Sunday, 4 December 2016

Direction and inspiration

The Skype call today at 5 pm was so amazingly helpful and interesting.
Do you ever come out of teaching and dance class so proud of everything that has just happened in that studio? Just like you have no idea what those students ate for breakfast but it worked 110%  You come out inspired and with creative direction for the next week, section or routine. 
This is how I felt with this Skype call today. Through listening to people on module 3 discuss their case studies and us all discuss the blend between personal and professional development, I found myself sitting back and just listening and loving talking to like minded people. Being so interested in everybody's journeys and studying helped me in my own. Prompting thought processes, which wouldn't have occurred without discussion from others who understand the profession. 
I feel like I have so many ideas and inspirations tonight and a clear direction for my writing to go in that I don't need the usual caffeine fix, half an hour of tapping my feet and getting nowhere,before getting to it. 
A lot of things discussed tonight resonated with me and the answers to my confusion of overthinking and maybe previously trying to divide myself are really useful and something I am hopefully going to carry through and use to enhance my writing.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Discovering AOL's

After talking over skype this morning about my AOL'S it was a realization that I hadn't gone deep enough. I had just skimmed the top of my learning and my thought processes need to take a dive to a level of deeper understanding and specificity. I came away with areas of learning that were specific to me and as I reflect on my first attempt it seemed to be a very general list of AOL titles that could have fit many people.I now have a focus and lots of research to do!
I understand that this is a learning process meaning you have to start somewhere to achieve what is desired. The light at the end of the tunnel so to speak. At the start of my call I felt like couldn't even see the tunnel never mind the light. Now I feel I am just at the beginning, with a lot of articles and drafts ahead. The light is definitely there no matter how small. I know it will be a lengthy process and not necessarily and easy one but it is a journey of self discovery, learning and reflection that has now begun. 

Monday, 19 September 2016

Stage 1

Having taught dance for the past 7 years and been able to travel and experience different cultures. I am so excited to start this new journey.

If I ever stop learning I think I'd cease to exist. Working in an industry that is evolving all the time can make it hard to keep up, but that is also the most fun. There is no chance of ever getting bored.
However there is a chance of falling behind. The day a child comes into my class and tells me something I have never heard of will be the day I need to look back and see where I got stuck.

Studying this MAPP course will not only expand my knowledge and allow me to transform and grow as a dance teacher. It also allows me to look back at what I have learned and how I have learned it.
This is so exciting as I feel most of my time spent training and teaching was about looking forward, always wondering what's next and what I can do better next time. To go back and to take the time to reflect is something that is completely alien but I think it will bring a deeper understanding of myself and my teaching.

I know this wont be easy but I'm willing to give it everything I've got.

Here is to many cups of teas, late nights and head scratching!

Sunday, 18 September 2016


A blissful, peaceful and paradisaical place or frame of mind. A place where you lose yourself and feel inner peace and happiness. Is this where we go when we dance? When we don't think about the movement anymore and are so fine tuned with the music that its almost a blur to remember.
At what point do our movements become so natural we no longer remember where they came from.