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International Teacher Certification Program
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Academy Method International Teacher Certification Program

The International Teacher Certification Program is offered to teaching candidates worldwide. Certification is based on accrued credit hours, observed classes taught by candidates, required number of teaching hours (by class), written examinations, dissertations and oral defense of those papers.

Credit Accumulation Requirements

Levels of Certification:

Basic Certification (42 Credits) - Basic Certification is required to teach open classes, adult classes, or non-professional classes in Academy Method, outside of a structured school environment. To achieve this one must successfully complete the Introductory Course, and the Class Structuring Course. In addition, the student must take 6 elective credits, be observed by a AM Board Certified instructor for 5 classes (meeting with their approval), and teach 10 classes in conjunction with an Academy Method institution or sponsored event.

Examinations for the Introductory Course, the Class Structuring Course and the Electives must be passed with a grade of 85% or higher, before any extra credit is awarded. For students who are intending to proceed and achieve higher certification, it is best to consult with an AM Advisor when selecting electives, so that the basic knowledge supports the long-term goals of the student.

Each candidate will be assigned a topic on which they must write a 5-10 page dissertation. The dissertation will be reviewed and passed, and then the candidate will appear before an Examiners Panel to make an oral defense of their dissertation. All final, approved dissertations will be kept in the John Boniello Library at The Margot Fonteyn Academy of Ballet, along with recording (audio and/or video) of the oral defense of the dissertation topic.


Elementary Certification (80 Credits) - Elementary Certification is required to teach Level 1 classes in a dance school or academy environment. Basic Certification is a prerequisite. They must successfully pass Level 1 Technique, Jumps, Turns, Combinations, Female Technique, and an additional 6 elective credits.

Candidates for Elementary Certification must be observed and approved teaching for 10 classes, and must have taught a minimum of 60 classes in conjunction with an Academy Method institution or sponsored event. Examinations for the Introductory Course, the Class Structuring Course and the Electives must be passed with a grade of 85% or higher, before any extra credit is awarded.

Each candidate will be assigned a topic on which they must write a 10-15 page dissertation. The dissertation will be reviewed and passed, and then the candidate will appear before an Examiners Panel to make an oral defense of their dissertation. All final, approved dissertations will be kept in the John Boniello Library at The Margot Fonteyn Academy of Ballet, along with recording (audio and/or video) of the oral defense of the dissertation topic.


Intermediate Certification (110 Credits) - Intermediate Certification is required to teach Levels 1 and 2 in a dance school or academy environment. Candidates must hold active Elementary Certification to take this course. They must pass the following courses: Adagio Class Elements, Level 2 Technique, Male Technique, and 6 credits.

Candidates for Intermediate Certification must be observed and approved teaching for 25 classes, and must have taught a minimum of 100 Classes in conjunction with an Academy Method institution or sponsored event. Examinations must all be passed with a grade of 85% or higher, before any extra credit is awarded.

Each candidate will select a topic on which they must write a 15-25 page dissertation. The topic will be presented to an Academy Method representative who will review the topic proposal (1-2 pages), discussing it with the candidate. Once the topic is approved, the dissertation is written. The dissertation will be reviewed and passed, and then the candidate will appear before an Examiners Panel to make an oral defense of their dissertation.


Retraining Certification (134 Credits) - Retraining Certification is very helpful for those who wish to work with companies and to work privately with professional dancers. Academy Method training can reinvigorate a career and expand a dancer’s capabilities both technically and artistically a great deal. Prerequisite for this course is Basic Certification. To achieve the credits candidates must successfully complete: Body Mechanics, Class Elements, Female and Male Technique, Pointe, Partnering, and Repertory courses, as well as the Retraining program itself.

It requires 30 observed classes, and having taught 60 Academy Method classes. Examinations must be passed with a grade of 85% or higher, before any extra credit. Retraining Certificate Candidates must appear before an Oral Defense board, and successfully win the unanimous approval of that board to be certified. Orals will be set forth in focus, scope and elemental requirements by the Certification Board being assembled for the defense, and may include the presence of dancers, musicians, and other professional dance personnel for live demonstration of the candidate’s abilities.

