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I need help using The Dance Register - who should I contact?

If you have any questions or need help using The Dance Register please contact DTAP


Who created The Dance Register?

The Dance Register is a new initiative, launched in March 2013 by the Dance Training & Accreditation Partnership (DTAP) - a consortium of leading dance development agencies committed to building capacity and removing barriers to participation in dance. Click here for more information about DTAP's other work programmes and to find out who is involved.


Why has it been developed?

The Dance Register has been set-up by the Dance Training & Accreditation Partnership (DTAP) to help dance employers and members of the public find suitably qualified and/or experienced dance teachers in their area. The Dance Register is a UK-wide directory of dance teachers who have passed a set of Minimum Entry Requirements and signed up to a Code of Professional Conduct - providing quality assurance for dance employers and dance students. 

The Dance Register was established following significant research and consultation by DTAP (2009 - 11), which demonstrated:

• That a system providing recognition for dance teachers and leaders who offer a certain level of quality and care to dance employers and participants is needed
• That there is great support amongst dance teachers for a UK-wide register of dance teachers (75% of dance teachers consulted said they would want to join)
• That there is strong support for greater regulation of dance teaching in the UK, both as a way of raising the status of dance teaching, and providing quality indicators for dance employers
 

Why should I use The Dance Register?

All teachers listed on The Dance Register have completed an application process and passed a set of Minimum Entry Requirements in order to join. They have also agreed to work to The Dance Register Code of Professional Conduct, which sets out the key elements of best practice for teaching and leading dance. This means that when you choose a teacher from The Dance Register you can be confident that they are concerned about the quality of their teaching and leading, work within a professional framework, and adhere to widely recognised benchmarks of good dance practice.


What are the Minimum Entry Requirements?

In order to join The Dance Register, a dance teacher must meet all of The Dance Register Minimum Entry Requirements. Put simply, the Entry Requirements are the minimum a dance professional should have in place to demonstrate best practice as a dance teacher.

A dance teacher will need to prove the following:

  • They are aged 18+
  • They work in the UK, have the right to work in the UK, and could evidence this if needed
  • They hold professional insurances for all dance teaching they undertake. This must include public liability insurance to a level of £5 million or above. Please note that a teacher is also eligble to join The Dance Register if they are covered by their employer(s) for all teaching they undertake – including through multiple employers. In order to join a teacher must provide proof of insurance cover from their employer(s) for all their teaching activities.
  • If working with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults, they possess an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Scheme Check carried out within the last 2-years and are prepared to share it (please note that enhanced CRB Checks carried out within the last 2-years will be accepted for 2013 entry)
  • They are committed to including their level of experience and/or qualifications as part of their Dance Register profile
  • They are committed to ongoing training and continuous professional  development (CPD)
  • They have a Health & Safety Policy in place and could evidence this if needed

A dance professional must also tell us whether they have completed basic first aid training within the last 2-years, and must sign up to The Dance Register Code of Professional Conduct.


Why are teacher contact details included on some teacher profiles, and not on others?

Due to data protection, the default position for all teacher profiles on The Dance Register is that no contact information is included on a profile. However, due to the fact that some teachers feel strongly that they would like their contact details displayed because The Dance Register is a promotional tool for them, there is an opt-in, where a teacher can specifically opt to include their contact details on a profile – as they might in a business directly listing or something similar. Direct contact details are only displayed if a teacher has specifically confirmed that they want to include them, via the opt in facility. The default is that their contact details are not on display, and members of the public contact teachers via an online enquiry form.


I am a dance employer - do the Minimum Entry Requirements mean I don't have to carry out checks before employing a teacher from The Dance Register?

If you intend to employ a teacher, leader or artist listed on The Dance Register, you must undertake the recruitment process and employment checks necessary to the role you are recruiting. Do not use The Dance Register Minimum Entry Requirements as the basis for recruiting a dance teacher – DTAP will not be held liable if you decide to do so. The checks undertaken by DTAP and the Gateway Organisations as part of The Dance Register application process are for the purpose of promoting good practice. They are not and should not be seen as definitive or appropriate to full recruitment and employment protocol.


What are Gatewaty Organisations?

Gateway Organsations are existing dance industry membership organisations that work with DTAP to manage entry onto The Dance Register.  The current Gateway Organisations are:

  • Council for Dance Education & Training
  • Dance UK
  • Exercise Movement & Dance Partnership
  • Foundation for Community Dance

All Gateway Organisations are different, and manage their "offer" for The Dance Register in different ways - some include membership of The Dance Register within their wider membership package, others offer it as a separate benefit which they help their members to access.


What is DTAP?

The Dance Training & Accreditation Partnership (DTAP) is a consortium of leading dance development agencies committed to building capacity and removing barriers to participation in dance. DTAP launched The Dance Register in March 2013. Click here for more information about DTAP's other work programmes and to find out who is involved.