Entry Requirements 2017

  • Matric Certificate
  • Dance Qualification: Holding of DASA Intermediate Examination

Note: Dance qualifications of an equivalent level from other recognised teaching and examining bodies would be accepted.

Admission

Please send a detailed CV, Certificate and Report of highest dance qualification as well as a head and shoulder photo of yourself to the DASA office.

These must reach the office not later than 15 January of year of study.

Enrolment

The closing date is 15 January of year of study.

Please phone the DASA Headquarters to confirm that your form has been received, and to confirm any other details.

The following documents must be faxed, posted, or e-mailed to The Dance Academy of South Africa:

  • Completed enrolment form
  • Contract agreement form
  • Copy of ID
  • Certificate and Report of highest dance level obtained
  • Detailed CV
  • Completed DASA Membership form
  • Head and Shoulder Photo

Head Office

Tel: 012 993 1216
Fax: 086 653 1678
Email:

To obtain the DASA Teachers Certificate and be upgraded to Associate Level 1 Membership, the following aspects need to be completed within a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 4 years.

  1. Pass the Teachers Course Theory Certificate
  2. Attend an ERN Workshop
  3. Attend 125 hours of observation/teaching for Pre-Grades
  4. Dance the Pre-Grade Practical Teachers Exam
  5. Dance Advanced 1 Major Examination
  6. Pay Provisional Membership fees to DASA

1. Pass the Teachers Course Theory Certificate

  • Theoretical Units
    1. Anatomy for Dancers
    2. Physical Deviation
      Injuries and Problems
      Care and Protection
    3. Music
    4. Food, Diet, Nutrition
      Strength and Stretch, Exercise training
      Dance shoes, Attire, Grooming
    5. Part 1. Classical Dance Technique
      Part 2. Teaching Practice
    6. Studio Management
    7. Development of Classical Dance Theory (with written publication)
      Movement Notation with Introduction to Benesh System
    8. Theatre and Lighting
      Choreography and Creativity
    9. First Aid
    10. Dance: Historical Perspective
      Rise of Theatre Performance in Eastern Europe
  • Units 1 to 9 are covered in contact hours in the form of discussion classes.
  • Unit 9, Dance History, will be marked as a Research Paper submitted by the candidate in October of the year of study. The candidate is free to write on any dance related topic or various topics. If the lecturer requires a specific topic, it will be given in detail to the candidate at the discussion classes.
  • If an unsatisfactory result is recorded, the candidate may consult with the examiner for advice on revision or additions. The essay may then be submitted again for re-evaluation.
  • Discussion classes
    Discussion classes are held in the first quarter every year for one week,
    Monday – Saturday from 8:30 – 16:30.
    Proposed dates for 2017 are: 20 – 25 February 2017.
    Venue: Hoërskool Hendrik Verwoerd, Mogg Street, Deerness, Pretoria.
    Alternative venue: NG Church, Fiskaal street, Glen Manor, Kempton Park.
    A light lunch will be provided.
    Please wear comfortable dancewear and bring your dance shoes, pointe shoes as well as a notebook and pen.
    It is compulsory to attend the discussion classes.
  • Home Revision Papers
    Seven Home revision papers are given at the discussion classes, and are to be submitted on the
    15th day of each month March – June and Sept – Nov.
    These can be e-mailed, faxed, or posted to the DASA office.
  • Marking system

    The Units are marked during the year of study.

    The board highly recommends that a candidate must at least receive 70% for all Home Revision Papers and the Essay.Two examination papers will be written in the year of study.

    First semester examination is yearly in July and the second semester examination is yearly in November.

    Candidates living outside the Gauteng area, may write this examination paper in their home town.

    A candidate must receive at least 65% for the Written Examination paper.A student must pass the first semester to be able to continue with the second semester.

