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Instructor Certification Course

Become a Dance Instructor

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Become a dance instructor and start earning an income doing what you love!

Get your certification with Arizona Ballroom Teachers' Academy and begin teaching others independently or as part of a dance studio.

Qualified dance instructors are in high demand, and when you complete the course, you will be eligible for great job opportunities.


Whether you are looking for a new full-time career, want to supplement your income doing something you enjoy, or want to learn to be a better dancer...this course is for you!

Tuition includes free admission to select group classes and dance parties and unlimited time on the dance floor to practice dancing!

Current Semester

Class Schedule







6:30 p.m. -

6:30 p.m. -

12:00 p.m. -

8:30 p.m.

8:30 p.m.

3:30 p.m.

*A minimum of 4 hours per week is required.

This semester includes:

*Bronze Rhythm Dances:

Merengue, Mambo, Samba, West Coast Swing

*Mondays and *Thursdays

*Silver Smooth Dances:

Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Viennese Waltz





The course takes four semesters to complete, and a new semester begins every four months. Semesters can be taken in any order.

You will have regular homework assignments and give presentations in class throughout each semester. There are written, oral, and performance exams as well.


A Certificate of Course Completion from the Arizona Ballroom Teachers' Academy is equivalent to a professional or vocational school diploma. It shows that you are a certified dance instructor qualified to teach dance independently and at dance studios throughout the United States.

You can also take the DVIDA Professional Certification Exams, which are administered by an independent DVIDA Examiner. The AZBTA course teaches you how to prepare for the DVIDA exams.

When you get a satisfactory score on your DVIDA exams, you will also receive national certification through the National Dance Council of America (NDCA). This certification can increase your job opportunities and potential for making a higher income.

Course Curriculum

⦁  International and Standard dances
⦁  The 17 dances of the DVIDA Bronze American Syllabus (Smooth, Rhythm, and Club)
⦁  The 8 dances of the DVIDA Bronze American Syllabus (Country)
⦁  The 18 dances of the USISTD and ISTD Bronze Syllabus
⦁  How to dance as a lead and a follower
⦁  Technical elements of the dances
⦁  Musical elements of the dances 
⦁  How to conduct group classes successfully
⦁  How to teach individual lessons
⦁  How to prepare for the DVIDA Professional Certification Exams

This curriculum was developed to help you understand the concepts and musical elements of the dances, master the technical aspects of the dances to improve your dance technique, gain the ability to recognize when a correction needs to be made in your student's technique, and learn how to present and explain skills to others precisely, consistently, and professionally using dance terminology.

You will receive verbal instruction, study guides, and written assignments in this course. You will also watch videos, learn and practice dancing with others, and give presentations.

Course Materials

⦁  DVIDA American Style Smooth Bronze Manual
⦁  USISTD Smooth Bronze Manual
⦁  DVIDA American Style Rhythm Bronze Manual
⦁  DVIDA Salsa Manual
⦁  DVIDA Night Club Two-Step Manual
⦁  DVIDA Hustle Bronze Manual
⦁  BDTC Lindy Hop Syllabus
⦁  DVIDA American Style Smooth Silver Manual
⦁  DVIDA American Style Rythm Silver Manual

Arizona Ballroom Teachers' Academy follows these approved and industry-recognized syllabi:

Dance Vision International Dance Association (DVIDA)

An organization for professional dance teachers and competitors.

The United States Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (USISTD)

An organization that provides training and examinations to certify and license dance instructors.

Ballroom Dance Teachers College (BDTC)

A dance program that teaches using DVIDA syllabi.

The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD)

One of the world's leading dance examination boards.

Enroll today! Call (602) 324-7119

and ask for Terry.

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