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j0308887Click here to book your place on a November short online CPD courses for dance teachers.

Please note that the closing date for the November courses is Monday 31 October 2016.

For general information about the short online CPD courses for dance teachers click here.

 


 

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.

 

 

January and April 2016 course dates

There are two short online CPD courses for dance teachers running in January 2016. Details and booking forms are available below.

Starting: Friday 15 January 2016

Completing: Thursday 4 February 2016

Proprioception balance on one leg

 

 

 

 

Safe Dance Teaching Practice: proprioception – NEW

This is a brand new course looking at proprioception in relation to dance teaching and learning. We will explore this ‘sixth sense’ or ‘awareness of one’s body in space’ and consider ways to develop and enhance this in the dance students you teach. We will also consider teaching techniques for dance students with reduced proprioception such as those with hypermobility syndrome. Planing and delivering a session or class focusing on developing proprioception enables an opportunity to apply this understanding in your dance teaching practice.

As with all of the Short Online CPD Courses for Dance teachers, the weekly email tutorials over the three weeks of the course are an important aspect of this CPD.

For more details about this course download the information sheet below:

Short online CPD – Proprioception

Booking form – Short Online CPD courses 2016

Closing dates for courses

Closing dates for courses have been introduced so please ensure bookings and payment are received by the closing date for the course/s you wish to take.

Please note that the closing date for bookings and payment for the January 2016 courses is: Thursday 31 December 2015

 

Relaxing

Learning and Teaching Dance: tension and rigidity in dance

This is proving to be a popular course with teachers. First we will reflect on how tension and rigidity are often taught or encouraged as a way of achieving control in dance. This might relate to a rigid and tense posture or use of tension and tightness to support the arms or perhaps tensing the feet when dancing. Then we will explore methods and approaches relating to your own dance teaching practices that should help to develop control in your students’ technique and performance without relying on tension and rigidity.

Download the course information sheet for this course:

Learning & Teaching Dance – tension & rigidity in dance

Booking form – Short Online CPD courses 2016

Closing dates for courses

Closing dates for courses have been introduced so please ensure bookings and payment are received by the closing date for the course/s you wish to take.

Please note that the closing date for bookings and payment for the January 2016 courses is: Thursday 31 December 2015

 

 

April Courses

Dates and details for courses staring in April are:

Starting: Friday 22 April 2016

Completing: Thursday 12 May 2016

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Dance Teaching Ethics: an introduction

Ethics and dance teaching might seem like a totally new topic for dance teachers but in reality dance teachers have been dealing with ethical dilemmas for a long time. In ethical dance teaching practice we aim to deal with such dilemmas in ways that respect the whole person. We do this through teaching methods and approaches that value dance students and dancers for what they are rather than what they can do. In other words, valuing the person they are and not just their dance abilities. This ethical or person-centred dance teaching practice considers both the physical and psychological aspects of the teaching. Ethical teaching helps student dancers and dancers to reach their fullest potential.

During this course we will explore, discuss and reflect on examples of teaching ethically and how ethical principles can be applied in dance teaching practice. We will also consider the codes, rules or standards that dance teachers often sign up to and how they work or not in practice.

For more details about this course download the information sheet below:

Short CPD- Dance teaching ethics – an introduction

Booking form – Short Online CPD courses 2016

Closing dates for courses

Closing dates for courses have been introduced so please ensure bookings and payment are received by the closing date for the course/s you wish to take.

Please note that the closing date for bookings and payment for the April 2016 courses is: Wednesday 6 April 2016

 

Front of shoulder anatomy model

Aspects of Anatomy: exploring basic shoulder anatomy and function in dance

In dance we tend to talk about placing and moving the arms and not focusing on the shoulder joint where the movement occurs. So, in this course, we will explore the basic anatomy of this vital joint and then focus on how it functions in dance. You will consider ways of incorporating teaching methods that aim to improve shoulder alignment and movement into your own teaching practice.

For more details about this course download the information sheet below:

Short CPD- Aspects of Anatomy- shoulder

Booking form – Short Online CPD courses 2016

Closing dates for courses

Closing dates for courses have been introduced so please ensure bookings and payment are received by the closing date for the course/s you wish to take.

Please note that the closing date for bookings and payment for the April 2016 courses is: Wednesday 6 April 2016

I hope to have an opportunity to work with you on one or more of the courses outlined above.

 

Congratulations to teachers completing September courses

Sample certificateA big congratulations to everyone who completed the short online CPD courses that started in September.

