Southern Association of Dance Masters

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Certified Student
Teacher Program

Certified Student Teachers are the latest edition to the SADM membership opportunities. If you are a student age 16 or 17 and are actively engaged as a dance teacher or assistant teacher with at least two years of prior experience, you may be qualified to join!

Check out the benefits and advantages to becoming a Certified Student Member:

  • Performance opportunities at SADM conventions
  • Ability to take convention classes in either Teacher or Senior Rooms
  • Potential opportunities to assist convention faculty upon request
  • Eligibility for memorial scholarships offered by SADM
  • Exclusive meetings and events during SADM conventions
  • Specific CSM T-shirts
  • Opportunity to earn voting privileges and be obligated into SADM general membership*

* NOTE: In order to receive Active Member status, a CSM must be obligated within one year following his/her 18th birthday. If they do not comply, they must be re-tested for active membership.

To apply to be a CSM, you must;

  • Be 16 or 17 years of age.
  • Complete the Membership Application and circle the CSM option.
  • Pay the one-time $40 application fee 
  • Obtain sponsorship by a SADM Member, in good standing, or provide two letters of recommendation in the field of dance who will vouch for the applicant's good moral character.
  • Mail the completed form, sponsorship or recommendations & application fee to:

Rosemary Turner, Chief Examiner

39 Wesleyan Place

Dallas, GA 30132

  • Pass the SADM exam in one or more of the following categories: tap, ballet, or jazz.

If you have questions on the CSM program, please contact Jessica Wilson

Junior Ambassador Program

Junior Ambassadors (formerly known as Junior Members) have special meetings at each SADM convention. They also receive an exclusive t-shirt. At the summer convention, junior ambassadors have the unique honor of performing as the opening act at the convention banquet.

If you want to become a junior ambassador, the first thing to do is check this list :

  • Are you between 11 and 16 years old?
  • Have you previously attended at least 1 convention?
  • Is a current dance teacher a  SADM member?

Good so far? Here's what you need to do next:

  • Fill out the application for the junior ambassador program.
  • Write a short essay on why you'd like to be a Junior Ambassador.
  • Have your teacher write a check  to SADM for $20 to cover your membership fee. 

Mail the completed form, essay, and membership fee to:

SADM Junior Ambassador Program

c/o Cheyenne Johnson

3147 Lichen Dr.

Bartlett, TN 38134