Our School have been promising to publish details of two new short on-line courses which will soon become an important part of our Task Force 2015-16 initiative.
You are probably aware that we already offer a Foundation Course covering the necessary basic theory to design and implement effective dance therapy sessions for small groups and that this programme has follow-on options leading to Full International Diploma. At the same time, a complementary diploma is awarded by UNESCO CID, plus membership. As well as becoming practitioners in dance therapy at non-psychiatric level, (also known as community-level dance therapy,) candidates are encouraged to plan and set up dance clubs locally to help youngsters who are struggling to cope with their difficulties. This is the main global aim of Task Force 2015-16 and a number of gifted UK and international students have opted for this programme.
However, worrying statistics uncovered by Adrian Atkins during some of his recent work in several parts of this country have made us all realise that very urgent action is needed right here in the UK. It is therefore hoped these two new short courses will encourage more dancing teachers in particular to start working with dance therapy. The first new short course is:
A 'dance day' is a carefully structured programme of 2 sessions, each lasting 40 mins-1 hour, to provide an 'invitation to the dance' which no child will be able to resist. Trainees are guided step by step to work with dance therapy to provide extra psychological and emotional support for small groups of children and young people. The method they will develop during this course is a carefully balanced combination of restoration therapy, psychomotor therapy and psychodynamic movement. 'Dance Days' can then be made available locally by dancing teachers and other professionals who want to go 'that extra mile' in helping hard-pressed members of the community.
A 'dance holiday' is a 12-session programme with aims similar to the above, but spread over a longer period – during school holidays for example, or over a 'long week-end.' But It doesn't need to involve travel – a dance holiday' can take place almost anywhere, at almost any time.
Looking after oneself is an important factor – relax, 'it's gotta be fun! - Keeping in touch with friends – Staying cool, calm and collected - Three Just-4U techniques as 'restoration' for the dance therapy practitioner – Planning your first Dance Day – where will it be held? Who will be invited? Creating a 'safe' environment – The big, big welcome
The importance of celebration: learning from the philosophy of Rudolf Laban – 'Dance is for everyone' – 'charm of movement' – 'the healing power of rhythmic movement' – Dance activities and strategies to make it easier to 'join the dance' – building trust without the need for words
Using groupwork as a tool– 'Empowerment' through 'shared movement – 'My dance, your dance, our dance' (Feldenkrais technique) – Introducing folk dancing – Ways into 'improvised dance' – 'noticing, caring and sharing' - 'The chain of friendship'
'Inclusivity' is so important. Everyone needs a chance to express how they feel, and to find their own 'breathing place.' This Unit looks at how to make sure everyone has an equal chance in your session, even if there is physical or mental impairment. Togetherness, friendship and hope: always end your 'Dance Day' on a positive note.
Creating a 12-session 'Dance Holiday' is little more than putting together a really attractive selection of 'Dance Days'. Any holiday needs needs careful planning if it is to be a total success, but once you have put together a few well designed 'Dance Days' it all starts to get much easier than you might think! - No need to do everything yourself: this is the time to get a few like-minded friends and colleagues involved – Teamwork holds the key – Planning your 12 sessions – Keeping a record – Setting realistic aims and objectives for each 'holiday'
All good things come to an end, but the spirit of celebration which you have carefully maintained throughout your planning created will last right through to the next 'Dance Holiday.' In this Unit we help you design a 'grand finale' event that will live on in the memories of all who took part, those who came, but most importantly, yourself!
As this is an on-line course, there are a great many advantages for the student – working from the convenience of your own home, at times most suitable for yourself, and with an individual tutor to guide you topic by topic, unit by unit.
Each Unit contains a question at the end, your answer should involve no more than 1 x A4 typed page. Your work should be emailed to us unit by unit. Your individual tutor provides feedback, usually within 3-4 days. (It is best to wait until you have received this before submitting your work for the next unit.) Please take seriously any advice given, occasionally you may wish to make a change or two in your next work as a result of the tutor's comments.
When all six units are satisfactorily completed, our School's 'Dance Days and Dance Holidays' diploma is awarded.
We never like you to rush your work for our courses, the 'growth process' which is key to this kind of creative work needs time and space. In enrolling with us, you are investing in yourself so please take, within reason, all the time you need. Just let us know if work is likely to be delayed. Also, it is important that you enjoy what you are learning. Completing all six units usually requires about 3 hours of study and preparation time per week for the first 4 units, maybe longer for Units 5 and 6.
You may wish to try out in practice the programmes you have prepared so far, and are now ready to launch your own dance days and dance holidays locally almost immediately. However there is a follow-on option which you might like to consider. If you put your dance holiday to the test by setting it up in practice, and submit a written report on its aims and outcomes to our examiners, you could qualify for our Full International Diploma. We can offer you special extra tuition on your practical work and help with writing the report. If successful, a complementary diploma from UNESCO CID will also be awarded– together with UNESCO CID membership.
Complete set of course material, (6 units) sent by regular mail, airmail and/or email, together with individual tuition throughout, and special Diploma on successful completion, costs £70.
Extra tuition and assistance with preparing Report for Examiners £50 – this payment is only due if the candidate wishes to take up the follow-on option – that is, after the Dance Days and Dance Holidays' Diploma has been awarded
Examiners' Fee £40 – payable when Report for Full International Diploma is submitted to our Examiners
Details will be published in December.
Enrolment forms and payment options for the two new short courses will be available from January 1st 2016.
With every kind wish.
Director of Studies
Member UNESCO CID 29 October, 2015