Re: Reality of Training to Teach Posted by anymouse 6/24/2008 2:14:00 PM
"I agree with what you say. But what is the link that turns a social dancer into a professional one?"
In most cases, a competition career, first as an amateur and then as a professional.
Yes, it is possible to become a teacher without this, but there is no ready substitute for the day-in-day-out focus of competitions efforts for organizing and sustaining your training. If not competing, you will have to create your own structure and convince teachers that you are serious about pursuing it.
There are teachers who specialize in preparing candidates for exams; contact the professional society you are interested in for a list.