UTD NEWS - GQAL SET TO GO LIVE IN JANUARY 2022!

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Although 2020 has been a rather traumatic year for the Arts World, here at the UTD we are proud to have taken the opportunity to sieze the moment and push forward with our partnership with GQAL - Graded Qualifications Alliance.

 

We have done this in order to continually provide our members with new challenges and opportunities to enhance their own Teaching skills and offer their students regulated examination work.

 

The early part of 2020 saw our UTD Examiners partake in their GQAL Examiner Training & this is on-going, with refresher courses for the Examiners no doubt required!

 

GQAL representatives have recently visited the UTD Head Office to provide initial training in the use of Exam Track.

 

All GQAL syllabi is currently undergoing an update, which as can be imagined with the stop start year this has been, has proved a little difficult to gain momentum with but it is a work in progress.

 

As an Association we are extremely pleased to now be able to provide you all with this opportunity and hope that you see this as the huge positive step forward that we do!

 

                         New for our Members - Dance Teaching Qualifications

                                  The Awards are offered at Three Levels

                          For more information please contact info@gqal.org

  • Certificate for Dance Teaching Assistant which sits at Level 3 of the RQF
  • Certificate in Dance Teaching which sits at Level 4 of the RQF
  • Diploma in Dance Teaching and Management which sits at Level 5 of the RQF

 

*MEMBERS - Please take a look at the Members section for a little more information, more will be added as we move forward with finalising this work*

 

*NEW MEMBERS - Please contact us direct for further information at

                                        dance@unitedteachersofdance.co.uk

 

UTD SELF-REGULATED SYLLABUS UPDATES

So we are now in the middle of 2021 and how lovely it has been to slowly get back into 'LIVE' 'FACE TO FACE' examination sessions with our members and their schools! A little differently as we follow and adhere to the restrictions still in place but we are getting on with it all the same......at last!

 

So, as we start to get back into the swing of things we need to tell you about some exciting updates that you will now see being implemented into UTD Syllabus and Marking systems.

  • UTD will now refer to our own (non-GQAL) work as SELF-REGULATED
  • Introduction of PASS+ to Primary Grade system for all genres is already in place.
  • Level 2 Ballet 'The Birthday Party Dance' - up to age 11yrs MUST still perform this dance in an examination session. Age 12yrs upwards, teacher can select own music HOWEVER the dance MUST remain demi character.
  • Level 3 Ballet 'The Hornpipe' will NO LONGER be danced. This will be replaced by teachers own choreographed piece to own choice of music but MUST include steps from Level 3.
  • Level 5 Ballet 'The Highland Fling' will NO LONGER be danced. This will be replaced by teachers own choreographed piece to own choice of music but MUST include an adage and allegro section.
  • Ballet Theory (Primary - Level 6) will be COMPULSORY for all candidates in an examination as per the UTD Ballet Theory Book now available direct from Head Office.

*******ALL BALLET UPDATES WILL BE PUT INTO PRACTISE  FROM 1st SEPTEMBER 2021, THERE WILL BE A 12 MONTH OVERLAP PERIOD & OLD WORK AS LISTED ABOVE WILL BE OBSOLETE BY 1st SEPTEMBER 2022*********

 

  • Performance Award Criteria has now been updated and is available direct from Head Office. This will commence from 1st January 2022.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

 

New crit sheets MUST be used for ALL examination sessions. They MUST be printed double sided in order to be accepted by Head Office.

 

New and updated crit sheets can be found in the Members section on this website.

 

Please refer to the new/updated price lists for Syllabus and Examinations that was sent to ALL principals earlier this year.

 

Please note the changes to the marking systems now in place for Musical Theatre, Street and Performance Awards. This has been done to maintain continuity with all other genres.

 

TRAINEE EXAMINER ANNOUNCEMENT:

 

UTD Examination Board are excited to announce the arrival of a new Trainee Examiner:

 

Mrs Victoria Dolan, who was recently announced as UTD Head of Ballet, has chosen to step into her Examiner's shoes and will be commencing her training this month!

 

Victoria's knowledge and expertise in the world of dance will not only be of value to candidates and teachers she will be Examining in the future, but to all involved within the UTD.

 

We welcome her as an Examiner and very much look forward to working with her during her training and Examiner status.

 

 

 

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