Teacher Training Programme

Dance, Move, Connect

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Would you like to share the Dance Connection system professionally?

The teacher training programme comprises of home learning units, day workshops and in-house weekends. It is designed for you to learn the theoretical background of this system, its methodology, music, and practice. 

The training is normally preceded by attendance of the Dance Journey, depending on your experience and background. If you have previous experience of embodiment and dance practice, you may be able to access a fast track programme, attending part of the Dance Journey to access the teacher training. Dance Connection weekly class attendance can also be considered.

You will complete in-house, teaching practice and receive structured guidance, support, and methodological parameters to be an adaptable Dance Connection Facilitator.

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Educational Methodology:

Education for wellbeing 

Education for the language of connection

Education for musicality

Education for expression

Learning is experiential, somatic, affective and cognitive - which brings self-awareness of the way our body moves and expresses; and awareness of how this connects, communicates and contributes to our own and others wellbeing. 

Teacher Training Programme

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Each learning unit is designed to be comprised of underpinning & applied theory, dance, discussion and sharing, as fitted to the theme. Completing tasks and homework for each module is a requirement for final certification. Day workshop attendance will be required for some modules. Later, in-house weekends will include teaching practice.

A Breakdown of the Learning units, group sessions, workshop & weekends:

Module 1: Becoming a teacher, an introduction 

  • The Purpose, Principles and Aims of Dance Connection.

  • A Brief History of Dance.

  • The Language of Dance Connection.

  • Reflection of your own dance journey as basis for becoming an embodied teacher.

  • Student group collaboration: self-organised session. 

  • 2 x 3-hour group sessions with a Dance Connection teacher

Module 2: Dance & Movement - Physiology and Categorisation of Movement

  • The Physiology of Movement

  • Laban's 8 Efforts.

  • Laban's Categorisation of Movement.

  • Observation exercises.

  • Self-reflection on your own dance and movement. 

  • Student group collaboration: self-organised discussion session.

  • 2 x 3-hour group sessions with a Dance Connection teacher

Module 3: A Focus on Movement Education

  • Psychology of Movement.

  • Dance Language and Non-verbal Communication.

  • Education not Therapy - the language and approach.

  • Body-Mind Intelligence - actualisation of potential. 

  • Student group collaboration: on-line or self-organised discussion. 

  • 2 x 3-hour group sessions with a Dance Connection teacher 

 

Module 4: The Session

  • The Educational methodology of Dance Connection.

  • Understanding the session : components.

  • Understanding the session: dances & movement exploration.

  • Understanding marriage of music and dances

  • Begin studying the dances and movement handout.

  • Familiarise yourself with the basic music example set.

  • Student group collaboration: self-organised discussion. 

  • Dance day workshop - revisiting and practising dances and movement exploration, peer feedback and self-awareness; questions and discussion.

Module 5: Music

  • The Power of Music - the effects|: emotive capacity.

  • Music - physical stimulus, rhythm and melody.

  • Musical Semantics.

  • Understanding and Identifying Genres.

  • World Music.

  • Familiarise yourself with selection 2 of music.

  • Group work on music selection.

  • Student group collaboration: self-organised discussion. 

  • Dance Day Workshop: dancing and observing the effects and capacity of music; questions and discussion.

 

Module 6: Creating a Dance Connection Pathway

  • Part 1. How to create sessions using the dances and music.

  • Deepen your knowledge of the dances and movement handout.

  • Familiarise yourself with selection 3 of music.

  • Dance practice pathways - record and evaluate your experience.

  • Create 2 x 1-hour dance pathways for Module 7.

  • Student group collaboration: self-organised discussion & feedback - skill sharing.

  • 2 x 3-hour group sessions with a Dance Connection teacher

Module 7: Creating a Session

  • Part 2. How to create sessions using the dances and music - length, type, etc.

  • Familiarise yourself with selection 4 of music.

  • Create a block of 6 pathways for a new class

  • One to one , 1 hour, feedback session with tutor

  • Student group collaboration: self-organised session. 

  • Dance Day Workshop: working together; dancing pathways, discussion and questions. Reviewing and clarifying what we know - any gaps?

Module 8: How to work with Dance Connection in varied contexts and environments

  • DC in schools.

  • DC in organisations

  • DC in 1 to 1 sessions

  • DC in dance breaks

  • DC for on line sessions

  • Explore example dance pathways - reflect on effects and suitability for different contexts and participants.

  • Familiarise yourself with selection 5 of music.

  • Group Dynamics - Conflicts & Tensions

  • Student group collaboration: self-organised session - skill sharing.

  •  2 x 3-hour group sessions with a Dance Connection teacher 

 

Module 9, 10 & 11, Weekend attendance: In-House Teaching Practice

  • Lead a pathway with another student.

  • Lead a solo pathway for beginners.

  • Lead a solo pathway for experienced dancers.

  • Lead a solo pathway for mixed capacity dancers.

  • Lead a themed pathway.

  • Create a pathway for online dancers - to be danced online.

  • Self-reflection and self-appraisal.

  • Feedback from your peers.

  • Identify and work on any areas that need more time and focus.

  • One to one feedback session with a Dance Connection Teacher.

  • Choose a favourite dance and a favourite music choice for Module 12.

Module 12, Weekend attendance: Completion of Teacher Training

  • Dances of Endings.

  • Dances of Celebration.

  • Dances of Integration.

  • Dancing Favourite Moments & Music of the Dance Journey.

  • Working together - what next?

  • The Dance Connection website - photo, headline, classes offered.

  • Dance Connection Teacher annual membership.

  • Continual Professional Development.

  • Where do you fit in the community - commitment, pledge, and room for change?

  • Feast & Ceremony of Completion and certification - Sunday afternoon: friends and family.

All working qualified Dance Connection Teachers in the UK will be represented on the dance-connection-uk.com website and will be required to pay a nominal, annual membership fee.