I wanted to take the time to praise another aspect of your program. Your Teacher Training Program has had a profound impact on my daughter as well. If not for TTP, Amelia would not have crossed paths with her idol and “favorite teacher ever”. Miss Nikki has been the talk of my household since classes began. Very early on, Amelia took a liking to Ms. Nikki and declared her her favorite. The littlest things- such as helping her hula hoop, showing her how to jump (leap), teaching her the recital dance- EVERYTHING means so much more to my daughter. Nikki has a wonderful and very bright future ahead of her. I thank the TTP and my lucky stars above that she was placed in my daughter’s life. I tried to thank her on Friday night when I picked up Amelia, but I know for certain that I did not convey my message sufficiently. She holds a very special place in my little baby’s heart. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!
– Heather T.
Welcome to the Teacher Training Program webpage! Dance Connection is a unique and dedicated school that expresses the same attention to each level of dancer from 2 years to adult. The Teacher Training Program ensures that future students continue to be taught with the same care as when the studio's doors first opened! I truly enjoy working with the energy and passion of these young people within our program. It is a mutually rewarding experience!
Colleen Riccardelli, M.S.Ed.
Dance Connection believes in providing a warm, safe, and professional atmosphere where each student is cared for within the Dance Connection family. We are proud to also offer a Teacher Training Program to our more serious students. It is a forum for students to gain training in teaching as well as job responsibility. Enrollment in our Teacher Training Program will provide members with the highest standard of mentoring and guidance. Dance Connection is strongly committed to enriching and nourishing the future teachers and citizens of our community. Regardless of your future career path, Dance Connection feels confident that all members of the Teacher Training Program will leave our program having learned the important life skills of: respect, responsibility, accountability, discipline, confidence, and professionalism.
I. STUDENT HELPER You are eligible to apply to be a student helper if:
II. STUDENT TEACHER You are eligible to apply to be a student teacher if:
III. ASSISTANT TEACHER You are eligible to apply to be a assistant teacher if:
IV. SUBSTITUTE TEACHER You are eligible to apply to be a substitute teacher if:
All students will be observed at the mid year mark by the Program Director and will receive a written evaluation based on this observation. This is just to see how things are going and to correct any problems early on. At the conclusion of the season, each trainee will receive a written evaluation from each cooperating teacher they worked with during the year. They will also receive a written evaluation from each teacher they studied with during the year. Each trainee and a parent will meet with the Program Director to review these evaluations. Progression through the program will be based upon your ability to complete all of the level requirements. Trainees meeting and exceeding program requirements will be invited back the following season into the program. Advancement will be granted by the Artistic and TTP Director to program members who exhibit exceptional adherence to program requirements.