PALS

These workshops aim to enhance the practice of dance artists, educators and choreographers including composition, technique and dance by children. Guest artists provide insights and information that equip the artists and teachers to further their knowledge of the dance practice.

Two courses are NESA approved and serve an important function as a platform for educators working within the Primary and Secondary sector, both specialist and non-specialist, to undertake Professional Learning workshops and networking opportunities. to generate income for Ausdance NSW through professional development for teachers. Ausdance NSW has also focused on supporting Artists though a digital medium in order to maximise access in 2020 and going forward. This aims to empower the teacher and student to create innovative tools beyond genre and age lines and advocate for dance in their schools, studios, and communities. All courses are open to teachers from across all stages and have been tailored to support syllabus learning outcomes.

We are currently in the middle of finalising the dates for and venues for our 2021 workshops. Watch this space or enquire at admin@dance.net.au 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

HSC DANCE:

DEVELOPING PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE TO PLAN COHERENT AND ENGAGING TEACHING PROGRAMS TO IMPROVE STUDENT LEARNING

SUITABLE FOR STAGE 4, 5, 6 

Professional development day with Carla Cherrie, HSC dance examiner. Come and unpack composition in the curriculum and learn how to lead your students to higher attainment. Suitable for HSC Dance Teachers, or years 7-10 teachers looking for further professional development. This all-day workshop is specially designed for teachers of HSC Dance and looks at the Core Composition outcomes.

IN THIS WORKSHOP, WE EXPLORE

      • Morning Session: Developing students understanding; working with stimulus and creating motifs with intent through abstraction.
      • Middle Session: Creating meaningful phrases; developing and advancing compositional skills in your students.
      • Afternoon Session: Breaking down the interview process; preparing students to talk about their own works.

This session is for teachers with a range of fitness levels. All you need to bring are clothes to dance in, curiosity and enthusiasm. 

THE NEXT HSC DANCE WORKSHOP WILL BE IN TERM 1, 2022. 

FACILITATOR – CARLA CHERRIE:

Carla Cherrie graduated from UNSW with a Bachelor of Arts (Dance) Bachelor of Education in 2006 and is currently coordinating the Dance department at Kirrawee High School. Her passion and knowledge of the art form have led her to be employed by NESA as an Examiner for the High School Certificate Practical Examinations, and the skills that she has acquired from this experience has furthered her own teaching practices and expertise in the subject. She has successfully choreographed numerous works for both the Regional Dance Festival and State Dance Festival and has been involved with the NSW Arts Unit teaching HSC workshops to prospective students throughout the state. 

PRIMARY CREATIVE ARTS DANCE 101:

DEVELOPING PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE TO PLAN COHERENT AND ENGAGING TEACHING PROGRAMS TO IMPROVE STUDENT LEARNING

SUITABLE FOR ALL TEACHERS 

This all-day workshop is specially designed for primary and school teachers (generalist or specialist Dance/PE/music /Drama/PDHPE or other, K-6). Develop your professional knowledge and professional skills. This course will focus on upskilling you in the teaching of the Creative Arts syllabus – Dance. With links to the key foundations of the syllabus, the course will unpack the outcomes Performing, Composing and Appreciating. 

 

IN THIS WORKSHOP, WE EXPLORE

Teachers will develop their professional knowledge and skills and will gain NESA accredited hours at proficient level. Teachers will expand their knowledge in:

      • Performance:
        • an understanding of safe dance practice and appropriate dance technique in the performance of combinations, sequences and dances.
        • aspects of the elements of dance in dance performance 
        • an understanding of aspects of performance quality through the performance of combinations
      • Composition:
          • exploring aspects of the elements of dance in response to a range of stimuli 
          • composing dance movement, using the elements of dance 
      • Appreciation:
            • describing dance performances through the elements of dance 
            • identifying dance works of art express ideas

Who is this course for? K-6 Teachers:

 The course is suitable for varied skill levels and from non-specialist to dance teacher, to gain new skills to teach this creative art in your own classroom. You do not need dance experience to attend this course.

Suitable for Stage 1, 2 and 3 Creative Arts Syllabus

What will I gain from taking this course?

At the end of the day, you will leave with a set of warm-up games, composition exercises and simple phrases of movement that you can link into succinct learning programs for your class.

Additionally, you will also be able to create performances and short dances, for assembly, the school show or an extracurricular activity.

Do I need experience to attend?

Absolutely not. This is designed for the classroom teacher who wants to upskill in teaching the Creative Arts curriculum, or you may be a teacher wanting to ‘brush up’ and gain confidence in teaching this subject.

THE PRIMARY CREATIVE ARTS DANCE WORKSHOP WAS SUPOSED TO GO AHEAD IN 2021 HOWEVER DUE TO THE LOCKDOWN THIS HAS BEEN PUT ON PAUSE. WE AIM TO SCHEDULE THIS FOR 2022. WATCH THIS SPACE FOR MORE DETAILS.

DANCE TEACHING WITH INCLUSIVE PRACTICE

A DIVERSITY SKILL SET FOR DANCE TEACHERS – TAFE NSW PARTNERSHIP (Subsidised course)

TAFE NSW PARTNERSHIP (Subsidised) 

In partnership with Accessible Arts, Ausdance NSW ran a 1-day course facilitated by Vicky Malin, who joined us from the UK (2018). Vicky worked with Candoco and danced with the Company for 6 years from 2008 to 2014. After consultation with this initial group of participants, this led us to formalising a qualification in partnership with ACFIPS and TAFE NSW. Dance artists were offered the chance to attend a fully subsidized 1-day course gaining 2 units of competency, Teaching with Diversity and Developing Skills in Improvisation. 