It is great to work with teachers who are so interested in exploring the course topics. I am especially delighted with the response to the course Dance Teaching Ethics: an introduction. During the course a lot of ethical issues arose and were explored with each teacher relevant to his or her own dance teaching practice in UK and overseas. This personal aspect of these courses is a key benefit as it enables course content and materials to be meaningful for individual dance teachers and their dance teaching practice and not just in general. I look forward to working with another group of dance teachers on this course in the future.

 

Next courses

The next courses will begin in early 2016 and dates will be published on this site very soon. Please check back for details or use the free sign up (on the right) to get email notifications of new posts published or if preferred join the RSS feed.

Please note that there will be a closing date for booking future courses.  This will be published along with course information. Please make sure to check the closing date for booking courses in the future, to avoid disappointment.

 

 

Not much time left until September courses start

If you are thinking about signing up for one or more of the courses starting on 25 September then you still have time.

I will give you the links below to the earlier information posts about the courses as well as booking and payment details.

September courses details

More details about September courses

Booking your CPD course

Remember these short online courses only cost £49 (Sterling) per person – dance teachers from around the world take these courses. This is extremely good value and includes a Certificate of Completion that gives the course hours and completion date. Some dance teachers have used their Completion Certificate to satisfy their awarding body of taking external CPD.

Next course dates after September

I have been asked a few times about the dates for the next short online CPD courses for dance teachers. The dates are not set yet but they will be in the early part of next year.

If you don’t want to wait until next year to take a short CPD course then why not sign up today for a course starting on 25th of this month?

More details about September Courses

I am pleased to be able to offer two new courses for the September group of courses starting on 25th. I want to expand a little on what you can expect to explore and address on these two new courses.

 

Learning and Teaching Dance: teaching social and leisure dance

Further to what I said in my earlier post about this course, I want to encourage everyone teaching social and leisure dance to join me on this course. With guided development tips about teaching this wonderful population of dancers, you can help your dancers to get the most from their dance hobby.

There are many settings and situations for teaching social and leisure dance and this is why it is so important for you to be able to tailor your development to enhance your own dance teaching practice. If you are teaching young people, older dancers or a group of mixed level dancers then your main focus on the course will be on the teaching aspects and needs for your particular group.

Learning social and leisure dance should be fun and this is remembered throughout the course.

Whatever social dance genre you teach you should find plenty of opportunities on this course to help to stimulate and inspire your dance teaching practice.

To the Line dance teachers who have been in touch recently, I hope we can work together on this course next month.

 

Dance Teaching Ethics – an introduction

I wondered about the title for this course because saying the ‘e’ (ethics) word might put teachers off. But the reality is that the ethics of what we do and how we behave as dance teachers is what it is all about. This is not a heavy duty academic course but a short introduction to what I like to refer to as ‘doing the right thing in dance’.

Ethics and dance teaching might seem like a totally new topic for dance teachers but in reality dance teachers have been dealing with ethical dilemmas for a long time. In ethical dance teaching practice we aim to deal with such dilemmas in ways that respect the whole person. We do this through teaching methods and approaches that value dance students and dancers for what they are rather than what they can do. In other words, valuing the person they are and not just their dance abilities. This ethical or person-centred dance teaching practice considers both the physical and psychological aspects of the teaching. Ethical teaching helps student dancers and dancers to reach their fullest potential.

During this course we will explore, discuss and reflect on examples of teaching ethically and how ethical principles can be applied in dance teaching practice. We will also consider the codes, rules or standards that dance teachers often sign up to and how they work or not in practice.

I fully believe that embodying ethics in our dance teaching practices helps us to be better dance teachers.

As with all of my online courses, the emphasis is about applying the development in practice and seeing and feeling results. There is no formal essay writing. Any writing is in note form so that you can write your thoughts about your teaching practice without worrying about writing in academic format.

Will you join me on this course to explore another aspect of dance teaching practice?

 

 

The third course available to take in September, is one that has already been enjoyed by dance teachers from around the world:

Learning and Teaching Dance: tension and rigidity in dance

This course has already been run very successfully, twice this year. Reflecting on how tension and rigidity are often taught or encouraged as a way of achieving control in dance, certainly makes for interesting study. Feedback from earlier courses found that applying the techniques and ideas about releasing unnecessary tension has helped the dance teachers to help their students improve technique and performance.

