New CPD for Dance Teachers blog


CPD snippets is moving to my new blog site. I will leave the archive posts on this blog so you can still access them. The website is staying - it is only the CPD snippets blog that is moving. You can go directly to the new blog from here.

CPD for Dance Teachers

I hope you will check the new blog regularly for lots of tips, ideas and information relating to CPD for dance teachers - why not click on the new blog site's RSS button so you will get new blog items as they are added. You will be able to comment and discuss topics with others.

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Foundations for Excellence


Foundations for Excellence
Nurturing and supporting talented young dancers and musicians

This new virtual publication offers a wealth of resources for the support and training of talented musicians and dancers. It is available to access at: www.foundations-for-excellence.org

Topics covered include:-
  • Talent - innate or trainable?
  • Motivation & goal setting
  • Hypermobility
  • Performance preparation


…. and many more



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






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.

Growth spurt

Working with dance students when they are going through the growth spurt as an adolescent is challenging for both the teacher and the dancer. When we refer to the growth spurt we are referring to when dramatic changes occur - for example, when the student is growing very quickly - perhaps up to as much as a centimetre in height each month. To help steer the student through this time in his/her dance training needs an understanding of the changes physically, nutritional considerations, psychological issues and training modifications to accommodate the needs of each student during the growth spurt. IADMS has an excellent resource paper that can be downloaded for free from the resources section on the website www.iadms.org

A must read chapter of a book by Julia Buckroyd (2000) can be found in The Student Dancer - emotional aspects of the teaching and learning of dance (published by Dance Books). Chapter 4 - Adolescence and Professional Dance Training - helps us to understand how dance training can facilitate and enable emotional growth in students. Julia Buckroyd looks at various aspects of adolescent development and explores how they impact on dance training. This book is easily found via many online book sellers.