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Know More about AICP Line Dance Certification... (from the horses mouth)

11/06/2015 13:41
Some Q&As provided by usldworkg@gmail.com - the people behind AICP Line Dance Certification
Q1.    Why was the program started? 
The International Consortium of Line Dance Instructors (ICLDI) was formed because a group of line dancers and friends who had been teaching since 2000 wanted to improve their individual instruction skills and abilities. They could not locate an organization that offered a training and certification program that was of interest and focused on improving the skill level of line dance instructors. The ICLDI was founded in 2010.
Q2.    Who is the instructor for the program? 
Our Master Instructor is Lawrence (Brad) Bradford who attended and successfully completed the Golden State Dance Teacher’s Association program directed by Skippy Blair. Brad has been a certified instructor for more than 25 years and has taught more than 10,000 dancers, won awards and taught award winning partner dancers. Other certified instructors are selected from EX Council research and based on the location of the class. Recommendations for certified instructors are solicited as needed.
Q3.    What areas are covered? 
Our 12 hour two day instruction includes: (Not in order but based according to instructor schedules.)
* Session 1 – Business Development
An expert entrepreneur discusses the various business opportunities and associated requirements for instructors who offer dance classes to the general public. Students are briefed on the multiple procedures necessary to establish a business. (Note that certain requirements for business filings will vary by state.)
* Session 2 - Legal Aspects of Dance Instruction
An Attorney with expertise in copyright law presents important legal information on intellectual property, insurance and waivers. Discussions include new copyright regulations and enforcement in the use and sale of music and video in dance classes, and in postings to YouTube and Facebook. Penalties for violations are addressed.
*Session 3 - Teaching Techniques
The Teaching Techniques component is a facilitated discussion that includes audience participation. The facilitators offer strategies and concepts to consider, as attendees share their personal experiences gained from years of dance instruction.  There is a mandated protocol presented and required for all designed to enhance techniques for teaching diverse populations such as seniors, teens, novices, etc.
*Session 4 – Injury Prevention
The Injury Prevention component is presented by a licensed Physical Therapist (PT) or sports medicine professional. The PT discusses sports medicine, and explains how this field applies to athletes, with specifics for dancers. Details include movements, posture, weight, and other factors critical in minimizing injuries and staying physically healthy through dance.
* Session 5 – Dance Appreciation
A Master Instructor presents a summary of dance styles, moves, terms, foot positions, turns and other important elements of dance. The focus is to teach students how to coordinate these elements with the anatomy and physiology of the body in executing dance steps. Students will also learn universally accepted dance industry techniques and terminology for dance movements and choreography. Technical details of choreography are discussed.  Popular line dances are broken down and discussed as examples of standard counting technique. Students must successful demonstrate an understanding of this component to be issued the certification.
* Session 6 - Study of Music Theory
A Master Instructor demonstrates the types of music used in dance, including tempos, units, measures and phrases. The Universal Unit System (UUS) is introduced. Instructors will learn to interpret music in 4/4 time phrases; to identify dance steps using standard and alternative terminology; and to correctly count beats. Students must successful demonstrate an understanding of this component to be issued the certification.
* Session 7 – CPR Certification Class
Each instructor must have and bring to class a CPR designation/card presented by an authorized organization.
Q4.    Why should people get accredited? 
To obtain further education and training to improve and strengthen their individual dance proficiency. To gain verifiable written documentation that denotes the dance instructor’s professional ability. Obtain written documents that can be presented to commercial organizations that mandate such to be considered for paying dance instruction opportunities.
Q5.    How do you qualify the people who attend? 
Our Executive Council reviews each application and conducts a reference check of submitted information. A required video submitted by each applicant is reviewed and evaluated for actual teaching experience /presentation/verification. A final decision is made based on the results of both reviews by the Ex. Council.
Q6.    How do you find out about a class? 
Contact us via our email address: usldworkg@gmail.comwhen there is interest in certification or a class is advertised. Visit our website – www.icldi.com
Q 7.    Is there a testing process at the end? 
Yes, all attendees are tested on the course content at the end of each day. Ex Council determines the type of testing, methods to use for each test and status of scores for determination of successful completion of the course.
Q8.    What do they receive when they get accredited?
ICLDI certification document, photo laminated ID card, documented professional credentials letter with ICLDI corporate seal affixed and manual. Note: while on personal travel, a member left their Driver License ID home and the TSA accepted their ICLDI card instead. Attendees who complete the course obtain automatic membership in the organization.
Q9.    Is there a list of accredited teachers or a certificate, etc.? 
Yes, each subject presenter is a documented professional in their field with noted academic and professional work accomplishments. Such professionals have their credentials presented to all attendees prior to the class.
The Consortium
FROM: Lynn, www.usldworkg@gmail.com. 12711 Woodbridge Ct, Mitchellville, MD 20721.www.icldi.com
Note: This article is extracted from source: World Line Dance Newsletter strictly for educational and sharing purposes. We do not own any copyrights of the article, nor profit from the article in any way.

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