Dance teacher training - communication skills
What you'll learn
- You may be the best dance teacher in your area but if your dancers can't hear you no one will ever know. This course will improve your vocal skills.
- Good communication means your will be a popular dance teacher and a popular teacher is a successful teacher
- Dance teachers will be able to speak to their dancers in a large dance studio and be heard clearly
- You will be able to speak confidently to dancers regardless of their age or ability
- If children and parents can easily understand you, the teacher your dropout rates will decrease.
- You will be better able to persaude businesses to support and help you build your business
- Teachers will be able correct dancers effectively and install confidence in their students
- You will sound as knowledgeable as you are
- This is intended for teachers of dance at any level whether experienced or newly qualified
- The desire to improve and be the best dance teacher you can be
- All the resources you need are included in the course
When most teachers teach the pupils are sitting still, able to concentrate fully on what the teacher is saying. The teacher is also able to sit or stand still - perhaps sitting at a desk with all of their notes around them or standing at a whiteboard able to reinforce ideas with written words.
Dance teachers do not have these luxuries - they have to teach in the middle of a dance studio with no chairs or whiteboards, to students who are moving around and who are listening to music. Your voice is the only tool you have.
Do you find it a struggle to be heard above the music? Do you feel awkward correcting and teaching people who are older and more experienced in life than you are? Does you voice let you down?
The enthusiasm of the teacher must shine through their speech and they must be able to communicate with dancers, parents, management and schools.
These dance teachers need to have exceptional communication skills if they are to produce first class dancers This doesn't mean that all successful dance teachers are extoverts who love to talk; it merely means that they know how to get the best from their voices.
I have written articles in the Dance Studio LIfe Magazine (USA) and the ISTD Dance Magazine about the importance of good communication between dancer and teacher.
I have also written an academic paper for the Voice and Speech Review on the effectiveness of learning to dance on people's ability to speak clearly and confidently which you can access as a resource with this course.
Who this course is for:
- Dance teachers of any genre and of any age either with experience or newly qualified
- Any dance teacher who wants to feel more confident when expaining or speaking to pupils, parents, schools etc.
Serena Greenslade is an experienced speech confidence coach from Dorset, UK and she now lives in central Portugal. Serena qualified in 1994 (A.N.E.A.) as an elocution teacher and since then has taught lecturers at Universities, trainee doctors for the NHS, sports coaches, business people, telephone sales personnel, children, health care workers, stroke victims and staff at national charities. Serena specializes in one to one private lessons for children and adults and workshops for businesses. In June 2014 she gained her Fellowship, F.V.C.M.(Hons).
Serena says 'I know how it feels to be uncertain and frightened about speaking.' She is now qualified to the highest level (Fellowship and Associateship) and is able to help you improve your speaking skills. She lives in jeans, laughs a lot and has a hint of a Dorset accent when not teaching but Serena is passionate about her work and incredibly serious (with a huge smile) when it comes to teaching her clients to sound confident.
When Serena was about ten, her school had a parents evening where the parents go along and chat to the teachers to find out how their children are getting on. During the course of the conversation with her mum, the teacher told her that Serena seemed happy enough but that he couldn't remember speaking to her during the year! Serena was an incredibly shy girl.
As a result of this Serena's mum took her to elocution lessons.
These lessons gave Serena confidence but didn't change the way she sounds, 'I still have a Dorset accent (although when I teach I lose it) and I strongly believe we shouldn't all sound the same'.
Serena was still a very shy girl but knew how to speak when she had to. At her senior school, the different classes used to take it in turns to participate in the morning assemblies. She had a very elderly Maths teacher who claimed that the only time he could hear the assembly was when Serena did a reading. In return for this she was excused Maths tests in his class. Luckily her maths didn't suffer – Serena went on to pass 'A' level Maths.
In 1979 Serena obtained a degree in Law and Economics and went on to become a trainee accountant - for all of 12 weeks. Sitting in an office all day was not for her. Luckily she decided to return to what she enjoyed doing and in 1994 qualified (A.N.E.A.) as an elocution teacher. In 2014 she obtained her Fellowship with Honours from Victoria College (F.V.C.M.)
In addition to publishing her own books, Serena has written an academic paper in Voice and Speech Review April 2015.
Serena has also written articles in many publications including Dance Studio Life July 2015, The Lady Magazine in Sept 2014, ISTD Dance magazine in Jan 2014, PTR Tennis Pro in April 2007, The International Tennis Federation Coaching and Sport Science Review in Dec 2002 and Dance Expression Magazine in Dec 2001.
Serena has also taught students who have appeared in television series and who have won national awards for their acting.
Serena looks forward to teaching you. As she says, 'Enjoy Speaking'