Trainee teachers taking CPD courses

studentI get enquiries from dance teachers in training asking if it is possible for them to take the Short Online CPD Courses for Dance Teachers. these enquiries arise because they are still training to become a dance teacher and wonder if trainee teachers are welcome on the courses.

The answer is, yes, trainee dance teachers are very welcome to take these CPD courses. If you are a trainee dance teacher and want to take these CPD courses then as long as you can plan (as part of the course) and organise the class to teach in week three of your course then no problem. If you are in training them you may need to teach a class that is not actually your own class but for the purpose of the courses and your development this should not be a problem, as long as you check with the school or institution that they are happy for you to teach a class as part of your course.

Trainee teachers who have already taken these courses have found them useful for their training because they explore aspects of dance teaching that are not syllabus and touch on topics not necessarily covered in basic dance teacher training.

If you are a dance teacher in training, why not check out the current course dates?


Course dates for October to December 2016


Start date: Friday 11 November 2016
Finish date: Thursday 1 December 2016
Closing date for bookings: Monday 31 October 2016

Learning and Teaching Dance: Tension & Rigidity in Dance

Bookings for this course have closed.

Dance Teaching Ethics: an introduction

Bookings for this course have closed.

Further information
Further information about each course is available on the Short Online Courses page – once there scroll down for individual course details and links to course information sheets to download. This is also where you will find the general information about the Short Online CPD Courses for Dance Teachers.

Each course takes 10 hours of your time over a period of three weeks and only costs £55 (GBP) which is fantastic value.

If you want to take two courses at the same time (and some teachers do) please ensure that you have time to do two courses together and can teach two classes (one for each course) in week three of the courses. Please read the Short Online Courses page for further information about the courses.

The October courses are now underway


Start date:  Friday 14 October 2016
Finish date:  Thursday 3 November 2016
Closing date for bookings:  Monday 3 October 2016

Learning and Teaching Dance: teaching dance to older people

Bookings for this course are now closed.

Safe Dance Teaching Practice: proprioception   

Bookings for this course are now closed.

Physics of the hardest move in ballet

Creative people over at TED-Ed Original have produced a great educative, animation video about The physics of the ‘hardest move’ in ballet – the fouetté. If you have ever struggled with performing or teaching fouettés then this short video will interest you.



Did you enjoy the video? What did you learn from it? If you have found it useful for your performing or teaching then please leave a comment below that others might find helpful.



Teaching dance to older people – congratulations to teachers completing course

Certificate of completion sampleMany congratulations to the dance teachers around the world who have this week, completed the Teaching dance to older people, short online CPD course.

As always it is exciting and rewarding to see just how much development happens over the three short weeks of the course. Continue reading

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

Lectures from the champion dancer or the champion dancer’s coach?

LeapingIt interests me that in dance it is often the case that a current champion or successful competitor is booked to give a lecture to dance teachers or their students. And why is this? Do current champions know how to help others become champions or is it more likely that they just know their own experience of how they became champions? Continue reading

Woman worked at dance school despite child cruelty conviction

A recent newspaper headline grabbed my attention. It read:

How did this woman get job at kids’ dance school?

This is a story reported about a woman, married to a British man who has been jailed in Crete for 19 years and seven months for carrying out sickening crimes against children on Crete. The woman who had fled to UK was sentenced to a year in prison, in her absence for child cruelty by a Greek court. Despite this she managed to get a job as a receptionist at a large, internationally renowned dance school in UK. Continue reading

International Dance Medicine & Science Conference


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The 26th Annual IADMS Conference will be held in Hong Kong in October 2016. Following the main IADMS conference, is a Day for Teachers where presentations and movement sessions focus on applying new knowledge and understanding to the teaching of dance. There are often panel discussions where teachers are encouraged to share their own experiences and discoveries. These Day for Teachers, events offer teachers a lot of potential development in one day.

A lot has happened since 1999

Since 1999, when I joined IADMS, so much has happened in the field of dance medicine and science. And this progression has enhanced and furthered my own professional development time and time again. In addition to IADMS related events, there are the publications, resources and the extremely valuable networking with other industry professionals. I have travelled around the world attending IADMS Conferences from UK visiting various countries around Europe, USA and even Australia. And I have been privileged to present aspects of my own work at a number of these international conferences. Some of the Powerpoint slides of these presentations are available to download for free from the downloads page at ethicsdance.

For many years I have also been involved with one of the committees of IADMS. We started out as the Member Relation Committee and now we are the Development Committee. A key task for the Committee is to encourage support for IADMS in the dance medicine & science world, the dance teaching and education world, in the fields of bodyworkers and movement specialists working with or who want to work with dancers and all who have an interest in the health and wellbeing of dancers.

Supporting IADMS

If you are part of a dance teaching organisation that you think would benefit from a relationship with IADMS then why not ask them if they support IADMS? I am very happy to provide information to organisations who want to know more about supporting IADMS. Just put them in touch with me or give them this website address.

Membership of IADMS

Membership of IADMS is available to anyone actively connected with the healthcare, education, administration and supervision of dancers and/or is a member of the dance community.

There are many benefits of membership of IADMS including:

  • increase your knowledge of dance medicine and science and add a new dimension to the care of the dancers that you work with.
  • Network with other professionals in the field.
  • Receive the Journal of Dance Medicine & Science which is the official publication of IADMS and individual members (not corporate, schools or companies) also receive free access to JDMS articles online.
  • Quarterly email newsletter.
  • Receive a discounted registration rate when attending IADMS conference.
  • Receive discounted rates for various publications available from IADMS online shop.

