I am running two short online CPD courses for dance teachers starting on Friday 10 November 2017. Details and booking at Book a Course.
Teachers often ask if they can take two courses at the same time and my answer is yes, of course, as long as you have sufficient time available to fit in both courses and also teach the class for each course in week three. The class for each course needs to focus on what we explore about the topic on that course so if you do take two courses then you will need to teach two classes in the final week of the course. As long as you can do this then you are welcome to take two courses together. Teachers who have taken two courses at the same time have reported many benefits as topics always have connections with each other. After all they are all about enhancing our knowledge, skills and understanding of how we teach.
You can find out more about the courses available to book and all the courses that we offer at Short Online Courses. And you can book current courses at Book a Course.
Why don’t you join me on a short online CPD course for dance teachers in November?
A link to this interesting article dropped into my inbox the other day. Older people and dance is something I have been interested in for a long time. I have taught a variety of different dance genres to older people and saw the positive impact learning and enjoying dance can have on this dance population.
It is good to read about the positive outcomes for older people who are given new challenges in the dance class each week. The constantly changing patterns of steps, movements, arm positions or patterns are thought to account for the difference in balance displayed by the dance group in the study. This certainly reflects my own experience of teaching older people dance. After just a few weeks I often noticed improvements in balance and of course maintaining good balance abilities is good in helping to reduce trips and falls. As well as improvement to balance I also noticed how much confidence the older people would gain when they could remember and perform their dance sequences or short dances without depending on cues from me, their teacher.
Below are some of the earlier articles that I have written here about older people and dance that you might want to read:
Bookings for the current two short online CPD courses for dance teachers close tomorrow, Tuesday 25 April 2017. If you want to take either of these courses you need to make sure you book your course/s on time.
You can book via Paypal or Credit Card. Go to Book a Course page.
Information about all the courses offered by Dr Sho Botham here at cpdfordanceteachers.com is available at the Short Online Courses page.
If you need some external CPD to make up your hours for this CPD year then these two courses could be just what you are looking for. If you want to enhance your understanding of Proprioception and explore how it helps the performance of your students then sign up now for the Proprioception course. Or if you want to explore Mindfulness in Dance Teaching and how it can give you a new dimension to your dance teaching then you can sign up for the Mindfulness in Dance Teaching course now.
The closing date for the next two short online courses is 10 March 2017. So you still have time to book your place on either or both courses. You can book these courses now.
The two courses are, the brand new: Mindfulness in Dance Teaching and the popular Teaching Dance to Older People. For general information about the short online courses visit the Short Online Courses page – scroll down for information about individual courses.
At only £55 per course, these are fantastic value and a great way to do some CPD.
Dance teachers are busy people. How often do we hear about how a teacher is rushing around or trying to fit in an extra class or doing some other busy thing? Below is a video of a lecture given by Ruby Wax in 2013 about Mindfulness. Continue reading →
Dates for the first group of short online cpd courses for dance teachers in 2017 will be published on the site next week.
You will be able to book your short courses then too.
So don’t forget to check back here next week to find out about short courses coming up very soon.
You can find general information about the Short Courses here. The new Mindfulness in Dance Teaching short online course will be added to the list shortly. Why not read the recent article about this topic?
Imagery was part of my dance training although I did not think of it as movement or dance imagery at the time. It was just something we incorporated into our training and performance. When I first took part in a movement/dance imagery workshop with Eric Franklin at an IADMS (International Association for Dance Medicine & Science) conference many years ago I was reminded of how important imagery is in dance learning and teaching.
Articles and books
In recent years there has been an increasing amount of articles and books promoting the positive use of imagery in training, rehearsal and performance. Although imagery has been around for a very long time it is still relatively new to some. We can learn a lot from the study and use of imagery in our teaching.
Mabel Todd’s wonderful book The Thinking Body, first published in 1937 (and still available today), tells us on page 295: Continue reading →