    A student’s final mark for the year will be calculated as follow:

    • 10% Home Revision Papers
    • 10% Essay
    • 40% Written Examination 1
    • 40% Written Examination 2

    65 – 100% = Pass
    55 – 64% = Supplementary exam may be written of all the Units.
    54% and under = Fail

    A student may apply for an oral exam. A letter of request clearly stating the reasons must be submitted to the DASA office to be considered by the Board of Directors.

  • Prescribed Publications
    The Dance Book by Lorna Haupt (pub. Dolsquare 1997)
    This book is prescribed for Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, and part 1 of Unit 5DASA Pre-Grade and Grade Syllabi and CD
    Available from DASA headquarters.
  • Essential Publications
    DASA Classical Ballet Medal Dances’ Syllabi and CD
    DASA National Medal Dances’ Syllabi and CD
    DASA Modern Medal Dances’ Syllabi and CDClassical Ballet Technique by Gretchen Ward Warren (pub. Uni Ress Florida 1989)
    This volume gives a visual coverage of steps in the ballet lexicon with photographs of professional dancers. A student teacher will find this a valuable reference for correct execution and ‘line’.

    Dance Anatomy by Jacqui Green Haas (pub. Herman Kenilict N.Y. 2010)
    This volume depicts the relationship between muscle development and movement. Its two hundred illustrations give the muscles, in colour, that are involved in each dance position or movement; of interest to both dancers and teachers.

  • The student will be awarded the Teacher’s Theory Certificate if:
    • 65% or more has been obtained for the year mark
    • All class fees are paid in full
    • Compulsory attendance Units have been attended
    • First Aid Certificate has been obtained
  • Credits may be banked. The Theoretical Units must be completed within a maximum of four years.
  • Course Fee:
    The total course fee for 2017 amounts to R16 740. 00 including vat.
    It can be paid in one or two instalments or 10 monthly instalments.In the event of payment in two installments an extra R450 will be payable on each installment.

    (R8 820.00 x 2 Payments). Total R17 640.00

    In the event of payment in ten installments an extra R190 per month will be payable.
    (R1 864.00 x 10 Payments). Total R18 640.00

    Please indicate your plan on the enrolment form.

    Banking Details: Dance Academy of South Africa
    ABSA Bank
    Branch: 336 445 (Woodlands Boulevard)
    ACC No: 3490 151 582

    No cash will be accepted only EFT or Debit orders.

    Kindly take note: Students, who wish to extend their studies over a period longer than a year, will be responsible for the total course fee payable for the year in which they complete the qualification.

2. Attend an ERN Workshop (Pre-Grade and Grade)

An ERN workshop is usually held once a year in Pretoria. This is a one day workshop presented by DASA examiners. The Examiners teach the Syllabus, with teaching tips and the build-up from Tiny Tots I to Grade 5. The expectations in an exam session are also taught.

3. Attend 125 hours of observation / teaching on the Pre-Grade syllabi

Candidates need to seek placement with one of the panel of DASA mentors, selected by the board of directors to learn the DASA Syllabi Work.
The candidate must keep a record book which gives details of all interaction, must carry the signature of the teacher or mentor giving date, time, venue and description of work covered.

This book forms part of the assessment and must be submitted when booking for the Practical Teachers Exam.

125 practical hours are needed before completion of the course. This 125 is divided in:

  1. 25 hours on Pre-Grade with a DASA examiner, either teaching or observation
  2. 50 hours observation with a DASA approved mentor
  3. 50 hours teaching in your own studio or observation with a registered DASA teacher

Try to work with all levels from Tiny Tots 1 to Primary. Obviously the more hours you teach the more meaningful the theory will become!

4. Dance the Pre-Grade Practical Teachers Exam

Once the provisional member has accumulated 125 Pre-Grade teaching hours, they may apply to do the Pre-Grade Teachers Practical exam.

In this exam, the teacher is required to demonstrate the exercises for the set syllabi (Pre-Grade) and to answer questions on teaching methods, analysis of steps and detail of placing. Understanding of basic anatomy and technique, such as correct stance and use of turnout, are essential.

