Ballet Teacher: Qualifications

Royal Academy of Dance registered teacher logo, Silver Swans licensee logo and Progressing Ballet Technique certified teacher logo.

 

 

 


 

Key Achievements

 

  • Awarded the Silver Swans Licence by the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD Silver Swans Licensee).
  • Awarded Registered Teacher Status by the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD RTS).
  • Certified Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) teacher.
  • Graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance with a First Class BA (Hons) Degree.
  • Awarded an academic bursary by the Faculty of Education at the Royal Academy of Dance.
  • Achieved the Royal Academy of Dance Diploma in Dance Education with Distinction.
  • Achieved the Royal Academy of Dance Certificate in Dance Education with Distinction.

 

 


 

Qualifications

 

Royal Academy of Dance

BA (Hons) Dance Education

(First Class Honours)

Awarded July 2017

  • Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Faculty of Education / University of Bath (FHEQ Level 6)

 

Modules studied:

Dance, Art and Education

  • Philosophical perspectives on the nature and function of the arts in education.
  • Debates surrounding the meaning of “art”, “dance” and “education”.
  • The role of the arts within education and the particular educational contribution of dance.
  • Dichotomies such as education/training, theory/practice, mind/body.

Dance and Older Learners

  • Exploring how older learners can benefit from participation in dance.
  • Deconstructing stereotypes.
  • Critical consideration of creative and artistic outcomes of participation.
  • Health-related safe practice concerns.

Ballet: its Diversity and Influence

  • Considering influences on ballet’s worldwide growth and development during the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Explored through the study of selected choreographers, dancers, artistic directors, teachers, scholars and critics.
  • Engaging critically and discursively with historical, political, social, cultural, financial and artistic circumstances that might impact on a ballet company’s identity and values.

Dance in Higher Education

  • Philosophical and educational traditions, definitions and debates surrounding the nature of dance in Higher Education.
  • Considering how dance in Higher Education functions as an academic discipline and as a preparation for entry into the profession.

Dissertation

  • Title: “Meet Me at the Barre: Community in the Ballet Class.”
  • Educational research inspired by personal experience as a dance student and dance teacher.

 

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Royal Academy of Dance (September 2015 – July 2016)

Diploma of Higher Education: Dance Education

(achieved with Distinction)   

  • Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Faculty of Education / University of Bath (FHEQ Level 5)

 

Modules studied:

The Nature of Dance

  • Philosophical perspectives on the nature and function of dance.

Perspectives on Learning and Teaching

  • Theories of pedagogy applied to dance.

Safe Practice and Improving Performance

  • Physiological and Psychological factors relevant to dance performance and dance teaching practice.

Perspectives on Music and Dance

  • Critical, philosophical and aesthetic concepts relevant to the study of music in dance.
  • Musical aspects of selected repertoires, practices and dance forms.
  • Implications of diverse analytical models of music and dance for dance practice, education and training.

Dance in the Community

  • Considerations of dance as a participatory art form.
  • Reflections on how context can affect planning and delivery of dance activity.
  • Notions of dance as a tool for social engagement, empowerment and enjoyment.

 

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Royal Academy of Dance (September 2014 – July 2015)

Certificate of Higher Education: Dance Education

(achieved with Distinction)   

  • Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Faculty of Education / University of Bath (FHEQ Level 4)

 

Modules studied:

Frameworks and Perspectives

  • Dance analysis
  • Benesh Movement Notation
  • Labanotation

The Healthy Dancer

  • Anatomy
  • Alignment
  • Conditioning
  • Injury
  • Nutrition
  • Safe practice

Dance Education: Concepts and Contexts

  • Critical examination of pedagogy in different settings.

Music in Dance and Dance Education

  • Music theory
  • Role of music
  • Musicality

Dance Syllabi and Examinations

  • Teacher’s role
  • Training methods
  • Ethical practice

 

 


 

Continuing Professional Development

 

 

Mapping Dance and Dance Teaching: Past(s), Present and Future(s) (September 2021)

Conference delivered by the Royal Academy of Dance

A two-day virtual conference uniting stakeholders from the fields of dance performance, dance education, dance training and associated interdisciplinary domains.

Live and on-demand content comprising panel discussions and workshops on the current and future direction of dance and dance teaching.

