Shakti Dance™ school program is articulated in 5 levels which are designed to bring you toward the master level of teaching Shakti Dance™ as taught by Sara Avtar Kaur Olivier. We are working to make this program registered with yoga alliance, but we want to remind you that you don’t need accreditation by yoga alliance in order to teach Shakti Dance™; however, since Shakti Dance™ is a registered mark you need to receive a certificate by Sara Avtar who owns the Trade Mark or by one of the Master Teachers trained and licensed by her. On the other hand, we want you to feel safe and when the program will be registered by yoga alliance or other entity, your certificate will be included in the registered program even though you have obtained your certificate before the registration.
Please take a look at the overview of the program and read bellow for more detailed specification:
Level 1 teacher training (24 days-12 months): Level Instructor
Level 2 teacher training (1-2 years): Level Associate Teacher Trainer
Level 3 teacher training (1-2 years): Level Professional Teacher Trainer
Level 4 Teacher Training (1-2 years): Level Lead Teacher Trainer
Level 5 Teacher Training program (time undefined): Mentor Lead Trainer
Description of each level:
Level 1 teacher training (24 days-12 months); Level Instructor: this is the essential Teacher Training program to obtain the certificate. It is 12 months long unless it is decided to organize short seminars instead meeting once a month; in any case, it is long 24 days in total. You will be taught the basic structure of a class of SD, how to build it and understand the energy flow through the class. It is included yoga philosophy with deep exploration of Vedanta, Samkhya and Patanjali point of views, and Yoga mythology to understand the archetypes behind the main Hindu deities. You will be instructed in Ethic of a teacher and methodology, Yogi Anatomy and electromagnetism to understand the power of your mind. You will learn to create Celestial communication and Mantric choreography to understand sacred dance. You will be taught a little bit of history of dance, yoga and tantra tradition.
Cost of this program: $3,350-$3,750. Payment plans available.
Level 1 instructor license*: the first year It is included in your training cost. From the second year it is $26.00 per year.
Level 2 teacher training (2 years-24 months); Level Associate Teacher Trainer: After you have obtained your level 1 certificate and accomplished a few requirements, you can enter the program to become a trainer of Shakti Dance™. You must formally apply with the Lead Trainer you have obtained your certificate who is going to evaluate your proposal of intention and allow you to take part at the program. The program is basically 2 years long, but it can be shorten in case the Lead Trainer sees a good preparation and discipline, or it can be made longer if the candidate needs more guidance. These two years you will assist the Trainers of the level 1 TT program, and it will be asked to teach short parts of the program as part of your training. Moreover, you will be asked to make monthly reports of your progress and new idea about how to teach specific topics, you must be present to each session and in case of absence you have the obligation to make up. In addition, you will be subject to feedbacks from your Lead Trainer and/or other trainees in your same program. At the end of your training you will have the associate trainer level which will give you the chance to teach officially during a SDTT level 1 program (20-30% of the program) and be paid as associate trainer.
Requirements: Level 1 certificate, minimum 6 to 12 months of teaching (minimum 1 class a week for 6 months without interruption), create at least new 5 students for the new TT, initial interview with Dharma Devi.
Cost: $150 each week-end (when it is organized in seminars of 4 days you have to consider 2 week-ends; 6 days-3 week-ends; 8 days-4 week-end; etc). You can pay in one full payment of $1,800 or $150 each week-end. This cost has to be intended as an energy exchange your Lead trainer will be doing for you to assist your training your progress and to support you with what you need.
Associate Teacher License renewal*: $54.00 per year.
Level 3 teacher training (1-2 or more years): Level Professional Teacher Trainer: this is not a real training, but it is requested that you continue your progress under the supervision of your Lead Trainer. After you have reached your Associate Level, you will be allowed to teach some of the modules of a SDTT level 1 program during which you will be asked to maintain constant communication with your Lead Trainer who will be always present during your teaching. You will receive feedback privately about your progress and what needs to be improved. After a year or 2 as associate trainer, you will obtain the level of professional trainer which enables you to teach 40%-50% of a level 1 teacher training program and be paid as professional trainer.
Requirements: in order to achieve the professional level you need to have successfully completed your level 1 TT program, practiced as assistant trainer and as associate trainer. You need to have taught about 1000h of Shakti Dance™, and creates 10 or more students of Shakti Dance™ Teacher training. During the year as Associate trainer, it is required that you take 2 or more private coaching session with your Lead Trainer.
