New CPD for Dance Teachers blog

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CPD for Dance Teachers

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A Day for Dance Teachers - Scotland

A Day for Dance Teachers - Scotland
A one day course for dance teachers, examiners, student teachers and wannabe dance teachers who want to explore safe dance practice basics.

This one day course is being offered to dance teachers in Scotland on Sunday 16 October 2011 in Glasgow at a very reasonable price. An ideal CPD day for teachers in all dance genres. Safe dance practice is relevant to all dance teachers including teachers of non-vocational dance and leisure or social dance. Places are limited and don't forget you can take advantage of the earlybird price offer.

Course details

Sunday, 16 October 2011

12.30pm - 5.30pm

Tramway Studio
25 Albert Drive
G41 2PE

Download a flyer about the course here

Special earlybird price if payment received on or before 23 September 2011

Teaching Dance Skills

I am often asked by other teachers to recommend books about dance teaching. I always include Teaching Dance Skills: A Motor Learning and Development Approach because it is such an easy book to read and understand and it is packed full of helpful models that clearly presents the knowledge in a visual way. This book helps us to understand more about how students learn and how we can use this understanding to tailor our teaching to optimise learning and performance. I have read and re-read this book so many times I need to get myself a new copy. Student teachers I have recommended this book to have found it invaluable. Kimmerle and Côté have done a brilliant job addressing topics such as:

Effective dance teaching
How to analyse dance material
How a student learns dance skills
The adult novice learner
The child learner
The experienced dancer
Selecting dance skills for the learner
How to select instructional methods
How to provide feedback

This book was originally published by J Michael Ryan Publishing Inc but it went out of print. For a while it was not available but thankfully it has been re-printed through the University of Windsor in Canada and can be ordered via this link: Teaching Dance Skills

Definitely one for every dance teacher's book shelf.

IADMS Day for Teachers

Returned from the IADMS conference and Day for Teachers with my head full of great ideas, new ways of thinking or doing and so much to consider, as always. The Day for Teachers was all about Safe and Effective Dance Practice and it was packed full of wonderful knowledge and understanding that can contribute so much toward helping dance teachers to help their students. There are some excellent teaching tips that I want to share with you so I will add some snippets about them this week.

ethicsdance site

ethicsdance logo
The ethicsdance site is my research site - it emerged out of my PhD studies into ethics and dance teaching. There are free downloadable documents and copies of presentation slides as well as other information about ethics and dance matters and research.

Click on the link to go to the
ethicsdance site


There are so many wonderful books that can help us to enhance our skills. In this section I will share details of some of my particular favourites that I use regularly. These books will cover lots of topics associated with dance teaching (and many different dance genres) so I am sure there will be something to interest you.

I will begin by reminding you of the FREE copy of my book Preparation for Performance for Highland Dancers that you can download from the Freebies page. And before you think that it does not apply to you because it is written for Highland Dancers, take a look and you will see that the techniques and skills can be adapted for other dance genres too. To go to the Freebies page click here.