What have you read recently that has added to your CPD?

IMG_7360CPD covers many aspects of learning and review. I find reading an important aspect of CPD. There are so many wonderful books, journals, online and other materials out there for dance teachers to read and absorb. If it is a book then I don’t tend to read this type of book from cover to cover in page order the way I might read a fiction book. Instead I dip into it, perhaps reading a chapter on a particular topic, a few pages or even a paragraph or two on something of interest or with relevance to other stuff I am exploring.

We can distinguish the difference between reading something that has a CPD value and those that don’t. When I read for CPD I have my student hat on. What I mean by this is that I am actively engaged in learning about the topic or reviewing the topic. Either way I am adding to or reviewing my existing knowledge and understanding. When I read in this way it is all about making connections. Connecting new knowledge and understanding with what is already there. If you are a dance teacher at the beginning of your teaching career then you may be laying down some of the foundational knowledge that you will continue to build on through CPD over the years ahead. With CPD reading there is an element of retention and contributing to your own personal knowledge base. In contrast if you read something but are not actively engaged, not intending to retain any of it, not making connections with existing knowledge and understanding , not with your student hat on then it is unlikely that you are reading for CPD purposes.

IMG_7361Opening yourself up to doing CPD reading can be a very useful way to develop your knowledge and understanding as a dance teacher. Reading one thing might lead on to other avenues of CPD reading that you hadn’t thought of. It can be like opening treasure chests of knowledge and understanding that can contribute to you continuing to develop into the  best dance teacher you can be.

  • What have you read recently that has added to your CPD?
  • What has inspired you from your CPD reading?
  • What connections have you made from your CPD reading?
  • Have you got a favourite CPD article, book or paper that you return to time and time again and continue to learn from it?

Short articles here at cpdfordanceteachers.com can contribute to CPD. Here are a few that you might want to check out for yourself:

Goal setting in dance teaching


teaching Dancing for health

CPD and motivation

CPD is so much more than syllabus

Managing joint hypermobility – A guide for dance teachers

You can leave comments below about CPD reading. Why not share your CPD favourites?




Christmas pressie book

I am still dipping in and out of Dance Medicine in Practice – the latest addition to my library of learning resources. So this is not the review that I have promised. That is still to come. I just want to say that if you are wondering about a useful Christmas present then you won’t go wrong with this book.

Dance Medicine in Practice

There are lots of illustrations and pictures and these help with understanding. Dance people often find they respond well to visual learning so demonstrated exercises and where to wrap the therabands is very useful. The dance focus of the anatomy is great and   I am enjoying reading the chapter on the hip joint at the moment. Such a vital area for us to understand and incorporate into our teaching. This book is full of knowledge clearly understood by the author, medical doctor and osteopath, Lianne Simmel who is also a former professional dancer. As I say, a great book and well worth asking Santa for a copy.

Sorting out my books

studentI have been sorting out some of my books. This is a difficult task because my books relating to dance are all special in their own way. Some of my books go back a long way because I inherited them from my mother (my original dance teacher). I love these books and not just because they still offer great information but a few of them have my late mother’s handwritten notes in the margin. So looking through these books bring a rush of memories about learning to dance, learning to teach and discussions about all things dance.

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My latest book purchase

Dance Medicine in PracticeMy copy of Liane Simmel’s book ‘Dance Medicine in Practice’ (newly translated into English) and published by Routledge has just arrived. I love the anticipation of opening a brand new book. When I heard that Liane’s book was now available in I immediately ordered it and at first glance, it certainly does not disappoint.

This post is about my first impressions of this book as I have yet to read it. But flicking through the sections and pages it seems well thought out and offers a lot of useful information as one would expect from a medical doctor, osteopath and former professional dancer who specialises in dance medicine.

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Books for Sale

In an earlier post I mentioned the wonderful book Teaching Dance Skills: A Motor Learning and Development Approach by Marliese Kimmerle and Paulette Côté. My own copy was so worn that I decided to buy another copy. Getting it shipped from Canada is very expensive so I ordered a few extra copies (which helps to share out the cost of shipping). Continue reading