Dance teachers and 2020

Looking back over 2020 highlights the challenges that many dance teachers have faced. Talking with fellow teachers during this year has confirmed how we have had to learn new skills – Zoom being something that so many have become familiar with for meetings, classes and other teaching. Who would have thought at the beginning of the year that we would be doing much of our work online via Zoom?

To encourage dance teachers to do something for their own wellbeing, I offered a weekly free Mindful Relaxation session from March to July. These sessions were well received and from feedback, teachers found them very helpful. I hope that some of what we explored during these sessions is still in use and proving helpful.

With all the changes and uncertainties relating to having studios open or teaching in person, it has been a tough year. But dance teachers have shone through with their willingness to adapt and adjust their teaching and dance content to suit online teaching, showing the abilities of teachers to make the best of the situation they find themselves in. A huge well done to dance teachers everywhere for all their efforts to continue to support their students and keep their businesses running.

A big thank you to dance teachers around the world (you know who you are) who have taken the opportunity during 2020 to add to their knowledge, skills and understanding through taking one or more of my Short Online CPD Courses for Dance Teachers. I always enjoy working with you on these courses and witnessing the enthusiasm and sheer amount of development that happens over a short three week period. I look forward to working with you in 2021.If you haven’t joined us on one of my courses then perhaps you will in 2021.

The next group of Short Online CPD Courses for Dance Teachers are available to book now.

Here’s wishing you and yours very good health and happiness in 2021.

Warmest wishes, Sho

November 2020 courses available to book – special offer

We have a Special Offer for the November courses. You can get £10 off the cost of a second course by booking two courses together. These courses must both be for the same person and both start on Friday 6 November 2020. This is a great deal for teachers wanting to take two courses together. A number of teachers have taken two courses at the same time in the past reporting that they found this very doable.

There are three courses available to book for November. The closing date for booking is Sunday 1 November 2020. All times are UK times.

Courses available to book are:

Tension & Rigidity in Dance
Proprioception
Child Development for Dance Teachers

Short Online CPD course opportunities – Explore non-syllabus related topics – Certificates of completition

Due to Covid-19 restrictions and limitations an alternative reflective option will be given for teachers unable to teach their class in week 3.

These courses will be the last Short Online CPD Courses courses running in 2020. So grab this opportunity to get some CPD in before the end of the year.

The Embodiment Conference

The Embodiment Conference is running at the moment and finishes on 25 October. You can watch online presentations and sessions live or for a day or two afterwards for free.

The conference is organised by a company in Brighton and Hove so just along the coast from me in Sussex, UK. There are 1000 + speakers at the conference covering a range of topics including Dance & Creativity; Movement & Anatomy; Keynote and Meditation and Breath Work. Speakers come from across the globe. I have watched and listened to some great sessions this past few days. I love Tom Myers work on Anatomy Trains and I have had his book of the same name for many years. His session on the Anatomy of Vitality gives a top embodiment tip of ‘stay curious’. I couldn’t agree more. Being curious has to be one of the best things I was taught about and encouraged to be. Being curious is such a wonderful way to approach dance teaching and learning. For as dance teachers we are also learning too.

If you want to take a look and see what is available at The Embodiment Conference here is the link:

The Embodiment Conference

I hope you enjoy what this amazing conference has to offer. Why not come back and leave a comment here telling us what you liked about the session/s you attend?

Courses booking deadline extended

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The courses deadline for booking courses has been extended to Friday 31 July 2020. So if you want to take one of the courses starting early August you still have time to book.

Details of courses are available to download from the Short Online Courses page.

Mindful relaxation sessions finish at the end of July

We have been doing these free mindful relaxation for dance teacher, sessions since April and now they are coming to an end. This is because dance teachers are getting ready to get back into their studios and venues to teach once again.

It has been lovely doing these weekly sessions and I hope if you have joined us at any point along the way that you have enjoyed them too.

Good luck to all dance teachers getting back into the swing of classes and coping with all the changes that are required.

Don’t forget there is still time to book a place on the next short online courses beginning in August. Bookings close on Monday 27 July 2020.