Code of ethics for dance teachers factsheet #1

We worked with leading representatives of Australia's studio teachers to write this code of ethics.

It was first drafted in 1987 by Janet Karin. At that time, the code's purpose was to inform the public of the ethical standards expected by the profession of its practitioners. We revised it in 1997 and 2011 for publication in the Australian guidelines for teaching dance.

In 2013 we asked a meeting of dance education organisations to review this code of ethics. At that time, participants did not recommend changes.

In 2016 we again welcome feedback and suggestions for additions and changes to the Code of ethics for dance teachers. Please leave your comments below or contact [email protected], or call 02 6248 8992.

Code of ethics

  1. Studio principals will have clearly defined aims and goals. The benefits an individual student can expect to receive through staff's conscientious implementation of these aims and gaols will be clearly stated.
  2. Studio principals will make sure that the school and its staff is capable of providing any services claimed.
  3. Studio principals will employ teaching staff with the experience, knowledge and/or qualifications required for the range of levels and techniques being taught. Student teachers will be trained and supervised to ensure the school’s teaching standards are maintained.
  4. Studio principals will provide effective assessment procedures and will ensure that students and parents receive, or have access to, advice when necessary.
  5. Studio principals will conform to sound business practice and provide an efficient fee system.
  6. Studio principals and individual teachers will ensure that class sizes are suitable to the levels and techniques being taught. Students in each class will be of a similar age and/or standard.
  7. Studio principals and individual teachers will ensure that facilities provided:
    • conform with minimum safety and space requirements
    • have suitable flooring, with a safe surface designed and constructed to minimise risk of injury.
  8. Individual teachers will use effective and flexible teaching skills to create a productive learning environment. Individual teachers will:
    • strive to communicate a love of dance
    • show professional attitudes, including punctuality, reliability and responsible care of students
    • strive to develop self-discipline and self-motivation in the students
    • encourage and support the individual in the class situation
    • present general concepts of movement as well as those of a particular dance style.
  9. Individual teachers will recognise the role of dance in the development of the whole person. They will also seek to recognise and develop each student’s potential, whether it lies in dance or in related fields, and offer appropriate guidance for further progress.
  10. Individual teachers will endeavour to recognise physical anomalies, modifying their teaching and seeking medical advice when necessary. The teaching and choreography must be anatomically safe, and teachers must be prepared to deal with medical emergencies.
  11. Individual teachers will strive to develop in the students an appreciation of the characteristic style of each specific technique taught.
  12. Individual teachers will take responsibility for seeking more knowledge in all aspects of their work.


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