The Popularity of TV Shows Sparks Need to Set Standards for Dance Instructors

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Dance Instructor’s Certification Established as the 1st Universal Standards Across the Dance Industry

The Dance Instruction Committee announced today a 1st of its kind certification program for dance instructors .The safety of thousands of aspiring dancers has called attention to the need for dance instructors to meet minimum standards of competency. The Dance Instructors’ Certification has been developed after much research to fill this need.

“TV shows such as Dancing with the Stars and Glee highlight fast paced and acrobatic movements that take physical skill. A certified dance instructor will never allow a student to perform feats that they are not capable of executing,” said John Mayer, president of the International Sports Professionals Association (ISPA) one of the two organizations behind the development of the new certification.

The Dance Instructor Certification has three levels of accreditation for dance instructors. Level 1 certification is based on the instructor’s training and experience along with their adherence to ethical standards and a background check by the industry leader. Level 2 instructors must fulfill all of the requirements of a Level 1 certification in addition; the instructor must pass a certification exam. Level 3 instructors must complete a live competency evaluation along with the Level 1 and 2 requirements.

“People neglect the fact that dance is a very strenuous physical activity that on the positive side can be a tremendous health benefit, but on the negative side it can be a serious injury risk if not guided by a qualified instructor. Instruction should be conducted by a teacher who has met standards of quality,” said Netza Roldan, president of ATI, the other major organization involved in the development of the certification.

Complete information on the new certification can be found on the certifying association’s web site:
The International Sports Professionals Association (ISPA™) is the world’s largest credentialing service for professionals in sports. The ISPA sets standards for its membership by providing professional services to the sports world spanning from childrens’ sports to professional athletes. The ISPA includes a wide variety of professional occupations from coaches, sport psychologists, physicians, accountants, agents, physical therapists, chiropractors, nutritionists, sport physiologists, trainers, and more. ISPA designates that member professionals adhere to a strict code of ethics and have met the highest standards in their fields to provide professional services to athletes and to sports. The ISPA web site is:
The American Tango Institute (ATI) is the leading tango dance academy in the United States and acclaimed throughout the world. ATI has brought iconic instructors from around the world to educate dancers. ATI’s web site is:


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