Twenty CPD hours.

 

 

Inside the Content and Choreography: Advanced Foundation, Advanced 1 and Advanced 2 (July 2021)

Webinar delivered by the Royal Academy of Dance (Tutor: Paula Hunt)

Outcomes:

  • an increased understanding of the RAD examination mark schemes
  • an increased awareness of common problems observed in examinations
  • an increased understanding of the intention of the choreography of selected female settings
  • an increased understanding of how to develop technique, musicality and performance in selected female settings

Two CPD hours.

 

 

Matriarchy and Nation: Repositioning Women in Ballet (July 2021)

Online CPD talk delivered by the Royal Academy of Dance

A talk given by Dr Carol Martin, in discussion with Dr Michelle Groves, on the agency and influence of women in ballet.

One CPD hour.

 

 

Developing Artistry in Ballet Technique (July 2021)

Online CPD talk delivered by the Royal Academy of Dance

A talk given by Thérèse Cantine, in discussion with Felicity Kerr, about developing and achieving artistry in ballet technique when working with dancers of all ages.

One CPD hour.

 

 

Silver Swans Licensee Training (July 2021)

Workshop delivered by the Royal Academy of Dance (Tutor: Sarah Platt)

Awarded the Silver Swans Licence.

Silver Swans Licensees are trained to devise and deliver safe and inclusive ballet classes for adults of all ages and abilities, with a focus on those aged 55 years and older.

Outcomes:

  • an understanding of Silver Swans and the responsibilities and expectations of licence holders
  • an awareness of a range of ballet teaching strategies and the benefits of these strategies in relation to Silver Swans
  • a greater understanding of how to safely modify and deliver ballet repertoire for older learners
  • a knowledge and understanding of appropriate progression, differentiation and integration considerations for adults of mixed ability

Eight CPD hours.

 

 

Talking Dance: Improving Racial Equity (June 2021)

Online symposium delivered by the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing

Held in partnership with the TIRED Movement (Trying to Improve Racial Equality in Dance), alongside BBO Dance, the International Dance Teachers’ Association and the Royal Academy of Dance.

Session aims:

  • understand the issues that need to be addressed to achieve diversity in dance education and training
  • hear guest speakers debate the issues
  • discover ways to create an inclusive and diverse approach at every level of dance teaching

Two CPD hours.

 

 

‘The Curator’s Cut’ – On Pointe: Royal Academy of Dance at 100 (June 2021)

Online event delivered by the Royal Academy of Dance, in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum

Session aims:

  • learn more about the RAD’s 100-year influence on dance in Britain and across the world
  • hear insights from the centenary display’s co-curators, Eleanor Fitzpatrick (Archives and Records Manager, RAD) and Jane Pritchard (Dance Curator, V&A)
  • see images from the archives

One CPD hour.

 

 

Bouncebackability (April 2021)

Wellbeing webinar delivered by Art of Brilliance Ltd

Training and development to demystify the ‘ordinary magic’ that resilient people possess and explore ways to bounce back when things get tough.

Session aims:

  • identify the skills resilient people possess
  • discover what resilient people actively do to help themselves cope with change and deal with challenges
  • recognise the importance of support systems

One CPD hour.

 

 

The Art of Being Brilliant (March 2021)

Wellbeing webinar delivered by Art of Brilliance Ltd

Training and development to promote positivity, motivation and brilliance.

Session aims:

  • explore key principles from positive psychology
  • discover the art of happiness and recognise that we choose to be happy
  • reflect on how new ways of thinking and behaving will help sustain personal ‘brilliance’ and create an environment where people are engaged and motivated

One CPD hour.

 

 

Royal Ballet School Dance Teacher Training (November 2020)

Enlighten webinar – Positivity: how to create, develop and sustain a positive studio climate

The Royal Ballet School’s Enlighten webinars allow teachers to maintain their professional development by sharing ideas, discussing concerns and making new connections online.

Session aims:

  • highlight factors that are necessary for developing an effective learning environment
  • reflect on characteristics of behaviour that can influence positivity
  • identify the relationship between teacher expectations and student achievement
  • provide a selection of strategies in order to foster a positive studio climate

One CPD hour.

