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Safe and Inclusive Practice for Creative Practitioners Working in Community Settings

Monday 15 - Wednesday 17 April (10:00-17:00)
£40 per day or £90 for the three day course

This three day course is designed to support creative dance practitioners working in a variety of community settings to deliver safe and inclusive dance practices whilst maintaining high levels of artistry and creativity. Delivered by esteemed artists Sonia Rafferty and Lizz Fort, each day can be taken as an individual event or you can book for the full three-day course.

Attendees on days one and two will be awarded a certificate at the end of each day, issued by Safe in Dance International.

Day One
Monday 15 April
Trainer: Sonia Rafferty

Day 1 will cover the importance of a thorough physiological warm-up and cool-down, principles of training and conditioning, how to create a psychologically safe and supportive learning environment and minimizing injury risk.

Day Two
Tuesday 16 April
Trainer: Sonia Rafferty

Day 2 will explore effective sequencing and progression of a dance class, tailoring delivery approaches to the needs and abilities of your own class participants and the importance of reviewing and evaluating personal practice.

Day Three
Wednesday 17 April
Trainer: Lizz Fort

Day Three aims to introduce practioners to inclusive approaches to creating a welcoming environment for differently abled people with physical and learning impairments. The day will be experiential and include practical work, peer teaching, discussion and reflection giving participants new tools and confidence for balancing artistry, fun and inclusion in equal measure.

Participants should come prepared with a short dance phrase in the main technique that they teach, and an idea for a creative/choreographic task that develops this phrase.

15–17 April 2019
Charlton House
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Sonia and Lizz

Sonia Rafferty is a regular professional class teacher for Greenwich Dance and is also co-founder of Safe in Dance International (SiDI). As an MSc Dance Science graduate, Sonia integrates knowledge of safe and healthy dance principles into her own teaching philosophy and provides lectures and workshops on related topics that can support dance wellbeing, minimise injury risk and enhance the dance experience for any level of dancer. Sonia will be providing two days of continuing professional development designed for dance teachers who want to update or refresh their knowledge and understanding of healthy dance principles and embed these successfully in their wider practice.

Lizz Fort has extensive experience as a performer, workshop leader and Trustee for Amici Dance Theatre Company (2014 – present). She is an artist-consultant for the ACE funded Dance Unstuck Project (researching Universal Design of Instruction for teaching ballet to people with physical impairments). She has worked with Magpie Dance as a facilitator, project manager and maternity cover General Manager and has successfully completed a Master’s degree in which she researched collaborative, person-centred arts practices. She has been teaching community dance, creative and inclusive practice in Higher Education at the Royal Academy of Dance and Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance for the past 7 years and is currently undertaking a PHD in community dance practice.