Welcome to Integrated Dance: a comprehensive training program designed to help you become the best dancer and instructor you can be.
Dancers of all styles and abilities are welcome, though a minimum 3 years dance experience is required. Using fusion bellydance as a foundation, you will develop your dance technique including isolations and shapes, traveling steps, turns, layering, movement combinations and choreography. Students will be taken through both a rigorous physical training regimen each day, as well as daily lectures and classes which cover anatomy, the basics of music, cross-training with yoga, Pilates and fitness, identifying and correcting postural alignment, techniques for effective teaching, class-construction and programming.
Created by Ashley López: a certified yoga, Pilates and group fitness instructor with over a decade of experience teaching in over 20 countries internationally. This training program is the result of over 14 years of study, practice and research.
Integrated Dance is designed both as a training intensive for dancers who wish to deepen their knowledge and sharpen their physical abilities and dance technique, and as a thorough teacher training program which prepares dancers of any denomination with the knowledge of the most crucial skills to become excellent dancers and teachers.
Students who successfully complete both parts of the intensive, all homework and practice teaching hours, and who pass both written and practical teaching exams will become certified Integrated Dance teachers.
More about the training program:
The Integrated Dance Program
PART 1 and PART 2
The dance certification program takes place over two separate weeklong intensives. Students will begin each day with physical conditioning and dance technique training. Afternoons will consist of lectures and interactive activities which train dancers on the subjects of anatomy, music basics, identifying and correcting postural alignment, class construction and programming, cueing, leadership skills and teaching techniques.
After each intensive, students will be required to complete homework assignments and log student teaching hours. Participation in Part 1 is required in order to enroll in Part 2.
Part 2 will conclude with an optional written test for students who wish to become certified Integrated Dance teachers. After Part 2, prospective teachers will be required to submit a teaching video within 90 days.
Testing and Certification
Dancers who complete both parts of the training program may optionally choose to take the written exam, offered at the end of the Part 2 training.
Within 90 days of Part 2, students must complete a 1-hour teaching video demonstrating their ability to design a well-balanced class using key cueing techniques and teaching skills.
Practice Teaching Hours:
Prospective teachers must complete 20 practice teaching hours after Part 1 and 20 additional teaching hours after Part 2 and log their hours with initials from their students. Hours will be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org as a spreadsheet, word document, or photo of a personal journal log. Students who take both Parts consecutively must complete all 40 teaching hours after Part 2, within 90 days (so teaching log will be submitted with video exam).
Students must complete one essay assignment and must prepare teaching sequences after the Part 1 intensive, due before beginning Part 2.
Students who meet all requirements for intensive participation, homework completion, student teaching hours and who pass both the written and video exams will become certified Integrated Dance teachers .
Once dancers are certified to teach Integrated Dance, they will appear on the website as certified instructors.
In order to maintain their certification, dancers must complete 6 hours of continuing education each year. More information on certification and continuing education is located at the Continuing Education page.