safe dance practice

FREE training opportunity for dance teachers

Our FREE training opportunity for
Safe Dance Practice for Dance Teachers course has generated lots of enquiries in the first few days and applications are already beginning to come in. So don't delay. If you want to take advantage of this wonderful FREE offer then check out the details and download the information sheet from the safe dance practice page under the dance teachers menu.

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FREE Safe Dance Practice for Dance Teachers

Safe Dance Practice for Dance Teachers course starting in April 2012 is being offered
FREE to dance teachers and student dance teachers. Places are limited so check out details on the website and apply now.

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

A Day for Dance Teachers

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

Teachers often tell me that they do not believe that safe dance practice courses are for them. This arises from the belief that they are usually aimed at teachers teaching vocational students - those who are seriously looking at a career in dance. Teachers who are teaching 'once a week' kids and adults who are dancing because they enjoy it therefore might not attend safe dance practice courses. To encourage teachers in dance genres to realise that safe dance practice applies to all of us involved in the teaching and learning of dance, these courses have been devised with the needs of the non-vocational teachers in mind. In other words they will look at the sorts of safe dance practice issues that non-vocational dance teachers need to address.

Course details

4 September 2011
10.30am - 4.30pm
Albany Lions Hotel, Eastbourne, East Sussex

Special earlybird price if payment received on or before 3 August 2011

Click here to download a flyer about the course.

Scottish Day

Coming soon - details of this one day course in Scotland

Conditioning for Dancers

Conditioning for Dancers book
Tom Welsh's book Conditioning for Dancers is a great addition to my library of books for dance and I would recommend it to teachers and dancers. It is well structured into logical sections and there are really useful study guides throughout for checking learning and understanding. The chapter on alignment provides very clear ways of thinking about and analysing alignment in dancers. It reminds us of key alignments and importantly that:

'whatever the position of the legs, the centres of the knees should align with the centres of the feet so the ankle and knee joints can both hinge without twisting'

This is vital for teachers to draw attention to when students are forcing turnout by twisting their knees or feet. This chapter offers a lot of excellent guidance and understanding about achieving proper alignment. The illustrations and pictures are useful, especially if you find the visual stuff makes it all crystal clear. I am a great fan of using relaxation techniques with dancers and so the chapter on improving endurance and releasing tension is a particular favourite of mine.

The book is full of gems of understanding that teachers and dancers will find fascinating - it is a book that you will want to keep returning to time and time again.

Welsh T (2009) Conditioning for Dancers Gainsville University Press of Florida

Efficient alignment

I liked the reminder that was given at the IADMS Day for Teachers regarding muscular support for efficient alignment. When observing and analysing the student's posture/alignment it helps to ask yourself the following questions:

1 What is too tight?

2 What is too weak?

3 What is being recruited inappropriately?

Where we observe muscular imbalances we need to pay attention to whether muscles that appear too tight are indeed too tight (is it a flexibility issue?) or are they being recruited inappropriately (causing tension caused through using too much effort). Too much effort or over recruitment of muscles can result in rigidity where the dancer's muscles are too tense and this in turn prevents her/him moving efficiently.

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.

Breathing when stretching

Breathing is an important part of stretching. Many people hold their breath when they are stretching without realising it. This causes muscle tension which makes it harder to stretch. Remembering to breathe fully when you are stretching can help to release tension and help your muscles to relax giving you get a better result.

ethicsdance site

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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

Bulletins for teachers

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The IADMS bulletins for teachers are great for enhancing teaching based on current research and understanding. The following link will take you to the IADMS site where you can download either whole bulletins or individual articles.

IADMS bulletins for teachers

Fact sheets

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You can find really useful CPD information - fact sheets and dance teacher resources available to download from the IADMS site. These resources take into consideration current knowledge and research and help us to enhance our teaching.

Click on the link below:

IADMS resource papers and fact sheets