Learning about dance teaching

For me, learning about dance teaching is like dance training itself: it’s a lifelong process.

Monday 6th November 2017

It’s been more than 2 months since I submitted the work plan and essays I had to write for the first unit of my Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning. I’m still waiting for my marks. Still far from graduating as a dance teacher… And yet I already call myself one. Lately, I have been getting more efficient at lesson planning, more confident in meeting new colleagues, participants and teaching assistants, but sometimes also more firm and strict than I ever thought I would be. Teaching in primary schools isn’t just fun: it is also very, very challenging.

The next course days I will attend are scheduled in the spring 2018. So I try to keep reading, reflecting on my practice and accumulating as much practical experience as I can until then. I currently teach 5 dance classes a week, and I’m involved in 8 more sessions as a teaching assistant. This means interacting with children in primary school age and teenagers as well as toddlers and their carers. Social skills and behaviour management are equally important as dance knowledge, it seems.

Meanwhile, I’m busy with the creation of ‘Swapping Shadows’, which is very exciting! You will read all about it in future posts. Just watch this space for updates.

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La vidéo ci-dessus vous permet d’en savoir plus sur la formation en Enseignement et Apprentissage de la Danse que je suis pour le moment au conservatoire Trinity Laban. Malheureusement, elle n’est ni traduite, ni sous-titrée ! N’hésitez pas à m’envoyer vos questions si la formation vous intrigue, vous intéresse, ou si vous voulez en savoir plus sur mon parcours de prof de danse en devenir. Promis, mon prochain article sera en français 🙂

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