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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.

 

November Courses – book by end of October

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 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.


Course dates for October to December 2016


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 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

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.


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?

New courses for September 2015

Two new Short Online CPD Courses for Dance Teachers are available for September 2015 plus one of the courses run earlier this year:

Learning and Teaching Dance: dance teaching ethics – an introduction – New

Learning and Teaching Dance: teaching social and leisure dance – New

Learning and Teaching Dance: tension and rigidity in dance

The dates are:

Start date: Friday 25 September 2015   Completion date: Thursday 15 October 2015 – please note updated completion date


The dance teaching ethics course
aims to introduce dance teaching ethics and explore simple ways of encouraging ethical dance teaching practices. An important topic introduced in  a basic, easy to understand, bite-sized format. Dance teaching ethics is a topic relevant to dance teachers across every dance genre and at every stage of learning and development. Further details about these courses will be available shortly on this site.

Teaching social and leisure dance, is a course for teachers of all the many forms of dance taught to people of all ages wanting to enjoy learning to dance. Some of the social and leisure dance genres include:  Line dancing; Swing, Modern Jive, Salsa; Folk; Swing; Jive; Balletcise, Street dance; Tap and lots more, as you know. Dance as a hobby or pastime has grown enormously in recent times and along with this have emerged many teachers who may not have a teaching background but teach under a ‘learn as I do’ model. A short course like this one can help social dance teachers (with or without a traditional teaching background) to consider ways of teaching movement and dances that can help leisure dancers to learn quicker, more accurately and importantly safely. The importance of the social and fun factor in leisure dance is always considered when approaching teaching matters on this course.

The tension and rigidity course has proved to be a very popular course with dance teachers from around the world who, through taking this short course, have discovered many benefits from understanding more about tension and rigidity in dance, some of its causes and ways to avoid or reduce unnecessary tension in the dance class and performance.

This course has been enjoyed by dance teachers teaching a whole range of dance students from elite to social dancers and from children through to older adults.
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General information about short online CPD courses for dance teachers

Course type: Each course is one of a series of short online CPD courses for dance teachers and trainee dance teachers created by Sho Botham.

Duration: 3 weeks

Time commitment: The time commitment for each course is 10 hours over the three weeks. This means that you have flexibility in when you study and prepare the weekly assignments to fit around your existing work and family commitments.

Delivery: Each course is delivered via short, online, learning activities that may include reading, presentations or videos to watch and practical tasks. Some learning materials or guidance may be provided as PDF files for you to download. A weekly email tutorial with your course tutor is an important aspect of how each course is personalised for you and your dance teaching practice. This provides opportunities for discussion, reflection and feedback.

Cost: Each course ONLY costs £49 (GBP) and offers terrific value for money.

Generic outline of courses

Week 1 – Guided learning and/or reviewing

Week 2 – Planning and application to practice

Week 3 – Reflections and thoughts for future practice

Each course offers an opportunity to apply the course development to your dance teaching practice through the planning of a class or session incorporating aspects of the course. Feedback is received on your teaching plan, via the weekly email tutorial, before you deliver the taught session. This enables you to incorporate any planning feedback for your taught session which you deliver in the third and last week of the course. Following this taught session your last email tutorial reflects on how your taught session went, identifying what went well and why and what needs further development and why. This email tutorial also enables you to consider your future dance teaching practice in relation to the course topic and development.

Writing: there is no formal essay writing on these short CPD courses. Any writing is in note form. This means that you can write about the topic and your practices and experiences on the course without needing to pay attention to formal essay writing protocols. The key focus of the courses is on incorporating the CPD development into your dance teaching practice.

Certificate of completion: a certificate of completion is sent to you following your completion of the course.

Sample certificate

A sample completion certificate

Watch out for booking details to be posted on the site shortly. If you have any questions you can post them here on the comments facility or contact Sho via email on:

sho at cpdfordanceteachers.com (change the ‘at’ to @ and remove the spaces)

The following new course will be available to take next time:

Learning and Teaching Dance: developing proprioception skills

CPD courses in planning

I mentioned in a previous post that I would give you some information about new courses and ask for your comments about them before they become part of the list of courses available to take online with me. Well here they are. Two potential new courses in the Learning and Teaching Dance category that I am looking at for after the summer:

Teaching social dance

Teaching social dance would explore teaching methods and approaches appropriate for teachers of social dance. Recognising that the fun and enjoyment aspect of social dancing is usually what dancers want to focus on we would look at ways of teaching that help the dancer to learn effectively and safely whilst still enjoying their hobby. There would be lots of useful teaching tips shared throughout the three week course. An opportunity to plan and deliver a session with personal email tutorial feedback would be a valuable part of this short online CPD course for dance teachers.

and

Exploring and developing proprioception

Proprioception balance on one legBeing able to sense the body and limbs in space is vital for dancers and dance students. Proprioception is often referred to as the dancer’s sixth sense. This short online CPD course for dance teachers would explore proprioception in relation to dance and your specific dance genre. We would then explore ways of developing, enhancing and maintaining proprioceptive skills in the dance student and dancer. An opportunity to plan and teach a class focusing on proprioception with email tutorial feedback would be a vital aspect of this three week CPD course.

Can you help?

It would be of enormous help if you could let me know via the comment facility or by email if you prefer, if either of these two courses are of interest to you. Obviously I want to develop future courses that give dance teachers like yourself opportunities to fill knowledge gaps, explore new topics or review aspects of teaching.

 

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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