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.

Sho is passionate about dance teacher development drawing 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 in recent years. 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 new 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 has given a number of presentations at conferences around the world. She has also led workshops about 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 holds an extensive range of qualifications in dance teaching at Fellowship level, various exercise and movement qualifications including Exercise Referral and Pilates Mat. Sho is an experienced senior examiner and assessor.

Sho was an Executive Councillor of UKAdance for a number of years representing its interests at the Council for Dance Education and Training (CDET - now CDMT) 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 was a member of its Development Committee for many years.