Why be certified?
Every professional entity in the U.S. is held to a professional standard by a body established solely for that purpose (i.e., The AMA for the medical profession, the ABA for the legal profession, and the ASE for auto mechanics and engineering). These bodies seek to represent that the individuals who are certified by/through them are of the highest qualities, standards, and ethics. Although Ballroom Dance competitions are regulated by various organizations and councils, there is no governing body to insure the quality and legitimacy of teachers and studios. DanceKinesis is dedicated to correcting this within our industry.
Why Is It Important?
Almost all schools of dance offer "Studio Checkouts/Exams which certify that teachers of that studio have successfully learned the ways and materials of said studio. Almost all schools have, for example, established "syllabi" by which they define and teach the basic Smooth, Standard, Latin, and Rhythm dances, and specific ways of matriculating their dance students. Though the basics of all of the dances are the same, the syllabi vary radically, as well as the rules by which the dances are taught and performed. Often, dancers find it difficult to dance either of the basic dances with dancers of other studios because of these differences.
DanceKinesis is a dance movement training program. It teaches not how to do a particular dance, but how to dance. Once learned, the dancer may apply the movements to ALL dances and ALL syllabi.
DanceKinesis does not invalidate your current syllabus or course of study; it makes it better.
DanceKinesis does apply a syllabus, designed, however, to not simply teach a system of steps and patterns, but to logically and systematically progress the body from basic to ever-building movements and theories which not only form essential and strong foundations, but allow for and encourage creativity often lost in syllabic study.