Studio Teachers

Dance Industry Code of Ethics

This code has been devised by leading representatives of Australia's studio teachers to inform the public of the ethical standards expected by the profession of its practitioners. Clearly defined aims should be stated by studio principals, setting out the broad goals to be achieved by the school. A similar set of objectives should be stated which outlines the benefits a pupil can expect to receive through the teaching staff's conscientious implementation of them.

1. Studio principals should ensure that their school is capable of providing any services claimed.

2. Studio principals should employ teaching staff with the experience, knowledge and/or qualifications required by the levels and techniques to be taught. Student teachers should be trained and supervised to ensure maintenance of the school's teaching standards.

3. Studio principals should provide appropriate assessment procedures and should ensure that students and parents receive or have access to advice when necessary.

4. Studio principals should conform to sound business practice.

5. Studio principals and individual teachers should ensure that classes are of a size appropriate to the levels and techniques being taught. Students in each class should be of a compatible age and standard if possible.

6. Studio principals and individual teachers should ensure that facilities provided: v conform with minimum safety and space requirements v have suitable flooring, with a safe surface designed and constructed to minimise risk of injury.

7. Individual teachers should use adequate and flexible teaching skills to create a productive learning environment. Individual teachers should:

  • strive to foster a love of dance v demonstrate professional attitudes, including punctuality, reliability and responsible care of students
  • strive to develop self-discipline and self-motivation in the students
  • encourage and support the individual in class and performance
  • transmit general concepts of movement in addition to those of a particular dance style
  • strive to develop in the students an appreciation of the characteristic style of each specific technique taught.

8. Individual teachers should recognise the role of dance in the development of the whole person. They should also seek to recognise and develop each student's potential, whether it lies in dance or in related fields, and offer appropriate guidance for further progress.

9. Individual teachers should endeavour to recognise physical anomalies, modifying the teaching and seeking medical advice when necessary. The teaching and choreography must be anatomically safe, and teachers must be prepared to deal with medical emergencies.

10. Individual teachers should take responsibility for seeking further knowledge in all aspects of theirwork. Note: Some organisations currently adhere to their own codes of ethics, which address specific organisational needs.

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