The Teachers Stream

Education for Teachers

PALS (Professional Arts Learning Series) is a series of workshops aimed to enhance the practice of dance artists, makers, educators and choreographers. The Teachers Stream of PALS is a platform for educators working within the Primary and Secondary sector, both specialist and non-specialist, to undertake Professional Learning workshops and networking opportunities. The workshops can be attended individually or as a series and are designed as an opportunity for teachers to stay current and connected to top Australian dance makers and educators in the sector. The Teachers Stream aims to empower the teacher and student to create innovative tools beyond genre and age lines, and advocate for dance in their schools, studios and communities. All courses are open to teachers from across all stages and have been tailored to support syllabus learning outcomes. In 2019 Ausdance was successful in receiving approval by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for both the Secondary and Primary PALS, enabling teaching to receive hours towards their professional development.


NESA endorsed

HSC Dance: Developing Professional Knowledge to plan coherent and engaging teaching programs to improve Student Learning

Suitable for stage 4, 5, 6 

Term 1

Date: Tuesday 3 March 2020

Venue: Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE), 10 Parkview Drive, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW, 2127

Cost: $120 Ausdance members $200 non-members

Book your place now!

Join our professional development day with Carla Cherrie, HSC dance examiner. Come and unpack composition in the curriculum and learn how to lead your students to higher attainment. 

Suitable for HSC Dance Teachers, or years 7-10 teachers looking for further professional development.

This all-day workshop is specially designed for teachers of HSC Dance and looks at the Core Composition outcomes.

In this workshop, we explore

Morning Session: Developing students understanding; working with stimulus and creating motifs with intent through abstraction. 

Middle Session: Creating meaningful phrases; developing and advancing compositional skills in your students.

Afternoon Session: Breaking down the interview process; preparing students to talk about their own works.

This session is for teachers with a range of fitness levels. All you need to bring are clothes to dance in, curiosity and enthusiasm. 

All Ausdance PL is aligned to the NESA Standards for proficient teachers.

HSC Dance: developing Professional knowledge to plan coherent and engaging teaching programs to improve student learning will contribute 

6 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 2.1.2 and 6.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards 

for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

 

NESA Endorsed Standards:

2.1.2 Apply the knowledge of the teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.

6.4.2 Undertake learning programs designed to address identified student learning needs. 

Hours: 6 Hours

This session is for teachers with a range of fitness levels. All you need to bring are clothes to dance in, curiosity and enthusiasm. 

Facilitator:

Carla Cherrie:

Carla Cherrie graduated from UNSW with a Bachelor of Arts (Dance) Bachelor of Education in 2006 and is currently coordinating the Dance department at Kirrawee High School. Her passion and knowledge of the art form have led her to be employed by NESA as an Examiner for the High School Certificate Practical Examinations, and the skills that she has acquired from this experience has furthered her own teaching practices and expertise in the subject. She has successfully choreographed numerous works for both the Regional Dance Festival and State Dance Festival and has been involved with the NSW Arts Unit teaching HSC workshops to prospective students throughout the state. 

     


NESA endorsed DANCE1101 

Creative Arts - Dance: Developing Professional Knowledge to plan coherent and engaging teaching programs to improve student learning

Creative Arts - Dance: Developing Professional Knowledge to plan coherent and engaging teaching programs to improve student learning. This course was held at the Seymour Centre and facilitated by professional dancer and dance educator Kei Ikeda and was for Stage 1, 2 and 3 Creative Arts Syllabus educators.

The course brought together a cross-section of teachers as dance experience was not a prerequisite to participate, as the day was designed for varying skill levels and from non-specialist to dance teacher, to gain new skills to teach this creative art in their own classroom. You do not need dance experience to attend this course.

Develop your professional knowledge and professional skills and gain NESA accredited hours at proficient level. 

 

All Ausdance PL is aligned to the NESA Standards for proficient teachers.

Completing Creative Arts Dance 101 will contribute 5 hours and 30 minutes of NSW Education Standards   

Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 2.1.2 and 6.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards 

for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

 

NESA Endorsed Standards:

2.1.2 Apply the knowledge of the teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.

6.4.2 Undertake learning programs designed to address identified student learning needs. 

Hours: 5hrs 30mins

 

Focus of the course:

This course will focus on upskilling you in the teaching of the Creative Arts syllabus – Dance. With links to the key foundations of the syllabus, the course will unpack the outcomes Performing, Composing and Appreciating. 

Who is this course for? K-6 Teachers

The course is suitable for varied skill levels and from non-specialist to dance teacher, to gain new skills to teach this creative art in your own classroom. You do not need dance experience to attend this course.

Suitable for Stage 1, 2 and 3 Creative Arts Syllabus

What will I gain from taking this course?

At the end of the day, you will leave with a set of warm-up games, composition exercises and simple phrases of movement that you can link into succinct learning programs for your class.

