Graduate Diversity in Training Programme supported by Heritage Lottery
The course will focus on research and practical workshops to enable students to create work for a variety of groups within education and community settings.
Learners will investigate professional practice through lecture-based seminars and practical dance workshops from experienced teaching practitioners.
The course will enable students to develop and refine their planning and teaching practice by exploring teaching and learning practices and theories. Policies such as risk assessment and safe touch will be implemented throughout the programme.
The course will provide developed strategies in planning and structuring technical and creative work from the professional repertoire of IRIE! dance theatre.
How to Apply
Email to Nina Haworth- Hurd firstname.lastname@example.org
Please submit a CV and 1 side of A4 stating why you would like to do the course and how you feel you would benefit from the course.
The diversity in training programme is designed to show you how to plan and deliver African and Caribbean dance within Schools, FE and Community settings. Using knowledge and experience one of our highly qualified teachers will guide you to develop your teaching skills to deliver a range of creative, educational, and artistic activities based on stimuli derived from African and Caribbean dance fusion.
IRIE! dance theatre is Britain’s leading dance theatre company working in the field of African & Caribbean dance fusion. Founded in 1985 by Beverley Glean with the principal aim of heightening the profile of Black dance in Britain, the company set out to create a repertory of works reflective of the African Caribbean influence on the Black British cultural experience. Our vision is an environment where Dance of the African Diaspora (DAD) is fully integrated into the teaching and practice of the wider dance agenda, making the form important to individuals, communities and society.
The new programme is professional development for early career dance practitioners
Running between September - December 2022
· 3x Intensive days with industry professionals
· 3x Saturdays
· 3x Online support sessions
· Facilitated Support Group
· 5x Teaching placements dates
1. To train and prepare graduates to deliver dance workshops/ sessions with schools and community groups. The work will celebrate and share the heritage of IRIE! Dance theatre from 1985-2022.
2. The programme has been developed to provide knowledge, skills and understanding to teach dance in a diverse range of settings. The structure of the course and mode of delivery is practical and vocationally specific.
3. The opportunity is for continuing professional development. Delivery is through a programme supported by tutors, mentors and musicians.
4. The programme provides learners to develop
· Teaching and learning methods and strategies
· Working with live accompaniment
· Evaluation skills
· Organisational and problem-solving skills
Areas of Study include: Research:
· IRIE! Dance theatre repertoire · Working with live musicians
· Planning Creative workshops
· Engaging with learners
· Developing approaches to teaching
· Assessment for learning
· Managing relationships in the learning environment
· GDPR · Health and Safety policies
· Understanding needs of learners
· Management and organisation of learning
· Planning for learning
· Evaluating teaching and learning
· Communication Skills
· Learning Environment
· Teaching Methods (lesson planning, teaching strategies)
· Classroom application (knowledge and understanding, teaching skills)
Modes of assessment:
· Observed teaching
· Research and reflection
3 Days Intensive
12th/13th/14th September 2022 10-4.00pm
Introduction to training programme
Different contexts / client groups GDPR
Authenticity – IRIE! Repertoire
Teaching styles/ Methods / Strategies
Resource based teaching
Schools- Secondary / Primary
Health and safety
· Teaching styles/ Methods / Strategies
· Observation · Feedback
Assessment for learning
Working with live Drummers
Safe Touch policy
Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Use of Language
· Teaching repertoire/ technique
· Task setting · Observation · Feedback
3 X Saturdays
24th September / 8th October / 15th October
Preparation for teaching placements
Creative task setting
Observed Micro teach
Photo: Beth MacInnes