Do you need to achieve a certain amount of CPD each year? These short online courses could be just what you need. They might contribute to your annual CPD requirements by qualifying as external CPD points or credits with your dance teacher organisation or body. Why not download the course information sheets and give them to the body that monitors your CPD requesting that the course/s be counted towards your CPD total for the year? Your CPD monitoring body can contact me if after reading the information sheets they have further questions about the courses.
I have put all the details about the first two courses here in one place so you don’t have to hunt through a variety of other posts for them. Additional downloadable course information and the booking information is all here for you to read and download.
The first two courses start on Friday 17 April 2015 and they are:
Aspects of Anatomy for Dance Teachers: exploring basic shoulder anatomy and function in dance.
In dance we tend to talk about placing and moving the arms and not focusing on the shoulder joint where the movement occurs. So, in this course, we will explore the basic anatomy of this vital joint and then focus on how it functions in dance. You will consider ways of incorporating teaching methods that aim to improve shoulder alignment and movement into your own teaching practice.
Download the course information sheet: Aspects of Anatomy for Dance Teachers – shoulder
Learning and Teaching Dance: tension and rigidity in dance.
First we will reflect on how tension and rigidity are often taught or encouraged as a way of achieving control in dance. This might relate to a rigid and tense posture or use of tension and tightness to support the arms or perhaps tensing the feet when dancing. Then we will explore methods and approaches relating to your own dance teaching practices that should help to develop control in your students’ technique and performance without relying on tension and rigidity.
Download the course information sheet: Learning and Teaching in Dance – tension and rigidity
Time commitment given in the information sheets is your total time commitment spread over the three weeks of the course.. Your reading, viewing or studying of course materials, preparing and doing your assignments including your teaching session, reflections and your email tutorials should all fit into the time commitment hours given. This does not mean you won’t be tempted to spend more time exploring the topics and activities on the courses. If you are like me then you might find that you get hooked on a topic, your curiosity driving you to continue exploring beyond the course and well into the future. The time commitment is simply a guide to the time that you should set aside to do the course. I hope that doing these short online CPD courses will enhance your knowledge, skills and understanding for your own benefit as well as those you have the privilege to teach.
Please note that both courses are running twice as follows:
Friday 17 April 2015 (finishing Thursday 8 May 2015)
Friday 12 June 2015 (finishing Thursday 2 July 2015)
Both dates are available to book now.
Taking a course with dance teacher colleagues or friends. Studying together is a good way to support each other. You can engage in discussions and share knowledge and ideas. You may have colleagues or dance teacher friends that want to take a short online CPD course at the same time as you.