Associate Teachers

Associate Diploma

Associate Teachers hold an Associate Diploma.  The Associate Diploma is the base teachers accreditation provided by the AICD.  You can become an Associate by either:

Requirements for the Associate Diploma

In order to become an Associate Diploma holder, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age;
  • Hold the AICD Advanced I Certificate or equivalent from a recognised ballet examination society;
  • Pass the Associate Diploma Demonstration class which includes a 1-hour non-syllabus class, 45 minutes of questions and a 1500 word Ballet History essay prepared in their own time; and
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a recognised ballet teacher, attesting to the candidate’s ethical behaviour and professional integrity as a teacher.
Privileges of the Associate Diploma

A holder of the Associate Diploma may teach any grade or major from the AICD syllabus, however, you may only submit students for examination up to Grade 6.  If you are submitting students for Major Examinations and Major Assessments, you must be teaching in a school that has a Licentiate or Fellow as part of the staff or make separate representation to the National Committee for a waiver.

The AICD encourages all teachers to treat the Associate Diploma as a stepping stone to the Licentiate Diploma, rather than as an end goal in itself.  As part of your ongoing personal development, you should be seeking to achieve the higher teaching qualification.  For Associate Diploma teachers that are operating their own schools, we encourage you to contact your state coordinator to determine an agreed path to achieving your Licentiate Diploma.  

Full details of the Associate Diploma are available in the “Guidelines for Teachers” which are available here.

 

Becoming an Associate Teacher:  The Associate Diploma Exam

If you are applying to the AICD to become an Associate Teacher of the Borovansky Syllabus you need to do the following:

  1. We recommend that you have a Teacher/Mentor that is familiar with teaching the Borovansky Syllabus. Typically this is the teacher that you completed your Advanced 1 Exam with.  If you are transferring from another syllabus or you are unable to find a Teacher/Mentor, please contact the State Coordinator for your state. See the Contact Us Page for details.
  2. Get a Working with Children Check that is appropriate for the State in which you are teaching.
  3. When you are ready to perform your Associate Diploma Demonstration Class,  send your CV; a Reference from your Teacher/Mentor; and the Application Form to us.  The Application Form may be downloaded here. 
  4. Complete the payment for your assessment class by using the online membership form to complete a payment for “New Associate teacher”. 
  5. The National Examination Coordinator will contact you regarding the Associate Diploma Demonstration class.

The Artistic Director and the National Committee may waive any or all of the above requirements based on prior professional dance or teaching experience; or circumstance. 

Becoming an Associate Teacher:  Recognition of Prior Skill

If you are transferring from another Syllabus as an Associate, you need to do the following:

  1. Get a Working with Children Check that is appropriate for the State in which you are teaching.
  2. Send us a copy of the completed Application Form, your CV and copies of your Syllabus Certification. The Application Form may be downloaded here. 
  3. Pay the New Associate Teacher Fee using the Membership Payments Page  .
  4. The Artistic Director will contact you and confirm whether your application has been successful or unsuccessful.

The Artistic Director and the National Committee may waive any or all of the above requirements based on prior professional dance or teaching experience; or circumstance.