Take the Leap!


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. We are delighted to provide and promote quality professional development opportunities for teachers and practitioners who work with children and young people in dance.

Building on the success of our introductory level CPD programme Ready, Step, Teach!, we are thrilled to be launching Take The Leap!, a brand new CPD programme delivered across the Autumn term. 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 those with some dance experience. If you already have a good foundation of dance-based knowledge, and/or have previously completed Ready, Step, Teach!, then Take The Leap! Is the perfect way to continue developing your teaching practice.

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 programme offers a combination of theoretical and practical activities and is delivered by specialists in the field of dance education. Take The Leap!  will explore key areas of focus in the current education landscape, provide opportunities for you to reflect on your teaching practice, and introduce you to new strategies to develop your delivery and engage your students.

To get the most from Take the Leap! 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!

Dance and wellbeing – keep your students dancing happy

Tuesday 14th September 2021, 4:30pm-6pm

Led by Dr Imogen Aujla


As teachers, we witness every day how dance has the power to transform, empower and engage children and young lives – but do you know how to maximise the wellbeing benefits of dance for your students? Dr Imogen Aujla will take you through tips, exercises and dance psychology basics for student motivation to keep those toes tapping and dancing souls happy. The session will look at why and how dance can enhance wellbeing and explore ways of facilitating this through evidence-based teaching strategies. 

Engagement for all! Building a strong dance culture in your school  

Tuesday 28th September 2021, 4:30pm-6pm 

Led by Sean Selby, CAPA College’s Talent Development Leader and Laura Nicholson, Head of Children & Young People at One Dance UK


How do you engage boys and girls in dance? How do you increase cohort sizes for your dance clubs or KS4/5 qualifications? How do you positively manage behaviour and empower students to succeed in dance?  How can you raise the profile of dance at your school? This session explores practical strategies and tasks for working with students and tried-and-tested methods for building and growing a successful dance culture in your school.  

Dance for everyone

Tuesday 12th October 2021, 4:30pm-6pm 

Led by Jazlyn Pinckney, Head of Workforce Development at One Dance UK and freelance dance teacher Louisa Keohane


Inclusive practice is good practice – so how can we ensure that every student makes progress in your dance class? From those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, English as an Additional Language and those who may need a more personalised approach to teaching and learning. When teaching in schools, the challenge can often be how to balance the variety of access needs in one single class whilst maintaining pace to your dance class. This session will include an in-depth discussion around inclusion alongside practical tips and advice to keep your students progressing positively on their own journeys. 

Celebrating diversity through World Dance

Tuesday 2nd November 2021, 4:30pm-6pm

Led by Jazlyn Pinckney, Head of Workforce Development at One Dance UK and dance education specialist Ithalia Forel from Movema


Get your students dancing and learning about world cultures in a meaningful way through engaging resources from Movema’s educational programmes: Taking Flight and World in a Box. This session will help give you the confidence to broaden and develop your dance curriculum to include Global Majority styles without tokenism or cultural appropriation, ensuring that you are giving your students a rich and truly broad and balanced dance curriculum! A fun and educational session to support making your curriculum relevant and representative of Britain today. 

Talent identification and development pathways – stretch and challenge for the most able

Tuesday 16th November 2021, 4:30pm-6pm

Led by Dance Education and One Dance UK Teacher Advocacy Board member Hilary Seaton-Roche and the One Dance UK Children & Young People’s team


How do you spot that potential future performer at the early stages of their dance education? How can we identify and nurture the student who shows potential in choreography or dance appreciation? This session will give you practical advice on talent identification in dance education, with strategies to bring out the best in your students and extend their learning, both in school and beyond. The session will also provide information on high-quality and accessible talent development programmes available to your students.  

Dance matters! Making the case for the importance of dance education – an advocacy toolkit.  

Tuesday 30th November 2021, 4:30pm-6pm

Led by Laura Nicholson, Head of Children & Young People at One Dance UK


Dance is a unique, exciting and engaging curriculum subject area which brings a host of physical and mental health benefits as well as opportunities for young people to develop their creativity. As an examination subject, dance is rigorous and challenging, providing numerous employability and life skills.  But how do we communicate this message clearly to students, parents/carers, careers advisors, SLT and other stakeholders? This session will help you build an advocacy ‘toolkit’, supporting you to communicate effectively at all levels about the unique power and value of dance education! 

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