 

 

Royal Ballet School Dance Teacher Training (October 2020)

Enlighten webinar – Striving for excellence: improving our effectiveness as teachers

The Royal Ballet School’s Enlighten webinars allow teachers to maintain their professional development by sharing ideas, discussing concerns and making new connections online.

Session aims:

  • reflect on areas of pedagogy that are key to being an outstanding teacher
  • explore the ingredients for an outstanding teacher (the 5 Es)

One CPD hour.

 

 

Preparation for Healthy Dance Certificate (September 2020)

Online learning programme and graded assessment delivered by Safe in Dance International

Achieved with Best Practice.

The Preparation for Healthy Dance Certificate (PHDC) requires practitioners to demonstrate the knowledge needed to protect themselves and their students when preparing to dance in any environment.

The PHDC provides international professional endorsement of knowledge and understanding of preliminary dance health and safety. It is supported by the National Institute for Dance Medicine and Science, Healthy Dancer Canada and the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre.

Six CPD hours.

 

 

COVID-19 Awareness Certificate (August 2020)

Online learning programme and mandatory quiz delivered by CPD Online College

A general overview of everything known so far about COVID-19, including the impact of the global pandemic on daily life, methods to prevent infection and special measures to reduce risks in workplaces.

Achieved with full marks (100%).

Two CPD hours.

 

 

Introduction to Leading Dance for Early Years Certificate (August 2020)

Online learning programme and graded assessment delivered by People Dancing

Achieved with Distinction.

A six-unit online course designed to provide dance teachers with knowledge about creating environments where babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers can explore with their whole bodies and all their senses.

 

 

Introduction to Leading Dance with Older People Certificate (August 2020)

Online learning programme and graded assessment delivered by People Dancing

Achieved with Distinction.

A seven-unit online course designed to provide dance teachers with foundational knowledge about the safe, effective and creative delivery of dance sessions with older people.

 

 

Dance Knowledge (June 2020)

Online dance science education delivered by Dance Knowledge

A series of courses that connect dance teachers with the latest research in biomechanics and psychology. Devised to help dance teachers support and enhance students’ physical and mental health and performance.

Courses completed:

  • What is Biomechanics?
  • Variability and Movement Expertise 
  • How Dancers’ Muscles Work 
  • Balance in Dance 
  • Sprung Dance Floors
  • Goal Setting
  • Perfectionism in Dance – Introduction
  • How Perfectionism is Learnt and Reinforced in Dance
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Creativity and Choreography
  • Encouraging Boys in Dance
  • Accessing Academic Research

Thirty CPD hours.

 

 

Take Your Teaching Online (June 2020)

Online learning programme and mandatory tests issued by The Open University

Outcomes:

  • identify the differences between teaching online and teaching in a face-to-face environment
  • make informed decisions when choosing new tools and pedagogies for online teaching
  • identify major benefits and challenges of teaching online
  • understand the changing practices of educators as they make use of online opportunities
  • understand how to create and evaluate approaches to online teaching that are appropriate for you

Twenty-four CPD hours.

 

 

Online Safety (June 2020)

Level 2 Certificate issued by EduCare

This course provides practical advice to help educators understand online safety and develop a safe online culture among children and young people.

Understanding Online Safety

  • Violent and extreme content
  • Potential risk factors
  • Types of content
  • How children can make and receive contact online
  • Conduct
  • The law and statutory guidance

Developing a Safe Online Culture

  • Positive conversations
  • Reporting
  • Promoting good practice

Three CPD hours.

 

 

Mental Health Awareness (June 2020)

Level 2 Certificates issued by EduCare

  • Understanding Anxiety
  • Understanding Low Mood and Depression
  • Understanding Self-Harm

Three CPD hours.

 

 

Preventing Bullying (June 2020)

Level 2 Certificate issued by EduCare

Outcomes:

  • understand what bullying is
  • identify who may be affected by bullying
  • understand the role technology can play in bullying behaviour (cyberbullying)
  • be able to recognise a child who may be being bullied and understand the damaging physical and emotional effects
  • be able to put actions in place to tackle bullying in an organisation or setting

Four CPD hours.

 

 

Risk Assessment Certificate (April 2020)

Online learning programme and graded assessment delivered by People Dancing

Achieved with Distinction.

A People Dancing programme designed to assist dance teachers in improving the safety of their practice.

