SLDM Teacher Education Program


Take on a new paradigm of teaching WCS

There are dozens of truly excellent teachers in our sport. But even the best teachers experience frustration and limits to how much they can help their students.

morebasicConsider that while you have been doing your best to provide your students the best methods you know….you may not be aware that even better methods exist. Consider that there’s stuff that’s more basic than basics (and even more critical) that you never got a chance to learn, which means your students can’t access it either. Consider that your current methods might work better if only your students had these prerequisite skills in place. Sometimes you need to go sideways in order to go forward!

Prepare to take on a new paradigm of teaching dance. Allow your favourite teaching methods to take a back seat while you try on something new. If you are already convinced that there must be a better way than the industry standard, sit back and enjoy – this is the affirmation and structure you have been searching for. 


The SLDM Teacher Education Program is intended for:

New Teachers who: Experienced Teachers who:
  • want to start their teaching career wisely
  • have an instinct that traditional methods are insufficient
  • feel an obligation to future students who deserve quality instruction
  • are seeking to understand the dance better before teaching it
  • consistently seek professional development
  • are hoping to upgrade their skills
  • are looking for a better alternative to traditional methods of teaching dance
  • are wanting to build their student base by providing a better product


Topics at a glance

Self Analysis

Skill Development & Sequencing

Practical Anatomy and BioMechanics

Prescribed Syllabi for Levelled Classes

Community Citizenship

Lesson Planning and Series Planning

Mythbusters & Pitfalls of Teaching

Mentor Observation Skills

Risk Management

Teaching Techniques & Pedagogy

Giving Feedback/Critiquing

Assessment & Promotion

Teaching Techniques & Pedagogy

Class Management & Culture

Movement Analysis & Diagnostics

How to Get Started

Step 1: Start the Theory Module

The Theory Module for Teachers is a comprehensive study program on its own. 100% online, it requires an internet connection. It usually takes students ~15 hours to complete. You can work at your own pace, but due to the assignments submitted at the end of each Unit, we recommend you allow at minimum 2 weeks to complete. 6 credits.

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Step 2: Attend a Swing Literacy Intensive at your convenience

This live workshop held at select events is open to both dancers and teachers. It focuses exclusively on the FMS’s of WCS, which is the perfect opportunity to see the SLDM in action. Those enrolled in the SLDM (or who enroll within a month of the Intensive) receive 1 credit for taking the Intensive.  SLDM grads enrolled in the Practicum act as teaching assistants during the Intensive and receive credit for their Teachers’ Lab project. Contact your local event directors and workshop promoters to offer a Swing Literacy Intensive in your area.

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Stop here for Grade 1 Certification
(But we don’t recommend it)


Step 3: Continue on to the Teaching Practicum for Grade 2 Certification


Once you have completed the Theory Module for Teachers, you will be eligible to register in the Teaching Practicum. This includes ongoing coaching over the course of 1 year, and consists of interactive, custom projects designed to assist in applying the SLDM in real teaching. 8 credits.

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