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Friday 27 July: Developing youth dance practice

Led by Jo Rhodes

If you're interested in delivering dance for young people (aged 11-25) in a variety of youth settings this one-day course is for you.

The day will be practically led and provide participants with:
  • Insights into the range of various settings in which youth dance takes place (including after-school, youth service and targeted health interventions)
  • Knowledge around some of the theories behind teaching and learning in dance
  • Different approaches to facilitating youth dance according to setting
  • Ideas for empowering young people, including supporting and developing participant-generated dance content
  • Advice on how to set up a youth dance group and the pros and cons of partnership working
  • Roles and responsibilities for dance artists working in the youth dance field.
Course applicants must:
  • have a firm grounding in at least one dance genre.

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Jo Rhodes biography
Jo Rhodes has been an independent dance artist for fifteen years and is passionate about creativity, dance, health, education, youth and partnership working. She has received funding to create and tour issue based work, been commissioned by various youth dance companies and produced a dance and health film project screened nationally and internationally.

Jo has developed bespoke training for teachers in school settings, in addition to facilitating and devising professional development courses across the UK, for both specialist and non-specialist practitioners. These include at the Royal Ballet School for Young Creatives (Youth Dance England) and for The Place.

She has authored national publications, such as Commissioning Dance for Health and Well-Being and spoken at multi-sector conferences about dance as a vehicle for learning.

Currently Jo teaches for Children and Youth Dance and the adult programme at The Place, for Siobhan Davies Dance (primary programme), and is an Animateur for Essential Alston. Jo is supported by Dance Enterprise Ideas Fund and Arts Council England in directing a collaborative dance and film project (co-produced by East London Dance), that puts young people at the heart of healthy messages.

Photo: Briony Campbell.

Please see below to download the Developing youth dance practice timetable: