Society of
World Dance Masters
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2017 SWDM Training & Licensing Program

 

SWDM offers its members (or those wanting to join and applying membership on or  by Sunday 26th March 2017) the unique opportunity of receiving FREE TRAINING for one year aiming to achieve licensing by examination in both practical and theory components as a dance teacher (Associate Level) in three (3) styles of Ballroom Dancing. Those interested in the FREE Training need to make an appointment for an interview to discuss suitability for participation in the program

Free Dance Teacher Training for our members is provided free as follows:

  • Qualified and accepted Tainees must attend a minimum of two FREE Training sessions weekly
  • Training Schedule - Must attend Technical Training each Sunday 3pm - 5pm at Hazelbrook Studio (commences Sunday 26th March 2017) plus choose to attend at least one (1) of  the Evening Practical Training Programs held. Trainee Teachers may attend 1, 2, 3 or 4 Practical training sessions weekly to suit their needs and time available to study. Practical Training starts February 6 & 7.
  • Qualified Teachers can start from Sunday 26th March 2017. Please be aware there are limited vacancies and as soon as positions are completed the FREE TRAINING will cease to be available. First in, will be those to receive FREE TRAINING.
  • All qualified trainee teachers will be required to complete SWDM membership application prior to commencing training.
  • All qualified trainee teachers will be required to purchase text books as required, year 1 books will cost approximately $70 and are needed by April 28
  • All qualified trainee teachers will be required to undergo examination each three months, Stage 1 examination is Practical only (Simple), Stage 2 is both Practical & Theory (simple), Stage 3 is both Practical & Theory (simple), Stage 4 is both Practical & Theory (a little bit more complicated than previous exams, but not so hard to achieve as past results have produced 95% + pass rate for those sitting examination).
  • Examination Fees apply to each stage of examination, Stage 1 - 3 is $50 per exam and Stage 4 Associate Degree Exam is $99, allowing for discounts applied to Member Scholars.
  • Stage 4 Associate Degree Exam is the first dance teacher degree allowing the teacher to teach Bronze - Silver level Medal Students (Beginners - Intermediate level dancers).
  • An SWDM Associate Degree License Certificate is issued to all those passing Stage 1-4 examinations in 2017.
    Overall Pass Marks range from "PASS"; COMMENDED PASS"; "HIGHLY COMMENDED PASS" and "HONORS PASS"
  • Results from 2000 - 2016 show 16% passed, 26% Commended Pass, 52% and 6% achieved a Highly Commended Pass,
  • Follow on 2018 Teacher Training will allow those qualified for FREE TRAINING in 2017 to continue with FREE TRAINING in 2018 as long as trainee maintains SWDM membership (Annual Fees paid up) and passing earlier Stage 4 Exam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Available Practical Dance Teacher Training Sessions:

  • 7pm Mondays at Catholic Hall, Great Western Highway, Blackheath - Join Now
    7pm Tuesdays at Hazelbrook Public School, Great Western Highway, Hazelbrook - Join Now
    7pm Wednesdays at Lithgow Workers Club, Lithgow Starts - Book Now, starts March 15
     

 

Trainor for Examinations

Stanley Alexander, SWDM Chairman

Honorary Ambassador Guam, USA

Fellow & Examiner SWDM (Licensed), Fellow WCDF, Fellow AATD, Lic FATD, Lic AID

World Championship & International Championship Professional Adjudicator (Licensed)

Former International Professional Championship Competitor

Accredited for "Working With Children"

Coach to Top Level Professional & Amateur Competitors in several countries.

TV Dance Show & Stage Producer/Director/Choreographer/Performer

 

SWDM Licensing Examiners

SWDM Appoints an examiner from its list of
approved licensing examiners.

There is no guarantee to have the same
examiner at each Stage of examination.

All SWDM Examiners are at the peak of
the profession of dance and are very
experienced at the mission at hand.

No personal communication is allowed
with an examiner outside of examination
procedures during the exam.

Examiners decisions may be challenged only by an examinee, and only if presented in writing by the examinee; and where full details are given within 30days of an exam result being awarded. SWDM Board will then examine the written claim and a written decision including all facts at hand will be given to the complainant within 30days of receiving the said complaint.

 

TEACHER DEGREE LEVELS

SWDM Dance Teacher Certificate & Degree Levels include:

  • Student Teacher Certificate - Not a Teaching Degree,  just a recognition of passing Stage 1 - 3 of Associate Degree
  • Associate Degree - First Teacher Degree where holder is permitted to teach Begginner to Intermediate Group Class Students, Bronze & Silver Private and Group Class Student Levels only. This is a one (1) year course with examinations required. Holders of this degree can participate as Trainee Local Adjudicators
  • Gold Coach Degree - 2nd Teacher Degree where holder is permitted to teach Begginner to Advanced Group Class Students, Bronze, Silver  and Gold Medal Private and Group Class Student Levels only. This is a one (1) year course with examinations required. Those passing are allowed to participate as Local Adjudicators.
  • Licentiate Degree - 3rd Teacher Degree where holder is permitted to teach Begginner to Advanced Group Class Students, Bronze, Silver, Gold Medal and above Private and Group Class Student Levels only. This is a two (2) year course with examinations required. Those passing are allowed to participate as an Adjudicators. This is a two (2) year course with examinations required. Those passing are allowed to participate as International/National Adjudicators, depending upon background and experiences of each individual.

  • Fellowship Degree - 4th Teacher Degree where holder is permitted to teach any level of Group Class Students, Any level of Private and Group Class Student Levels.. This is a two (2) year course with examinations required. Those passing are allowed to participate as an International Adjudicator. This is a two (2) year course with examinations required. Those passing are allowed to participate as International/National Adjudicators. SWDM selects its Medal Examiners and Teacher Degree Examiners from those suitably experienced at this degree level.

 

Opportunities for SWDM Licensed Dance Teachers

SWDM has trained and licensed 1000's of teachers since its inception. SWDM teachers are currently working in these locations around the world that we are aware of:

Australia, Brunei,  Canada, China, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, Italy,  Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Netherlands, Philippines,  Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, USA.

Those holding a minimum of SWDM Associate Degree are used as teachers in some SWDM training programs, with appropriate payment.

Those holding a minimum of SWDM Gold Coach Degree can be promoted to work abroad as dance teachers with appropriate payment.

Those holding minimum of Licentiate Degree can be recommended for Adjudicating abroad in some smaller competitions with appropriate payment..

Fellowship Degree holders are recommended to adjudicate in International Championships with appropriate payment including accommodation and possibly airfares re-imbursed, depends on experience and recognition in the profession

SWDM Appointed Examiners have opportunity to travel to our member countries to examine Medalist Students and Adult Dance Teacher Degree applicants with appropriate payment and all expenses covered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Main Ballroom Technical Books studied during the SWDM Teacher Training Programs

LICENSING

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Some WDM Examiners include: Thomas Morris, Australian
Charley Moon, Korean    Andrei Roslovtsev, Russian

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