Entry Requirements 2018

  • 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.


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.


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 membership 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
Address: Wapadrand Office Park, Unit 42C, 90 Kingbolt Crescent, Wapadrand, Pretoria, 0181

To obtain the DASA Teachers Certificate and be upgraded to Full 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 Pre-Grade and Grade ERN Workshop
  3. Attend 30% of 1200 practical hours = 360 hours for Theory
    As well as 70% of 1200 hours = 840 practical hours that consists of observation/teaching for Pre-Grades and Grades under the supervision and coaching of a DASA Mentor / registered dance teacher.
  4. Dance the Pre-Grade & Grade Practical Teachers Exam
  5. Dance Advanced 1 Major Examination
  6. Pay Provisional Membership fees to DASA

Proposed dates for 2018

Discussion classes are held Monday – Saturday from 8:30 – 16:30.

26 February to 2 March 2018
Venue: Hoërskool Hendrik Verwoerd, Mogg Street, Deerness, Pretoria.

2-6 April 2018
Oakfield College
Lynnridge Mall, Corner Jacobson Drive and Lynnwood Road, Lynnwood Ridge, Pretoria.

25-29 June 2018
Oakfield College
Lynnridge Mall, Corner Jacobson Drive and Lynnwood Road, Lynnwood Ridge, Pretoria

1-5 October 2018
Oakfield College
Lynnridge Mall, Corner Jacobson Drive and Lynnwood Road, Lynnwood Ridge, Pretoria

  • Please bring your own food, cool drink / energy drink for the day
  • 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

Training Schedule 2018


VENUE: The Lilac Room at Oakfield College in Pretoria              
TIME: DAILY 09h00-17h00

    26 Feb-2 March 2018        
Fundamental 119472 Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication NQF Level 03 5 26/2/18 Dr Fouche
Fundamental 119457 Interpret and use information from texts NQF Level 03 5    
Core 243297 Apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology to exercise training NQF Level 04 5 27/2/18  
Fundamental 119467 Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes NQF Level 03 5 28/2/18 Dr Fouche
Fundamental 119465 Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts NQF Level 03 5    
Core 119676 Apply the skills of customer care in a specific work environment NQF Level 04 4 1/3/18  
Core 252217 Comply with organisational ethics NQF Level 04 4 2/3/2018  
    2-6 APRIL 2018        
Fundamental 9015 Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problems NQF Level 04 6 2/04/18 Dr Fouche
Fundamental 9016 Represent analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts NQF Level 04 4    
Fundamental 7468 Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues NQF Level 04 6    
Core 377184 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the stages of human development and how these inform dance instruction L4 6 3/04/18  
Core 377180 Execute a dance form for facilitation purposes L4 12 4/04/18  
Core 377182 Explain the history of a dance genre in a South African context L4 5 5/04/18  
Elective 376480 Provide first aid as an advanced first responder NQF Level 03 8 6/04/18 Bronwyn Gemmell
    25-29 JUNE 2018        
Fundamental 119462 Engage in sustained oral/signed communication and evaluate spoken/signed texts NQF Level 04 5 25/06/18 Dr Fouche
Fundamental 119469 Read/view, analyse and respond to a variety of texts NQF Level 04 5    
Core 255836 Understand and work within relevant legislation, policies and guidelines affecting a service organisation NQF Level 04 3 26/06/18 Dr Snyman
Fundamental 119471 Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes NQF Level 04 5 27/06/18 Dr Fouche
Fundamental 119459 Write/present/sign for a wide range of contexts NQF Level 04 5    
Core 377181 Facilitate dance instruction for groups and individuals in one or more dance genré at beginner to intermediate skill levels L4 18 28/06/18  
Core 243618 Manage administration records in recreation environment Level 04 3 29/06/18  
    1-5 OCTOBER 2018        
Elective 377183 Adjudicate a dance form Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4 5 1/10/18  
Elective 258721 Promote an awareness of nutrition principles for sport and physical activity NQF Level 04 4 2/10/18  
Elective 114553 Stage manage performances NQF Level 04 8 3/10/18 Marenke Snyman
Finishing up PoE’s         4 + 5 /10/18  

Prescribed Publications (additional expense)

  • The Dance Book by Lorna Haupt (pub. Dolsquare 1997) (Price: R450.00)
  • DASA Pre-Grade Syllabi and CD (Price:R200.00)
  • DASA Grade Syllabi and CD(Price R520.00)

Available from DASA head office

Essential Publications

  • DASA Classical Ballet Medal Dances’ Syllabi and CD
  • DASA National Medal Dances’ Syllabi and CD
  • DASA Modern Medal Dances’ Syllabi and CD
  • Classical 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 color, 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 two years.


1. Pay the Course Fee:

The total course fee for 2018 amounts to R20 000 including VAT.

It can be paid in one or two installments or 10 monthly installments.

In the event of payment in two installments an extra R550 will be payable on each installment.

(R10 550.00 x 2 Payments). Total R21 100.00

In the event of payment in ten installments an extra R230 per month will be payable.

(R2 230.00 x 10 Payments). Total R22 300.00

Please indicate your plan on the enrolment form.

Banking Details: Dance Academy of South Africa
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 6. The expectations in an exam session are also taught.


3. Attendance of Practical hours

30% of 1200 practical hours =360 hours for Theory (class attendance)

As well as 70% of 1200 hours = 840 practical hours that consists of observation / teaching for Pre-Grade and Grades under the supervision and coaching of a DASA Mentor / registered dance teacher.

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.

840 practical hours are needed before completion of the course. This 840 is divided in:

  1. 50 hours on Pre-Grade and 50 hours on Grade with a DASA examiner, either teaching or observation (Total of 100 hours)
  2. 200 hours observation with a DASA approved mentor divided into 100 Pre-Grade hours and 100 Grade hours.
  3. 100 hours teaching in your own studio or observation with a registered DASA teacher divided into 50 Pre-Grade hours and 50 Grade hours.
  4. 440 of the hours are for doing observation, administration of the studio and research of assignments for practical stage work, revue or stage performances with a registered DASA teacher

Try to work with all levels from Tiny Tots 1 to Grade 5. Obviously the more hours you teach the more meaningful the theory will become!


4. Dance the Pre-Grade and Grade Practical Teachers Exam

Once the provisional member has accumulated 360 hours for theoretical classes and 840 hours for observation/teaching with a registered DASA teacher, they may apply to do the

Pre-Grade and 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.

A student are allowed to dance the Pre-Grade practical exam and the Grade Practical exam in two different session. If you enroll only for the Pre-Grade exam you still need to hand in all your practical hours on Pre-Grade but not the practical hours on Grade.


5. Dance Advanced 1 Major Examination

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


6. Pay Provisional Membership fees to DASA

All Teacher Diploma students will automatically become Provisional members of the Dance Academy of South Africa.

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

The yearly fee is payable by 31 March of each year. Refer to the DASA Year planner for information on all DASA workshops, revisions and related dance matters.

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 have passed the theoretical part and done all the requirements for Provisional membership, you are fully qualified, and can enter students in your own name.

For further enquiries regarding the membership please the DASA office:

Tel: 012 993 1216
Email: info@dasa.co.za

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