Enlighten is The Royal Ballet School’s series of webinars for dance teachers. Our webinars provide invaluable insight and information surrounding all aspects of dance teaching and learning.
Enlighten webinars are a unique opportunity to gain advice and support from our expert staff. They also draw on the School’s heritage and knowledge as a world leader in dance training and education.
These one-hour webinars cover a variety of informative topics ranging from the technical and artistic aspects of dance training and pedagogy through to business modelling and management.
Enlighten webinars are ideal for developing teachers’ CPD portfolio and are an excellent supplement to our Inspire series of seminars.
How are Enlighten webinars delivered?
Our expert tutors deliver each webinar at a variety of times to suit teachers worldwide.
Teachers can choose which webinars they would like to attend, creating their own programme best suited to their needs.
The webinars will be delivered via Zoom and PowerPoint presentations. The tutors will then offer advice and support in relation to the topic discussed during a question and answer session at the end of each webinar.
Our webinars are capped at 20 participants to ensure integrity and quality of service.
‘I thoroughly enjoyed the Enlighten webinar and learnt so much. It was full of interesting information and ideas and it delivered excellently.’ – Recent Enlighten webinar attendee
How to book
Booking is now open for the Spring 2021 webinars.
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Adapting teaching styles and strategies for online learning and return to studio teaching
Tuesday 2 February, 5pm and 8pm GMT
In light of current worldwide events it is necessary that we review our teaching and learning expectations in relation to current affairs. This session will highlight factors that teachers should consider in order to support their students’ learning and development whilst delivering online and when returning to face-face teaching.
- To review our expectations of student learning
- To consider the learning needs of students
- To determine effective teaching styles and strategies to use for online learning and on the return to the studio.
Effective motor learning for dancers: strategies for developing dance skills
Thursday 4 February, 9am and 2pm GMT, and Tuesday 9 February, 5pm and 8pm GMT
As teachers we aim for our dancers not just to acquire a skill but to perform it with an increased level of proficiency, coordination, fluidity and accuracy. This session highlights teaching and learning strategies to increase effectiveness of skill learning within the studio.
- To highlight the essential stages in motor learning
- To consider the implications for the dance class
- To discuss possible strategies: try and test.
Positivity: how to create, develop and sustain a positive studio climate
Monday 15 February, 9am and 2pm GMT, and Wednesday 17 February, 5pm and 8pm GMT
Studio climate can indicate the extent of teacher expertise and the potential impact on student learning. This session highlights the impact that positivity can have on student learning, with factors affecting studio climate identified and considered. Varying influential factors surrounding relationships, expectations and beliefs are discussed with strategies provided to help ensure an effective learning climate for all.
- To highlight factors that are necessary for developing an effective learning environment
- To reflect on characteristics of behaviour that can influence positivity
- To identify the relationship between teacher expectations and student achievement
- To provide a selection of strategies in order to foster a positive studio climate.
NEW – Nurturing the thinking dancer: using the Franklin Method® to connect thoughts, feeling and movement
Wednesday 3 March, 5pm and 8pm GMT, and Thursday 4 March, 9am and 2pm GMT
This session will look at different pedagogical strategies that can help to develop a student’s physical, cognitive and affective skills by using concepts taken from the Franklin Method®.
The Franklin Method® is a way of understanding and improving movement through engaging the body and the mind equally. This webinar will include a very small practical element, no space needed, it can be done standing up or sitting down.
- To experience techniques that enhance proprioceptive and kinaesthetic feedback
- To increase body awareness, contributing to a greater anatomical understanding
- To explore different types of imagery that help to develop the quality of a movement
- To develop strategies that will enhance the student’s ability to focus and engage in their own learning process.
NEW – Mindset matters: empowering students to achieve
Monday 15 March, 9am and 2pm GMT, and Wednesday 17 March, 5pm and 8pm GMT
We are now beginning to truly understand the power of mindset and how it affects success in all areas of life. As teachers of dance, it is essential we know how to nurture our students’ psychological skills as well as their physical. Understanding how to foster a positive and growth mindset will help you to motivate your students in believing in their ability to achieve.
Through innovative teaching your students will be empowered to reach their potential, allowing them to thrive on challenges and effectively manage change. In light of recent world-wide events this webinar is a must; providing you with tips, tools and strategies that will help enable your students to grow in confidence, skill and purpose.
- To examine how we learn and grow
- To determine aspects of mindset that are essential for success
- To reflect on characteristics of teacher behaviour that can influence student mindset
- To provide a selection of strategies that foster a growth mindset.
A flexible approach to the teaching of dance within private dance schools
Monday 29 March, 9am and 2pm BST, and Wednesday 31 March, 5pm and 8pm BST
This session will highlight strategies for implementing a flexible approach to the teaching of dance within the private sector. The core values, necessary for delivering a holistic dance education will be discussed, and several aspects of business practice will be considered. Teachers will reflect upon their own business philosophy and operations in order to consider implementing any potential modifications.
- To determine the core values of delivering a holistic dance education
- To determine a suitable training programme that allows flexibility in delivery
- To highlight students’ learning needs, enabling their physical and artistic potential to be realised
- To identify a potential business philosophy and the relevant strategies required to deliver.