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24th Annual Meeting – A Day For Teachers

Basel, Switzerland

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Training the Complete Dancer

A Day for Teachers will have three components.

Motivation. This interactive lecture/workshop will discuss the many reasons students want to learn to dance, and the changes in motivation as students develop in skill, understanding, and maturity. Participants will also consider motivational strategies for boys, and for teachers themselves. The presentation is supported by personal statements from a range of students and teachers, and by motivational theory.

Posture, Placing and Alignment - finding consensus and sharing best practice. In this interactive lecture/workshop, we will be looking at cueing growing dancers in posture, placing, and alignment and discussing the challenges of teaching good technical habits. The goal of this interactive discussion is to develop strategies for teachers to help dancers establish anatomically correct technique.

Eat. Learn. Perform. This interactive lecture/workshop explores the position that eating can be a source of both delight and an opportunity to enhance learning and performance in educators, students and professionals. Rather than a discourse on the best diet or latest food craze, participants will receive an introduction in basic nutrition, and its relevance to food. The role culture plays in food preferences will be considered. Simple strategies that educators/directors can use to aid students and dance professionals in making more informed healthful dietary choices will be provided.


8:00 - 8:25 am Registration; Tea and Coffee

Theaterstrasse Turnhallen A  (across the street from the Stadt-Casino)

8:35 - 8:45 am  Opening Remarks
Margaret Wilson, PhD, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming; 
Member-at-Large, IADMS Board of Directors;  Chair, IADMS Education Committee

8:45 - 10:15 am  Motivation

Janet Karin, OAM, The Australian Ballet School, Melbourne, Australia

10:15 - 10:45 am  Refreshment Break

11:00 am - 12:30 pm  Posture, placing and alignment  an interactive session looking at finding consensus and sharing best practice
Alexander McKinven MSc, MSCP

12:30 - 2:00 pm  Lunch

2:00 - 3:30 pm  Eat. Learn. Perform.
Derrick Brown, MSc, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Centre for Cognition, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

3:30 - 4:00 pm  Closing Remarks


Program subject to change


Revised 11 Oct 2014

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