Teacher Apprentice Program (T.A.P.)

ABOUT T.A.P.

It takes more than being a great dancer to be a great teacher. That is why we have created the Teacher Apprentice Program (T.A.P). The program is for students ages 14+ who have displayed competency in dance technique and are interested in exploring teaching opportunities. Through this program, students will:

  • Become familiar with classroom structure
  • Learn to teach steps in creative ways
  • Learn to correct students through positive feedback and hands-on adjustments
  • Learn to create & execute lesson plans
  • Get experience and confidence to successfully teach on their own
  • Have quality studio teaching experience to put on their college applications/resume.

Apprentices can be added to SGD’s substitute list and are encouraged to apply to work at camps and special events upon successful graduation from the program.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Commitment to the program for at least 1 semester – either Fall or Spring, but preferably both.
  • After observing various classes, the apprentice will pick consistent classes to attend each week and assist in.
  • The apprentice will keep a journal and make an entry for each class observed/assisted and use it as a workbook for assignments and class prep.
  • Attend personalized T.A.P. Training Meetings twice a month and complete assignments. The meetings are only about 30 minutes long and are scheduled on a one-on-one basis where we will review journal entries and experiences and talk about the next stage in training.
  • Assist at either the Holiday or Spring performance (depending on which semester you choose to enroll in).

APPLICATION PROCESS & TUITION DISCOUNTS

All interested students must apply for the program and depending on how many applicants we have, not all may get in. Once accepted, T.A.P. is a free program and classroom hours where the apprentice is assisting or teaching can be exchanged for discounts towards technique classes at the rate of $5 for every class assisted.

All applications are due no later than August 15th for the upcoming school year. Please email studio.sacredground@gmail.com if you would like to apply.

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