Course Ideas and Strategies for Teaching Dance at Key Stage 3.
Provider Laban Centre for Movement and Dance (www.laban.org).
Venue Laban Centre, London, June 21 2002
Cost pound;50 paid by my school.
How did you find out about it?
I've been on the mailing list for a while.
I've got a real interest in dance, though no proper training, and I wanted to catch up with some contemporary dance issues.
What did it promise?
"Warm-up ideas, small motifs and sequences and advice on how to develop them and be creative."
Did it deliver?
It took us through everything from music for warm-ups to using difference, pace and dynamic. We also learned to adapt visual stimuli, stories or themes into dance sequences.
Highs and lows It was good working with a group, exploring contact through dance. It helped me see things from the children's point of view when I ask them to work together. Also, the resources were fantastic. But I had to give up a Saturday, which might put some people off.
Message, mantra or motto Contemporary dance can be accessible, it can embrace everyday things and show them in a new way.
Best advice I enjoyed the exercises that took unexpected stimuli for dance - a poem or a picture of a footballer scoring a goal, for instance. It means people of all abilities can get dancing.
Has it made a difference?
I'm launching our dance programme next term, and it's given me loads of ideas and the confidence to use dance creatively.
Coming your way?
Laban offers short and term-long dance courses for beginners and more experienced dancers. Details on its website or from the education and community department, tel: 020 8691 8600.
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