The Laban Guild Community Dance Teachers Course
WOULD YOU LIKE TO…
- TEACH DANCE SESSIONS FOR ANY SECTIONS OF THE COMMUNITY – YOUNG, OLD, THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS OR MIXED GROUPS?
- TAKE DANCE SESSIONS WITH A YOUTH GROUP?
- ENHANCE YOUR TEACHING OF DANCE IN SCHOOL?
- ADAPT YOUR PROFESSIONAL SKILLS TO TEACHING DANCE?
- LEARN MORE ABOUT LABAN MOVEMENT ANALYSIS?
- ENHANCE YOUR EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS?
- BE ELIGIBLE FOR COMPREHENSIVE PROFESSIONAL INSURANCE?
If you are interested in any of these areas, then the LABAN GUILD COMMUNITY DANCE TEACHERS COURSE could be what you are looking for!
THE LABAN GUILD
The Laban Guild is a National Governing Body in the UK and so is empowered to award its own certificates.
It is also a registered charity and its activities and finances are monitored annually. As a Laban Guild course, this course is firmly positioned within a dance heritage which traces its roots to Central European modern dance branching out into the legacy of dance work which Britain has inherited from Rudolf Laban.
This is a long established course, recognised by the Arts Council of England and Sport England, as well as by the North Wales Access and Credit Consortium. Courses in Ireland have been supported by both Arts Councils.
This will be our ninth course in Ireland since 1990. We have previously run courses in Dublin, Cork, Kildare, Westmeath and two in Belfast, all of which have been cross-border. We have also run further development courses in Belfast and Kildare. This means that there is now an established network of Laban based practitioners working in all parts of the country, not just in these areas but everywhere from the North-West to the South-East too. Members keep in touch and organise their own workshops, providing a valuable infra-structure.
WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID ABOUT OUR COURSE
THE COURSE MEMBERS
“...an oasis in a desert! The whole group are enthusiastic and revelling in its variety - physically and intellectually.”
“...I find myself looking forward to each weekend….because the work is fascinating.”
“...as a wheelchair-user and a woman of size, it is important to me to change traditional notions of disability and passivity, of traditional dance and notions of beauty. This course allows me to
approach dance from the inside, not from strict rulings of where a body part should be at any one time.”
“...the course presents a way of teaching which is creative and encourages the development of an individual style.”
“… a sound grounding in movement theory yet allowed participants the scope to develop their own creative and choreographic skills. I love the way the course recognises that every teaching situation is different – even sessions with the same group of students will differ.”
“...Laban’s principles and theories do not dismiss or ignore the theories proposed by others. This has enabled me to draw links and comparisons between this course and the many other dance workshops that I have attended.”
WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID ABOUT OUR COURSE
THE COURSE ORGANISERS
As well as giving great enjoyment and helping to build lasting friendships, the Stage 1 course gave the primary and secondary teachers who took part personal confidence in their ability to teach dance. They extended and improved their personal performances, gained knowledge and understanding of how Laban fundamentals can be used to give pupils exciting and creative movement experiences. If only more teachers could be encouraged to participate the standard of dance education in our schools would most certainly rise.” Arline Balmer. Department of Education, Northern Ireland
The Stage 1 Course allowed us to begin to develop a sustainable infrastructure in Powys with a local network of qualified practitioners. The course has given people already committed to the
locality an opportunity to train in community dance near home with the prospect of possible
employment within their own communities.
The Laban Guild Stage 1 Course is flexible, affordable, of a high standard and specific to
community dance.” Heidi Wilson, Director of Powys Dance
“A broad range of skills, knowledge and understanding developed through the units is very much in evidence. Students’ learning experience is enhanced through having different tutors for each weekend, but with strong leadership, support and guidance from the co-ordinating organisation. There is a good ethos of equality and life-long learning.” Geraldine Hurl. Moderator for the S E Wales Open College Network
WHAT THE COURSE COVERS...
It is expected that course members will:
1. DEVELOP A WORKING KNOWLEDGE OF THE BODY/SPACE/EFFORT/RELATIONSHIP FUNDAMENTALS OF MOVEMENT THROUGH THE PRACTICAL STUDY OF LABAN’S WORK:
- Body Actions: stepping, turning, jumping, locomotion, gesture, stillness
- Spatial areas, directions, levels, focus, extension, shape, pathways.
- The dynamic content of movement: weight factors, time factors, spatial factors, flow.
- Relationships: learning how to relate well to others through the medium of dance:
- two people/two groups, trios, small groups, large groups.
