Full Online Coaches Certification Course
Based on the Vaganova Teaching Method, This college level intensive course is intended for Dance Instructors and Figure Skating Coaches who wish to gain a strong, working knowledge of Ballet training at its finest as it applies to the figure skater. These coach’s courses are true pedagogical courses of study based on the Vaganova Methodology of Ballet training, which will teach coaches how to effectively train their skaters to improve both technically and artistically, without injury “from the inside out”.
BASE: $1,850 USD (includes electronic copies of both books, my Instructional video, and the NEW Coaches Manual!)
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Eligibility and Commitment
Eligibility for Entrance
- Must have some prior experience in ballet/dance training
- Must have a basic understanding of how to count music (understanding of time signatures and musical phrasing)
- A free video consultation will be set up at the candidate’s convenience so that we can discuss eligibility and goals.
- Course start date is between June 1st-September 1st
- *The 16 week course must be completed within 5 months of the students’ start date*
- Courses are offered only between the months of June and December
- As ballet training is a precise art, the course requires extensive "out of class" assignments such as
- On average, expect to have 3 hours of "out of class" work per week
-1-2 hours reading and studying
- 1 hour constructing video demonstrations of you teaching the techniques you are learning
- If you are a ballet instructor taking this course in order to teach figure skaters, you will need
-access to a rink
-a skating student to demonstrate on
Assessment and Grading
Competency is assessed through
- Completion of assignments
- Your video demonstrations
- Accompanying lesson plans
- Written exams (fulfilling test averages)
- Proper Attendance
If all assignments and exams are completed with a passing grade, a student will receive a Ballet for Figure Skaters – Level 1 Coache's Certification, listing with American Ice Theatre as an authorized Preliminary Level instructor of classical ballet for figure skaters, and ongoing consultation for teaching the Preliminary Level.
There are three categories of certification for this course depending on your final grade:
- Certification of Mastery (with the instructor's recommendation and endorsement) 96-100%
- Certification of Successful Completion (passed the course and able to teach) 75-95%
- Certification of Participation (74 and below)
**Course Levels are based on Annette T. Thomas’ BFFS Program Levels and not the Vaganova Method Levels. Each course level must be successfully competed with a grade of 80% in order to be considered eligible to continue to the next level course. A “passing grade” does not automatically mean an endorsement by the teacher.**
Breakdown of Courses
Course 1 –
16 weeks $1,250 includes all materials
*please be sure to take a look at the eligibility and requirements for this course*
Certification of Completion to teach the Basics of the Ballet for Figure Skaters program which includes:
Basic Pedagogy – Methodology in how to teach
Basic Music Theory for Movement Trainers
Basic Biomechanics and injury prevention for the Preliminary Level
Basic Myofascial release and resistance band exercises
All Beginning level floor exercises for alignment, strength, warm-up, and stretching
Fundamental pedagogy in basic ballet barre, and centre exercises – Port de bras, and Epaulement.
Basic “Skates-on” specialty class
Basic on-ice class
How to create your own lesson plans
What you can teach at this level – The essentials of the ballet program to children 5+ through adults both off and on-ice.
Ability to create lesson plans which will engage any age and group of skaters for at least a full year of study and practice.
Course 2 –
End of Beginning Level
6 weeks – $500
*only available to those
who have completed Course 1
with a grade of 75% or over*
This level is the culmination of the Preliminary Level and gives you a Certification of Completion to teach the FULL Beginning Level Ballet for Figure Skaters Program, which includes:
Pedagogy for FULL Beginning Level Ballet Barre and Centre exercises – Port de bras, and Epaulement. NOTE: there are over 70 steps and poses to be learned just in the beginning level – ALL of which are beneficial to figure skaters. To learn to teach them all correctly (not just as choreography) and how to apply them all to the needs of the figure skater is “no mean feat”.
Extended floor-barre and stretching exercise
Full Beginning Level “Skates-on” specialty class
Full Beginning Level off and on-ice class
What you can teach at this level – The FULL ballet program to children ages c.9 through adults both off and on-ice.
Ability to create lesson plans which will engage anyone in this age bracket and/or group of skaters for several ensuing years of study and practice.
Course 3 –
Intermediate/ Advanced Level
*only available by invitation
of the instructor*
Certification of Completion to teach the Intermediate Level of the Ballet for Figure Skaters Program. This program is considered for advanced and elite skaters and will equip you to teach the program at any and all levels of accomplishment.
Intermediate/advanced music appreciation and theory for movement trainers
Pedagogical studies for selected portions of the Intermediate syllabus as applies to figure skaters
Advanced Floor –Barre, alignment, and stretching techniques
Intermediate/Advanced Level on-ice classes
Intermediate/Advanced Lesson planning and choreographic considerations
After taking the Ballet for Figure Skaters 16 Week Coaches Certification Course I now have a deeper understanding of both myself as a teacher and the path that I would like to take to help my students, on and off the ice. I successfully completed a degree in dance education, thought I had knowledge of both dance pedagogy and how to write and implement curriculum. It wasn’t until I took Annette Thomas’ course that I came to understand my knowledge was only surface level. The in depth look at biomechanics, lesson planning, and science driven technique dug deeper than any other class I have taken. This class was equivalent to a college level course and required careful planning and work every week. That being said, I couldn’t be more happy that I enrolled. The fresh approach I have to teaching is helping me to grow every day and in turn motivating my students to work harder and progress with me.”
– Angela M. Como