Code of Professional Conduct

As a dance professional listed on The Dance Register, I am committed to adhering to this Code of Professional Conduct in all aspects of my professional activities. I understand it is my responsibility to adhere to the Code and that a breach of the Code might result in my suspension or removal from the Register.

Professional Competence

  • I do the best I can in every situation and bring quality to all aspects of my work

  • I have the necessary range of skills, knowledge and experience to undertake the work I do
  • I am honest and open about my professional experience, memberships and qualifications
  • I do not accept dance positions for which I know I am not sufficiently experienced, competent or qualified. I am also clear and realistic about the extent of my skills in relation to the work I do.
  • I approach my work with the due skill, care and proper regard for the technical and professional standards expected of me
  • I am committed to investing in my own continuing professional development, to ensure the relevance and quality of my practice and uphold the standards of the dance profession
  • I monitor, evaluate and reflect on my work, inviting feedback from participants, employers and colleagues to improve my practice
  • I maintain a current and working knowledge of developments in practice, training, legislation and agendas that affect and/or inform my work

Professional Responsibility

  • I make sure I have adequate and appropriate insurance cover and professional licences in place to carry out my work
  • I ensure I comply with all the statutory requirements for running a business, including registration of names, income tax, value added tax and other matters required by law
  • I behave with integrity in all professional and business relationships, practicing honestly, fairly, objectively, consistently, and with courtesy and consideration
  • I maintain effective communication and work in a collaborative and cooperative manner with students, employers, colleagues and other organisations
  • I prepare thoroughly, undertaking the necessary background research and discussion with employers and colleagues to understand and agree the parameters of my work
  • I charge appropriately to reflect the extent and quality of the work I do, and the continuing professional development I undertake. I am also clear and upfront with employers (and participants where appropriate) about my professional fees, how to pay and the amount of work I can provide for the agreed payment
  • I am clear in advance about the support I need to do my work effectively, and work with others to ensure this support is available and in place
  • I keep up-to-date with all relevant paperwork and administration relating to my work
  • I am punctual and arrive for work on time (if there is an issue, I also inform relevant parties in good time)
  • I ensure anyone who covers my work in my absence has the appropriate levels of competence to run the session effectively, and is adequately informed about the purpose of the session, the context and the participants they are working with
  • I ensure that my appearance and behaviour are suitable for the context I am working in, presenting myself and my employers in a positive light
  • I ensure I am clear about my process, practice and delivery as a dance professional, so I can account to participants, employers and any other professional body or trade association for what I do, when, how and why
  • I behave in a way that always warrants the trust and confidence placed in me by employers and participants. This includes being open and transparent about my professional background; clearly communicating the purpose, content and intended outcome of sessions/work programmes; treating those I work with, with respect; doing what I say I will do; and taking responsibility for my own actions
  • I make sure my practice is informed by and complies with relevant statutory or legal requirements that safeguard my own and other’s legal, civil and human rights

Maintaining Safe Working Practice

  • I work within the required health and safety legislation, and maintain an up-to-date understanding of my professional responsibilities and liability in relation to the work I do
  • I make sure the dance activities I lead are in line with current good practice and safe dance practice guidelines
  • I understand I have a responsibility to act in the best interests of participants’ physical and mental well-being, and believe that every participant has a right to an environment which provides for their physical and personal safety
  • I maintain an up-to-date health and safety policy
  • I understand my legal obligations when working with children, young people or vulnerable adults and ensure I have a relevant CRB/DBS disclosure in place when working with these groups
  • I familiarise myself with the procedures and protocols of my place of work, and agree with employers the policies, processes, roles and responsibilities that will support safe delivery of my work
  • I undertake risk assessments for all dance sessions and manage risks accordingly
  • I ensure nothing in my control is of detriment to participants’ health, safety and well-being
  • I do not take on or continue with work that I cannot do safely, and ensure that I report to the appropriate person when safety is compromised
  • I ensure that all resources I use are appropriate to the activity and participants I am working with, and that they are well maintained and safe
  • I make sure that I explain an activity to all participants before starting a session, including explaining the safe use of resources and equipment where necessary
  • I ensure that any accidents/incidents which occur are recorded and reported as appropriate and in accordance with an employer’s protocol
  • I make sure participants are aware of their own personal responsibilities in terms of their welfare and safety
  • I make sure the activities I lead are suitable for the age, experience and ability of the participants involved
  • I ensure an appropriate participant/teacher ratio is in place for sessions I deliver, based on a sound assessment of requirements and current best practice
  • I set, agree and monitor clear and appropriate personal boundaries to ensure the integrity of my relationships with participants and employers
  • I take responsibility for my own well-being, and support participants to take responsibility for their behaviour and relationships with others

Working with People

  • I am committed to the principles of equal opportunities and human rights, and believe everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and recognised as an independent and equal human being
  • I make sure nothing I do discriminates on the grounds of race, gender, sexuality, domestic circumstances, religious beliefs, political persuasion, social or cross-cultural differences, national or social origin, or other status
  • I prioritise my participants’ needs and put their welfare and best interests first when planning an appropriate dance programme
  • I work in an open, cooperative and sensitive manner to create an inclusive and positive environment, in which individual experiences, abilities and interests are acknowledged, supported and shared
  • I actively discourage inappropriate behaviour and challenge all forms of discrimination and unfairness when leading a dance session.
  • I use appropriate and inclusive language that can be understood by all participants, is culturally appropriate and enables individuals to access the dance experience
  • I am sensitive to both group and individual dynamics
  • I strive to motivate and inspire participants through the dance activities we undertake
  • I work with the highest degree of professionalism with all employers and participants
  • I respect and acknowledge the position, experience and expertise of other specialist and support staff, and work in a collaborative and cooperative manner
  • I act as a positive role model for participants in terms of health, safety, respect and functional efficiency, and that I should not engage in any behaviour that adversely affects the people I work with – employers, colleagues or participants


  • I am aware of and adhere to current data protection legislation
  • I undertake the necessary monitoring, record keeping and reporting around issues of consent and confidentiality
  • I make sure that any confidential information I obtain in the course of my professional work is not used to my own personal advantage, and would not disclose any confidential information without the consent of the participant (or relevant guardian), except where there is a legal right or duty to disclose

Download The Dance Register Code of Conduct

Download The Dance Register Disciplinary Procedure