2. DEVELOP AN UNDERSTANDING OF BODY DESIGN AND FUNCTION:
- An introduction to basic anatomy and physiology.
- The considerations and concerns of warming-up.
- Providing a safe class
3. LEARN HOW TO MAKE DANCES FOR AND WITH COMMUNITY DANCE GROUPS:
- Stimuli for dance and how to use them: literary, visual, audible, tactile and movement.
- Dance making: giving shape and structure to the movement material.
4. LEARN HOW TO PLAN AND PREPARE LABAN-BASED CREATIVE COMMUNITY DANCE SESSIONS; HOW TO LEAD COMMUNITY GROUPS AND HOW TO UTILISE A VARIETY OF TEACHING METHODS:
- Planning: structuring sessions; content, consideration of stimuli and accompaniment.
- Teaching: practical consideration of a range of teaching styles and strategies.
- Leading a group; what makes a good leader
- what makes a good session
- styles of leadership
- responding to the needs of a group
- developing skills of analysis and observation
5. BE ADVISED ON ADMINISTRATION, ORGANISATION, MARKETING AND PUBLICITY
6. BE ADVISED ON LEGAL RESPONSIBILITIES eg. DUTY OF CARE, RISK ASSESSMENT, INSURANCE
- The course is mainly practical.
- It introduces Laban analysis which can be applied to all dance styles, techniques and class members.
- All tutors are accomplished practitioners from a variety of backgrounds, offering a range of expertise and approaches.
- It is an excellent, in-depth course which is flexible and part-time.
- It is run locally, you do not have to move away to train.
- Course members come from a wide range of backgrounds.
Successful course members find their job opportunities greatly enhanced and are eligible to apply for fully comprehensive insurance but – perhaps more than this, find that the personal enrichment experienced on this course, together with the deeper understanding of the significance of dance in their own and other’s lives, makes attendance of this course a life changing experience.
QUICK ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS...
- WHEN IS THE NEXT COURSE?
A. The next course is due to start 8/9 April 2006. Other dates are 6/7 May, 10/11 June, 16/17 Sept 14/15 Oct, 25/26 Nov 2006, 27/28 Jan, 03/04 March, 28/29 April, 9/10 June, 15/16 Sept 2007
- WHERE WILL IT BE HELD?
Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare.
- HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
€ 1,100.00, plus an initial registration fee of € 95.00, plus the cost of attending a recommended summer school.
- WHAT DOES THE COURSE CONSIST OF?
A. 10 teaching weekends totalling 130 hours plus an optional final assessment weekend.
FOR THE CERTIFICATE: full course attendance, a satisfactory final assessment and attendance at an approved summer course. An assignment is set after each weekend and you have to keep a record of your work.
- Q. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
A. The course usually runs over about 15 -18 mths, giving 2 to 3 weekends a term.
- Q. CAN ANYBODY JOIN THE COURSE?
A. The course is not for beginners. You need good dance or movement experience and preferably some experience of teaching or community work, plus a reference.
- Q. SO, WHAT SORT OF PEOPLE COME ON THESE COURSES?
A. All sorts of people, providing they have the necessary experience and a love of dance. There are usually quite a few teachers and dancers, but others may do anything. They may be drama teachers, artists, physiotherapists, social workers, even engineers and computer specialists.
- Q. WHAT WILL IT GET ME?
A. THE COURSE will give you a grounding in 3 modules; Laban Fundamentals, Teaching Styles and Strategies, and Dance Making, through a wide range of dance experiences. There are also modules on Leadership, Marketing Safe Exercise and risk assessment.
THE EXPERIENCE is acclaimed by course members as being of the greatest value in their work, whether teaching, choreographing or performing, and in their personal lives, through enhancing self-confidence, communication skills and self knowledge.
THE CERTIFICATE, a National Governing Body Award, is recognised by Education, Arts and Sports bodies, gives access to further training and places your name on the Dance Teachers Register of the Laban Guild.
YOU will then be able to deliver the Laban Guild 30 hour Foundation Course and our certificated courses for children.
YOU will also be eligible to apply for insurance to teach dance.
- Q. CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE SORT OF WORK ON THE COURSE?
A. YES! There will be an opportunity to sample the work and ask questions about the course in Newbridge. at the introductory day in February
For further information, contact Lucina Russell, Arts Officer for Co. Kildare, Riverbank, Newbridge, Co. Kildare. 00353 (0) 45 448 318
and check out our web site: www.labanguild.org