Outcomes:

  • understand your legal responsibilities in relation to health and safety at work
  • take steps to ensure you and all those you come into contact with in relation to your work stay safe and well
  • know what to do if an event occurs in relation to your dance practice or class

 

 

Royal Ballet School Dance Teacher Training (February 2020)

Inspire Seminar 4: Analysing the Elements of Technique Part Three: Allegro

The Royal Ballet School’s inspirational professional development programme combines a mix of practical and pedagogical study devised to guide teachers in their approach to teaching classical ballet.

Outcomes:

  • analyse the allegro section of classical ballet vocabulary
  • understand how allegro is developed at the barre and in the centre
  • develop skill in teaching allegro
  • develop skills in lesson planning and time management

Five and a half CPD hours.

 

 

Royal Ballet School Dance Teacher Training (December 2019)

Inspire Seminar 3: Analysing the Elements of Technique Part Two: Centre Work

The Royal Ballet School’s inspirational professional development programme combines a mix of practical and pedagogical study devised to guide teachers in their approach to teaching classical ballet.

Outcomes:

  • analyse the vocabulary of classical ballet that is taught in centre practice
  • understand how classical ballet vocabulary progresses from the barre to the centre
  • develop skill in teaching centre practice
  • understand and implicate strategies for effective communication
  • develop skills in demonstration and the use of voice for effective teaching practice

Five and a half CPD hours.

 

 

Royal Ballet School Dance Teacher Training (October 2019)

Inspire Seminar 2: Analysing the Elements of Technique Part One: Barre Work

The Royal Ballet School’s inspirational professional development programme combines a mix of practical and pedagogical study devised to guide teachers in their approach to teaching classical ballet.

Outcomes:

  • understand motor development and learning in relation to the teaching of dance
  • analyse and develop knowledge of the vocabulary of classical ballet that is taught
    at the barre
  • develop skill in teaching barre work
  • develop knowledge and understanding of how students learn dance skills

Five and a half CPD hours.

 

 

Royal Ballet School Dance Teacher Training (July 2019)

Inspire Seminar 1: The Foundations of Classical Ballet

The Royal Ballet School’s inspirational professional development programme combines a mix of practical and pedagogical study devised to guide teachers in their approach to teaching classical ballet.

Outcomes:

  • an understanding of the basic concepts of ballet technique
    (including posture, placement, use of turnout and weight placement)
  • an understanding of the mechanics and aesthetics of port de bras
  • an understanding of the concept of good teaching
    (leading towards the development of a personal philosophy of teaching)

Five and a half CPD hours.

 

 

Progressing Ballet Technique Teacher Certification (February 2019)

Certification to teach all levels of Progressing Ballet Technique 

Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) is a body conditioning programme devised by Marie Walton-Mahon to help dancers achieve their personal best in classical ballet.

Certification equips teachers with the knowledge, understanding and creativity to help develop the muscle memory needed to enhance dance training.

The emphasis is on the importance of safe dance training to improve core stability and identify correct weight placement, alignment and muscle activation.

Certification requires teachers to be trained and assessed in Progressing Ballet Technique junior, senior and advanced levels.

Outcomes:

  • an understanding of the activation of muscle memory to activate “turn out”
  • an understanding of the activation of muscle memory to enhance “adage movements”
  • an understanding of the activation of muscle memory to accelerate “allegro”
  • an understanding of the activation of muscle memory to activate “batterie”
  • an understanding of the activation of muscle memory for controlled landings
  • an understanding of how to break down the exercises
  • an understanding of how to build the exercises
  • an understanding of the appropriate age relevant to each exercise
  • an understanding of the correct muscle groups that assist each movement

Six CPD hours.

 

 

Fitness Diploma (October 2018)

Level 3 Fitness Diploma (Personal Trainer/Fitness Instructor) issued by New Skills Academy  

Acquired a thorough understanding of fitness by covering a breadth of topics relevant to anybody working as a personal trainer or fitness instructor.

Level 3 course comprising thirty-two modules.

Content covered:

  • Anatomy
  • Obesity and Diabetes
  • Nutrition
  • The Effects of Exercise
  • Exercise Intensity
  • Fitness Plans
  • Stretching
  • Fitness for Children
  • Working with Disabled Clients
  • Principles of Yoga
  • Principles of Pilates
  • Risk Assessment
  • Safeguarding
  • Insurance and Tax
  • Health and Safety

Fifteen CPD hours.

