Circle Dance Teacher Training Course 2012/2013
Sessions with Judy
As well as ‘holding’ the course, Judy will be leading a number of
sessions, covering a wide and varied range of topics. She will spend
time working on the skills needed to teach a dance, gradually developing
the necessary physical vocabulary and communication techniques to culminate
in each of you teaching a short dance session.
The Still Centre.
The centred teacher is a role model for his/her group. How do we
reach a still place within ourselves when we have SO much to think about
and do? We will be exploring the concept of stillness; learning a technique
to centre ourselves and looking at situations that could potentially
disrupt and create stillness in the circle and the teacher – and more!
Every day will begin with an hour of dancing into our still centre.
The energy and focus created through a series of gentle dances will
take you to a still and centred space from which to move into the day.
During this time, Judy will also help you to develop your own sense
of body awareness so you can become a positive role model for your group
in the way you move.
Our personal view
of “where I am now as a Circle Dance Teacher.” A short exercise
to look at our own view of where we stand today as a Circle Dance Teacher
and how we might perceive ourselves to be in the future as a Circle
Dance Teacher and what we might need to ‘bridge that gap’.
Teaching and Learning
Styles. Do you know how you learn a dance? By understanding the
many different learning processes, we can then understand how the way
we then teach a dance can influence the way a group learns, dances and
How do we accurately record a dance?
Experience and understand how to lead gateways, spirals, lines and
The Mirror Image.
Just how difficult is this for the beginner and what can you do
as a teacher to help?
Dance away the barriers...
How to work with special needs groups - how to make the dances accessible
to groups of dancers of all abilities or dis-ability.
Exploring, in a practical way, group dynamics and looking at how
the teacher can address challenging scenarios within the group.
Tradition or habit.
Why do we do the things we do?
There will be times where we sit down together and talk. Judy can
answer your questions (she does not guarantee to know the answer but
she does have years of experience to draw on!) It is very valuable to
be able to sit and chat informally with a group of like-minded folk
and explore various topics.
Looking at the practical
issues of.... Sourcing materials, keeping accurate accounts, having
adequate insurance and licenses and issues arising out of self-employment.
Through your ‘teaching practices’.
Teaching in Rhythm with Mandy de Winter
Circle Dance offers a diverse collection of musical styles and rhythms.
This day will be a discovery and exploration of those rhythms and the
application of this experience to teaching dances.
Traditional Dance Families with Mandy de Winter
On this day you will be introduced to some basic traditional dances
from the Balkans; learn which dance names relate to which countries;
discover and identify similarities between the Pravo Oro/Les Noto and
Cocek as well as other dance families.
Emergency Response First Aid with Dedj Leibbrandt
Would you know what to do if someone in your class fell and broke
their wrist or had an allergic reaction to a bee sting – or worst still
had a heart attack?
This basic course will arm you with the essential skills to recognise
the signs of a heart attack, administer CPR if necessary and act correctly
and feel competent if an accident should occur in your class.
T’ai Chi with Kate Forster
The practice of Tai Chi emphasises softness and yielding and
with its slow, dance-like movements is considered the ‘softest’ of all
the martial arts. Kate will join us for an hour on each weekend and
guide you through an introduction to this wonderful practice. Included
in the training to offer you an opportunity to discover a way into your
own Still Centre.