Useful articles about injury risk and recovery

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

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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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.

 

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New pathThe easiest way to know when new posts are published here at CPD for Dance Teachers is to follow the blog via email or RSS feed. Both are available on the sidebar on the right. Either click on the ‘follow’ button and follow the instruction regarding your email address so that you will receive notifications when posts are published. Or click on the RSS – Posts link to get RSS feed notifications when new posts are published.

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Pointe readiness

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Irish dancers – 3 studies published

Ethics and dance thesis

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Details for Short online CPD courses

CPD for Dance TeachersDo you need to achieve a certain amount of CPD each year? These short online courses could be just what you need. They might contribute to your annual CPD requirements by qualifying as external CPD points or credits with your dance teacher organisation or body. Why not download the course information sheets and give them to the body that monitors your CPD requesting that the course/s be counted towards your CPD total for the year? Your CPD monitoring body can contact me if after reading the information sheets they have further questions about the courses.

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Booking Short Online CPD courses

logoYou can download your booking form for the Short Online CPD Courses for Dance Teachers  below:

Booking form – Short Online CPD courses

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Update – new short CPD online courses start April

MP900439364For a variety of reasons a year has passed since mentioning the new online CPD for Dance Teachers short courses that I am working on. I won’t bore you with why this has happened but I do want to thank everyone who has contacted me and shown such great interest in these courses This is very encouraging. At long last these new short CPD courses are going to get underway on Friday 17 April 2015 with the following two courses: Continue reading

My latest book purchase

Dance Medicine in PracticeMy copy of Liane Simmel’s book ‘Dance Medicine in Practice’ (newly translated into English) and published by Routledge has just arrived. I love the anticipation of opening a brand new book. When I heard that Liane’s book was now available in I immediately ordered it and at first glance, it certainly does not disappoint.

This post is about my first impressions of this book as I have yet to read it. But flicking through the sections and pages it seems well thought out and offers a lot of useful information as one would expect from a medical doctor, osteopath and former professional dancer who specialises in dance medicine.

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Safe Dance Practice for Dance Teachers

Thank you for all your applications for the Safe Dance Practice for Dance Teachers course. I am delighted that we have filled all the places on offer.

If you want to find out about future opportunities then you can check the Safe Dance Practice page on the decodanz website. And I will put information on this blog about other CPD opportunities that I will be offering.

FREE places on course – update

Response to the FREE training offer for Safe Dance Practice for Dance Teachers has been terrific. Teachers from various dance genres and dance backgrounds are benefiting from having free training. As of today (27 Feb 2012), there are only 3 places still available for teachers wanting to take advantage of this free training.

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Update for Safe Dance Practice for Dance Teachers dates

English event dates

I have now had the dates for the English two-day workshops event that is part of the Safe Dance Practice for Dance Teachers course.  So all of you waiting for these dates, need wait no longer.

3 and 4 July 2012 in Eastbourne

Scottish event dates

I am just waiting for confirmation of the Scottish dates and then I will publicise them here on the blog – no point in me giving out dates until I have received confirmation.

Watch this space for the update blog with the Scottish dates – coming very soon.

Safe Dance Practice for Dance Teachers

I have developed the Safe Dance Practice for Dance Teachers course to prepare dance teachers to take the internationally recognised Level 5 qualification in Safe and Effective Dance Practice (SEDP).  This new qualification is the result of collaboration between Trinity College London and the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS). Topics include basic principles of:- anatomy and physiology; warming up and cooling down; nutrition and hydration; fitness for dancers, injury prevention and management;  posture and alignment; planning dance sessions; safe progression of exercises; reflective practice as well as the dance studio environment. These topics are explored relevant to your own dance teaching practice.  So if you are a teacher of leisure or social dance then you will focus on the topics from this perspective.  And if you teach competitive or elite performers then you will be exploring how to employ safe dance practice in this context.  Further details about his course are available from the website.