The BDN Teaching Diploma

Our Teaching Diploma has been running for nearly 30 years (previously as JWAAD and now as BDN).  The support from teachers as well as the online resources ensure you have an amazing journey through the Diploma which is aimed at making you the best you can be in your field. Because it is in modular format, you can plan your study to suit your lifestyle. BDN Teachers are highly trained and this shows in their well structured and inspirational classes.

Getting started

To start your journey towards the BDN Teaching Diploma, your personal technique should be of Lower Intermediate Level or above, and you need to have a Technique Review with a BDN mentor, either as part of the Safety Course or taken on your own initiative. It is possible to work on and develop your technique as you study with us so that when you complete the diploma, you will be at the required level. If you are going to one of our events such as the Fantasia Festival, you can discuss further with our teachers on the BDN stall how best to plan you personal journey through our Teaching Diploma. Alternatively, you can book a 20 minute mentoring session, online or in person, to discuss the options available. You can email info@bellydance-now.com with your details to arrange this. For more about our Technique Reviews and Personal Development Programme, click here.

Course structure

The majority of the course components are now available to study online, which means you can study with us wherever you are. Once you are registered for the Teaching Diploma you will receive all the information about the best way to start your journey.

All the courses are constantly reviewed and updated. There are 4 units in total:

We recommend that you complete ‘Safe Delivery of Belly Dance Classes’ first, but understand this is not always possible.

We have designed the courses/units to dovetail into each other and to provide complete training at a professional level so that dancers can work with confidence and expertise.

Why should I do the BDN Teaching Diploma?

Our teacher training is more in-depth than most, but it is also designed to make you the best in your field. You learn so much about the music, background, history, culture, technique and more …. Your students will have an extremely knowledgeable teacher. You also learn about safety – of vital importance – particularly if you start teaching workshops and things further afield where you don’t always know your students.  Best of all, you hone your teaching skills, you can apply the techniques learned to give dynamic and inspirational classes that students want to return to.

What is in it for me?

  • Free Registration:
    Registration for the BDN Teaching Diploma is free. You have to be of intermediate technique level so may have to pay for a Technique Review if you have not yet completed the ‘Safe Delivery of Belly Dance Classes’ unit.
  • Help and Support:
    Our team of BDN Teachers are here to help you. Whichever unit you are taking, our teachers are committed to your ongoing personal development.  There is also a whole online resource area to help with each course.
  • BDN will list your details on our website and any events that you organise.
  • For an explanation of BDN Teaching Levels, click here.  For ideas of how you can progress in BDN, click here.

To Register
Email:   info@bellydance-now.com with the following information:

• If you have completed ‘Safe Delivery of Belly Dance Classes’ and been assessed at Intermediate level or above, please specify which course you completed, and include your contact details.

If you have completed ‘Safe Delivery of Belly Dance Classes’ but were not assessed at Intermediate level, and would like to arrange for a new Technique Review in order to register, please specify which course you completed, and include your contact details. We will put you in touch with your nearest BDN mentor, who will contact you regarding times and costs.

If you have not yet completed ‘Safe Delivery of Belly Dance Classes’ and would like to arrange for a Technique Review in order to register, please include your contact details. We will put you in touch with your nearest BDN mentor, who will contact you regarding times and costs.

If unsure of anything please call 0191 2451570  Monday – Friday 9.30am – 4pm excluding Bank Holidays.  We are sometimes at events but just leave a message and we should be able to get back to you within 48 hours.  Or email info@bellydance-now.com

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