CPD for Dance Teachers

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What is CPD?
Continuing Professional Development or CPD is about keeping your knowledge, skills and understanding up to date so that you are professionally competent. It is a continuous process of professional and personal development throughout your working life.

Research into dance medicine & science and dance related topics generally means that there are increasing opportunities for dance professionals to enhance their current practice.

The Register of Exercise Professionals define CPD as:-
“a range of learning activities through which professionals maintain and develop throughout their career to ensure that they retain their capacity to practise safely, effectively and legally within their evolving scope of practice.”

What counts as CPD?
CPD can be gained in a variety of ways from gaining additional professional qualifications to attending seminars or conferences.

Qualifications
Studying for and gaining additional qualifications is an evidence-based method of gaining CPD. It may be a new qualification in another dance genre or perhaps a qualification in a subject other than dance teaching that contributes to your professional or personal development.

Courses
Courses vary enormously from a few hours to lengthy periods over one or more years.

Seminars
Seminars generally provide instruction about a specific topic or field of study. Perhaps, for example, you might attend a seminar about Safe Dance Practice or an introduction to anatomy for dance teachers.

Workshops
Workshops are interactive sessions that are tutor or facilitator-led. An example might be a workshop exploring teaching methods, or ways of improving technique. Dance workshops usually include some practical work, relevant to the workshop topic.

Classes and Lectures
Regular classes are the sorts of classes that you might attend say on a weekly basis. Master classes, in contrast, are perhaps, 'one off’ classes where you have the opportunity to work with and learn from an expert or professional who shares insight into the development of say, artistry. Master classes are often seen as a source of inspiration for teachers and dancers.

Conferences and Exhibitions
Generally these are large events where there are learning or participation opportunities. There may also be exhibition stands relating to the industry in focus.

Reading
A dance teacher may read many different types of books, articles and materials about topics relating to the learning and teaching of dance. Where the reading enhances understanding or contributes to your development they are part of your CPD.

Observation
This might be as an observer in a learning or teaching situation or perhaps analysis of visual content seen on TV or DVDs relevant to topics concerning dance teaching.
How do I know what I can include as CPD?
In order for it to count as CPD you must be able to identify the learning and development that you have achieved. Try answering these questions:

What have I learned that is new to my role as a dance teacher?

How does this contribute to my knowledge, skills or understanding as a dance teacher?

Has it confirmed existing knowledge?

What have I learned that enhances my personal development?
How do I record my CPD?
You can record your CPD in various ways. Once you have established that it counts as CPD then make a note of it. If it is a book or article that you have read then be sure to record the reference information or at least sufficient detail so that you can find it again. You can download a free CPD recording sheet by clicking here.