Development Series, RA Dance Blog, Teaching Tips

The Importance of CPD in Dance Teachers

I'm relatively new in my profession as a dance teacher and as such am still learning. Always finding a new tip here or there and thinking about the next qualification to gain. On top of this, I love seeing what other teachers are up to and what they're teaching different age ranges. As I get more confident in my own teaching though, I don't want this level of intrigue to stop as I feel it is a very important part of being a dance teacher. Many professions have this elusive thing called CPD, often it's tied in with their jobs as they try to get a higher position in the company, or their job role changes. Dance teaching is no different, however there often isn't the incentive to go out their and do more training.

Improvement Series, RA Dance Blog, Training Help

Dance on the Brain: Dizziness

We all have our own perception of what dizziness actually is. The word itself is used to describe a variety of bodily sensations that many patients cannot accurately relay to those treating them (Sloane, et al., 2001). When using the word dizzy many of us tend to be describing the continued sense of spinning, despite… Continue reading Dance on the Brain: Dizziness

RA Dance Blog, Welcoming Well-Being

Welcoming Well-Being: How Dance can help the brain.

Dance can help change the brain. This statement seems sweeping and unfounded, and yet it is true. Much like how our life experiences change the brain, dance can also. I've previously written about how dance can help those with Parkinson's, a neurological condition that can also affect the mental health of a patient (Read More… Continue reading Welcoming Well-Being: How Dance can help the brain.

Improvement Series, RA Dance Blog, Training Help

One Move at a Time: Beats (or more formally entrechat)

Jumping has long been one of my favourite parts of dance class. Not because I'm good at it, I have a habit of not using my plié as much as I should that I'm trying not to pass on to my student. But just because I enjoy it. Jumping forms the basis of many moves,… Continue reading One Move at a Time: Beats (or more formally entrechat)

Dance Events, RA Dance Blog

Reflecting on Dance Events: Move It 2018

Last weekend was a big weekend for dance in the UK. The London Excel Centre held the Move It 2018 event. The event spans over three days and every day is different. There's performances happening in lots of different places, the main stage, the showcase theatre, as well as the freestyle stage and other locations… Continue reading Reflecting on Dance Events: Move It 2018