A new international dance teacher’s course has been launched at West Cheshire College in Ellesmere Port.

The International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA) qualification in modern dance teaching at Level 4 has only just been accredited. The college is one of the first in the country to offer the opportunity.

Building on what the college describes as its reputation for excellent teaching and training in dance, the new course will develop and support students who wish to progress to become dance teachers themselves.

Dance and performing arts tutor Cheryl Andrews said: “West Cheshire College is a fantastic environment for students to progress and develop their dance and performance skills.

“To now be able to offer the new IDTA teaching qualification is really exciting for the college as it allows us to offer courses which take students from entry level all the way up to qualified dance teachers.”

Shannon Newbanks, 22, from Ellesmere Port is one student who has done exactly that.

Joining the college in 2011 she has successfully completed a range of qualifications in dance and performing arts.

After dancing professionally she has now returned to the college to be one of the first to study the new teaching qualification.

She said: “I’ve always had a passion for dance and performing arts and since the college and the tutors had such a great reputation, it was an easy decision to choose to go and study there.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time at the college, the courses are some of the best and the tutors are fantastic.”

“The new course is great and to think I will be a qualified teacher by the time I graduate next year is amazing.”

The college is holding open auditions for dance programmes in 2017 on Monday November 14 when potential students can spend the day participating in the audition classes.

Registration is open now by emailing Sharon Brown, manager of theatre and productions at s.brown@west-cheshire.ac.uk.