Course notes

24th October 2003 at 01:00
Frances Conway, PE teacher at Deanfield school, Calderdale, learns to be a mover and shaker

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.

Why go?

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.

If you've been on a course that others should know about email

jill.craven@tes.co.uk

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