Through releasing unnecessary tension we explore how this impacts on your student dancers and the potential benefits that this offers.

Using breathing and relaxation skills is something I have believed in for many, many years and it is really enjoyable to share them with interested teachers and explore how these  skills are incorporated within their own practices. Helping your dancers to reduce tension and rigidity often has a positive effect on you, as the teacher, too.

If you want to develop your understanding of tension and rigidity in dance then please join me on this course.

 

Booking courses

You will find booking forms and other information about the courses in this earlier post.

There is such a lot of development that happens in the short three weeks of these courses. I am delighted with how engaged teachers are during the courses and their commitment to applying course materials and development to their dance teaching practices. I am really looking forward to these three courses starting in September.

 

 

Online courses start Friday 12 June 2015

MP900439364The short online CPD courses for dance teachers start on Friday. There is still time to book if you want to take one or both courses. Check previous posts for details of the two courses starting on Friday. Please get your booking in asap.

Next courses

The next courses will be running in the Autumn (UK seasons). New courses will be added over the summer so watch out for them being announced or sign up on the right for free notifications from this site when new posts are published.

I will post some details in the next few days about a couple of courses that are in the planning stages for you to let me know if the topics are of interest to you. Watch this space.

 

 

Dance teacher courses start 12 June 2015

New pathAre you a dance teacher thinking about taking one or both of the short online CPD for dance teachers courses starting on Friday 12 June? If you are wondering if the courses would suit you then here is some information about the courses that might help you to decide.

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First two online CPD courses completed

logoOver the past three weeks dance teachers from around the world have engaged with me as they participated in the first two Short Online CPD Courses for Dance Teachers. What a delight it has been to work with teachers so keen to learn and develop their skills for the benefit of their students. The success of these two courses demonstrates that a lot of useful and valuable development can happen during these three-week courses with email tutorial support.

A huge thank you to all of you for participating in the courses. I trust that you will continue to build on and develop what we have explored over the past three weeks with your dance students. I too have been actively learning and developing from engaging with and being inspired by you all. And I hope we get the opportunity to work together online again soon on another Short Online CPD Course for Dance Teachers. Look our for your well deserved Completion Certificate arriving soon.

The next two courses begin in June and further details are available here.

Booking for June courses

LogoThe April short online CPD courses for dance teachers are well underway with a lot of great learning and development going on.

It is always good to find out how dance teachers use course materials in their teaching in dance studios around the world.

The two courses we are doing at the moment will be repeated in June. If you want to take part in one or both then book now.

The courses start on:

Friday 12 June 2015

These short courses are three weeks in duration so the June courses finish on Thursday 2 July 2015. There is course information available in earlier posts such as here. You can download the Information Sheets and Booking Form and these give you all the information in one document.

The courses are suitable for dance teachers in all dance genres.

Course 1: Aspects of Anatomy for Dance Teachers: exploring basic shoulder anatomy and function in dance.

In dance we tend to talk about placing and moving the arms and not focusing on the shoulder joint where the movement occurs. So, in this course, we will explore the basic anatomy of this vital joint and then focus on how it functions in dance. You will consider ways of incorporating teaching methods that aim to improve shoulder alignment and movement into your own teaching practice.

Course 2: Learning and Teaching Dance: tension and rigidity in dance.

First we will reflect on how tension and rigidity are often taught or encouraged as a way of achieving control in dance. This might relate to a rigid and tense posture or use of tension and tightness to support the arms or perhaps tensing the feet when dancing. Then we will explore methods and approaches relating to your own dance teaching practices that should help to develop control in your students’ technique and performance without relying on tension and rigidity.

 

Still time to register for short online CPD courses

logoThere is still time to register for one or both of the short, online CPD for Dance Teachers courses due to start on 17 April 2015. If you have thought about taking one of the courses then don’t leave it too late. The courses are a very manageable 3 weeks duration and aim to enhance your knowledge and practical teaching application of the topic you choose to study.

There is information about the courses in earlier posts about the courses or download the Information Sheets and Booking Form.

 

Short Online CPD Courses – booking from outside UK

Following some enquiries about the short online CPD for dance teachers courses, I want to answer some questions that have arisen that you might be wondering about too.

Can I book on a course if I am outside of UK?

Yes, these courses offer you the opportunity to participate in this CPD whether or not you are based in the UK or not. Please note that you need to have regular access to a computer during the course/s to view course materials, send and receive emails and download PDF files. Check the Information Sheets and Booking Form for further details.

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