Nurturing All Dancers: Understanding Difference in Dance

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Start Date - Thu, 01 Apr 2021

End Date - Fri, 09 Apr 2021

Venue - Online

Style - All styles


We are working in partnership with 'icandance' to develop a series of seminars that explore understanding difference in dance.

Four short seminars, running in 2021, will focus on the areas of:

  1. Wellbeing, 
  2. Learning,
  3. Creativity and 
  4. Building an inclusive dance community

Led and developed by Juliet Diener these seminars hope to inform and enrich practice whilst enabling teachers to explore and consider their practice.

These seminars are suitable for teachers currently in training as well as those who have been teaching for a number of years. You can sign up to all four or choose parts that you feel will benefit you.

The Society is committed to developing our practice and building an inclusive environment so we can share our passion for dance and enable access for all.

Seminar 1

Understanding the Wellbeing Needs of All Dancers

Managing the current pandemic has had an immense impact on dancers, their families, and the wider community. Dance teachers are required to offer a space that not only feels physically safe but emotionally too as families return to some normality whilst still being mid-pandemic. 

For all dancers’ routines have changed and so to have experiences which has heightened anxieties. For the dancer with disabilities this is even more pronounced and can manifest itself in various behaviours and barriers to engaging.

What you will learn: This seminar will explore the need for emotional safety within the learning environment, understanding emotional levels of dancers and how life challenges whether COVID, personal stresses or disability, can impact on being able to engage fully in the dance experience. This seminar will support the teacher in reflecting on their role, understanding the impact of a dancer’s wellbeing on their dance experience and what they can offer to dancers and their families whilst looking after themselves.

This session took place in Jan 2021.

Seminar 2

Understanding the Learning Needs of All Dancers

Exploring a range of learning styles and disabilities this seminar will discuss strategies and tools to support making the dance space accessible for all.

What you will learn: The seminar will focus specifically on communication both verbal and non-verbal, exploring various educational strategies as a tool to support learning and creative ways of catering for varying needs in the class.

Date: Thursday 1 April 2021 

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 (GMT) 

Seminar 3

Nurturing Creativity in Each Dancer

Creativity is a key element of the dance experience and leads to an ability to express, share, and tell a story. Performance is a result of our creativity and offers an opportunity to ‘move’ the audience and for the dancer to be ‘seen’.

What you will learn: In this seminar we will reflect on how to nurture creativity in dancers and prepare them for performance opportunities and the joys and challenges of being ‘seen’. Focusing specifically on dancers with disabilities this seminar will share experiences from preparing, choreographing, and creating performances for dancers with a range of needs and how to bring those needs together to make performance possible for all. We will explore the importance of supporting creative development whilst offering clear, consistent boundaries in the dance space.

Date: Wednesday 7 April 2021

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 (GMT) 

Seminar 4

Building an Inclusive Dance Community

In conclusion this seminar will integrate the learning from creativity, learning and wellbeing in building an inclusive dance community. Focusing on applying the skills developed to not only the dancers but to leading an organisation, managing a team, and developing partnerships.

What you will learn: This seminar will offer an opportunity to review the integrated model of Creativity, Learning and Wellbeing which was created at icandance and reflect on the impact of the approach and how elements can be applied in every setting for all dancers.

Date: Friday 9 April 2021

Time: 10:00 - 11:30 (GMT)

Course Leader Info

Juliet Diener (UKCP, RADMP UK, MA, HDE, AISTD) is Founder and CEO of  icandance, a Dance Movement Psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, Inclusive dance specialist, a Cecchetti qualified ballet teacher and educator. 

Juliet is a Registered member of the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK (ADMP UK), The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD).  

Juliet’s belief in making dance for all motivated her to create 'icandance' a charity which offers a creative, therapeutic community in London for families with disabled children. Juliet has lectured on the MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths and is an Inclusive Dance Specialist for the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.

Juliet is currently pursuing a PhD by professional practice at Metanoia Institute in exploring the integrated approach to inclusive dance practice as delivered at icandance where she leads a team of specialists to share inclusive practice in schools, communities, and arts organisations.


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Society Members - £15 each seminar.

Non Members - £20 each seminar.

Places are available to book now. Sales will end on 29 March 2021.