I’ve been teaching Dance and Fitness in some form or another for the last 20+ years – I’ve taught Martial Arts, Salsa, Zumba, Boxercise, the list goes on!
Recently, I decided I wanted to enhance my skills and become a little more specialist (it’s important to continue with your own development, especially within the Fitness Industry) so I looked into two courses; Pre/Post Natal Level 3 and Children’s Fitness Level 2.
I work as a Clubbercise Pro Trainer (I teach instructors how to teach Clubbercise) and I became aware of the EMD Academy Bursary earlier on this year. The EMD Academy are part of the Exercise, Movement and Dance Partnership (EMDP) (the National Governing Body and Umbrella Organisation for Exercise, Movement and Dance (EMD) in the UK) and they offer support and guidance to those looking to train as dance fitness instructors.
The Open Bursary gives financial support to teachers and instructors who want to expand their career by qualifying in a new dance fitness style or approach. You can apply for up to £100 of funding towards short courses and workshops and up to £150 towards recognised qualifications.
I looked through the criteria and saw that the company I wanted to do the Children’s Level 2 Fitness course through was on the EMD list of approved training providers. I completed the application form (took less than ten minutes) and received a response within less than 24 hours!
My application was successful (woo) so I applied to the course, attended and passed with flying colours! Once I receive my certificate, all I need to do is send a copy across to the EMD to verify, log my classes on their website and I will receive my bursary payment! I was really surprised at how easy the application process was!
I’ve always thought that funding was difficult to obtain but the EMD made it really simple and were on hand with any questions I had. I’ve since had three friends that have applied for the bursary and been successful, so if you are interested in progressing your Dance/Fitness career or you want to venture in to the industry for the first time, make sure you check them out!
Here’s a link to an article I was sent: 5 Signs you should be a Dance Teacher! http://thehealthcarpenter.co.uk/index.php/entry/2015/09/12/5-signs-you-should-be-a-dance-fitness-teacher
If any of them ring true with you, check out EMD Academy!