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Dance Teaching

If you are planning to embark on a career in dance teaching & management, are looking to improve your current career or want to further your own personal development our framework ensures you will be getting the most out your studies.

At the Australian College of Dance our goal is turning your passion into a career. Our practice oriented course ensure that you have all the right tools to become a successful and inspiring dance teacher.

We offer 1 nationally recognised dance teacher qualification for all dancers to achieve their goals.

Certificate IV in Dance Teaching & Management

National Course Code | CUA40313
CRICOS Course Code | 092934C

Course Overview


If you are an experienced dancer and have a passion for teaching, this qualification is the perfect way to achieve your goals.

In addition to Dance Teaching specific topics, the course also covers important areas like nutrition and anatomy as well as the management of small businesses.

Graduates of this course will be able to work as unsupervised dance teachers as well as supervise others.

Quick Facts


CUA40313 – Certificate IV in Dance Teaching & Management

CRICOS Course Code



Full Time 12 months
(4 Terms x 10 Weeks)




Dance Teacher


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Job Outcomes

The program outcomes for this course are:

  • Workers qualified at a CIV level are primarily employed as dance teachers in a private dance studio or manage their own dance school.
  • A study pathway to the Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management.
  • Preparation for further study and vocational skills with development of study and research skills, language and literacy skills, communication skills, time management, planning and managing projects, interpersonal skills and the development of techniques.

Additional outcomes include the attainment of a First Aid Certificate.


Anatomy and Nutrition Dance Teaching Productions and Operations Training and Assessment in Dance
Units of Competency within the Course
Click here to download the Units of Competency for this course.
Entry Requirements - Skills, Knowledge and Experience
The learner group for this qualification are people wishing to gain a qualification in order to work in a variety of dance teaching contexts, including private dance studios. They may work for a dance studio or for themselves and provide leadership and guidance to others. The learner group are those who require a structured, classroom based program with significant practical experience. Entry to this course assumes the student holds the Certificate III in Assistant Dance Teaching or equivalent experience. To ensure we are able to support students progess throughout the course, those who wish to enter the Certificate IV Dance Teaching and Management without completing the Certificate III in Assistant Dance Teaching are required to submit the following:
  • An essay for basic dance analysis of 1 dance, music video or performance piece chosen by prospective student,
  • An audition video to demonstrate skills and knowledge in an appropriate dance teaching style,
Entrants must have:
  • Significant personal experience as a dancer in the dance industry and a high level of understanding of dance technique
  • Sufficient level of language, literacy and numeracy levels in order to interpret documents, learner guides and assessment tools, prepare written reports and plans.
  • Good technology skills in order to conduct the online components of the course.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills in order to lead and motivate dance students of various ages and abilities.
  • Successfully completed the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) online test. Please note that if you are applying for more than one course with us, you will only need to complete the LLN online test once. Students returning to studies at ALG after a significant gap may be required to complete the LLN online test at the discretion of ALG. For more details on how to complete the online test, please refer to 8.Appendix_Language, Literacy, and Numeracy (LLN) Requirements Factsheet.
The purpose of the LLN online test is to ensure that you have the LLN skills needed to undertake your course. It will also show how we can assist you in any areas where you may need help while studying with us. Sufficient level of English proficiency in order to interact with and document client interactions, interpret documents, learner guides and assessment tools, prepare written reports and plans. For more information, please view our English Requirements Factsheet. Good communication and interpersonal skills in order to establish and manage professional networks and client relationships with clients of various ages and backgrounds. The learners’ physical attributes may influence their ability to complete the training and assessment. Assessment and training requires students to be physically capable of performing a range of dance activities and fitness activities using a range of different gym equipment. Manual handling is also required. Students need to be able to relate to children and adults of differing ages and backgrounds, have a keen interest to assist students to learn to dance, have good problem solving skills, sound literacy and numeracy skills, be enthusiastic, tactful, patient and have a sense of humour. The course is aimed at students 18 years of age and over.
Amount of Training, Volume of learning, Mode of Study and Course Expectations

This program is timetabled for 800 hours over a course duration of 40 weeks. This time is divided into both training (on campus and self-paced, distance) and assessment. Students will be required to attend the campus for 135 hours per term and engage in self-paced study of 65 hours per term. A term is typically 10 weeks.

The amount of training component is estimated at 80% of the students overall learning (540 hours) and the remaining 20% (260 hours) is attributed to self-directed distance learning and assessment. If required, students have the option to further extend their training hours with additional support classes, study groups and resits as published in the timetable.

The volume of learning refers to the total amount of time that a student would be expected to dedicate to successful completion of the course. It includes the structured part of the course as defined above, as well as the self-study, research and practicing of skills that a student would do in their own time. The total Volume of Learning is estimated at 1200 hours (800 structured hours and 400 unstructured). Some students may find that they need more study time and others will find that they can achieve the required level of knowledge and skills in less time than this estimate.

Training and Assessment

Your class room learning will take place in both theory classrooms, gyms and dance studios. This means your classes will have similar equipment, educational and physical resources to those you will find in a dance studio.

Where possible, students will be allocated to different studios throughout their course, in order to experience different levels of facilities and resources. This will mean that students are able to modify their dance classes based on the facilities available to them.

In your classes you can expect to take the role of student and instructor, engage in roleplays, create dance sessions and simulate learning activities that you will then put into practice in the workplace. You will learn and develop your knowledge to plan for your students’ care.

In addition, you will be required to undertake self-paced learning and submit written assessments. A number of practical and skills based assessments will be undertaken in class.
A first aid course is also part of this qualification.

Practical Classes

You will undertake half of your timetabled study program in a dance studio, public school and gym. In this practical you will be learning and practicing the skills you will be able to use in your own workplace. In order to successfully complete this component of your study, you will have to successfully complete a range of practical tasks and a practical exam.

Training Locations

Your training will occur on campus, and within a dance studio, a gym and a public school.
Please refer to course timetable for the campus locations.

Student Support

The primary learning support comes from Student Services or the training and assessment team.

Student Advisors offer support throughout a learner’s studies and can help with the following information:

  • Support services
  • LLN services (in collaboration with the Training and Assessment team)
  • Legal services
  • Emergency and health services
  • Facilities and resources
  • Complaints and appeals processes
  • Deferments

Additional sources of student services information available includes:

  • Student Services Booklet
  • ALG Student Handbook
  • Online Student Centres – found on our websites
  • Plus a variety of individual factsheets, flyers or electronic messages
Student Requirements
  • All students need to wear fitted dance wear so that Trainer and Assessors can assess and correct student’s posture and alignment. Please also wear ballet shoes, jazz shoes or dance sneakers to class.
  • Female dance students must have a black leotard for performance and male dance students must have fitted black dance t-shirt and black dance trousers.
  • Working with Children Check (WWCC): All students are required to have a current and valid WWCC. Participation in practical sessions will be based on providing a WWCC by Week 3 of the 1st study term. More information about how to obtain a WWCC will be provided during Week 1 of your study term. The student is required to cover the cost of obtaining the WWCC if any.
  • To maximise the chance of a student successfully completing their training, ALG attempts to identify any support individual learners need prior to their enrollment or commencement. Some of the ways to identify learning needs is to ask all prospective students to self-assess. So prior to enrolling please ensure i) you can meet all course requirements (listed in this course overview) ii) you nominate any learning needs they have prior to enrollment either by contacting us or on your application/enrolment forms  and iii) consider booking a trial lesson if you have any doubts the course may not be suitable for you from an educational, cultural or other reason. Please refer to Section A3 of the student handbook for details.

Click here to download the Timetable for this course.