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New Zealand School of Dance - Tools for Teachers Seminar - Wellington

18 Sep 2022
Sunday 18 September 2022 10:30am – 3:30pm
NZSD is pleased to offer you Tools for Teachers II – “Stretch versus Strength”
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Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre
11 Hutchison Road, Newtown, Wellington


NZSD is pleased to offer you Tools for Teachers II – “Stretch versus Strength”, a non-syllabus-based seminar for dance educators from all teaching backgrounds and affiliations. Presented by two of New Zealand’s foremost dance professionals: Sarah Fitzsimons and Jane Woolley, who will share specific methods they employ to achieve positive results, along with simple strengthening and aligning exercises that you can apply to your teaching immediately. The aims of this seminar are for teachers to:

Feel more confident in their understanding of what anatomical structures are being stretched and how to do this safely.
Discuss and acquire tools to help students understand and apply correct stretching and strengthening techniques.
Incorporate some specific stretching and strengthening principles into dance technique classes for optimal performance and injury prevention.
Promote discussion regarding the influence of social media images and how we balance that with safe dance practice and injury prevention.

Participants need to bring a mat, but chairs are provided for those that prefer to sit.

“We need to take care of our dancing selves, whether we simply want to dance recreationally for fun, enjoyment and social connection, or whether we want to be instruments in the exciting developments that are setting new levels of athleticism and technical virtuosity. With the best will in the world, every dancer, teacher or choreographer may not be able to uphold every principle of safe dance practice all of the time, but knowledge and understanding of what is involved will certainly help.”

Rafferty/Tomlinson/Quin; Safe Dance Practice: An Applied Dance Science Perspective (2015)


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New Zealand School of Dance

2 Aug 2022

Interests One of the southern hemisphere's leading dance conservatoires, training the professional dancers of tomorrow. The New Zealand School of Dance offers world class full time training in classical ballet and contemporary dance in an inspirational environment.