Additionally, you will also be able to create performances and short dances, for assembly, the school show or an extra-curricular activity.

Do I need experience to attend?

Absolutely not. This is designed for the classroom teacher who wants to upskill in teaching the Creative Arts curriculum, or you may be a teacher wanting to ‘brush up’ and gain confidence in teaching this subject.

 

Teachers developed their professional knowledge and skills and gained NESA accredited hours at proficient level. Teachers expanded their knowledge in:

Performance

  • an understanding of safe dance practice and appropriate dance technique in the performance of combinations, sequences and dances.
  • aspects of the elements of dance in dance performance 
  • an understanding of aspects of performance quality through the performance of combinations

Composition

  • exploring aspects of the elements of dance in response to a range of stimuli 
  • composing dance movement, using the elements of dance 

Appreciation

  • describing dance performances through the elements of dance 
  • identifying dance works of art express ideas 

Facilitator: Kei Akida. 

The course will be facilitated by Kei Ikeda. Kei has worked with independent artists such as Sue Healey, Murasaki Penguin, Jennie Feyen and companies like Opera Australia while also teaching dance to children. Her interest in working with children led her to undertake further training as a primary teacher. She has been working as a lead teacher, guiding the learning of lower primary children since 2011. Kei undertakes ongoing professional development as a teacher as well as in the field of dance. Her most recent professional development in the area of dance has been with Bangarra Dance and AusDance (both 2017). Since 2017 Kei has also been a member of the Art Gallery of NSW Teachers Collective that meets once a term to review and offer advice on the gallery's education program. 


WORKSHOPS 2020

URBAN DANCE DAY WITH NEALE WHITTAKER

AT THE STUDIOS OF OUR VENUE PARTNER THE MCDONALD COLLEGE

Teachers of all levels are invited to attend this one day workshop in urban dance

Term 3 

Date: TBC

Venue: The McDonald College, 17 George Street, North Strathfield 2137

Cost: $120 Ausdance members $200 non-members

Never taught urban dance before? Or looking to upskill? Come and join Australia's Got Talent Grand Finalist Neale Whittaker and learn to teach urban dance. Learn, create and discuss creative tasks using urban dance to engage your students in any classroom environment.

This session is for teachers with a range of experience and all fitness levels. You do not need prior experience of urban dance to attend this professional learning day. All you need to bring are clothes to dance in, curiosity and enthusiasm.

This all-day workshop is specially designed for primary and secondary school teachers (generalist or specialist Dance/PE/music /Drama/PDHPE or other, K-10).

This workshop is linked to the Y7-10 dance syllabus 

Registration launching 2020

Facilitator: Phly Crew, Neale Whittaker

Since those early days, Phly Crew has risen to new heights and continues to blow audiences away all across the globe! The name may sound familiar since this Australian based comedy dance group has probably graced your living room television multiple times. Debuting on Channel 7’s Australia’s got talent in 2012, then again in 2016, appearing in channel 10’s So You Think You Can Dance as well as the Sunrise Telethon this group's innovative style has reached hundreds of thousands of viewers. 

Founders of 'Phly Crew,' the ever-enthusiastic James Barry (JB) and Neale Whittaker created a unique Hip-Hop crew while performing together at Sydney's Luna Park in 2009. Since those early days, Phly Crew has grown from a dance crew to an entertainment company, paving their way with innovative performances that won't be seen anywhere else! Phly Crew's individual style has brought them great success with independently producing their own theatre performances, "The Phly Crew Show" and "Phly Crew 2.0." Selling out both shows and receiving rave reviews, the company is now looking forward to the next stage of their endeavours!

It's not just their Mums that think they are tops! Phly Crew have been crowned Australia's best dance crew multiple times and even represented Australia at both Hip Hop International and World of Dance. The members of Phly Crew are heavily sort after professionals having trained with the best urban dancers in the world, they have spent years perfecting a style no other group in Australia can offer.

We explore outcomes: 

Dance Performance, Dance Composition and Dance Appreciation.

In this workshop, we learn more about:

Performance

  • an understanding of safe dance practice and appropriate dance technique in the performance of combinations, sequences and dances.
  • aspects of the elements of dance in dance performance 
  • an understanding of aspects of performance quality through the performance of combinations

Composition

  • exploring aspects of the elements of dance in response to a range of stimuli 
  • composing dance movement, using the elements of dance 

Appreciation

  • describing dance performances through the elements of dance 
  • identifying dance works of art express ideas 

This session is for teachers with a range of fitness levels. All you need to bring are clothes to dance in, curiosity and enthusiasm. 

The PD is aligned to the Australian Professional Standards for proficient teachers, specifically:

Professional Knowledge Know the content and how to teach it 2.1, 2.2, 2.5
Professional Practice Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning 3.1 - 3.4
  Create and maintain a supportive and safe learning environment 4.1 - 4.4
Professional Engagement engage in professional learning 6.2 - 6.4