Exploring squats

This video popped into my inbox today and I want to share it with you. Squats per se are not perhaps what many view as a dance move or step but we do dance versions of squats. Pliés may be viewed as a similar type of movement but clearly they are not the same as squats – we don’t want the angle of the body and pelvis as required in a squat to be the same for pliés but we can see how the basic squat strengthens the big muscles of the legs, for example, so dancers may use squats as a strengthening exercise for their dance moves.

I like the fact that the trainer in this video, Aaron Barnett, national trainer for Fitpro team, explains the functional reasons for doing squats – being able to sit down and get up again being a key functional reason for doing squats. He goes on to explore a variety of ways to perform squats, adapting them to take account of anatomy, injury, purpose of performing squat and so on. From a dance teaching perspective it is a useful video to watch and consider how this could be useful in dance teaching.

You might want to watch the video and give some thought to understanding more about the functional aspect of movements that you teach and how this could relate to your dance teaching practice. You may not want to teach squats in the middle of centre work in a ballet class, for example, but can you think of steps and movements that you teach where there could be benefits for both teacher and student from understanding more about functional aspects or adaptations that could be made to suit individuals and their needs?

If you teach dance to older people then you will know that many older people lose muscle tone and strength as they age. Considering the functional aspects and value of dance moves could help older people to continue to perform movements that will help them to retain dignity and independence as they age.

After watching the video you may want to think about some of the teaching ideas presented that you could make use of in your dance teaching practice. Why not share ideas that you have got from this post in the comments below.

Courses

Sample certificate

If you want to take either of the two courses starting this Friday (14 September 2018) then you can as long as you book today – Monday 10 September. And then in three weeks time, once you have completed your course, you will receive a Certificate of Competition that shows course hours and completion date – you may want to show this to your teaching organisation as evidence of taking some external CPD.

You can find information about all the short online CPD courses that I offer here.

 

 

 

Courses starting soon

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Two courses are available to book now. Online payment by card or Paypal.

Do you want or need to do some CPD? This is a great opportunity to take some CPD that is personalised to your own dance teaching practice.

Dance teachers from all dance genres are welcome to take these courses. Trainee dance teachers can also take them. Dance teachers from around the world have successfully completed short online CPD courses for dance teachers gaining a Certificate of Completion for each course completed.

Details of all courses are available here plus downloadable information sheets for each course.

 

 

Teaching dance to older people and Mindfulness in dance teaching

The closing date for booking these two short online cpd courses is today – Friday 10 March. You can books your place on one or both courses here.

For more information about these courses and to download course information sheets click here.

Earlier articles about the courses :

Mindfulness in dance teaching

Teaching dance to older people

 

 

 

More short online courses starting soon – book now

57437207The closing date for the next two short online courses is 10 March 2017. So you still have time to book your place on either or both courses. You can book these courses now.

The two courses are, the brand new: Mindfulness in Dance Teaching and the popular Teaching Dance to Older People. For general information about the short online courses visit the Short Online Courses page – scroll down for information about individual courses.

At only £55 per course, these are fantastic value and a great way to do some CPD.