Ready, Step, Teach! CPD for Secondary Teachers 2020-2021

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. In an academic year which will no doubt bring additional challenges, we are delighted to provide and promote quality professional development opportunities for teachers and practitioners who work with children and young people in dance.

We are thrilled to be launching Ready, Step, Teach!, two brand new CPD programmes delivered across the Autumn term. These engaging and accessible online programmes are aimed at dance teachers working in schools – both employed and on a freelance basis – and are suitable for non-specialists as well as those with some dance experience.

The programmes are delivered online via the Zoom platform during a twilight slot to help you fit this CPD programme into your busy working week, with separate programmes for primary and secondary teaching. 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, however individual sessions can be purchased by clicking on ‘Read More’ underneath the title of each session below and then clicking ‘Buy Tickets’.

Alternatively, you can book all 6 sessions using the ‘Bulk Bundle’ option.

For T&Cs and details on refunds please click here

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!

The Power of Dance – an introduction to secondary dance

17 September 2020, 4:30pm-6pm

Led by Laura Nicholson-Head of Children and Young People at One Dance UK with Dance in Education Managers Amy Williams and Tori Drew


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 3 and 4 and beyond.

Physiological and psychological developments and dance

1 October 2020, 4:30pm-6pm

Led by Dr Siobhan Mitchell

Session 2 offers an overview of physiological and psychological changes at puberty, implications of these changes for young people in the dance context and best practice for negotiating them. The session will span the period of adolescence, beginning with consideration of the biological basis of pubertal changes, the growth spurt and physical implications of growth for strength, flexibility and co-ordination. 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.

In Safe Hands – the importance of safe practice in dance

15 October 2020 , 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. In particular, the session will focus on how to create and deliver an effective warm up and cool down for dance, which supports the lesson objectives, underlining the importance both from a physiological and psychological perspective. Discover effective starters and plenaries to introduce and consolidate theoretical learning through practical tasks.

Kickstart Key Stage 3 – engaging ideas to hook your students!

5 November 2020, 4:30pm-6pm

Led by Justine Reeve, Dance Education Consultant

Key Stage 3 dance is a great opportunity to introduce students to a diverse range of movement styles and professional dance works, whilst preparing them for further study at Key Stage 4. Explore schemes of work linked to three professional dance works, designed to foster a life-long love of dance in your students! This session will provide you with the knowledge and tools to prepare your own engaging Key Stage 3 schemes and lesson plans.

The craft of choreography

26 November 2020 , 4:30pm-6pm

Led by Amy Williams, Dance in Education Manager One Dance UK

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. Session content will include creative ways to embed learning about choreographic devices through a variety of practical tasks and ideas, and how to approach both solo and group choreography.

Ready for the Encore – performance and appreciation

10 December 2020, 4:30pm-6pm

Led by Amy Williams, Dance in Education Manager and Laura Nicholson, Head of Children and Young People’s Dance at One Dance UK

As the curtain closes on Ready, Step, Teach!, this final session focuses on getting the best from your students in performance and appreciation tasks. 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! 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.