New information sheet – Mindfulness in Dance Teaching

Sky and seaThe information sheet for the brand new course, ‘Mindfulness in Dance Teaching’ has been added to the short online courses information page.

You can book this new course now. Please remember to check the closing date for any courses you wish to book.

You can read an article about Mindfulness in Dance Teaching here.

Book a course

Exciting news!

Courses for March and April 2017 are available to book now.

General information is available about courses on the Short Online Courses page. The brand new course Mindfulness in Dance Teaching will have an information sheet available shortly.

 

Book a course now

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.

 


 

Pay online for courses – problem resolved

You can pay for courses online via the Pay Buttons below:

OCTOBER 2016 COURSES

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.



NOVEMBER 2016 COURSES

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 are now closed.


Dance Teaching Ethics: an introduction

 

Bookings for this course are now 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.

 

 

Courses starting October 2016

There are two courses running next month in October 2016. They are available to book and pay online until Monday 3 October 2016 (the closing date for October course bookings). If you want to take either or both of these courses then don’t forget to book by the closing date as bookings cannot be accepted after Monday (UK time).

The two courses for October are:

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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

What is your teaching goal?

Depending on the sort of dance teaching you are involved with do you set an overall goal for each class or group of classes that you teach? What I mean is do you have an overall focus of learning and development beyond the specific content for one class?

Ballerinas' Legs in a RowAn example of this could be in say a ballet class where you are teaching some dance technique aspects of the syllabus. The focus of the session is to develop the technique but what about a more general or overall focus that you can transport from one session to another? What about the bigger picture? An overall focus might be to add to each student’s understanding of safe dance practice (SDP). When you reflect on the class you would be able to identify not only how you introduced the technique but also how the class helped to develop the student’s understanding of safe dance practice. You can use this overall focus for a number of weeks, terms or determined length.

In an older adult class you might have set dance pieces that you want to teach or review and in addition to these you may also have an overall focus of encouraging participants to interact with each other. So in this situation the dance class has dance content goals but there is also an overall focus of increasing socialisation within the class. Over several classes there may be different dance content goals but the overall goal for the classes might be to promote wellbeing through increasing socialisation.

ShouldersIn a Highland class you may be working on say, the sword dance but an overall goal for the class might be to improve the use of the shoulder joint for improved carriage of the arms and upper body throughout all the Highland dances. And you bring this focus into whatever aspect of the sword dance that you are teaching. Or it may be that you want an overall focus of improving breathing and stamina. Again something that can be a focus in your Highland classes no matter what dance or steps you are teaching at individual classes.

A beginner ballroom class may being introduced to basics from the various dances but could an overall goal perhaps be for the dancers to become comfortable dancing as a couple no matter which dance they are dancing?

I am sure you get the picture whichever dance genres you teach. What are your overall goals for the learning and development of your dancers/students in addition to specific dance goals at each class or session?

 

 

You can now pay online

You can now pay online for your Short online CPD courses for Dance Teachers. I am sure that this will please those of you who have asked me about introducing a facility to pay online especially if you are outside of the UK.

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To pay for your course/s online all you do is email your booking form as usual, letting me know that you want to pay online and I will send you an invoice with a link for you to pay online via Paypal or credit card.

If you prefer to pay via BACS or Sterling cheque then you can still do so.

Information about current courses for April and May 2016:

April 2016

May 2016

 

Dates for new short online course – teaching dance to older people

Learning and Teaching Dance: teaching dance to older people

Thank you for the interest already shown in my new course. This confirms how teaching dance to older people is becoming more popular in UK and around the world. As a dance teacher you can tap into this area if you are not already. If you are currently teaching older people dance then you may want to explore or review some of the key areas that you should have an understanding of when teaching this amazing population.

This course will be of interest to dance teachers in all dance genres wanting to teach dance to older people. So if you teach, ballet, ballroom, Line dancing, tap, Jazz, swing, modern, Latin, Salsa, national or any other dance genre then take a look at the details of this course below.

Download the information sheet and booking form below:

Short CPD- Learning & Teaching Dance – teaching dance to older people

Booking form

Course cost:

As usual this short online CPD course for dance teachers is only £49 (Sterling). This is terrific value and includes the three, email tutorials with your course tutor.

You can now pay online:

You now have more choices of how to pay for your short online courses. As well as via BACS or Sterling cheque you can pay online with Paypal or credit card. Ask for online payment when booking course and an invoice with the online payment link will be emailed to you.

Course dates:

The course starts on Friday 6 May 2016 and finishes on Thursday 26 May 2016.

Closing date for this course is Monday 25 April 2016.

 

 

Teaching dance to older people

This is an area of dance that I did not intentionally get involved with but I am so glad that I did. Teaching older adults became popular through the exercise and fitness arena with the groups referred to as:

  • 50 plus
  • TOFFS (The over fifty fives)
  • Golden age
  • Gold
  • Seniors
    and so on…

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Adding to your dance teaching qualifications

studentDance teaching qualifications come in many different shapes and sizes. Well at least, in many different genres, levels and types of qualifications. Here in the UK there are two key sectors, the public sector which includes state schools, colleges and Universities and then there is the private sector which includes local dance schools, larger private dance studios and other independent dance teaching.

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Short video – Alignment of the Achilles

Below is a short video presentation to help you to develop your observation skills and understanding about the alignment of the Achilles tendon and the part of the foot called the tarsus. I trust that you will find it useful for you and your dance students.