Ready, Step, Teach! CPD for Teachers 2021-2022


Ready, Step, Teach! 

Ready, Step, Teach! CPD for School Teachers 2021-2022

We believe all children and young people should be able to access high-quality dance experiences as part of their education. As the Subject Association for Dance, One Dance UK is committed to supporting the dance teaching workforce. Following the successful launch of Ready Step Teach last year, we are delighted to continue providing and promoting quality professional development opportunities for teachers and practitioners who work with children and young people in dance.

We are thrilled to be running Ready, Step, Teach!, our fantastic dance CPD programme across the Autumn term 2021. This engaging and accessible online programme is aimed at dance teachers working in schools – both employed and on a freelance basis – and is suitable for non-specialists as well as those with some dance experience.

The programme is delivered online via the Zoom platform during a twilight slot to help you fit this CPD programme into your busy working week. All sessions are recorded and available to access for two weeks after the session date, meaning you can revisit the content or catch up on sessions at a time to suit you. With limited cohort sizes to ensure you are fully supported through your dance CPD journey, the programmes offer a combination of theoretical and practical activities and are delivered by specialists in the field of dance education. Ready, Step, Teach! will ‘demystify’ the process of planning and delivering engaging dance lessons for the non-specialist teacher, whilst providing fresh and updated skills for those with more experience.

To get the most from Ready, Step, Teach! we recommend you join all 6 sessions in the programme at our special rate using the ‘Bulk Bundle’ option. Individual sessions can be purchased by clicking on ‘Read More’ underneath the title of each session below and then clicking ‘Buy Tickets’.

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1 session: £20 One Dance UK member / £30 non member

6 session bulk: £80 One Dance UK member / £120 non member

One Dance UK member? Visit the Members’ Area before purchasing to unlock a discount code!

Let’s Get Moving – an introduction to dance in education

Wednesday 8th September 2021, 4:30pm-6pm

Led by Laura Nicholson, Head of Children & Young People at One Dance UK with Dance in Education Manager Amy Williams


An introductory CPD session to explore the benefits of dance, understand key dance terminology and develop confidence to create a strong dance culture in your school. This session will focus on an overview of dance education pedagogy, allowing you to continue developing best practice and high-quality engaging dance in your school. You will feel empowered to advocate for the inclusion of dance at Key Stages 1 to 3 and beyond.

In Safe Hands

Wednesday 22nd September 2021, 4:30pm-6pm

Led by Erin Sanchez, Health, Wellbeing and Performance Manager at One Dance UK with the Children and Young People’s Dance team


Explore the key areas of safe dance practice that are essential for dance teachers working in all dance genres and settings. This session will focus on how to create and deliver an effective warm up and cool down for dance, which supports the lesson objectives and underlines the importance both from a physiological and psychological perspective. Discover effective starters and plenaries to introduce and consolidate theoretical learning through practical tasks.

Psychological developments and dance from childhood to adolescence

Wednesday 6th October 2021, 4:30pm-6pm

Led by Dr Siobhan Mitchell


This session focusses on the developmental tasks of childhood through to adolescence. This session will explore the ways in which the social, emotional and cognitive development of children can be fostered as part of their dance education and offers the teacher a theoretical basis and practical strategies for attending to these issues. Psychological development across the period of adolescence will also be addressed considering social, emotional and cognitive development and the benefits and challenges this presents in the dance class.

The craft of choreography

Wednesday 20th October 2021, 4:30pm-6pm

Led by Primary Dance Specialist Claire Pring with the Children and Young People’s Dance team


It’s time to freshen up your creative toolkit! The session will focus on choreographic skills, encouraging students to explore and feel empowered by their own choreographic style and choices. You will develop the confidence to promote student-led learning, enabling children to develop dance skills whilst enhancing their learning across the curriculum or any theme. The session will give dance specific knowledge, key dance terminology, and allow you to apply these skills to any topic of the curriculum.

Appreciating the art form

Wednesday 10th November 2021, 4:30pm-6pm

Led by Dance Education Consultant Justine Reeve with the Children and Young People’s Dance team


Discover methods to develop your students’ appreciation skills, through activities ranging from peer work to discussions around professional works. Focus will also be given to the importance of higher-order thinking skills for dance appreciation and how these skills can be embedded through engaging activities. Explore appreciation skills linked to professional dance works, designed to foster a life-long love of dance in your students!  

Spotlight on Performance

Wednesday 24th November 2021, 4:30pm-6pm

Led by Laura Nicholson, Head of Children & Young People at One Dance UK with Dance in Education Manager Amy Williams


As the curtain closes on Ready, Step, Teach!, this final session focuses on getting the best from your students in performance. Explore and discuss engaging and effective strategies for rehearsal, technique development and feedback, with the aim of preparing students for performance and keeping them motivated! The session will look at how to showcase your students at their best, both in class and main stage performances.

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