Introduction to community dance practice
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: DDP050
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
The day will give a rounded overview of the nature and structure of Community Dance Practice covering areas such as professional practice, responsibility, health and safety, working with people and an understanding of legislation which underpins the practice.
The topic areas covered on the course will be further explored through practical movement exercises, role play and case studies. This aims to bring further clarity in understanding to the practice of community dance. Overall the course aims to empower you with knowledge and understanding that will allow you to develop accessible, inclusive participatory dance which support the needs and aspirations of individuals and communities.
What will we cover?
Over the one day programme we will cover the following areas:
• What is community dance and safe dance practice.
• The dancing body - identify the characteristics of dance genres and explore their unique physical and physiological requirements.
• Teaching and working in the community – (schema of work / session plan, overview of diversity and inclusivity,self management)
• Code of conduct / legislation.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Discover the nature and practice of community dance
• Recognise how to plan and structure a community dance activity within the framework of safe dance practice
• Identify a borader range of different dance cultures
• Recognise the value of differentiation as a mechanism for making session content accessible
• Develop your confidence and identify your responsibilities as a community dance practitioner.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course will be taught at a level that requires you to have some knowledge and understanding of the application and use of dance within the context of engaging the body in physical activity.
Please Note: We do not usually accept under 19 year olds except in special circumstances - please see Students under 19 for more information.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This will be an integrated practical and theory based class. You will be taught within a guided learning, group environment, through a variety of classroom based activities, demonstrations, explorations and various reflective processes.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Students are required to have a journal to document their learning journey through the course. Comfortable clothing for movement based activities.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Enrol on to Community Dance Practice which is a more in depth course.
Francis has been working in the field of dance for over 30 years, performing, teaching and producing works that have contributed to the enrichment of British dance culture through the production of a range of training programmes, classes, courses and performance works. As well as being a performing artist / choreographer and dance educator, he holds the position of Associate Lecturer in dance at the University of Surrey and Coventry University. Francis is also a Somatics Movement Educator and a dance health & wellbeing specialist. In addition he also holds the position of Director of Dance at Islington Arts Factory, a creative hub of art, dance and music in the heart of North London. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Movement Angol dance, a UK based Dance Company which produces work that blends the teachings and practices of Western Contemporary dance with dance from the African Diaspora, underpinned by Somatic practice, to form his distinctive language of expression.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.