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ACE Dance and Music CPD for Primary and Secondary Teachers

Birmingham Arts School
Monday 13th May 2024
13:30 - 16:00


Birmingham Arts School is running a CPD Programme in 2024 with various arts organisations delivering teacher training sessions. These sessions are a perfect opportunity for teachers to gain new skills, pick up teaching resources and share this new practice with their students. ACE Dance and Music are providing the following CPD as part of our CPD Programme.

ACE Dance and Music CPD for non dance specialists Primary and Secondary Teachers – Monday 13th May.

How to teach dance for non dance specialists

According to the self-determination theory, students are more likely to succeed, be motivated and be happier if they have autonomy over their work and learning. Dance lends itself to this through students having control over their choreography and through their own interpretations of dance works, with no ‘right or wrong’ responses. Creative work also develops awareness of the capabilities and strengths of their own bodies, allowing them to design movement to suit their own style.  Therefore, dance can be achieved by everyone. We are aiming to ensure that our approach is to enable teachers to lead student led learning in dance. This will utilise the students own creativity and move away from the rote learning where students just copy routines in which we are seeing in schools. This will be achieved through modelling of key dance education terminology that can be used as key words to help spark students dance creativity.

The biggest concern of non-dance specialist teachers when needing to teach dance in schools is not being confident dancers themselves, however, dance language, themes and terminology can inspire and facilitate the students creativity, without the direct need for teachers to model physicality built on the three elements of composing, performing and appreciating. Through this method teachers can apply this to any class topic and subject as a way to enhance their learning in the classroom so dance doesn’t become a stand alone subject. Any subject can be danced - from historical topics of the Romans to great fire of London, geography topics of climate change to continents and science topics such as electricity to body functions. We will propose dance themes and tactics that can engage the disengaged to create a dance loving and grooving school.

Come and connect with your local dance company that works regulary in schools across west midlands and beyond!

Please bring something you can move in, eg joggers, trainers, tshirt.

Lunch provided. Please provide dietary requirements when booking. There is no parking on site but the venue is close to Moor street and New Street station. There is paid parking on nearby Bordesely Street and Lower Trinity Street.


Who is this course for:

This workshop is ideal for Non Dance Specialists in schools, Aspiring Dance Leads and newly qualified Dance Teachers, Teachers in Primary and Secondary Settings and Headteachers

Course Duration:

Lunch from 1.30pm-2.00pm followed up by practical activity from 2.00pm-4.00pm




Mon 13th May 2024


ACE Dance and Music, 54 \u00E2\u20AC\u201C 57 Floodgate Street, B5 5SL

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