GCSE Dance exam specifications inspire Leeds Beckett student-led Dance Conference
The free event, which is aimed at students in higher education as well as teachers, artists, advisers and anyone with an interest in teaching, will take place at the University’s Carnegie Hall at Headingley Campus on Monday 11 May from 8.20am-4.30pm. The conference will focus upon the Assessment Qualifications Alliance GCSE Dance works and will look at how choreography can be used to inspire and motivate all ages and abilities.
Dr John Connell, who has organised the event, said: “The day will offer a programme of interactive work using both theory and practice that attendees will be able to use in the school or community environment. The conference will offer exceptional original teaching resources created by student teachers at Leeds Beckett University, following extensive workshops in five secondary schools in the Leeds area. The original teaching resources can be adapted for all ages and abilities and include; starter activities, lesson guidelines/suggestions, non-participant activities and extension activities. There is also included video footage related to the teaching of dance in schools and suggestions to accompaniment which links to each of the progressive, developmental and differentiated themes.
“The five themes focussed upon are: Union Dance’s Dance Tek Warriors; Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet, Candoco Dance Company; Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances and David Bintley’s Still Life at the Penguin Café.”
The 12 Physical Education students, who are all pursuing expertise in Dance practice and will be running the day, are: Andrew Jackson, Lucy Ferris, Lucy Hill, Zara Schofield, Bethan Gray Jodie Moore, Paige Heyworth, Kate Bailey, Laura Atkin, April Statham, George Ross and Jade Tiller.
There is no charge for the conference and parking is free on campus. Donations are encouraged to be made to Parkinson’s UK. Attendees are welcome to bring their own refreshments or they can be purchased on site.
Registration will be held from 8.20am-8.50am in Carnegie Hall and will be followed by a day of practical workshops and discussion groups.
To reserve a place please email Dr Connell at firstname.lastname@example.org stating your name, institution or organisation, email, phone number and vehicle registration number, if parking is required.