Sho Botham
dance & health education consultant
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Dr Sho Botham has an extensive background in the dance profession as well as in exercise, health and wellbeing. Her career includes working as a professional dancer, choreographer, dance teacher, lecturer, adjudicator, examiner/assessor, health education adviser, researcher and writer. Currently focusing on dance teacher development (something she is very passionate about) she draws on her background in both dance and health education when designing and delivering professional and personal development courses, seminars and workshops for dance teachers, dance awarding bodies and organisations.

A highly experienced presenter, Sho has worked extensively with dance awarding bodies and societies to enhance teacher development and introduce teachers to some of the key changes that dance teachers in the private sector have had to face during the past decade. She acted as Consultant to the UKA for its CDET validation. As a Senior course tutor for BBO she was responsible for delivering two key units for the first two years of the new government accredited level 3 & 4 teaching qualifications.

In 2008 Sho received a nomination for a Carl Alan Award in the category Theatre Outstanding Services to Dance Award.

Sho is actively involved with the Dance Medicine & Science community and regularly gives presentations at conferences. She also leads workshops in ethics and dance for teachers and staff working with dance students, dancers and teachers.

Sho was awarded her PhD from the University of Brighton for her work in ethics and dance. She gained her Masters Degree in Health Education and her Post Graduate Certificate in Research Methodology also from the University of Brighton. In addition to her academic qualifications she is also a:

Fellow & Examiner & Life Member United Kingdom Alliance
Fellow & Life Member British Association of Teachers of Dancing
Member of the British Ballet Organization
British Ballet Organization - Approved Teacher Status
Member of the Operatic Dance Teacher Society
Exercise Programme Referral Consultant
OCR Pilates Mat instructor
and holds:-
Advanced level 3 Instructor on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs)
Member of Equity.

As an Executive Councillor of the UKA for a number of years Sho represented its interests at the Council for Dance Education and Training (CDET) and Central Council for Physical Recreation (CCPR) now called Sport and Recreation Alliance. She is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) and currently sits on its Development Committee.