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Online Learning & Using Syllabus Material

Online Learning

Ideas on Returning to the Studio

The Society is working actively to advocate for further government advice for dance teachers and those involved with the arts. Whilst we wait for official guidance on returning to the studio after lockdown, we want to share some thoughts and ideas on how you can start to prepare your studio space for returning to dance classes.

Each situation and workplace will be unique and you will all have different risks to overcome. To help you consider these risks and prepare, we’ve created some support documents which provide an overview of some of the health and safety and operational issues you will have to consider.

Download Part 1

Download Part 2



Read our recent Examinations & Issuing Results Update

Members and ADCs can download and read our full guidance documents here.



Thinking about teaching online?

Many members will be looking to find alternative ways to teach classes and give instruction using secure and reliable online streaming services. This is is a great way to stay in touch with your students and continue to offer your teaching services. Our Education & Training Team have created some guidance and advice about setting up your classes online. Download it here.

Supporting Documents

We appreciate many of you may be already delivering work online and feel confident with that process, others may be just starting. Either way we would encourage you to explore this and see what you can develop. Share and support one another.
We will do our best to support you on this journey and in the weeks to come we will be developing more materials and guidance for teachers and members to use.



The Mark of Quality Teaching

Make sure your audiences know how important it is to use a qualified dance teacher for online classes.
Please download and share this checklist on your website and social media accounts.



Staying in touch with your students

Setting Tasks and Sending Links.
Set your students some simple research tasks, resources to read or practical tasks to create. You will need to filter and consider age groups and genre but there are lots of useful resources online to keep children/young people and adults engaged with dance. Just ensure that you have checked out the materials that you post and that they are appropriate and safe for your children to view. Refer to our guidance on safeguarding above for further advice.

Students can be pointed towards clips that will inspire them or perhaps enable them to think creatively for choreography. There are many free dance performances that are available to watch via YouTube, Facebook or BBC IPlayer. Send them links via email or using other social media devices that you have already created for your school.

You may want to guide students towards logging into some live stream classes to give them an opportunity to experience other methods. You may want to explore these first and consider which students/pupils might benefit from this. 

For a full list of useful industry links and resources visit our webpage here.

Create an online dance quiz using ‘Kahoot’ for free.
You could consider creating a dance quiz for your students – maybe testing technical terms or phrases. You can use pictures and videos here too so they can be quite fun. It is a free resource so students can also create their own too. Learn more.

You can also use Kahoot to create a quiz to share through Zoom online video chat. See more tips on distance learning via Kahoot's online blog.


Develop your own skills during this time. Download our guidance (PDF format).



Using Syllabus Material

We have been asked about the possibility of sharing syllabus DVDs online, but unfortunately our copyright doesn’t allow for this. However, we are pleased to inform you that you can use some syllabus music for teaching ( please see exceptions below), providing this is in a private class which participants can sign into by invitation only. Please note that our music cannot be used for public online classes.
For copyright reasons, you  MUST NOT use the following syllabus music at all, in online teaching. We will advise in writing if this position changes: Classical Greek ( Grades 1-5), Tap (Pre-Primary), National Medal Test and all Dancesport music.
You may find  this link to royalty free music on YouTube helpful. Alternatively you can buy royalty free tracks and music online via websites such as Artlist, Epidemic Sound, Audio Jungle, etc.
FOR UK MEMBERS ONLY: PPL has provided some guidance on licences for dance teachers
The fee paid is based on the number of classes that an instructor gives in a year. Instructors need to keep a record of how many classes are cancelled and notify PPL at licence renewal. PPL will then give credit for these against next year’s fees.