You can find more information about joining IADMS and the associated benefits here.

Journal of Dance Medicine & Science (JDMS)

The Journal is a quarterly, peer-reviewed, scientific journal, indexed in MEDLINE. Dance teachers/educators, who are members of IADMS receive the printed journal as part of their membership as well as free online access. JDMS can be subscribed to by institutions for their libraries.

JDMS aims to provide members/subscribers with one source for up-to-date information from a whole range of topics covering every aspect of dance medicine and science.


Being a member of IADMS for about 17 years now, has given me a wide variety of opportunities to develop aspects of my knowledge, skills and understanding about many areas directly and indirectly related to the learning and teaching of dance. Furthermore, I have had some wonderful CPD conversations* with industry professionals from the field of dance medicine and science and education. In fact it was one such conversation at my first IADMS with Julia Buckroyd, author of the wonderful book The Student Dancer, Emotional Aspects of the Teaching and Learning of Dance, that encouraged me to continue my studies by doing a PhD. Not only did this come to being but Professor Julia Buckroyd (now Professor Emeritus) became one of my two supervisors for my PhD. I can truly say that a CPD conversation can lead to valuable continuous professional development.

I have enjoyed many CPD conversations connected to IADMS since that one back at the beginning of my relationship with IADMS. And a lot of learning and development has emerged from these CPD conversations. Networking with industry professionals and encouraging CPD are vital aspects of what IADMS has to offer.

If you are not familiar with IADMS and the IADMS website why not take a look around it today to see what it has to offer?

*conversations where active professional development occurs or directly leads to professional development.






Teaching older people to dance – last day for bookings

SendIf you are considering booking on the Learning and Teaching Dance: Teaching dance to older people Short Online CPD Course for Dance Teachers then today is the last day for bookings. So you still have time if you can get your booking and payment completed today – Monday 25 April 2016.

If you want to pay online please email me your completed booking form and I will send you an invoice with the payment link so you can pay either via Paypal or by card. For a BACS (bank) transfer the details are on the booking form.

I am delighted at the interest in this course and looking forward to exploring this new topic with you, if you are joining me in May.



Dance and older people

New pathToday older people enjoy a whole range of dance activities. Older adult classes are increasingly available with more dance teachers realising that there are lots of older people who want to dance and be active.

There are differences between teaching say, children’s ballet and teaching ballet to older adults. Equally, with other dance genres such as tap, Jazz dance and the other theatre styles there are adjustments to be made to suit the needs of the people you teach. Social dance genres such as ballroom, Latin, sequence, Salsa and so on have been offering dance classes for older adults for many decades but even these genres need to consider the needs of their participants when choosing appropriate dances and dance content for them.

Another social dance genre that many older adults enjoy is Line dancing and just as with all the other dance genres, it is vital to consider the needs and abilities of those you are teaching when choosing dance content, pace of teaching, tempo of music and so on. Making dance classes for older people inclusive and not exclusive is important to avoid them feeling that they cannot join in. As our older adults getting older, their needs and abilities change and if we respond to these changes by adapting how we teach and the dance content we give them we can help our older dancers to enjoy and get the benefits of dancing for longer.

I like to think about the health and social benefits of teaching dance to older people and we will explore these benefits and much more during my short online CPD course for dance teachers – Learning and Teaching Dance: teaching dance to older people. The closing date for booking this course is Monday 25 April 2016 and the course begins on Friday 6 May 2016. Don’t forget you can pay online now so easier to pay for your course especially if you are outside of the UK.

Why not join me in exploring this exciting area of dance teaching?


April courses – bookings close today

LogoAre you intending to book one or both of the April 2016 courses? Then you need to get your booking and payment in today Wednesday 6 April as it is the last day for accepting bookings/payment for these short online courses.

If you have sent in your booking form and have not yet paid then please note that payments for April courses must be received today (UK time) in order to confirm your booking/s. If you want to pay online and have not requested an invoice with the online payment link then please ask for this now so you can make your online payment in time.

Already booked? I am looking forward to working with you on the Aspects of Anatomy:  exploring basic anatomy and function in dance and/or Dance Teaching Ethics: an introduction.

The April courses begin on Friday 22 April 2016. Further details are available here.

Next Course coming up

The next course is the Learning and Teaching Dance: teaching dance to older people that begins on Friday 6 May 2016. Closing date for the May course is: Monday 25 April 2016.



Dancing to keep young

Sea & skyDriving home this evening I heard on the radio that Journalist, Angela Rippon has a new, two part show being aired on Thursdays 7 and 14 April 2016 on BBC 1, 9pm.

She spoke about dance being scientifically good for us because it ticks all the boxes such as, fitness, flexibility, core stability, socialisation and keeps the brain active remembering all those steps and dances. She spoke passionately about older people dancing and how good it is for people in their 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Having taught ladies and gents of 80 plus and even on or two of 90 plus I can confirm how well they respond to dancing as long as it is taught and danced at a pace they can cope with.

The first of Angela Rippon’s programmes is apparently about keeping the body young and the second one is about keeping the brain (or mind) young. They seem worth watching if you can.

It is always good to hear someone speak passionately about older people dancing. I think the genres she mentioned specifically are ballet, Line dancing and belly dancing. So quite a range and why not? Dancing is not just for the young. It has so much to offer people of all ages.

If you are interested in teaching older people to dance or already teach classes for older people then why not take the short online CPD course starting in May: Learning and Teaching Dance: teaching dance to older people?

And don’t forget you can now pay for your courses online via Paypal and credit cards.