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Dance Teaching with Inclusive Practice, A Diversity Skill Set for Dance Teachers

In partnership with Accessible Arts, Ausdance NSW ran a 1-day course facilitated by Vicky Malin, who joined us from the UK (2018). Vicky worked with Candoco and danced with the Company for 6 years from 2008 to 2014. The consultation with this initial group of participants this led us to formalising a qualification in partnership with ACFIPS and TAFE NSW. Dance artists were offered the chance to attend a fully subsidized 1-day course gaining 2 units of competency, Teaching with Diversity and Developing Skills in Improvisation. 

Following on from the 2018 course, in August 2019 13 students participated in this one day funded accredited dance course developed by TAFE NSW, in collaboration with ACFIBS and Ausdance NSW. 

The course addressed the skills and knowledge needed to teach students who may have specific needs. Participants studied and practiced with industry colleagues and the content covered:

  • How to work well with people with disability/diverse backgrounds
  • Appropriate language, cultural understanding, etiquette
  • Diversity – tackling issues and challenging topics
  • Improvisation – working creatively and engaging with people who may move, think or feel differently

Upon successful completion of assessment tasks students received a Statement of Attainment for two competency units: Work effectively with diversity and Develop dance improvisation skills. The day was facilitated by Jessica Conneely, a professional dancer and teacher who has vast experience in teaching dance to diverse participants and also teaching teachers how to improvise and adapt to the variety of class participants they will encounter. Ausdance NSW will be looking at re-running this course in 2020 regionally.

Ausdance NSW would like to thank venue partner FORM Dance Projects for the use of their studio space at Parramatta Town Hall.

Image Credit: 'Dance Teaching with Inclusive Practice' in partnership with ACFIPS, participants Jamie Winbank and Melinda Tyquin. Photo Ausdance NSW.