School for the Performing Arts
Welcome to Dance Associate
Diploma in Dance
Teaching & Learning
The Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning (DDTAL ) – is the first qualification of its kind designed for practitioners working with children and young people outside formal education.
As a training provider, we offer practical training and support for candidates working towards the diploma. We can also register candidates for assessment.
DDTAL (CYP) is an initiative of the Dance Training & Accreditation Partnership (DTAP) led by Youth Dance England (YDE) and developed in collaboration with Trinity College London (TCL).
Community engagement and
After School Clubs
Dance Associate deliver dance & fitness activity programmes as part of Newry Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership through
Southern Area Health and Social Care Trust (SHSCT).
Dance Associate Ltd runs a number of after school programmes in primary & secondary schools throughout Northern Ireland, including holiday camps during the school holiday periods: February Half Term, Easter and Summer.
Acrobatic Arts Dance
Acrobatic Dance, or acro as it is commonly referred to by dancers and dance professionals, is the beautiful fusion of classic dance technique and the precision and athleticism of acrobatic elements. Often defined by unique choreography, acro dancers seamlessly blend musicality, emotional expression, line and extension with acrobatic movements in a dance context.
Acro’s roots are in traditional Chinese dance, later appearing as a favoured style on the Vaudeville stage. More recently, acro gained popularity with the wide spread success of the contemporary circus productions of Cirque du Soleil. Main stream media including dance television programs like ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, ‘America’s Best Dance Crew’ and ‘Dance Moms’ have further fuelled it’s demand in amateur competitive dance and studio settings.
Acro is an especially challenging style for dancers to master as training in both dance and acrobatic elements is required. Acro technique includes balancing, limbering, tumbling and partnering, based in flexibility, contortion and strength.
Our Acrobatic Arts instructors know about proper placement and technique so their students will have the building blocks to progress safely and quickly from one level to the next.
Dancers who train through Acrobatic Arts have balanced development, are stronger, more flexible and fearless. Studios that implement this program will see dancers with more skills, who have fewer accidents, and are less likely to develop chronic injuries.