Following on from the 2018 course, in August 2019 13 students participated in this one day funded accredited dance course developed by TAFE NSW, in collaboration with ACFIBS and Ausdance NSW. 

The course addressed the skills and knowledge needed to teach students who may have specific needs. Participants studied and practiced with industry colleagues and the content covered:

  • How to work well with people with disability/diverse backgrounds
  • Appropriate language, cultural understanding, etiquette
  • Diversity – tackling issues and challenging topics
  • Improvisation – working creatively and engaging with people who may move, think or feel differently

Upon successful completion of assessment tasks students received a Statement of Attainment for two competency units: Work effectively with diversity and Develop dance improvisation skills. The day was facilitated by Jessica Conneely, a professional dancer and teacher who has vast experience in teaching dance to diverse participants and also teaching teachers how to improvise and adapt to the variety of class participants they will encounter. Ausdance NSW will be looking at re-running this course in 2020 regionally. Ausdance NSW would like to thank venue partner FORM Dance Projects for the use of their studio space at Parramatta Town Hall.

Ausdance NSW was looking at rerunning this course with ACFIPS in 2021 however this has been put on hold due to the COVID 19 lockdown, stay tuned for more information.

MASTERCLASSES

Ausdance NSW is committed to delivering masterclasses for professional development and upskilling for the dance sector. We partner with other organisations and artists to include guest facilitators for the dance artists NSW to gain qualitative and informative advice, helping their dance practice. Below are our past masterclasses, we hope to be presenting another masterclass with a guest facilitator soon.

AMY BUTLER MASTERCLASS

Ausdance NSW, supported by the British Council hosted Amy Butler’s masterclass in 2020, introducing inclusive contemporary dance technique as practiced by StopGap Dance Company. It focused on developing the ability to access many different qualities in the body through contact work and improvisation. The day culminated in an exploration of restriction and the creativity that can develop from this with the opportunity to craft set group material. 

Amy Butler is a UK based dance artist, currently working as a senior dance artist, mentor and rehearsal director for Stopgap Dance Company, rehearsal director for Akram Khan Company, specifically for the pieces Chotto Desh and the new re-work of Xenos, ChottoXenos, choreographic consultant for Highly Sprung and delivers intensives internationally, most recently for Solodos Danza in Costa Rica.

VICKY MARLIN MASTERCLASS

AUSDANCE NSW AND ACCESSIBLE ARTS
‘INCLUSIVE APPROACHES TO DANCE MOVEMENT.’

Led by Vicky Malin (UK), the workshop (held in 2018), presented by Ausdance NSW and Accessible Arts, introduced approaches to inclusive teachers through practical exercises and discussion. An opportunity was given to the participants to reflect on their own practices and the practices of others and confidently explore ways to open up their work up to more people.

Vicky Malin is an Independent Artist living in London, UK. She performs, teaches and makes work with a focus on dance and movement. Vicky originally trained in theatre and psychology and later in life became a performer and teacher with Candoco Dance Company. She is passionate about working inclusively and is also a one to one life coach. She delivers a variety of creative projects for all abilities, ages, and experience of dance as well as mentoring emerging inclusive companies internationally. Vicky recently graduated from Trinity Laban and Independent Dance with a Masters in Creative Practice and is pursuing this particular research to create a one to one performance exploring the movement of our hands.

Future Makers and Movers (FMM)

Future Makers and Movers (FMM) was a professional development series for dance teachers in schools and studios. It was designed as an opportunity for teachers to stay current and connected to top Australian dance makers and educators in the sector. FMM aims to empower the teacher and student to create innovative tools beyond genre and age lines, and advocate for dance in their schools, studios and communities. 

The first FMM event brought industry juggernaut, Vicki Van Hout, providing her tips of the trade in dance education. This Bangarra Dance Theatre alum and prestigious internationally renowned choreographer delved into how to get students performing, composing and observing choreography from a new light. Known for her vibrant energy and signature choreography, Vicki shared strategies to work with young dancers in the ever-changing dance sector. FMM concluded with a symposium where teachers voiced how they wanted to shape the future of dance education and in a judgement free environment. This event sparked conversation around the need for professional development around school dance teachers and from these conversations, the NESA approved professional development days for teachers were created.

FUTURE MAKERS AND MOVERS (FMM)

Future Makers and Movers (FMM) was a professional development series for dance teachers in schools and studios. It was designed as an opportunity for teachers to stay current and connected to top Australian dance makers and educators in the sector. FMM aims to empower the teacher and student to create innovative tools beyond genre and age lines, and advocate for dance in their schools, studios and communities. 

The first FMM event brought industry juggernaut, Vicki Van Hout, providing her tips of the trade in dance education. This Bangarra Dance Theatre alum and prestigious internationally renowned choreographer delved into how to get students performing, composing and observing choreography from a new light. Known for her vibrant energy and signature choreography, Vicki shared strategies to work with young dancers in the ever-changing dance sector. FMM concluded with a symposium where teachers voiced how they wanted to shape the future of dance education and in a judgement free environment.

This event sparked conversation around the need for professional development around school dance teachers and from these conversations, the NESA approved professional development days for teachers were created.

AUSDANCE NSW

Ausdance NSW is the key support & advocacy body, for the creation, presentation and practice of dance in NSW.

Ausdance NSW is part of the Ausdance National Network.

Ausdance acknowledges and respects the Traditional Custodians of the Lands on which we work and dance and pays respect to elders past, present and emerging. 

Contact Info

AusdanceNSW
10 Hickson Road, Level 3, Arts Exchange Buliding, The Rocks, Sydney 2000
02 9256 4800
admin@dance.net.au

ABN 36 824 207 095