Susanne Bentley

Contemporary dancer, improvisor, teacher, choreographer & coach


Your Own Best Teacher for Danspunt (Leuven/Louvain)

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coaching-based strategies for teaching and learning dance

In dance we are generally thought, and taught, to ‘train’ ourselves and others: learning and passing on information to perform our specialised activity. But what if we worked to ‘educate’ ourselves or our students as well, in the Latin sense of the word educere: to build the person, to draw out their latent potential? Create thinking, sensing, inspired and empowered dancers? What if we could also empower and uplift ourselves with this process?

Coaches exist in sport, in business, in life (life-coaching). They are skilled in guiding, a caring collaborator who sees what you cannot necessarily see. They empower you towards progress. They ask the right questions and give you tools to help yourself, instead of giving answers. They start from the basic standpoint that you are your own best teacher.

This workshop looks at practical ways of combining training and coaching, to help us evoke excellence in our students, and ourselves. We will cover topics such as: motivational tools, goal setting, methods for creating enquiring minds, keeping material fresh, dealing with students’ blocks, promoting experiential learning, play and exploration and partner/teamwork.

Your own best teacher is designed for dance teachers of any genre or level, for dancers interested in pedagogy, and for those who wish to push their own boundaries further by coaching themselves.

NB: Participants should bring comfortable clothing to move in and writing materials.

Dates: Sundays / dimanches 27 Nov, 4 & 11 Dec 2016, 10:30 – 16:45 (in EN)

Venue / Lieu: STUK, Naamsestraat 96, 3000 Leuven/ Louvain

Registrations/inscriptions: Register & pay before 17 november

2016! Inscrivez vous et payer avant 17 novembre 2016! Code V16/19

Level/niveau: open/ouvert