New dates – courses available to book NOW

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?




The Adolescent Dancer – IADMS Regional Meeting in UK

On Friday 26 May 2017 there is an IADMS  Regional Meeting in UK. The day focuses on The Adolescent Dancer.  Continue reading

Book now – closing date Tuesday 25 April

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 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.




Useful articles about injury risk and recovery

Here are links to a couple of articles from Dance Magazine about risk and recovery from injury. I am sure you will find them interesting.

There is a lot of good information available today about helping dancers, dance students and dance teachers to pay attention to safe dance practice and consider dancer health and wellbeing during training. Continue reading

Mindfulness – Ruby Wax

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

Useful articles

_MG_0750I thought it was time to point you in the direction of some of the previous articles from

Feet are very important for dancers (and dance teachers) so I hope you will download the Focus on Feet exercises as well as reading the article and watching the short video about alignment of the Achilles.


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Past posts for dance teachers

Holding Daisies

In this post I am flagging up some previous posts that cover a variety of topics so you should find something that is useful for your dance teaching practice.

You can download a free performance booklet and read about why CPD is so much more than syllabus.

You can engage with articles published on the site by leaving comments or asking questions via the comment facility at the bottom of each post. Continue reading

Ballet shoes for black ballet dancers

I read an interesting article on the BBC website this morning about Eric Underwood, soloist from the Royal Ballet and the difficulties he has faced getting flesh coloured ballet shoes to tone with his black skin. The article explains how non-white ballet dancers have been using make-up on their shoes for years so that they tone with their skin. Click on the link below to read the article on BBC site to see how this problem is being resolved  for Eric and others.

Why don’t they make shoes for black ballet dancers?


From Eric’s video (via BBC site) showing him applying pancake make-up to his shoes

Teaching dance to older people

This is an area of dance that I did not intentionally get involved with but I am so glad that I did. Teaching older adults became popular through the exercise and fitness arena with the groups referred to as:

  • 50 plus
  • TOFFS (The over fifty fives)
  • Golden age
  • Gold
  • Seniors
    and so on…

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CPD is so much more than syllabus

StudyHave you noticed that my CPD courses and posts are not about dance syllabi? There is good reason for me avoiding syllabus in favour of all the other amazing things that are so enlightening and useful for dance teachers around the world. A good percentage of dance teachers are likely to be teaching some sort of syllabus in one or more dance genres. And if syllabus is your bread and butter for class content then why would you want to spend your CPD time looking at the same steps, movements and dances that you teach most of the time? Yes, we need to know the syllabus and content at each level but if we are teaching it regularly then is it not more useful to use your CPD time to enhance aspects of your dance teaching that whilst not about the syllabus, will surely add to your knowledge, skills and understanding of the how, what and why of dance teaching including syllabus? Teaching syllabus requires much more than just knowing the steps. To be able to teach with understanding of the physical and psychological issues relating to the learning and teaching of dance needs us to look outside of the syllabus and open ourselves up to the other areas and topics that help to make us better dance teachers.

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Foot on ball

Did you know that the foot has over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments?

Do you know what the main functions of the foot are?

Find some more basic foot facts in my Focus on Feet  free to download below.

As well as foot facts, Focus on Feet gives you some ideas for foot conditioning exercises. You can share these with your students and of course, you can do them yourself too.

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NEW – CPD online short courses

studentAre you a busy dance teacher? Do you find it difficult to find the time to attend or do CPD courses? If you do then my new online, CPD for Dance Teachers short courses, coming soon, could be just what you are looking for. These flexible online courses could give you the opportunity to enhance your skills while fitting your CPD around your busy schedule.

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