As a special New Year offer you can save money by booking one or more course/s by this Friday, 5 January 2018. So don’t delay book today.

The first group of short online CPD courses for this year is now available to book on the Book a Course page. Included is the brand new course Teaching the Adolescent Dancer. Why not take advantage of the New Year offer and save when you book?

Full details of all the short online CPD courses for dance teachers are available on the Short Online Courses page.

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.

Vouchers for courses

Resting shopperWith Christmas fast approaching you might want to put a Voucher for a short online CPD course on your Christmas list. Vouchers are available to purchase for one or more courses at £49 (Sterling) per course.

Vouchers purchased in 2015 are valid to pay for courses starting in January or April 2016. So you have four courses to choose from.

Why not buy a Voucher for a course for a dance teaching friend?

To buy a voucher for one or more courses please email :

sho @ (take out the spaces either side of @ when typing the email address).


Courses start on Friday

This latest group of courses start on Friday. If you are still wondering about taking one or more courses then please get your booking form in and payment made and cleared before Friday.

I am excited about the two brand new courses starting on Friday.

The importance of dance teachers understanding the difference in approach to teaching social and leisure dance and syllabus or serious career-type dance is essential. I was brought up the elite dance route where we worked hard to develop and perfect our skills. And while this worked for serious dance students this approach does not work when teaching dance as a social or leisure pastime. The different skills that teachers need and use when teaching these different types of dance are considerable. And I would recommend that dance teachers focusing on the serious side of dance learning spend at least a little time teaching social or leisure dance to develop a whole range of dance teaching skills that can be adapted for teaching elite students too. These additional skills can be quite eye-opening for teachers not used to the social dance approach to teaching. So, if you have not considered teaching a more social type of dance class then why not put it on your list of things to do? You never know, you might find it very enjoyable.

New pathDance teaching ethics is something very close to my heart and something that I believe is fundamental and vital to all dance teaching. Considering and reflecting on what we do and how we do it in dance teaching helps us to be better teachers and encourages a person or student-centred approach to our teaching. I have been studying ethics in relation to dance and particularly dance teaching for well over 20 years now (can it really be that long?) and it becomes more fascinating and more useful as time goes by. Dance teaching ethics should become an essential part of dance teacher education and development and I hope that one day this will be the case. For now, I hope you will join me on a journey introducing you to the fascinating world of dance teaching ethics.

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.