Entry Requirements

  • Matric Certificate (or minimum NQF 3 level)
  • 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 e-mailed or sent with a courier to The Dance Academy of South Africa:

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

DASA Headquarters

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 a Pre-Grade and Grade ERN Workshop
  3. Attend 30% of 1360 practical hours = 408 hours for Theory
  4. As well as 70% of 1360 hours = 952 practical hours that consists of observation/teaching for Pre-Grades and Grades under the supervision and coaching of a DASA Mentor / registered dance teacher
  5. Dance the Pre-Grade and Grade Teachers Practical Exam
  6. Dance Advanced 1 Major Examination
  7. Pay Provisional Membership fees to DASA – first year‘s fee is included in the Teachers Course fee
  8. Enroll students for exams at least 3 times

Prescribed Publications (additional expense)

  1. The Dance Book by Lorna Haupt (pub. Dolsquare 1997)
  2. DASA Pre-Grade Syllabi and CD
  3. DASA 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 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 Unit Standards have been attended
  • First Aid Certificate has been obtained

Course Fee:

The total course fee for 2019 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 theoretical 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

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.

Attendance of Practical Hours

136 credits = 1360 notational hours, of which 30% or 408 hours is theoretical and
70% or 952 hours is practical.

30% of 1360 hours =408 hours for Theory. This is accumulated by discussion class attendance, as well as research for and completing of assignment activities.

70% of 1360 hours = 952 practical hours – these are notional / integrated hours.
The hours pertaining to practical experience are divided in:

  1. A total of 50 hours, 25 hours on Pre-Grade and 25 hours on Grades each with a DASA examiner, either teaching or observation.
  2. 200 hours observation with a DASA approved mentor divided into 100 Pre-Grade hours and 100 Grade hours.
  3. 702+ hours are integrated for doing observation, administration of the studio and research of assignments, for practical stage work, revue or stage performances.

This also includes the preparation, implementation and feedback supplied for 25 specific lesson plans as required.
All hours spent on learning the DASA examination settings from the DVD or syllabi, visiting the ballet shop or doing other dance related activities, listening to music to identify rhythms etc. can be logged in your logbook file.

Separate log sheets will be supplied for record keeping of all the hours spent – preparing, learning and teaching, to be included in a Logbook (file) after the page called Time Schedules. These have different “headings” each to clarify which hours to log where and how. Your logbook file should also include your 25 lesson plans, with mentor evaluations as well as your feedback on the learners you taught. Also include a copy of the syllabus pertaining to that lesson, and reference to or examples of appropriate teaching aids used.

The total of 250 practical hours with a DASA Examiner, mentor or registered teacher (point 1 and 2 above) has to be physical individual hours, signed off by the relevant examiner or teacher and is the hours required for admission to the DASA Practical examinations for Pre-Grades and Grades.
The ‘other’ hours are then notional hours in the real sense of the word, and can be signed by either mentor, other dance teacher or the learner herself, depending on the practical task

Dance the Pre-Grade and Grade Practical Teachers Exam

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

Once the provisional member has accumulated 250 hours of observation/teaching with a registered DASA teacher and Examiner (point 1 and 2 above in practical hours), 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 enrol only for the Pre-Grade exam you need to hand in all your practical hours on Pre-Grade but not the practical hours on Grade.

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.

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.

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

For further enquiries regarding the membership please contact the DASA office:

Tel: 012 993 1216

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.