Teaching The Borovansky Syllabus
The Australian Institute of Classical Dance (AICD) is the custodian of the Borovansky Syllabus. In order to teach the Borovansky Syllabus, you must be a current member of the AICD and you must be accredited by the AICD. We assist enthusiastic dancers in progressing their careers as teachers accredited to the Borovansky Syllabus. If you would like more information on becoming an accredited AICD Borovansky teacher, please contact us via our Online Contact Form: or if you are ready to go, please follow the instructions below.
For details as to the requirements and rules of teaching with the AICD, please read the Guidelines for Teachers .
Becoming a Teacher with the AICD
The AICD has three different categories of teachers under the AICD:
- Associate – This is the AICD entry level;
- Licentiate – This is the AICD standard teachers level; and
- Fellow – This is an invitation only Accreditation bestowed by the Artistic Director and the National Committee.
Each of these qualifications is described below.
The Associate Diploma is the base accreditation provided by the AICD.
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.
For full details of requirements for the Associate Diploma please read the Guidelines for Teachers above.
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. To transfer from another syllabus to an Associate, or to become an Associate for the first time, please complete the process described under “New AICD Teacher” on the membership page.
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.
Requirements for the Licentiate Diploma
- Be 21 years or over;
- Hold their Associate Diploma qualification;
- Be accredited by AICD as having prepared and entered students for examination who have subsequently obtained Commended, Highly Commended or Honours over a minimum of three years;
- Pass the Licentiate Diploma Demonstration class which includes a 1.5-hour non-syllabus class, 30 minutes of questions, present a solo work that you have choreographed and submit a 2,000 work History of Dance in Australia essay prepared in their own time; and
- Have references from previous examiners/assessors stating that their students were of a standard required by the AICD for Licentiate Diploma;
For full details of requirements for the Licentiate Diploma please read the Guidelines for Teachers above.
The Artistic Director and the National Committee may waive any or all of the above requirements based on prior professional dance or teaching experience under another syllabus. To transfer from another syllabus to a Licentiate, please complete the process described under “New AICD Teacher” on the membership page. .
Privileges of the Licentiate Diploma
Teachers holding a Licentiate Diploma may submit students at all levels to examinations.
Fellow of the Institute
Fellowship of the Institute is awarded at the discretion of the Artistic Director and the National Committee of the AICD. This is the most prestigious level of the organisation.
The Syllabus and other Educational Materials
- Syllabus books and DVDs;
- Music CDs; and
- Other memorabilia
Submitting Students for Examination
Can I submit students for examination without being a member of the Institute? Teachers submitting students for examinations must be Accredited Teachers with a current financial membership.
How do I submit students for examination? Teachers need to complete an examination submission form. Teachers can nominate multiple students using a single application form.
- Download the Excel form here:
AICD Exam Forms Excel
- Enter the details of the students and the exams they are participating in.
- Either: print the forms and send them via Australia Post or save them and forward them to your State Coordinator at least eight weeks prior to the anticipated examination date.
- The State Coordinator then forwards details to the National Coordinator who is responsible for controlling the schedule of examinations for all states.