INSTRUCTORS’ CODE OF CONDUCT – LINE DANCE
- Accepts that by joining the SADTA they will abide by the rules governing the Association.
- Agrees to cooperate with the SADTA to the best of their ability.
- Accepts and complies with the authority vested in the SADTA and the National Council.
- Register with SAMRO (SA Music Rights Organization). As a member of the SADTA you are entitled to a discounted annual fee.
- Offer a fair fee system without undervaluing your services.
- When taking a lesson from another instructor, expect to pay professional fees, higher than the rate that amateur dancers pay.
- Do not attempt to influence any examiner or judge on behalf of a competitor.
- Use the correct channels of communication to address issues of incompetence or misbehaviour of colleagues. (eg SADTA Line Dance Head).
- Communicating with the media may be done on your own behalf, for personal Studio promotions. Any questions relating to the SADTA should be referred to the relevant Chairman/Head.
- Personal & Studio advertising should be consistent with your qualifications and achievements and should not damage the image or standing of any colleague or student.
Responsibility to students
- Treat your students as worthy of effort on your part.
- Ensure that your students are informed of all events, competitions and medal tests.
- Where possible, support events and competitions either actively, or as spectators or volunteers
- It is your responsibility to ensure that your students are informed of the relevant rules and regulations governing competitions and medal tests.
- Students should be advised that all entrants to competitions/tests will be treated equally. No leniency will be given for injury or disability.
- Behaviour / appearance to be in accordance with what would be expected of a professional instructor in front of a class or at a dance event. Observe tact where necessary.
- It is advisable that all studios should ask all dancers to complete a registration form.
- This form should include an indemnity clause and a line disclosing which studio the student considers their home studio.
- Irrespective of who the home studio is, it is the student’s choice as to where they would like to go for training and with whom they would like to enter a medal test or competition.
- The studio however, does need to be aware of what level they may train a student to. (see Medal Tests)
Responsibility to fellow instructors, adjudicators & examiners
- Observe respect for your fellow Instructors.
- Don’t undermine their status or authority.
- Don’t make statements which are false or meant to discredit them.
- Don’t publicly criticise, harass, or make insinuations against other dance professionals.
- Acknowledge their work and achievements.
- Don’t tout for pupils from other clubs, and don’t ask your pupils to do this on your behalf.
- Don’t set up a club in the same premises or area without due consultation and consideration for the other instructor concerned.
- Refrain from making derogatory comments of any nature at competitions/medal tests, relating to the qualification of the Adjudicator/Examiner or the results thereof.
- To maintain standards, and because line dancing is continually evolving, instructors should endeavor to keep updated with line dance trends by any means available.
- Take private lessons from other instructors, surf the web, attend workshops and competitions.
- Subscribing to line dance magazines and newsletters, traveling overseas, watching videos etc, or by simply asking for help.