about bbodance?
I was a student at the Kathleen Atherton Academy from the age of eight, taking bbodance Examinations in Ballet, Tap, and Modern. Then, I was a Senior Ballet and Jazz Scholar as a teenager before moving to London to continue my vocational training and study for my degree. So, I have been part of bbodance for almost 25 years.
Why did you choose our Teaching Qualifications (TQ) programme?
I was encouraged to embark on the course by Nic Espinosa, Director of London Studio Centre and Chairman of bbodance. This door opened at a time when I was beginning to consider how to diversify my skillset as a professional dancer and how to formalise and certify my early experiences in teaching. Choosing the bbodance Teaching Qualification seemed an obvious route and I am very proud to have been able to maintain my connection with the organisation.
Has our Level 6 course helped you develop your teaching practice? If so, how?
The TQ programme is extremely nurturing as it provides a platform for sharing teaching experiences with other members of the cohort and facilitates the exploration of new, tested, and well-founded ideas. This course comprises much focus on the social and psychological aspects of teaching, the learning dynamic between student and teacher, and the dialectic importance of sound planning and reflection when teaching in what could be vastly diverse environments.
Would you recommend the Level 6 course to others, especially professionals with a similar background to yours?
I would certainly recommend the Level 6 course to other professional dancers with a similar background to mine. It requires much focus, commitment, and determination, but the opportunities it provides are broad and exciting. This course certainly opens the mind to more appropriate, colourful, challenging, and exploratory ways of teaching.
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(Photo courtesy of Ben Warbis)