Circle Dance Teacher Training Foundation Course
Led by Judy King and Mandy de Winter
This course is for people who may want to start teaching
Circle Dance and for existing teachers to develop their
skills further. It is also open to anyone who has aready
completed a training course with me in the past. In its
planning, I have included all the things I have subsequently
discovered and wish I had known when I started teaching
Circle Dancing is no longer ‘simply’ about putting your
feet in the right place. Working with a group is much more
than ‘simply’ getting everyone to move together in the right
direction. Teaching a dance holds more challenges for the
teacher than ‘simply’ remembering the pattern of steps.
We have come a long way since Bernhard Wosien introduced
the dance at Findhorn nearly forty years ago. Some of us now
earn a living from teaching, other teachers supplement their
income from teaching dance with other modalitiess, an
increasing number of us use dance in conjunction with other
activities such as yoga and many more teach maybe one group
a week. But the thing which enables us all to continue at
whatever level, is the fact that people choose to spend
their precious leisure time dancing with us - and what is
more they pay us money to do so! I believe we therefore have
a responsibility to be as professional as we can be.
There is more than meets the eye to running a successful
group! How do we learn a new skill? How do we help people
make the step change from being a beginner to becoming
proficient in a skill? How do we look after the energy of a
group? How do we, the teachers, stay centred amidst all that
potential emotion? What does a 7/8 rhythm mean? What exactly
is a Pravo Oro or a Syrtos? How do we accurately record a
dance? How can we improve our own dancing skills? And
perhaps most importantly of all, how can we, the teachers,
keep learning and developing?
This course will look at these and many more questions.
Amidst the hard work, I hope that you will find it to be
fun, stimulating and rewarding. I know it will provide you
with a solid foundation to step out into the teaching world.
The process of learning as a teacher never ends and this
foundation course will open some doors and give you a
toolbox of skills to use when you teach. However, in a short
time, we can only scratch the surface of knowledge which is
why further training weekends will be made available for
those of you who wish to go deeper into different aspects of
teaching Circle Dance.
We WILL be working hard, but there will be lots of
laughter in the process- as well as timetabled free time
where you have the opportunity to do just as you please -
more dancing, sleeping, being…….
I believe that Nab Cottage is ideal as a venue for this
training. The accommodation is very comfortable and the
dance space delightful with a wooden floor. Situated right
opposite Rydal Water in The Lake District, the setting
couldn’t be more perfect! The food is VERY tasty and the
owners, Liz and Tim are warm and friendly and fully support
the work that we do.
The enclosed information should provide you with any
answers you may have. However, should you have any further
questions, or simply want to discuss the training in more
detail, please do not hesitate to contact me.
If you would like to register for the course, please fill
in the Registration Form and send me your deposit!
I look forward to learning and dancing with you