Dance Teachers Day

On Monday 10th December 2012, a multitude of workshops, forums and networking opportunities will be on offer for dance and non-dance teachers to expand, develop and maintain their skills at the Adelaide College of the Arts.

Associate Artist, Emma Stokes, will be delivering this workshop on my behalf.

I will be presenting a new workshop called ‘ENTER & EXIT – working inclusively & inspiring creativity’. This workshop is suitable for dance teachers with varying backgrounds and experiecne who are interested in discovering how to work with young people with and without a disability. We will use improvisation techniques to stimulate new movement vocabulary from the individual and develop phrases and motifs that can be developed for a performance outcome.

Other expert dance presenters for the day include:

Martine Quigley – Jazz

Deon Hastie – Indigenous Contemporary Dance

Peter Sheedy – Choreography and Composition

Penelope Shum – Hip Hop

Kialea-Nadine Williams – Partnering and Lifting

Jenny Toune – ‘Directions in Tap Teaching’

Sally Chance & Felicia Hick – ‘The Forest is Dark – A Pre-School Journey in Dance’,

Jeff Meiners – ‘Opportunities, Training and Education Changes Relevant to South Australia’

Lisa Heaven – Contemporary Dance Technique.

Registration forms, workshop preference forms and poster may be found at Earlier bookings will secure first preferences into workshops.  Registration forms should be returned to Ausdance SA with payment by Wednesday 28 November.

Certificates of attendance will be issued at the end of completed sessions.

For more information about the Dance Teachers Day, contact Cherie Broad on Telephone 08 8212 0825 or email

Photograph: Chris Herzfeld / Camlight Productions


Enter and Exit – Working Inclusively and Inspiring Creativity

Introductions and Backgrounds
• What is the participant interested in learning?
• What prior knowledge does the participant bring to the class?
• How are we going to work together?
• How do we want to work together?

Expectations, Assumptions, Perceptions
• Breaking down the barriers.
• Accessibility Needs.
• Using intuition. What do you already know about the participant?
• Devising individual programs. Adaptations.
• Empowering the participant.

Inclusive Language
• Information- Is it clear?
• Plain English?
• New vocabulary. One word learning.
• Context.
• Descriptive examples. Imagery.
• Physical examples. Nurture.
• Showing and discussion.

Creative Process
• A contribution is a contribution no matter the size.
• Visual and verbal cues.
• A loose score.
• Borrow ideas. Slice in prior knowledge.
• Using games to create movement.

Enter // Exit
• Entrance. Engaging a Classroom
• Performer Vulnerability.
• 360 doors. The whirlpool.
• Exit. What are you leaving behind? Did you take the energy with you?
• Reflect. Evaluate.

Further Resources
• Philip’s website
• Restless Dance Theatre
• Arts Access Australia. Australia’s peak body for arts and disability.
• Beyond Technique: Searching for Authenticity. Inclusive Dance Master Class. Run through
Accessible Arts NSW.

• 2012 Australian Human Rights Commission Photographic Competition. Overall winner.