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IDTA vs. prodvida
Posted by Confused
5/6/2009  11:17:00 PM
Both of these organizations certify dance teachers yet it seems like they are two different camps. I am thinking about becoming a ballroom (international) style instructor so which camp is recommended? What's the global feel and trend out there? I am unfortunately in a city where I cannot train with anyone for either camp so I will have to rely on videos and short trips to neighboring larger cities.

Any input is greatly appreciated!
Re: IDTA vs. prodvida
Posted by jwlinson
5/7/2009  9:03:00 PM
IDTA and ISTD are more globally known and recognized. DVIDA is generally recognized mainly in the US.

DVIDA lets you take your certification by the dance. So you can get certified in just standard bronze waltz, then later take your certification exam in silver waltz, etc.

From what I've heard, certification in ISTD and IDTA are more thorough and strict, and as such are prized more highly than DVIDA.

Some people get their DVIDA certs first, then get their ISTD or IDTA certification later.

I'm working towards my DVIDA.
Re: IDTA vs. prodvida
Posted by terence2
5/9/2009  10:17:00 PM
International recognition in " Standard " or Latin.. only the following.. IDTA.. ISTD.. UKA all english Soc.

and the NADTA( american Soc. )is recognised in the UK by the IDTA and the UKA..
Re: IDTA vs. prodvida
Posted by anymouse
5/10/2009  8:31:00 AM
IDTA or ISTD would be a more established certification, but unless you are trying to judge competitions your actual skills will soon come to mean more than the certificates.

None of the major societies would schedule an exam for a student who had learned from "videos and short trips", as they require endorsement from a preparation teacher before they will even schedule an exam. You would probably have to look into doing an intensive teacher training workshop and traveling to where it is held. You may have more luck finding an intensive program targeted at the DVIDA certification than the others.
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