Cost: No cost. You pay only for of the private coaching session (Refer to the price at the time of your program).
Professional Teacher License renewal*: $108.00 per year.
Level 4 Teacher Training (1-2 or more years): Level Lead Teacher Trainer: it is exactly as the level 3, you will be operating as professional trainer, but it will not be requested the presence of your Lead Trainer while you are teaching. However, it will be asked to the students to fill in a form to give a feedback of your performance. Moreover, it will be asked to write a report after each teaching of your own experience and give a self-feedback of your work. The second year as professional trainer it will be asked to take responsibility of the organization of a teacher training. If you will show enough organizational abilities and economic responsibilities and human qualities to lead a group in training, at the end of the program you will be promoted to the level of Lead Trainer and allow to teach until the 80% of the SDTT level 1 program and organize Teacher Training level 1 as Lead Trainer (you will not be allowed to teach the training all by yourself).
Requirements: in order to achieve the Lead Trainer level you need to have successfully completed your level 1 TT program practiced as assistant trainer, as associate trainer and as professional/organizer. You need to have taught about 2000h of Shakti Dance™, and creates 15 or more students for Shakti Dance™ Teacher training. During the year as Professional trainer, it is required that you take 2 or more private coaching session with your Lead Trainer. In addition to the 2 coaching sessions, you will need to be trained into SDTT program organization and budget.
Cost: No cost. You pay only for of the private coaching session (Refer to the price at the time of your program)+ SDTT program organization and budget.
Lead Trainer License renewal*: $135.00 per year
Level 5 Teacher Training program (undefined); Mentor Lead Trainer: it is the conclusion of your program. After you have successfully performed as Lead Trainer for at least 2 cycle of a level 1 teacher training program, you are now totally independent, even though it is suggested to maintain a connection with your Lead Trainer and mentor. As Lead trainer and Master Teacher you have now humanitarian and economical responsibilities toward the Shakti Dance™ community that you helped to build. Even though, you have reached this level, you are not alone. Being a Master Teacher indicates only that you have reached enough experience and knowledge to lead independently a group of new students and be their leader, in order to uplift them and inspire them to become 10 thousand times better than you.
Requirements: in order to achieve the Master Lead Trainer level you need to have successfully completed your level 1 TT program practiced as assistant trainer, as associate trainer, as professional/organizer and as Lead trainer. You have to show good organizational skills and respect the economical obligation toward the U.S. SD School directed by Dharma Devi and toward Sara Avtar Olivier (specified in the budget and the TT agreement). You need to have taught about 3000h of Shakti Dance™, and creates 20 or more students for Shakti Dance™ Teacher training.
Cost: No cost. You pay only if you need any private consultation with your Lead Trainer.
Mentor Lead Trainer license renewal*: $150.00 per year
IMPORTANT: The above school's structure gives you an idea of what a candidate has to commit to in order to fulfill the requirements to become fully independent in the spiritual art of Shakti Dance as taught by Sara Avtar Olivier. However, each person is different and brings with her/him a different background, so your previous experience will be considered. On the other hand, we ask you to be respectful of the ethic and methodology of the system and respect the idea of community that sustain everybody. If any form of disrespect will be noticed, you will be asked to leave the program. Even though Sara Avtar Olivier is not present and she is not officially your lead trainer and mentor, we ask you to maintain a connection with her work and energy, since she is the creator of this amazing system. Dharma Devi, Shakti Dance School Director
*What is the teacher license? This cost is to allow you to use the SD logo and be listed on the U.S. Shakti Dance™ website. It will give you also right to receive discount or free participation to workshops, retreats and other events organized by U.S. Shakti Dance School.
“Not only has my physical posture improved, I also feel myself to be inwardly strengthened. I feel my whole being is harmonized and experience a new softness and devotion toward my life and others. With more inner peace and freedom, even my marriage has become more harmonious and fulfilling.” (Helga, Paris)
“Shakti Dance™ has greatly effected my life and has consolidated a long time period of spiritual and personal research. It has rejuvenated me both physically and spiritually and has provided me with many new tools I can easily use to enhance and help during the day-to-day grind in the realm of Maya” (Claire, Florence