Each candidate will select a topic on which they must write a 25-50 page dissertation. The topic will be presented to an Academy Method representative who will review the topic proposal (1-2 pages), discussing it with the candidate. Once the topic is approved, the dissertation is written. The dissertation will be reviewed and passed, and then the candidate will appear before an Examiners Panel to make an oral defense of their dissertation. All final, approved dissertations will be kept in the John Boniello Library at The Margot Fonteyn Academy of Ballet, along with recording (audio and/or video) of the oral defense of the dissertation topic.


Advanced Certification (202 Credits) - Advanced Certification allows candidates to teach any Lower School classes. Prerequisite is Intermediate Certification, along with: Body Mechanics, Petit Allegro, Level 3 and 4, Pointe, Partnering, and all five elective courses (Character Dancing, Historical Dances, Choreography, Improvisation, and Repertory). Candidates must teach 40 observed classes and complete 120 classes in Academy Method. Examinations must be passed with a grade of 85% or higher, before any extra credit.

Advanced Certificate Candidates must appear before an Oral Defense board, and successfully win the unanimous approval of that board to be certified. Orals will be set forth in focus, scope and elemental requirements by the Certification Board being assembled for the defense, and may include the presence of dancers, musicians, and other professional dance personnel for live demonstration of the candidate’s abilities. Those with Advanced Certification can serve as Observers.

Each candidate will select a topic on which they must write a 50+ page dissertation. The topic will be presented to an Academy Method representative who will review the topic proposal (1-2 pages), discussing it with the candidate. Once the topic is approved, the dissertation is written. The dissertation will be reviewed and passed, and then the candidate will appear before an Examiners Panel to make an oral defense of their dissertation. All final, approved dissertations will be kept in the John Boniello Library at The Margot Fonteyn Academy of Ballet, along with recording (audio and/or video) of the oral defense of the dissertation topic.


Pedagogy Certification (230 Credits) - Pedagogy Certification allows the candidate to teach all Lower and Upper School classes. Advanced Certification is prerequisite, along with Retraining Certification, an Oral Defense Board and a Dissertation. Pedagogy Candidates must complete and pass 50 observed classes, with periodic reviews and recommendations of the classes. Overall, Pedagogy Candidates must log 200 classes taught.

Pedagogy Certificate Candidates must appear before an Oral Defense board, and successfully win the unanimous approval of that board to be certified. Orals will be set forth in focus, scope and elemental requirements by the Certification Board being assembled for the defense, and may include the presence of dancers, musicians, and other professional dance personnel for live demonstration of the candidate’s abilities. Successful candidates may serve in any capacity in the Teacher Certification system.

Each candidate will select a topic on which they must write and publish a dissertation. Publication will be made initially through Fonteyn Academy Press, unless the candidate has successfully secured a publication contract with a periodical or book publisher. The topic will be presented to an Academy Method representative who will review the topic proposal (1-2 pages), discussing it with the candidate. Once the topic is approved, the dissertation is written. The dissertation will be reviewed and passed, and then the candidate will appear before an Examiners Panel to make an oral defense of their dissertation. All final, approved dissertations will be kept in the John Boniello Library at The Margot Fonteyn Academy of Ballet, along with recording (audio and/or video) of the oral defense of the dissertation topic.


Textbooks for Certification Courses

Introductory

- Principles of Movement, Building a Dancer, and Barre Exercises and Sequences.


Body Mechanics

- Stretching, Upper Body, Lower Body, Legs and Feet, Torque, Full Body, and Coordination.


Class Elements

- Jumping, Turning, Combinations, Adagio, Petit Allegro, and Grand Allegro.


Class Structuring

- Elements, Barre, Center, Structural Focal Point, Readiness, and Integration with Repertory.


Retraining Professional Dancers

- Starting, Performance while Retraining, Benchmarks, and Timeline.


Lower School Curricula

- Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, and Level 4.


Female Technique

- Focus, Jumping, Extension, Tempi, and Readiness.


Pointe Work

- Anatomy and Pointe, Shoe Structure, Preparatory Exercises, Strength, Stretch, Toes and Ankles, Rhythm, and Dynamics.


Male Technique

- Jumping, Turning, Lifting, Tempi, Elevation, Aplomb, and Readiness.


Partnering

- Female Training Program, Male Training Program, Phase I (2 as 1), Phase II (Motion in Stillness), Phase III (Unified Vision), and Phase IV (Ballerina Supreme, Danseur Base).


Electives

- Character Dancing, Historical Dancing, Improvisation Techniques, and Repertory Studies.

                                                                                                                                                               

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