The words spoken by Gene Kelly at the beginning of the film, That’s Dancing, are a real favourite of mine. I have quoted them many times in my work. For me, these few words say so much about dance, its roots, its present and its future. They are inspiring and spoken by a man whose life was dance, dance, dance.
Read or spoken mindfully these words remind us of the dance that is within us. I was delighted to discover the video below, on YouTube, of the opening credits to the film That’s Dancing and if you listen to the very beginning you will hear the dulcet tones of Gene Kelly saying these wonderful words:
Long before the dawn of history, long before he could sing or even speak, man danced. Moving to his own internal rhythms, the pounding of his heart, the beating of his pulse, primitive man discovered dance. It is within us always.
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.
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 →
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?