 

 

Pointe Shoe Fitting Training (October 2018)

In-depth, one-day workshop on Pointe Shoe Fitting provided by Ballet Pro Ltd and based on the work of Amanda Hill (UK importer and distributor of Grishko pointe shoes), Linda Reid-Lobatto (pointe shoe fitter), Esther Juon (pointe shoe fitter and member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science) and others.   

Attended a full-day workshop on fitting pointe shoes.

Content covered:

  • The Anatomy of the Foot
  • Development of the Dancer
  • Assessment of Readiness for Pointe
  • The Fundamentals of Pointe Shoe Fitting
  • Step-by-Step Practical Fitting
  • Solving Problems
  • Health and Safety

Training included the application of comprehensive theoretical knowledge to the practical art of pointe shoe fitting.

Participating as a pointe shoe model reinforced the theoretical and practical training received.

Six CPD hours.

 

 


 

SAFEGUARDING TRAINING

 

Child Protection Advanced (June 2020)

Level 3 Certificate issued by EduCare  

Acquired a thorough understanding of child protection by covering a breadth of topics relevant to anybody with a responsibility for safeguarding children and young people.

Achieved with full marks (100%).

Nine modules:

  • Child Development
  • Parenting and Risk Factors
  • Forms of Child Abuse
  • Specific Safeguarding Issues
  • Recognising and Responding to Abuse
  • Child Protection System
  • Learning from Failure
  • The Legal Framework
  • Promoting Good Practice

Nine CPD hours.

 

 

Child Neglect (June 2020)

Level 2 Certificate issued by EduCare  

Acquired a thorough understanding of what child neglect is and the factors that may contribute to it.

Three CPD hours.

 

 

Child Protection (July 2017)

Level 3 Certificate in Child Protection issued by EduCare  

Acquired a thorough understanding of child protection by covering a breadth of topics relevant to anybody with a responsibility for safeguarding children and young people.

Achieved with full marks (100%).

Level 3 course comprising nine modules:

  • Child Development
  • Parenting and Risk Factors
  • Forms of Abuse
  • Other Harm
  • Responding to Abuse
  • Reporting Abuse and the Child Protection System
  • Learning from Failure
  • The Legal Framework
  • Working Together

Nine CPD hours.

 

 

NSPCC Child Protection: an introduction (July 2017)

Introductory safeguarding course delivered by the NSPCC 

A four-module e-learning course for everyone who works with children.

Understanding how to recognise, respond, report and record concerns about a child.

 

 


 

FIRST AID CERTIFICATION

 

Daisy First Aid Training (November 2021)

Level 3 Paediatric First Aid: Platinum Plus Certificate issued by Daisy First Aid  

An assessed and accredited course that meets the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework and is Ofsted compliant.

Demonstrated how to deal with accidents and emergencies involving babies, children and adults.

Twelve CPD hours.

 

 

First Aid Annual Skills Update (June 2020)

Online learning programme and assessment delivered by British Red Cross

Achieved with full marks (100%).

A British Red Cross e-learning course designed to provide annual refresher training.

Modules recapped how to help someone who is:

  • unresponsive and not breathing, including the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED)
  • unresponsive and breathing
  • choking
  • bleeding heavily
  • in shock
  • burnt
  • having a seizure

 

 

Green Cross First Aid Training (June 2018)

Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (RQF) issued by Training Qualifications UK  

Demonstrated comprehensive knowledge and understanding of theory related to coping with first aid emergencies in any environment.

Successfully applied effective first aid skills during practical exercises.

 

 

Green Cross First Aid Training (July 2015)

Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF) issued by Training Qualifications UK  

Demonstrated comprehensive knowledge and understanding of theory related to coping with first aid emergencies in any environment.

Successfully applied effective first aid skills during practical exercises.

Content covered included:

  • The Unconscious Casualty
  • Breathing Problems
  • Wounds and Bleeding
  • Bones, Muscle and Joint Injuries
  • Burns and Scalds
  • Poisoning
  • Medical Emergencies

 

 

 


 

 

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