STUDENT TEACHER PROGRAMME
Our student teacher programme provides advanced students with the opportunity to further their dance skills and branch out into teaching.
Students are offered the opportunity take part in a 2 day workshop, covering the basics of teaching a dance class, warm up, instructing various ages and their specific needs, creating dance exercises (travelling and in place), progression of a dancer, choreography, spotting in acro, safe guarding and first aid. At the end of the 2 day course they have to take a physical and written assesment. If successful they gain a teaching assistant certificate and report.
Following this students can then go on to attend further workshops specifying in teaching a particular dance style.
Opportunities then open up for them to teach a class. These are paid positions, they must submit a video of them teaching (you can see examples of these on our “online classes” page), attend a verbal interview and teach a trial class. If they are successful in applying for the job they attend bi-weekly meetings with Mrs Sarah to discuss class progress and demonstrate choreography, an adult is always present when they are teaching.
Teaching and dance class demonstrates responsibility, organisation and leadership. These skills are all something a future employer or University look for. We encourage students to add this to their CV and applications as it will lead to further opportunities.
If you are an advanced pupil and you’d like the opportunity to join our student teaching team please get in touch
Molly - Red Tap Teacher and general teaching assistant
I have enjoyed dancing my whole life. I had been to many other dance schools before spotlight but when I joined it felt like a family and you could go there to escape life and to have fun, and at the same time they are always helping you and pushing you to improve. At spotlight I do Tap, Contemporary and Musical Theatre. When I got the opportunity to help out and have a tap class of my own I was overjoyed and excited. I’d always loved to help people improve so when I got this opportunity I knew I’d love it.
Ruby - Purple Tap Teacher and general teaching assistant
I'm Ruby and I have been with spotlight dance academy since I was 7 years old . I have done various shows: Musical madness, Once upon a time, We've got rhythm, Be our guest and The greatest show, alongside several other performance opportunities. Over the years, I have achieved a multitude of strong dance exam results in primarily ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary. Currently, I do weekly classes in numerous styles: tap, jazz, acro, ballet, pointe and contemporary whilst also assisting younger classes and teaching. I began to help with younger classes in 2016 and later completed an offical course in July of 2019. Additionally, I am currently in my fourth academic year at York Dance Scholars, which I attend on a weekly basis. For the 2019/20 academic year I was accepted to the Phoenix youth academy juniors in Leeds where I gained a further contemporary education and performance experience.
Mia - Sun/Moon Jazz and Acro & Emerald Tap teacher
I have enjoyed dancing my whole life. I have performed in various products outside of SDA both as ensemble and as a featured dancer.
In lockdown I participated in many online classes with different choreographer, this not only game me dance experience but I could I also look at different teaching styles and choreography.
I currently take classes in Jazz, Acro, Contemporary and Tap. I have also studied Musical Theatre for a number of years.