Dear Friends and Colleagues
What glorious weather we have been having and such a lovely line-up of holidays during which we have been able to enjoy the sunshine over the last few weeks! I hope you all had as much fun as I did.
I am back again to update you with news at our end, as well as to remind you to send us news about the ISTD-related events and achievements at your end for us to circulate to everyone in our next newsletter.
What we have been up to:
The ISTD had a stand at Move It from 10th to 13th March with a presence on the main stage and training rooms throughout that time.. From the South Asian Dance Faculty, we had a performance by students of Sujata Banerjee and a workshop by Urja Thakore.
Alchemy, South Bank Centre
The Alchemy Festival took place at the South Bank Centre from 15-25 April 2011. The South Asian Dance Faculty made a presentation on 20 April, just before the showcase by the dance and music students of The Bhavan Centre. An engaged and enthralled audience assembled in the Ballroom of the Royal Festival Hall and listened with interest to a talk by Sujata Banerjee, Chair of the South Asian Dance Faculty, along with Vice-Chair Pushkala Gopal. Miss Paddy Hurlings, Member of the Trustee Management Group of the ISTD was present too, providing a context for the ISTD as a whole. We hope to have a more prominent presence at Alchemy next year, so do look out for us!
Developments to look out for:
Once again, thank you for your continued patience regarding the wait for the newly revised outline syllabi for Kathak and Bharatanatyam. We are really almost there – hopefully just days away from it. Please do continue to look out online for the upload on http://www.istd.org/south-asian/about/. Meanwhile, if you urgently need the revised version, please let me know and I can email you a draft.
For those of you preparing your students for ISTD examinations for the first time, please note that the prepared performance is a very important part of the examination and it is crucial to compile this in accordance with the guidelines given in the syllabus. If you have any doubts about this, please feel free to be in touch with me and I can point you in the right direction.
Higher Level Teaching Qualifications Portfolio
The ISTD is developing a higher level portfolio of teaching qualifications to allow our members the widest possible opportunity to build on their initial teaching qualifications, gain recognition in the education sector and open more doors across sectors. The proposed qualifications include accredited teaching qualifications on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) at Level 6, a conversion route to BA Honours and a Masters programme. Between them these qualifications will provide:
- An accredited qualification to recognise expertise for experienced practitioners and ex-professional dancers
- A pathway to achievement for those who require qualifications to work in the further education or state school system
Current / Forthcoming events:
ISTD Congress in Preston
There is a Congress event in Preston College on 2 October and the South Asian Dance Faculty will be running two open workshops – Kathak Grade Four and Bharatanatyam Intermediate level. Please look out for further updates in the near future on http://www.istd.org/events/2011/10/02/
Faculty event at British Council, New Delhi
The Faculty has been planning a launch event at the British Council in New Delhi, at which dance teachers in India will be invited to find out more about how the ISTD’s qualifications and how they can be of significance to them. This was originally scheduled for April 2011, but has now been postponed to the end of the year to enable more planning time in which we can enable visits to other Indian cities too.
Opportunities to consider:
Dance Proms online vote!
There are five videos on the Dance Proms website for you to choose from – including Sujata Banerjee Dance Company – so vote for your favourite act now and see them join the lineup on stage on Sunday 13th November at the Royal Albert Hall! Visit www.danceproms.co.uk to vote and for all the latest news about the event.
The full and final shortlist will be announced on Friday 24th June 2011.
Tickets for Dance Proms start at just £10 and go on sale on 9th June. To book call the Royal Albert Hall box office on 0845 401 5045 or visit www.royalalberthall.com.
Classical Dance Costumes
I have had an enquiry about whether there is anyone who stitches classical dance costumes in London. If you know of someone, please forward the contact details to me so that I can pass them on.
That is all for now. Looking forward to being in touch again soon and meanwhile of course to hear about news at your end.
Nina Rajarani MBE
ISTD South Asian Dance Faculty