In this month’s YDance Voices, Katheryn shares her experience of our Dance It Out Technique and Creative classes for teachers.

What’s your name?

Katheryn Walker

Which project did you participate in?

I participated in the Dance it Out Technique blocks for Hip Hop and Contemporary styles of dance. I also participated in a Dance It Out- Creative block.

Why did you take part in the project?

I participated in the above courses for a number of reasons. As a PE teacher, this is my first year teaching the Higher Dance course, I was looking for some ideas and tasks to use for my Higher Dance class as well as my National 5, particularly for the Choreography component. The Dance It Out Creative sessions allowed me to explore a range of creative tasks that I can use in my own lessons.

During the Technique sessions, I was able to learn various technique exercises for my two chosen styles as well.

I have also previously participated in the YDance CLPL courses for National 5 and Higher Dance and have found these extremely beneficial. As the CLPL courses were unable to go ahead in 2020 due to the current circumstances, the Dance It Out sessions helped to further develop my learning and teaching.

What did you enjoy about the project?

I enjoyed learning the various exercises and exploring the different tasks. At the start of each new lesson, we recapped what was covered during the previous lesson which was also a great help. Each session then progressed and developed on from the previous. The resources and posters that were used in each session were also effective and gave me inspiration for future lessons.

I enjoyed the Talk It Out sessions at the end of each class as this provided the opportunity to ask any questions and engage in professional dialogue with other teachers. This allowed us to make more of the connections between theory and practical as well.

YDance also providing recording links for the session, was very beneficial. I was unable to attend a session due to starting Supported Study in School and this meant I didn’t miss out and allowed me to catch up.

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