As every educator knows, it's just as important to keep up with your teaching craft as it is for your students to keep up with their dancing. The best way to do that? Teacher-training workshops. Get away for a couple of days to interact with your peers in the industry. You'll not only learn new ideas for teaching technique and movement, but you'll discover new communication strategies, business ideas and ways to manage changes in the industry. You'll return to your studio with a wealth of knowledge to share with your students.
We've compiled a list of three teacher-training opportunities happening later this year that you should have on your radar.
Long Beach, California | July 26–28
New York, New York | August 1–3
The Dance Teacher Summit brings together industry staples from around the country to help educators improve their teaching methods, learn new styles of movement and discover the best ways to convey choreography to students. It also provides a space for top studio owners to network and talk with one another about the challenges they are facing within the dance world, as well as brainstorm ways to solve them. Faculty and workshop schedule to be announced.
Lewiston, Maine | July 14–20
This six-day intensive is a part of Bates Dance Festival's Professional Training Program and gives teachers the chance to renew their passion for their work. It includes daily three-hour sessions with master teacher Mary Carbonara (teacher at Alonzo King LINES Dance Center and LINES Ballet Training Program, and founder and artistic director of Mary Carbonara Dances), where attendees explore appropriate age- and grade-level lesson planning, student assessment, injury prevention, conditioning, movement, improvisation and more. There are also classes on how to incorporate live music into your curriculum, and a panel discussion with BDF faculty.
New York, New York | August 2–4
For three days, BDC's renowned faculty—including Sheila Barker, Barbara Duffy and Eric Campros—teach seminars and classes to educators ages 18 years and older. Attendees also receive two complimentary classes to use during the event, discounted shopping at BDC's retail store and a certificate of attendance.