The Practical Teachers Exam is usually held in September.

5. Dance Advanced 1 Major Examination

The student needs to Pass the DASA Advanced 1 Major Examination or an equivalent exam form another reputable organization such as the RAD.

6. Pay Provisional Membership fees to DASA.

All Teachers Training Course students will automatically receive Provisional membership from the Dance Academy of South Africa.

The first year’s membership fees are included in the Teachers Training Course fee.

This is a yearly fee payable by 30 December of the previous year. This will have the benefit of being informed about all DASA workshops, revisions and related dance matters.

Upon becoming a Provisional member of DASA by enrolling for the Teachers Training Course, a student has the following options:

If the student does not intend to commence teaching in the near future, she may pay the annual membership fee and become a non-active member. This will ensure that the membership is not cancelled. If the membership is not paid and membership is cancelled, a student can re-apply for membership again at a later stage but a penalty fee will be charged.

Should the student wish to start her teaching career, the credits, as specified on the previous pages, must be obtained by the student in a four year period.

You are entitled to start teaching the DASA Examination syllabus but can only enter candidates for examination purposes under an already qualified DASA teacher and after completing the ERN workshop. Once you are an Associate Level 1 member of DASA, you are fully qualified, and can enter students in your own name.

Carefully read the DASA General Information and Rules document available on the DASA website.

For further enquiries regarding the membership please contact Irene Botha at the DASA office:
Tel: 012 993 1216
Email:

We kindly remind you that the DASA Code of Conduct state that you are requested not to open a studio within a 5km radius of another DASA teacher.

DASA Membership Status:

All the above will ensure that a young teacher will be upgraded to Associate Level 1 Membership.

The teacher will be entitled to enter Tiny Tots 1 – Primary students for examination purposes.

If a teacher wants to be upgraded to Associate Level 2 Membership, which entitles her to enter students up to Grade 6, the teacher needs to do the following:

125 hours of observation / teaching need to be done on the Grades syllabi divided in:

  1. 25 hours on Grades with a DASA examiner, either teaching or observation
  2. 50 hours observation with a DASA approved mentor
  3. 50 hours teaching in your own studio or observation with a registered DASA teacher)

Pass the Teachers Practical exam on Grades

There is no time limit to do the additional hours on Grades and the Grade Practical exam. If a teacher only wish to enter Pre-Grade candidates for exams, this Grade hours and Practical exam will be optional.

If a teacher wants to be upgraded to Associate Level 3 Membership, which entitles her to enter students for Major exams up to Advanced Performance, the teacher needs to do the following:

Attend two Major workshops in each Major Syllabi

There is no time limit to do two Major workshops in each Major Syllabi. If a teacher only wish to enter Pre-Grade and Grade candidates for exams, this Major Workshops will be optional.

Proposed Study Schedule for the calendar year 2017

16 – 18 February ERN Workshop and DASA convention

20 – 25 February Discussion Classes – everyday at 8:30 – 16:30

  1. Anatomy for Dancers
  2. Physical Deviation
    Injuries and Problems
    Care and Protection
  3. Music
  4. Food, Diet, Nutrition
    Strength and Stretch, Exercise training
    Dance shoes, Attire, Grooming
  5. Part 1. Classical Dance Technique
    Part 2. Teaching Practice
  6. Studio Management
  7. Development of Classical Dance Theory (with written publication)
    Movement Notation with Introduction to Benesh System
  8. Theatre and Lighting
    Choreography and Creativity
  9. First Aid

15 MarchHome Revision Paper 1 due to office

15 AprilHome Revision Paper 2 due to office

15 MayHome Revision Paper 3 due to office

15 JuneHome Revision Paper 4 due to office

22 JulyWritten Examination 1

15 AugustHome Revision Paper 5 due to office

15 SeptemberHome Revision Paper 6 due to office

15 OctoberHome Revision Paper 7 due to office

15 OctoberEssay due to office

18 NovemberWritten Examination 2