Impact Program | Teacher Training For Students

About The Impact Program
Pure Dance Works students ages 12-18 who have completed at least one semester of classes are eligible to apply to become a member of the Impact Program. This program has three tiers: Helper, Assistant, and Student Teacher. All members of the Impact Program are known as Impactors. Potential Impactors must consistently demonstrate kindness, respect, and responsibility. This is a great opportunity for students who may have an interest in teaching dance someday. Learning to teach is different than learning to dance, and the Impact Program is designed to train teacher hopefuls in the intricacies of effective instruction and provide valuable classroom experience and leadership development under the mentorship of a skilled teacher. You will be trained, evaluated and held accountable for showing progress in the qualities necessary for effective teaching in all age groups.

Cadets: Helpers (Ages 12-14)
Helpers are known as Cadets. Cadets do not need any formal training; they just need a desire to shadow a teacher and simply help out in class – reading stories, tying shoes, handing out props, running music, etc. Cadets gain valuable classroom experience and leadership development by participating in class and observing the teacher each week. Students who have been Cadets and enjoy the experience may wish to participate further in the official Impact Program Course to advance their training as an assistant and perhaps eventually a teacher.

Mates: Assistants  (Ages 12-18)
Assitants are known as Mates. This second level of the Impact Program is open to students ages 12-18. Upon acceptance into the program, Mates will enroll in and must successfully complete the required Impact Training Course. This course consists of 12 hours of study, including training in learning styles, classroom management and conduct, musicality and vocabulary, writing lesson plans for various styles of dance, and assistant roles and responsibilities in the classroom. Students complete 5 online training modules (one hour max per module), a 2 hour session at the studio with the Impact Coordinator, and 5 hours of classroom observation time. Coursework for Mates will be assigned in August and early September. The total cost for the Impact Training Course is $100. Those who complete the course will go on to participate in a volunteer apprenticeship as Mates. Mates assist the Instructor in class, and over the course of the year will be given small sections of class to lead. Mates may fill in as substitutes for Cadets and other Mates, and on a rare occasion, for the Instructor.

Volunteer Hour Requirement Fulfilment
Students who participate in the Cadet or Mate programs may report their hours as volunteer service to the National Honor Society or any other program requiring volunteer hours.

Skippers: Student Teachers (Ages 16-18)
Students ages 16-18 who have successfully completed the Impact Training Course and have served as a Cadet and/or Mate for at least two years may apply to become a Skipper. Skippers are Student Teachers with compensation for their leadership abilities, and perhaps one day may become full-fledged adult teachers. Skippers whose applications are accepted are are given their own class(es) to teach, and are compensated with a tuition credit towards the cost of their own classes. Skippers may be called on to substitute teach or assist in a variety of classes held at the studio.

Expectations Of All Impactors
Impactors are required to uphold high standards as model students and follow specific expectations. Please click here to view the policies and expectations for all Impactors.

Ready To Apply? ​
Click here to fill out the application for all levels of the Impact Program..​ There is a student section and a parent section; be sure the appropriate person fills out each section. Once you have been accepted, you and your parents will sign a social contract with your specific hours and responsibilities listed.


Your participation in this progressive leadership development program will help to build a solid foundation for future opportunities. We look forward to receiving your application, and if you are placed in a classroom, watching you blossom under the mentorship of an experienced instructor this year!