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:
A brand new course Positive psychology for dance teachers is available to book now. You can download information sheet about this new course from the Short Online Courses page.
Running at the same time will be the popular Teaching dance for health, short online course for dance teachers. Both courses are available to book now on the Book a course page.
During lockdown and as some begin to ease out of lockdown there is an alternative reflective task for the usual taught class or session for teachers who cannot teach live in the studio or community venue.
Many of you will have already downloaded my booklet on Preparation for Performance but if you haven’t then it is below if you want to download it.
I wrote it for Highland Dancers but the exercises. breathing and all are suitable for all dancers (and teachers). In sport they pay attention to preparing for performance instead of leaving it to chance. We can prepare for performance in dance too whether that be for examination, competitions and to make sure we can do our best in class.
Work is taking place on a new short online CPD course for dance teachers: Positive psychology for dance teachers. When this new course is available to book details be will posted on this site. Alternately you can contact us to register your interest in Positive psychology for dance teachers.
Positive psychology for dance teachers
The goal of positive psychology in well-being theory,…is to increase the amount of flourishing …
Seligman M E P (2011) Flourish: A new understanding of Happiness and Well-Being – and how to achieve them London Nicholas Brealey Publishing
…to facilitate the flourishing of each individual dancer by valuing them for what they are as well as what they can do.
Botham S (2000) A Dancer is a Person – poster presentation IADMS Conference, Miami, Florida
Current CPD courses
Current short online CPD courses for dance teachers
During lockdown all the short online CPD courses have adjustments made to the week 3 work to enable courses to be completed without the need to teach a class. An adjusted reflective exercise can be done instead of the usual relfections on the taught class or session.