Becoming a dance teacher is an important decision. If you're considering it, it might be helpful to find out what our students think. Could one of our Teaching Qualifications help you reach your goals?
Here's a brief Q&A with our Level 6 Extended alumna Rhona Crewe.
How long have you known about bbodance?
bbodance was my founding training in dance — I was on the bbodance Scholars Scheme in my teens, and studied up to Advanced Level in the syllabi under Paulette Turner and Lorraine Baddeley.
Why did you choose our Teaching Qualifications programme? (Perhaps it was recommended?)
I’d always known of the Teaching Qualifications programme through my association with the organisation and through my vocational training at London Studio Centre, but it was only when a fellow graduate of LSC came to observe my teaching as part of her studies on the course in 2016 that we got chatting about it.
Has the TQ programme helped you develop your teaching practice? If so, in which way?
The programme has definitely developed and enhanced my teaching practice — I have stronger confidence in my delivery and ability to teach as a result. I am also a much better planner now! Juggling the workload of the course alongside my commitments as a dance teacher and a mum to two young children reminded me that anything is possible as long as you plan and organise your time correctly!
Would you recommend the Level 6 Extended course to others, especially professionals with a similar background to yours?
Absolutely. Coming to the end of a career as professional dancer is tricky. I’ve had so many conversations with fellow ex professional dancers who don’t know what to do now or have lost their career direction. This course sets you up with a strong career plan for what can/could happen when it finishes. It provides you with the skills to achieve these goals, as well as the support networks (in the form of fellow teaching colleagues and lecturers) who can assist you along the way if you need them.
What was your favourite part of the course?
I loved the highly academic content of the course — getting my dormant, post-motherhood brain cells going again was surprisingly satisfying. But also meeting, supporting and sharing skills with the other talented teaching graduates on the course was a highlight. As a freelancer who always works with different people everyday it was lovely to see and bond with the same group of people for a whole year (and beyond).
Any other thoughts?
Don’t put it off! There’s never the ‘right’ time to undertake a year of intense study, so just get on with it — your career and your students will thank you for it.
We hope this brief interview helps you on your dance journey!
(photo by ALHphotography.co.uk)