Developing Teaching & Learning to Reach the Primary Sector

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Start Date - Tue, 02 Mar 2021

End Date - Tue, 20 Apr 2021

Venue - Online

Style - Inclusive Practice, Continued Professional Development


The Society is working to develop a series of courses that explore teaching within the community and Primary sector.

Course Details

Following the success of some initial sessions focusing on the Primary Sector we are developing some new courses that will support teachers to reach out into teaching within the community or Primary sector. Many children are not able to access private dance lessons and are missing out on the joy of experiencing dance and all it has to offer. As dance teachers sharing your passion and exploring where there may be gaps in your local area mean that more children are able to access dance more easily. Making classes available as part of the community, embedded within a formal setting or as extracurricular may be areas to consider beyond the private setting.

These courses aim to equip teachers to gain confidence and understanding in this setting or are for those who are already active and are looking for new ideas, thoughts and inspiration. These courses enable teachers the opportunity to share good practice and discuss teaching and learning strategies. So are ideal for any teacher wanting to upskill practice. They would also benefit trainee teachers to develop their skills and knowledge for teaching practice.

These programmes are led and developed in collaboration with experienced dance educators Anna Olejnicki & Rachel Dawson.

Behaviour Management - 2 March (9:30 - 12:45 GMT)

There are many contributing factors that can impact upon children’s behaviour within the dance studio within a formal setting and most recently with zoom. The key to this is unpicking why and how behaviour presents itself and to know what strategies to use when this happens. Children react to the environment around them, and their stages of development mean that change is constant. Equipping yourself with some strategies and knowing when to adapt and change is key. This course will explore how to motivate children of different abilities and needs to engage with dance.

What you will learn:

  • What behaviour management is and approaches to take
  • How to react and adapt ensuring learning takes place
  • How to recognise when you need to change your strategy
  • How to get the best out of your class
  • Strategies for SEN

Teaching Strategies for Delivering Dance - 20 April (13:00 - 16:15 BST)

This course aims to explore some basic teaching strategies that will enable you to feel equipped to adapt to your class and to be able to differentiate for the differing needs and abilities within your class. The development of teaching within zoom presents further challenges to deliver dance effectively and challenge your learners. This course aims to share good practice and explore some strategies for delivering dance.

What you will learn:

  • How to identify basic teaching strategies and understand how to implement them
  • How and when to change tact
  • How does this present in zoom?
  • How to reflect upon and adapt your practice to the needs within the space

Meet the Programme Leaders

About Anna Olejnicki (BA Hons)

Fellow of International Dance Teachers Association (Dist. Ballet, Modern Jazz, Tap, Theatrecraft & Freestyle)
Registered teacher with Royal Academy of Dance (RAD)
Member Equity UK

Anna began her dance career training at a local dance school in Doncaster, and began her professional career working as a commercial dancer/choreographer for fashion shows, and a dance tutor before founding Hype Dance Company, a dance education company in Sheffield in 2004.

Anna has worked with many dance companies delivering educational work including Decadance Theater (USA), Renegade Dance Theatre (Germany), and for the last 13 years with The Royal Ballet School (UK).

She teaches regularly within Hype Dance Company’s Academy in Sheffield. Her teaching work ranges from creative dance, choreography, teacher training/mentoring with professional dancers, and work with professional ice skaters from the British Squad.

She is a registered teacher with the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Training, is an assessor for The Royal Academy of Dance on their practical dance teacher training module, a lecturer for the ISTD and a TDCI festival adjudicator.

Anna has been the recipient of Arts Council England Funding, a Lisa Ullman Dance travel scholarship and a finalist in the Grazia / O2 female Entrepreneur of the year.

About Rachel Dawson


Rachel was born in New Zealand and trained at the New Zealand School of Dance, in ballet and contemporary, graduating with a 3-year diploma in dance performance.

Rachel performed with numerous dance companies throughout New Zealand, including an Australasian tour with Paul Jenden Dance Company. Following from this, Rachel was the choreographer, director and founder of Catapult Dance Company in Wellington, NZ. She was excited to be shortlisted for the role of Gollum in Peter Jacksons Lord of the Rings film Trilogy.

Rachel gained her RAD Teachers’ Certificate with distinction in 2001, and was proud to achieve her ARAD initials. In 2007, Rachel moved to Cambridge, UK with her husband and two children.

Since 2010 she has been employed by the Royal Ballet School as a technical/creative teacher on their out reach programme ‘Primary Steps’, and leads their creative work shops in Primary schools across the East Anglia, a role that culminates in choreographing graduation performance pieces for Primary Steps students.

Rachel currently works in Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds in the private sector as an RAD ballet teacher and contemporary teacher. She also teaches adult get fit, senior citizen classes, contemporary and ballet as part of community adult dance classes. She is also a cover teacher for Dance East Ipswich.

She previously worked as a ballet teacher for Bodywork Dance Company Cambridge in the vocational 3-year full time training performing Arts course and for Bodywork Theatre School for over 10 years, entering graded and vocational students into RAD ballet exams, whilst choreographing junior then senior end of year ballet shows from 2010-2019. In previous years she has been contracted to choreograph in Primary and Secondary schools in Cambridgeshire and New Zealand for end of year productions and creative dance workshops.

Rachel has had over 25 years of teaching and choreographic experience and enjoys inspiring students and seeing them reach their full potential. She is energetic, highly creative and passionate about all forms of dance.

Pricing and More Information

Members: £30

Non-Members: £35

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